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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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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch