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Tom Cruise Faces 'Oblivion' In New Trailer

9 December 2012 11:37 AM, PST

Whether or not Tom Cruise's upcoming thriller "Jack Reacher" is going to be a hit is still to be determined, but Cruise isn't waiting around to find out, as the first new trailer for his next big movie has already hit the internet.

And judging by the looks of it, Cruise isn't in any danger of facing career "Oblivion" just yet.

Written and directed by "Tron: Legacy" helmer Joseph Kosinski, "Oblivion," which hits theaters on April 19, tells the tale of a guy in the future (that's Cruise) who returns to a decimated and depopulated Earth to do some simple repairs on a bunch of Wall-e type droids. One problem, though: The "depopulated" part turns out to be not quite so accurate, as he's captured by a band of mysterious people led by Morgan Freeman.

So just what is the secret behind the colony of humans living in the bombed out remnants of Earth? »

- Scott Harris

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Are You Ready For Jamie Foxx's Tyler Perry's Madea's 'Alex Cross?'

9 December 2012 10:09 AM, PST

When Tyler Perry made the decision to branch out from his wildly popular series of "Madea" comedies and try his hand at serious action with this fall's thriller "Alex Cross," it was a bold move. Unfortunately, though, it didn't really pay off at the box office. So where does Perry go from here?

Well, how about "Tyler Perry's Alex Cross 2 — Madea: Special Ops?"

Yes, you guessed it, it's time for another "Saturday Night Live" spoof. Unlike most of "SNL's" hilarious skits, though, this one happens to star an Oscar winning actor — last night's host, Jamie Foxx. And he uses every bit of his acting prowess to pull off one of the most unlikely roles of his career, playing Tyler Perry, Alex Cross and Madea all at the same time.

Sound crazy? Well, it is — crazy like a Foxx, anyway. Check it out, courtesy of NBC:

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- Scott Harris

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007 Is Number One at the Box Office Again

9 December 2012 9:15 AM, PST

A full month after its debut, Daniel Craig's latest action packed James Bond movie, "Skyfall," returned to the top of the box office charts this weekend, bringing in an estimated $11 million according to Film.com.

The only major new release, Gerard Butler's soccer romcom "Playing For Keeps," crashed and burned, debuting in a dismal sixth place with only $6 million. That opened the door for returning hits "Rise of the Guardians" ($10.5 million), "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" ($9.2 million) and "Lincoln" ($9.1 million) to remain in the top five.

For a full run down of this weekend's box office, including numbers for "The Life of Pi," "Red Dawn" and Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly," head to Film.com. »

- Scott Harris

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Cool Clicks: The Most Kick-Ass Fight Scenes of 2012

8 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• What was the most kick-ass fight scene of 2012? Vote! And then punch something. [ScreenCrush]

• "Earth is a memory worth fighting for." Check out the poster for "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise and a waterfall. [Hypable]

• Hot Guy Friday (celebrating on Saturday): Gerald Butler! He's definitely hot, even if his movies ... are not. [Hollywire]

Lee Pace wants to become Star-Lord ... and next week, he'll get his chance when he auditions for "Guardiand of the Galaxy." [MTV Splash Page]

• Hey man, why don’t you watch a 45-minute documentary on Bill Murray? It's got that going for it ... which is nice. [Death and Taxes]

• An Aural History of the "Inception" Horn, the Most Important Loud Noise of our time. [Vulture]

• "Charles Swan III" director Roman Coppola and his famous friends made a bunch of short films that take place at various W Hotels ... and feature an Intel Ultrabook. »

- Bryan Enk

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Ty Burrell Is a 'Muppet' of a Man

7 December 2012 4:58 PM, PST

Ty Burrell is on the case of another great Muppet caper in the making.

The "Modern Family" star (who certainly possesses Muppet-like attributes, and we mean that in the nicest way possible) has signed on to be one of the human characters in the still-untitled "Muppets" sequel, according to Heat Vision.

The sequel moves the action right along from America to Europe, creating speculation that the film's plot will involve some sort of international intrigue, a la "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981). The theory is further fueled by one of the main human characters being a still-uncast Russian femme fatale ... and an Interpol agent, to be played by Burell.

