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Benjamin Walker Talks 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,' Discusses The Wushu Aspects Of The Aborted 'Paradise Lost' Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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One of the crucial aspects of this Friday's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was seeing a fresh face in the lead role, allowing him to become the bloodsucker-loathing President. However, the anonymity of Benjamin Walker, who stars as the axe-swinging badass, isn't expected to last, with the thesp involved in a number of high-profile projects.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'The Queen Of Versailles' Is A Bundle Of Sarcastic Laughs With A Little Heart Thrown In

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2012 9:56 AM
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“The Queen of Versailles” lives up to the dual meaning of its title. The documentary, directed by Lauren Greenfield, follows Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children – one of the wealthiest families in America – as they task themselves with building the largest home in the country, a mansion estate that they have dubbed Versailles. Midway through construction, however, comes the onset of the current economic recession, sending the family’s finances reeling and work on their new home screeching to a halt. Documented over the course of three years, this film showcases the slow demise of the closest thing this country has to an aristocracy, equating the Siegels’ financial downfall with the dethroning of a King and Queen.

Watch: Red Band Trailer for 'V/H/S/' Promises Ghosts, Vampires & Murders, Oh My!

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 19, 2012 9:45 AM
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The last horror film we can really remember making any sort of waves in the film community was April’s excellent “Cabin in the Woods,” which was able to deconstruct many of the genre’s tropes while also affectionately playing into them to great success. Since then there’s been a dearth of things that go bump in the night at the cinema, with the Johnny Depp-starring “Dark Shadows” doing little to excite, and even a few independent features making their way to arthouses or Video On Demand.

Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx & Idris Elba Reportedly In The Mix For Paul Feig's Remake Of French Hit 'Intouchables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 9:25 AM
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A smash hit in its native France, an arthouse sensation on this side of the ocean, and nominated for 9 Cesar awards, it's not a shock that The Weinstein Company (who distributed the original stateside) are eager to remake "Intouchables" for what they hope is an awards season contender. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Colin Firth are already set to team up on the movie -- titled "Untouchable" en anglais -- about a wealthy quadriplegic who finds a new reason to live thanks to a plucky urban caretaker. That latter role is the one that landed Omar Sy a Best Actor Cesar over favored nominee Jean Dujardin for "The Artist." And now, a trio of actors are hoping they can duplicate that success in English.

"I'm Not Afraid, I'm Angry": New Full Length Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 9:21 AM
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Forget your morning cup of coffee -- a brand new, full length trailer for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" has just dropped. So cancel that meeting you're supposed to attend, close the office door and turn up the speakers.

Review: ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’ Is Too Apocalyptically Cute

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2012 8:59 AM
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“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” the directorial debut of writer Lorene Scafaria (she also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”), has a premise that, if handled correctly, could really shake up romantic comedy conventions in new and exciting ways. It’s set during the final weeks of our planet’s life, as a killer asteroid rockets toward earth and the basic functions of society start to decay and fall apart. It’s sort of like “Melancholia” if the wedding section had been a screwball comedy, or maybe if you wanted “Armageddon” to be more like “Crazy Stupid Love.” And “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” while occasionally punctuated with poignancy and darkness, never fully engages with the niftiness of its concept. It’s ultimately too cute to really be about anything, a clever premise lost in a sea of apocalyptically bland romantic comedy conventions.

Watch: Second Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Provides First Looks At Philip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 19, 2012 4:28 AM
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In an age with announcements for teasers of trailers for trailers, we have to say we're big fans of how Paul Thomas Anderson and The Weinstein Company are going about the campaign for their new film, "The Master." A brief clip/teaser arrived during Cannes, on the same day that footage from the film was screened on the Croisette, and now, unannounced in the middle of the night, a second teaser trailer has cropped up on YouTube, as noticed by Badass Digest, and it's pretty swell.

Michael Winterbottom's 'King Of Soho' Faces Legal Challenge As Rival Project Mounts, Possibly Starring Tom Hiddleston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 7:58 PM
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It looks like Hollywood doesn't have exclusivity on rival projects. Across the pond in the U.K., Michael Winterbottom's "The King Of Soho" is not only facing some competition, but also a lawsuit, as another movie about porn baron Paul Raymond with a potentially big name set to star.

Hans Zimmer To Add Some BRAAAAHM By Scoring Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 7:33 PM
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"It's Zack [Snyder]'s movie so it'd be a bit rude of me to turn up and say I've got a few ideas now," Nolan recently said about when asked about his producing role on "Man Of Steel." "My big point of responsibility was helping shepherd David [Goyer]'s script. When I'm finished with this I'll be there for whatever Zack wants from me, but it's very much his movie." Really, Chris?

Jennifer Connelly Officially In Talks For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 6:18 PM
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Even though his has been brewing since April -- when Paramount honcho Adam Goodman himself dropped her name -- sometimes, the gears turn slowly in Hollywood, and so it's only now that Jennifer Connelly is becoming officially....official, for Darren Aronofksy's "Noah."

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