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Trailering Lincoln

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

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Les Miserables: The Trailer

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The Art of The Avengers

Press Release: Marvel Studios announced today that Gallery1988 in Hollywood, Calif., will mount a show of art inspired by the Marvel Super Heroes featured in the highly anticipated, summer event movie “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The show, sponsored by Visa Signature, will run through the film’s opening weekend, from May 3 through May 6, 2012.

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Les Miserables – From the Set

Working its way around the net – from the set of Les Miserables.

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Trailering Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Te return of Barnabus Collins.

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The Care and Etiquette of Oscar

Sir Cecil Worthington (Mike Myers) takes Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline through an Oscar refresher course at the Academy safe house.

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The Best of 2011: Critics, Awards and Box Office

The Best of 2011 from two points of view – the critics who bestow awards and rank the best of the year. And Movie Goers – while box office doesn’t determine quality, it’s a measure of what the audience is willing to lay down (big) bucks to see.

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The Oscars Get A Trailer

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Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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The Hobbit Trailer

The joy of The Hobbit!

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MCN Enter to Win: Sherlock Homes – A Game of Shadows

    The Rules: Drawing January 20, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on Janaury 18, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: New Year’s Eve

 Contest Rules: Drawing January 3, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on January 1, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: Happy Feet Two

    The Rules Contest Rules: Drawing December 9, 2011 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2011 You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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J. Edgar: Enter for a chance to win!

“J. Edgar” explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power. Enter to win prizes based on the film – including Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years DVD Set; a branded black messenger bag, DVDs or a J. Edgar baseball cap.

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J. Edgar Posters

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Trailering The Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people so when we needed them they could fight the battle that we never could ….

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Puss in Boots: He is the Most Interesting Cat in the World

“Curiosity tried to kill him once, then apologized and politely left… Stay furry, my friends.”

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Old Time Ads for New Fangled Things

” Imagine if you were a citizen of the ’20s and suddenly you saw an ad for a cell phone. What would you think it was? “

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From the Archives ….

Short road safety instructional film which shows by a series of comic incidentsthe dangers of stepping off the footpath carelessly, of crossing the road at oblique angles, of “dithering” on the road, and of over-confidence. From the New Zealand National Film Unit – 1952.

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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