The role was originally offered to "Django Unchained" star Christoph Waltz, though his schedule has kept him from being able to join in the Muppet Euro-mayhem.

And that's about all there is to know about the "Muppets" sequel for now, even though »

- Bryan Enk

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Meet the Despicable Avengers

7 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST

Ever find yourself wishing your heroes were just a little, well, cuter?

Then meet the crack team we like to call the Despicable Avengers, a hybrid of The Avengers and the (adorable) minions from "Despicable Me." Just imagine these little guys saving the day!

This fan art is the brainchild of Tumblr user squall95. Wishful thinking, but can the minions please don these outfits to save the day in "Despicable Me 2"?

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- Kase Wickman

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Kevin Smith Retiring After 'Clerks III'

7 December 2012 12:16 PM, PST

When Kevin Smith announced last year that he was planning to retire from filmmaking after his next movie, "Hit Somebody," fans were disappointed. And when "Hit Somebody" was recently rejiggered from a movie into a television mini-series, fans were confused over what that meant for Smith.

Well, now Smith fans are about to experience another emotion: Elation, as Smith has announced that his final film will now instead be "Clerks III."

And to think, he wasn't even supposed to be here!

"Clerks," of course, is the film that launched Smith's career back in 1994, becoming an instant cult hit in the process. More than a decade later, in 2006, Smith returned with "Clerks II" to show how slackers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) were dealing with being thirtysomethings.

And now it looks like Smith will be capping his career and the story of Dante and Randal by showing the duo in their 40's. »

- Scott Harris

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'The Dark Knight' Villains Go K-Pop

7 December 2012 11:31 AM, PST

You know what we love most about K-Pop stars? It's not the songs, obviously, the the silly dances or even their obvious joie de vivre, which comes out in every infectious note of their music. No, what we really love most is the fact that they all have code name that sound like weird-ass comic book characters. Psy, G-Dragon, Crying Nut — we love it.

Which is why this ridiculous video of a group of K-Pop stars performing while dressed up as Batman villains almost makes sense.

The K-Pop stars in question are a group collectively known as Epik High. In this recent performance, though, they temporarily recast themselves as the Secret Society of Super-Villains, donning quite excellent costumes and make-up to turn themselves into passable versions of Joker and Two-Face from "The Dark Knight" and Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises."

Turn out, of course, that singing K-Pop through that »

- Scott Harris

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Our 2 Favorite Hanukkah Movie Characters (Of All Time)

7 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST

Coming up with our list of 9 Favorite Christmas Movie Characters was hard — there are so many to choose from. From Jack Skellington to Buddy the Elf, those holiday hams have earned a permanent place in our Christmas traditions.

That said, it wasn't half as hard as coming up with a list of our favorite Hanukkah movie characters. As a holiday gift to you, dear readers, we spent days hours minutes combing through dozens of a couple Hanukkah movies to pick out the 2 Greatest Hanukkah Characters Of All Time!

2. Davey Stone (Adam Sandler), 'Eight Crazy Nights,' 2002

It's no "Billy Madison," but kudos to Sandler for making an animated movie musical about the Festival of Lights. Davey Stone is a terrible guy, embittered by the death of his family on Hanukkah 20 years ago, and determined to drown his sorrows in booze for all time.

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- Brooke Tarnoff

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December Movie Math: Breaking Down the New Releases

7 December 2012 9:28 AM, PST

December is prime time for movie releases: Awards voters will have the films fresh in their minds when they go to vote, kids are on break from school and all the adults home for the holidays need to go somewhereto escape their families.

Yes, this time of year is jam-packed with new movies. How is the discerning moviegoer to decide which new releases to hit the theater for, and which to wait for on DVD? Simple arithmetic, of course! We've broken down key December releases into simple equations to help you decide what to see, organized by release date.

Your mom always told you math class would be important someday — today is that day. Enjoy.

December 7

Aching for a historical drama with distinct notes of weirdness? Have we got a show for you!

 

What goes better with soccer than love and redemption? Riddle us that.

