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Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Greenlit With July Start Date, Russell Crowe Locked In To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 8:01 AM
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It's easy to forget that Darren Aronofsky has never made a film with a truly significant budget. He's come close a few times -- he's been attached to comic-book-type properties like "Batman: Year One," "Ronin," "Robocop" and "The Wolverine," and was in pre-production on an early version of "The Fountain," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, that would have costed about $70 million, but ended up making the film for half that. And everything else, even his megahit "Black Swan," cost under $15 million.

New Images From 'The Expatriate' Starring Aaron Eckhart & Olga Kurylenko; Radius Picks Up U.S. Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 5:29 PM
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The Weinsteins VOD/artier arthouse shingle Radius continues to rack up an impressive roster in their debut year. Sundance comedy hit "Bachelorette" and two Nicolas Winding Refn associated projects -- the "Pusher" remake and the director's next film "Only God Forgives" -- are now flying under the banner, and they're continuing on their buying spree, notching another movie under their belt.
More: Erased, Radius

Watch: Lance Bangs Hangs With Odd Future, Shoots Video For "Oldie" & Mini-Doc For Syd Tha Kid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 4:40 PM
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If you paid any attention to the music world last year, there is no doubt that Odd Future crossed your radar. The brash, crass, eclectic and excellent hip hop collective earned equal amounts praise and criticism from critics for their dark and violent songs, yet at the same time, they were one of the most creative and interesting things happening in all of hip hop. 2012 will see them to continue to grow, quickly moving into TV with their Adult Swim show "Loiter Squad" (bonkers trailer here) premiering this Friday. But the music isn't far behind, and today the group dropped The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2. And lo and behold, an impromptu video has arrived.

Discuss: Why Are There So Few Reliable Leading Men, And Who Might Yet Become One?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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The box office is up in 2012, but of the ten biggest grossers of the year so far, only one, "Safe House" was sold on the back of an established A-list star, namely Denzel Washington. The rest, for the most part, featured total unknowns, or in the case of "Act of Valor," active Navy SEALs, rather than actors. This is not, it should be said, a new trend. From "Avatar" to "Star Trek," big movies have been shunning established names in the favor of new faces for quite a while. But it is indicative of a problem that Hollywood has been facing lately: a distinct lack of new leading men.

Watch: New 'Madagascar 3' Trailer Debuts – Can Anyone Tell This Thing Was Written By Noah Baumbach?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 20, 2012 3:44 PM
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One of the more mystifyingly popular children's franchises out there is DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar" series and this is coming from someone who is obsessed with cartoons. Even its central conceit, while appealing, leaves much to be desired (neurotic, city-dwelling animals from the zoo are mistakenly shipped off to far flung reaches of the globe), with most of the characters simply loose ethnic stereotypes and the animation existing in a world of half-assed stylization (some characters exhibit a more cartoony, hard-edged style, with others are realized in typical DreamWorks mediocrity). The fact that they've squeezed three movies out of this thing is amazing in and of itself, but even more baffling is the fact that this third entry, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (woof), was written by Noah Baumbach. And watching this new trailer doesn't exactly illuminate anything.

Strange Is Relative In New Character Posters For 'Dark Shadows': This Is Either A Trainwreck Or Tim Burton's Best Movie In Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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Relatively late in the game for a major tentpole movie, with less than two months to go before Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" hits theaters, Warner Bros. has finally turned on the publicity machine for the film in full force. A trailer finally dropped for the film last week and now nine character posters are here, courtesy of Empire, to keep the chatter going.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Sun Don't Shine' Is A Watercolor Wisp Hybrid Of An Indie Relationship Pic & Murder Mystery Movie

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 20, 2012 2:56 PM
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Early on in Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine,” it becomes very clear that this isn’t just your average young-white-couple-with-relationship-problems-on-a-road-trip indie flick that we can come to expect from festivals like SXSW. Oh, Crystal and Leo have problems alright. And a bad relationship. And a road trip to go on. But the one very big problem that lies at the crux of “Sun Don’t Shine” is rotting in their trunk. That pretty much eclipses the “who else have you slept with” conversations they might have (but they’ll have those too).

Watch: Sam Rockwell Exudes Menace, Usual High Standards In Deleted Scenes for 'The Sitter'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 20, 2012 2:37 PM
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Essentially the anti-Apatow, director David Gordon Green has found a habit in obtaining the leanest running times possible for his films, and with his 81 minute 2011 film “The Sitter” (squaring off against “Carnage” as one of the shortest of last year) arriving on Blu-Ray today, two deleted scenes are available to watch now.
More: The Sitter

'The Avengers' Continue To Blandly Stand Around In New Pics From The Superhero Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 2:25 PM
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While "John Carter" was rightly ripped for a thoroughly terrible campaign, if the geeks were being fair -- and if this wasn't an already established franchise -- they would tearing Marvel a new one over the continually dull campaign for "The Avengers." Granted, the studio probably realizes they don't really have to do anything to turn this into the mega-sized hit it will be, but trailers aside, this has been the dullest push for a superhero movie we can remember.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Sunset Strip' Is A Definitive History & Tribute To The Famed Street That Loses Sight Of Its Purpose

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 20, 2012 1:57 PM
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For most, the phrase “Sunset Strip” conjures up images of neon lights, sun-kissed exposed skin and long, druggy, rock and roll fueled nights. This is the conceit promised by the new documentary of the same name by Hans Fjellestad, and it (mostly) delivers, offering up a definitive history of the famed street, that is hindered only by a confusion of purpose and a loose structure.

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