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Life of Pi: 5 reasons it's an enormously risky film

Life of Pi, which opens in theaters Wednesday, tells the fantastic (and, of course, fictional) story of a shipwrecked young man forced to journey across the Pacific Ocean in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The movie is earning very strong reviews, but even its most fervent supporters concede that the film is a hard sell. Show More Summary

8 troubling tales of animal abuse on film shoots

There's trouble brewing in Middle-Earth, the fantasy setting of next month's geek-magnet blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with accusations flying that the film's crew permitted unsafe conditions for animals used during production. Show More Summary

6 directors publicly refusing to direct Star Wars: Episode VII [Updated]

Star Wars: Episode VII — the legendary sci-fi franchise's next entry, scheduled for release in 2014 — is hardly your typical movie and it's been inciting unusual interest. Indeed, ever since Disney purchased George Lucas' film series...Show More Summary

6 directors publicly refusing to direct Star Wars: Episode VII [Updated]

Star Wars: Episode VII — the next entry in the beloved sci-fi franchise, which is scheduled for release in 2014 — is obviously no normal movie. Indeed, ever since Disney purchased George Lucas' beloved franchise and announced the new...Show More Summary

5 movies where Twinkies played a supporting role

1. GhostbustersTwinkies made their most notable presence in the 1984 comedy. What's a Twinkie have to do with psychokinetic energy in New York? Using a delicious metaphor to convey the gravity of the threat to the Big Apple, Dr. Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis) gets through to his comrades using language they can understand. Show More Summary

5 shameless attempts to make the next Twilight

The fifth and final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn: Part 2, arrives in theaters today, bringing a glorious age of hunky werewolves and sparkly vampires to a close. For the past five years, the Twilight franchise has drawn hordes of devoted tweens to movie theaters and f ans are hungry for the next great paranormal romance. Show More Summary

WATCH: Joe Biden's cameo on Parks and Recreation

The video: When it was announced that Vice President Joe Biden would appear on an episode of the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, fans went wild — although nowhere near as wild as Amy Poehler's character did upon meeting the grinning vice president during the episode, which aired Thursday night. Show More Summary

House of Cards: Watch the trailer for Kevin Spacey's new Netflix political drama

The trailer: TV executives have been closely following the arc of House of Cards — Netflix's enormously anticipated foray into big-budget original programming. The series is based on a universally acclaimed British series of the same name, and chronicles the political machinations of a corrupt congressman. Show More Summary

Oz: The Great and Powerful -- Watch the lavish prequel's trailer

The trailer: Based on this clip, Oz: The Great and Powerful — the Wizard of Oz prequel that hits theaters in March 2013 — closely echoes the style and structure of the 1939 original. (Watch the trailer below.) When we meet star James Franco as the soon-to-be-Wizard, he exists, humbly enough, in a black-and-white Kansas. Show More Summary

The Host: Watch the trailer for Stephenie Meyer's new sci-fi romance

The trailer: The Twilight saga finally comes to an end this week with the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 — but fear not, Twi-hards: There's still one last novel in author Stephenie Meyer's canon. Meyer's 2008 book The Host,...Show More Summary

22 fictional characters whose names you don't know

1. Did you know the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons has a name? It's Jeff Albertson. But that wasn't the decision of creator Matt Groening. "I was out of the room when [the writers] named him," he told MTV in 2007. "In my mind, 'Louis Lane' was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane." 2. Show More Summary

5 directors publicly refusing to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII — the next entry in the beloved sci-fi franchise, which is scheduled for release in 2014 — is obviously no normal movie. Indeed, ever since Disney purchased George Lucas' beloved franchise and announced the new...Show More Summary

Elmo's puppeteer accused of sex with underage boy: A guide

In an allegation that's sure to send Tickle Me Elmo sales plummeting this holiday season, the man behind one of Sesame Street's most famous puppets has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage boy. Kevin Clash,...Show More Summary

Skyfall's record-breaking success: By the numbers

The creative team behind the new 007 blockbuster Skyfall can officially pour themselves a round of celebratory martinis. The 23rd installment in the Bond franchise is a massive hit, adored by critics and moviegoers alike, and smashing records to earn the franchise's highest-grossing weekend ever in the United States. Show More Summary

Skyfall: 007 fascinating behind-the-scenes facts

Skyfall — the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise and the third to star Daniel Craig — hits U.S. theaters today, and critics are awarding it some of the highest marks in the series' 50-year history. (Watch a trailer for Skyfall below.) But Skyfall's 4-year production was nearly as convoluted and intriguing as the film that eventually resulted. Show More Summary

Lincoln: Is Daniel Day-Lewis a lock for Best Actor?

It's finally here: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which chronicles the last few months of Abraham Lincoln's life, has hit theaters in limited release today — and Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in the title role is earning the flood of raves many critics has predicted. Show More Summary

WATCH: A sneak preview of Joe Biden's cameo on Parks and Recreation

According to Entertainment Weekly, the newly-re-elected Vice President Joe Biden will guest star on the Nov. 15 episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation. The amiable, garrulous VP will play himself in a short scene in which local government worker Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) gets to meet Biden, her "No. Show More Summary

The Last Stand: Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action-movie trailer

The trailer: When Arnold Schwarzenegger said "I'll be back," even his most loyal fans may not have predicted that the action star would be starring in new popcorn flicks more than a decade after receiving his AARP card. But the trailer for his comeback vehicle, The Last Stand, tries to prove any doubters wrong. Show More Summary

Skyfall: 5 reasons it's the best James Bond film ever

After 50 years and 22 films, one might suspect that James Bond had already used and reused every trick in his spy handbook. But critics across the globe are lauding 007's latest mission, Skyfall — which opens in the U.S. tomorrow — as more than just a great James Bond movie: They're calling it the greatest James Bond movie ever. Show More Summary

Celebrate Election Day with these 10 great election-themed movies

After they cast their ballots today, exhausted voters who need a break from 24-hour election coverage may be looking for a way to wind down but stay in the spirit of the day. The Week is here to help. Consider downloading one or more of these 10 election-themed movies:1. Show More Summary

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