 

This documentary is so bananas »

- Kase Wickman

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The 10 Best Movie Mashups of 2012

7 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Across the many long, winding roads that make up the information superhighway (a term that '90s-era pioneers often used to describe "the Internet"), one of the most respected of skills is the ability to make a decent mashup.

Really, where would we be if we weren't able to distract ourselves from the tedium of our workdays with little three-minute videos that incorporate footage from different sources to create one cohesive piece of satirical entertainment? No damn where, that's where.

So, let us give thanks for the art of the supercut with this list of the Best Mashups of 2012, which feature the likes of Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Seth Rogen, Brad Pitt and all those bad '70s Marvel TV shows. Below you'll find a total of about a half an hour of your life that you'll never get back — and that's a good thing.

(Warning: Some scattered Nsfw elements herein! »

- NextMovie Staff

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Bill Murray Makes Greatest Letterman Entrance Ever!

7 December 2012 8:38 AM, PST

Now we wish Bill Murray was an Oscar contender every year, since he's apparently pulling out all the stops while out promoting his performance as Fdr in "Hyde Park on Hudson."

Case in point: The man's wild entrance on "Late Night With David Letterman" last night. When Letterman introduced him, they cut to a vehicle pulling up outside the Ed Sullivan Theater where two suspicious looking gentlemen in suits pulled Murray out of the trunk with a black bag over his head and then forced the comedian into his guest spot with a tazer.

As if that wasn't enough, Murray led Letterman on a late celebration of the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center, complete with Santa hats and hot cocoa. Murrayphiles take note: he likes it with cinnamon and nutmeg.

That's why he is, as The Gza once said, Bill Groundhog-Day, Ghostbustin'-ass Murray!

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- Max Evry

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Q&A: Zach Gilford on 'Nature,' Family and 'Friday Night Lights'

7 December 2012 7:00 AM, PST

More likely than not, you know Zach Gilford best as Matt Saracen from "Friday Night Lights."

But, when he's not wearing a football uniform – or hospital scrubs, as the case has been on his subsequent television shows, "Off the Map" and this season's "Mob Doctor" – you might just find him in the woods. The 30-year-old actor considers himself an outdoorsman, spending his free time hiking, camping and the like, which worked out perfectly for his latest foray onto the big screen, "In Our Nature."

The movie follows Gilford's Seth and his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) as they head to Seth's "cabin" in upstate New York. Little do they know that Seth's somewhat estranged father ("Mad Men"'s John Slattery) and his city mouse girlfriend (Gabrielle Union) have similar plans. Needless to say, significant awkwardness ensues.

Thankfully, Gilford was able to flex some of those outdoor muscles in the film and »

- Breanne L. Heldman

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Casting Roundup: Olyphant, Affleck and Damon Get the Gigs

7 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST

All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

Timothy Olyphant just can't hang up that cowboy hat. The "Justified" star is joining Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter for "Bone Tomahawk," a violent horror-western about four men who attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization (awesome). [Deadline]

Casey Affleck is on the case of the "Boston Strangler," a true-crime thriller about the hunt for the notorious serial killer who terrorized Beantown in the 1960s. Affleck will produce and hopes to play one of the detectives. [Deadline]

Matt Damon is joining George Clooney for another daring heist. The "Promised Land" star is hooking up with his "Ocean's 11" pal for "The Monuments Men," the story of a group of art historians and museum curators who conspire to steal back priceless works of art before the Nazis can burn them. »

- Bryan Enk

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Cool Clicks: The Top 10 Most Surprising Actor-Singers

7 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• Pour some sugar on these Hollywood double threats. Eh, we knew Tom Cruise had it in him. [Hollywire]

• The 50 Worst Romantic Comedies. There's a few with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Madonna. [Complex]

Bill Murray's 2012: A Life Exotic. [HyperVocal]

• What James Cameron Found at the Deepest Known Point in the Ocean. No, not Ed Harris. [Mental Floss]

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone Won 2012. As the Best Couple of the Year, that is. [BuzzFeed]

• The Best Movie Kisses of 2012. Yeah, there's one involving vampires in there. [BuzzSugar]

• What if Queens rapper Action Bronson invaded the world of "A Christmas Story"? It might look a little like this wallpaper. [MTV Hive]

Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that Kathryn Bigelow is "really overrated" because "she's a very hot woman." "Less Than Zero Dark Thirty," anyone? [The Race]

• Critical Reassessment: 'Heaven’s Gate' And 11 More Films That Have Been Reconsidered Over Time. »

- Bryan Enk

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Get Ahead of Yourself and Check Out Orlando Bloom in the Third 'Hobbit" Movie

6 December 2012 2:17 PM, PST

Wanna see your future? All you need to do is read on and you'll catch a glimpse of a movie you'll probably be seeing in December 2014.

