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By Tara Fowler

The psychedelic "Oz the Great and Powerful" arrives in theaters this weekend. Starring the one and only James Franco, the "Wizard of Oz" prequel centers on a small-town magician who winds up in the mythical land after his hot-air balloon gets sucked into a tornado (isn't that always the case?). There, he's confronted with three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz), one of whom is up to no good.

In real-life, Franco's no magician (though he did many of his own tricks in the film), but he is a mathematician, having interned at Lockheed Martin, an aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company, before he took up acting (among many others pastimes). What else might you not have known about Franco? Check out our list below:

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Last Exorcism

By Tara Fowler

Poor Nell Sweetzer just can't seem to catch a break. This weekend sees the opening of "The Last Exorcism: Part II," in which the evil that haunted Nell in the first film returned for, well, round two. Worried the same will happen to you?

Never fear! We decided to educate ourselves on exorcisms, so that if a demon ever comes a-knocking, we'll know what to do. Read on!

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By Drew Taylor

By and large, Sunday's Oscar telecast was amiable, inoffensive entertainment and not, like last year, a flaming heap of twisted WTF. Seth McFarlane proved to be a toothy, totally game host, and there were enough oddball surprises both in terms of the winners (say what, two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz?) and what appeared on stage (First Lady Michelle Obama, you looked lovely).

Still, like every telecast, it felt like there were a few missed opportunities that could have been exploited for maximum entertainment value.

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Pulp Fiction

FROM FILM.COM

It's no secret that the Oscars are not the be-all and end-all indicator of which film from each year is the greatest. Some of the best movies ever slipped through the Academy cracks and went away without taking home the top prize, but which of those unfortunate snubs is the best?

The folks over at Film.com have compiled an exhaustive list of the greatest Best Picture losers, and what might be the funniest take away from this list is that it could simply function as a solid list of the 50 greatest movies of all time without that many glaring omissions.

So before you start worrying about whether your favorite movie from this year will get robbed on Sunday night, take a look at the list. If it ends up losing — we're talking to you, "Zero Dark Thirty" fans — rest assured that it's joining some fantastic company.

Don't forget to tune in for our Oscars red carpet live stream Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on MTV.com.

Stick with us for everything about the 2013 Oscars including nominees, predictions and full fashion coverage!

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Inception

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is a stunning achievement of the modern blockbuster era. It began mostly as a favor to Nolan from Warner Bros. to keep him happy enough to stick around for a third Batman movie, but what the director did with that one round of backscratching is create the kind of film we may not see for a long time.

"Inception" is an action movie, but it's one based on an idea, which is, — you probably know — is the most resilient parasite. But Nolan's idea for "Inception" wasn't a high-concept, poster-ready elevator pitch. To try to tell someone what "Inception" is about neither does justice to the plot nor really let that person know what "Inception" is about.

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This Sunday, JGL will blow out 32 candles on his proverbial birthday cake, ending a banner year, what with "The Dark Knight Rises," "Premium Rush," "Looper," and "Lincoln."

To celebrate, let's all close our eyes for a minute and imagine a world where Joseph Gordon-Levitt had never been born.

We couldn't fondly recall his adorable Cocoa Puffs commercial.

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The Departed

In the grand scheme of Martin Scorsese's career, "The Departed" occupies a strange place in the director's filmography. It's the one he won for, definitely not his best — and if you ask some people — far from his best. The director's remake of the Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs," despite winning Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Director at the 2007 Academy Awards, has failed, in many ways, to earn respect on its own merits.

One of the more ironic achievements of "The Departed" actually occurred in the year's following its release. The success of the Boston-set crime drama kicked off a wave of similar movies set in Massachusetts, many of which also starred Mark Wahlberg. "The Departed" essentially created the Boston crime drama, the genre that would employ Afflecks and Wahlbergs for years to come, but the Scorsese film is the best of the bunch.

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The Matrix

If you don't remember all the way back to the dawn of the DVD (my God...), "The Matrix" from the Wachowskis was the first disc you had to own. It justified the entire medium.

It's only fitting that the "Best of Warner Bros" 50-film box set include "The Matrix," since it is being sold as a way to instantly start a Blu-ray collection, and the magic of popping in the DVD is still present in the present in the HD upgrade.

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Oliver

Oh, Hollywood. You don't really care about us, do you?

After The Hollywood Reporter revealed that there's a "Sherlock Holmes"-style update of "Oliver Twist" in the works, we're really starting to reconsider things. It's bad enough that you won't produce original ideas, but then you have to go and do something like this. "Oliver Twist" isn't even the best candidate for this kind of treatment, and this type of logline is one of the easiest to come up with when the original property is available.

If you're going to make us sit through slightly different spins on the same old story, the least you could do is make it more like these.

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The Shining

Throughout the medium's history, a handful of Blu-rays have stood-out as exemplars of what the high-definition disks are capable of, making decades-old movies look like they were made yesterday. The Warner Bros restoration of Stanley Kubrick's seminal horror classic "The Shining" is easily one of them.

The adaptation of Stephen King's novel of a father suffering from writer's block and the strange goings-on at the Overlook Hotel is included in the 50-film "Best of Warner Bros" collection in the same edition that hit the market a few years ago with the rest of Kubrick's work. The clarity of the restoration still stands out and matches the beautiful photography of the original film.

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