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Famous Monster’s 2013 Oscar Predictions
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Adam Frazier   |  @   |  
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It’s Thursday morning and I’m watching the theatrical cut of George Lucas’s 1977 film Star Wars as I make my final Oscars predictions, which you can read here below. At the 50th Academy Awards in ’78, Star Wars was nominated for 10 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and ended up taking home six: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound.

Back in those days, there were only five Best Picture nominees: Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, Julia, Star Wars, The Turning Point. Ultimately, Star Wars would lose to Woody Allen‘s neurotic romantic comedy Annie Hall, even though Lucas’s sprawling space saga had changed the film industry – and the world – forever.

Fast-forward to 2013, where the casual filmgoer may argue that the Academy Awards are irrelevant because they don’t reflect popular taste. The truth is – they never have, and that was never the purpose. Overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy Awards were created to maintain and celebrate a standard of excellence that is often contradictory to box-office returns and pop culture trends.

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Disney In Depth: 7 Trailer Parodies Of Marvel, Pixar, Muppets, Star Wars & Disney Films
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Brett Nachman   |  @   |  
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As I have discussed on Disney In Depth recently, the purchase of three key film properties – Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm – that have further realized Disney’s influence in the entertainment industry. Even the 2004 acquisition of The Muppets has forever changed the outlook for Jim Henson’s most adored faces. All of these characters unite the geek community, even those who enjoy Disney. In this edition, I will share some popular YouTube videos that spoof Marvel Studios, Pixar, Muppet, Star Wars and “regular” Disney films by featuring some famous personalities from the whole Disney universe.

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Movie Review: Lincoln
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Adam Frazier   |  @   |  
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Lincoln PosterLincoln
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Tony Kushner
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley
DreamWorks Studios
Rated | 150 Minutes
Release Date: November 9, 2012

Director Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln focuses on the tumultuous final months of President Abraham Lincoln’s life, the abolishment of slavery, and the Union’s victory in the American Civil War.

Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) as the 16th President of the United States, Sally Field (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) as their oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln.

In the midst of the American Civil War, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 declared the freedom of slaves in ten rebellious Confederate states. The executive order was seen as a temporary war measure, as it did not actually free any slaves in border states or make the act of slavery illegal.

In order to abolish slavery once and for all, Republicans pushed The Thirteenth Amendment through the Senate. In order for it to be ratified, the amendment had to be passed in the divided House of Representatives – which is really what Spielberg’s film chooses to explore in depth.

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‘Lincoln’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s Captivating Vision Of America’s 16th President
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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History tells us that the last few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life were spent trying to end the Civil War and put a stop to slavery. The 16th President of the United States was successful on both fronts, but he was tragically assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Today, we get to see a glimpse of Steven Spielberg‘s vision and see Daniel Day-Lewis reenact those last few months that changed the face of America.

Check out the trailer for Lincoln here below.

Even though that sweeping sound from John Williams’ sounds an awful a lot like War Horse, there is much to like about this trailer. For instance, the set pieces that are used in the film, they don’t look like glorified historic trinkets; they actually look like pieces of history pulled from that time.

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First Poster For Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’
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Sometimes there’s brilliance in simplicity, and that’s what Disney and DreamWorks seem to be aiming for with their new poster for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

To make the poster even more simplistic it has no tag line and it’s black and white. It just features President Lincoln in a pensive state of mind once again, much like the first image we saw a couple of weeks back.

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First Official Look At Daniel Day-Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’
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Up until now, we’ve seen nothing but leaked photos of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln on (or off) the set of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

The biopic would not encompass the entire life of America’s 16th president; instead it would follow the last four months of his life. Now we’ve got our first official photo of the actor as the president, minus the jeans and him eating lunch.

Check it out below.

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Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln Biopic Gets An Official Release Date
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The Movie God   |  @   |  
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Daniel Day Lewis As Lincoln

In an announcement met by the shocked response of absolutely no one, Steven Spielberg‘s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln has been given an official release date right smack dab in the middle of awards season.

It’s been announced that the movie will hit select theaters on November 9, 2012, before expanding nationally on November 16th. The move is an interesting one because it puts Lincoln in an face-to-face battle with the monster that is sure to be the grand finale in the Twilight franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

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Movie Review: Men In Black III
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Adam Frazier   |  @   |  
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Men In Black 3 PosterMen in Black III
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Etan Cohen
Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alice Eve, Bill Hader, Will Arnett
Columbia Pictures
Rated PG-13
Release Date: May 25, 2012

What happened to Will Smith? There was a time (1997) when Smith made great, entertaining popcorn movies, but those days, it seems, are over. Since the back-to-back successes of Independence Day, Men in Black, and Enemy of the State, Smith’s filmography has been comprised of less hits and more misses: I, Robot, I Am Legend, Hancock, and his most recent film, 2008’s Seven Pounds, just to name a few.

After such a slump of underwhelming movies, it makes perfect sense for Will Smith to revisit the Men in Black franchise, even if 2002’s Men in Black II was entirely disappointing. On the topic of revisiting previous films, let’s take a moment to review Will Smith’s credits, as well as his upcoming projects:

Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, I, Robot 2. Seriously? C’mon Fresh Prince, you’re better than that! Let’s hurry up and get this movie review started before someone green-lights Wild West West 2

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Men in Black III reunites Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K, members of a top-secret government agency tasked with protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe.

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Listen Now: Black Sabbath’s Entire Homecoming Show
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Last weekend, May 19, 2012, Black Sabbath finally played their homecoming show in Birmingham, England. As well as playing to a home crowd, it was also a warm-up to their major Download festival headline appearance in the Summer.

The full gig from Saturday night at the Birmingham O2 Academy is streaming online in full and you can listen to it right here below (via Bravewords).

Back in November, plans for a Black Sabbath reunion was announced, but recently news broke that original drummer Bill Ward was out of the event, and therefore had no part in what was supposed to be the band’s first reunion show. Ozzy Osbourne‘s drummer Tommy Clufetos filled Ward’s seat providing the beat for Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler.

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Watch Now: ‘Men In Black 3’ Gets A New Theatrical Trailer
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Once upon a time (the late 1990s to be exact) Will Smith was not only the Fresh Prince, but he was also the king of the summer movie season – for two summers. Then came Wild Wild West. Ever since, Big Willie has been continuing to rack up the blockbusters while attempting to dominate different seasons that don’t involve millions of people suddenly deciding to go to the beach.

This summer, Smith is mounting an offensive to reclaim his summer movie king throne with the belated sequel Men in Black 3. Today, a full theatrical trailer has been released. You can watch it here below.

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