And the glimpse is made even better by the fact that it's Orlando Bloom. In the third "Hobbit" movie.

Entertainment Weekly has just unveiled the image of Bloom as Legolas in "The Hobbit: There and Back Again." Of course, it begs the question of just what Legolas is doing in the third installment of the "Hobbit" trilogy other than providing fan service, considering the character doesn't appear anywhere in the book. But director Peter Jackson thinks it would be weird not to have him.

"He's [elven king] Thranduil's son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in 'The Hobbit,'" Jackson explained. "And because elves are immortal, it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm."

Whatever, nobody really cares. All »

- Scott Harris

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Art Gallery Pays Homage to Judd Apatow

6 December 2012 2:01 PM, PST

There's no denying that Judd Apatow is a man of many talents. Not only is he honored by the millions of dollars people have spent on the movies he's produced, written and directed, but now he even has an art collection dedicated solely to him.

On Tuesday night, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles opened a show entitled, "Tribute to Judd Apatow." The collection includes exactly 100 pieces of art that will be available to see and purchase until Dec. 30.

The pieces focus on some of Apatow's funniest movies such as "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express."

Apatow's latest comedy, "This Is 40," opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 21.

See more of the art at Uproxx.com. »

- Caitlin Beck

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Matt Damon and John Krasinski Discuss Peeing in the Shower

6 December 2012 1:19 PM, PST

Matt Damon and John Krasinksi's upcoming drama "Promised Land" doesn't open until December 28, but today the duo reached the real promised land three weeks early, as they appeared together on the MTV's viral movie sensation, "The Yes/No Show."

Anchored as always by the lovely and talented Josh Horowitz, Damon and Krasinksi faced and courageously answered hard hitting questions about George Clooney, peeing in Damon's shower and the Q rating of Krasinski man region.

Plus, there's also a little bit about "Promised Land" in there somewhere as well. So check it out, courtesy of MTV. Because you just can't say no to "The Yes/No Show." »

- Scott Harris

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Behold! The Most Underpaid Actors of All Time

6 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST

Yesterday, we reported the completely non-shocking news that Eddie Murphy has officially been named the most overpaid actor of 2012 by Forbes. And this isn't exactly a new trend for Murphy, who also came in second on the list of most overpaid actors of 2011. In fact, given his mostly abysmal track record since the late 1980s, we'd have to say that poor Eddie is now in the running for the most overpaid actors of all time.

Which got us thinking: Which actors out there deserved to get some of that money that went to Murphy instead? Who are the most underpaid actors of all time?

With that in mind, here's a quick run down of some people who really, really should have gotten paid a whole hell of a lot more than they did for these thankless movie roles:

Steve-o in 'Jackass 3-D'

Of course, you could probably nominate just about anyone from the "Jackass" franchise, »

- Scott Harris

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Gandalf Plays the Bagpipes While Riding a Unicycle

6 December 2012 12:56 PM, PST

We're pretty excited about the impending release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" next Friday, but despite all the hype — the trailers, the cosplay, the stars appearing constantly on every talk show in America — we've been extremely disappointed in the total lack of videos featuring Gandalf playing the bagpipes while riding a unicycle.

Until now, that is.

Yes, courtesy of FilmDrunk, here's proof that magic is, in fact, real. Sure, anyone can dress up as Gandalf. And anybody can play the bagpipes. And pretty much all of us are experts at riding a unicycle. But how many people have managed to do all three things at the same time before?

Face it: No matter how much you love "The Hobbit," there's someone who loves it more. And it's this guy.

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- Scott Harris

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