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Clint Mansell To Score Park Chan Wook's English-Language Debut 'Stoker'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 4, 2012 8:44 AM
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Just as Abbas Kiarostami's “Certified Copy” glimpsed a different facet to the director's style through its international cast and location, Park Chan-Wook looks to follow suit with his English-language debut, “Stoker.” While the “Oldboy” helmer's particular brand of odd humor and unsettling drama will most likely remain intact, certain aspects of the film look to be taking a different approach, including the recent addition of one of the most talented composers working today.

Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 8:22 AM
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It's about six weeks to go before "The Dark Knight Rises" hits, closing up Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy, and likely marking the end of the first act of his career (it's easy to forget that the director is only 41 -- a couple of decades younger than most of his A-list competition). Given that the film is a guaranteed hit, and it's off the back of "Inception," the most personal film of the director's career that also happened to make $800 million worldwide, the world is the director's oyster, as far as what comes next -- whatever he would like to make, he'll be given a handsome sum to do exactly that.

Watch: Epic New Footage & TV Spot From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Arrives; Film Will Reportedly Be 2 Hours 45 Minutes Long

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 11:26 PM
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"The Avengers" is now one of the biggest movies of all time, and "Prometheus" is already killing it overseas and drops into theaters stateside next weekend, which leaves "The Dark Knight Rises" as the last big, hugely anticipated blockbuster of the summer season. And tonight during the MTV Movie Awards, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale appeared in person to present new footage from the film exclusively to close off the show. And yes, this thing looks fucking epic.

Review: The 'Girls' Navigate Boyfriends, Threesomes & Art In Another Standout Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 11:00 PM
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The season isn't even finished yet and we're already seeing best friends Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Alison Williams) swap places in the boyfriend department. During the last episode out at a wild party in Bushwick, Marnie was forced to come to terms that not only is her split with Charlie very, very real, he's moved on with a new girl, Audrey. As for Hannah, after a heated confrontation with Adam ("Do you want me to be your fucking boyfriend?") they've finally sorted out just where their relationship stands and when "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" opens, the pair have very comfortably settled into coupledom. With used Magnum condom packages strewn on the floor, and open jar of Cinammon Raisin Swirl peanut butter between them, Hannah and Adam lie in bed, watching his childhood home movies.

Review: Amusing 'Veep' Cheaply Sidesteps A Major Plot Development For Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 10:30 PM
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Well, that was kind of cheap. After ending last week's episode on a potential game-changing plot development, it seems Armando Ianucci didn't have the balls to follow through with it, or least see where Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) pregnancy could take the story in "Veep." It's not even five minutes into "Full Disclosure" when we learn that she's had a miscarriage, and the crisis of the moment is flushed out to focus on a bland minor incident from a couple of episodes back, with the media reporting that the veep's office fired a Secret Service agent because he smiled.

Watch: Trailer & Poster For 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 9:25 PM
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If you're looking to launch a trailer for a movie about awkward and difficult adolescence, you'll find a pretty captive audience if you debut it during the MTV Movie Awards. And that's just the game plan Summit Entertainment has taken with "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the big-screen adaptation of the beloved book.

Warner Bros. Apparently Wanted Leonardo DiCaprio As The Riddler In 'Dark Knight Rises' Early On

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2012 1:14 PM
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It's interesting how the narrative changes. After the monumental success of "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan clearly needed a break and a palette cleanser that became "Inception," as per his blockbuster rule (the director also shot "The Prestige" in between the first two Batman films). At the time, when asked about a third Batman film, Nolan said he and David S. Goyer would take a break and would only make a third picture if and when they came across a good story to tell. But recent interviews between Goyer, Nolan and co-screenwriter Jonah Nolan suggest that this trio always knew how Bruce Wayne's story would end.

Weekend Box Office: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Bucks Poor Tracking Worries, The 'Avengers' Breaks Two More All-Time Records

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 3, 2012 12:07 PM
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Maybe that sequel will happen after all. Very clever, Universal. First, you announce that "Snow White and the Huntsman" is tracking a bit weak, possibly in the low 30s. Then, there's a "leak" that you've backtracked on a sequel since getting David Koepp to pen a follow-up. And now, with reports that 'Huntsman' may have actually connected with the young males they were trying to entice, registering a $55 million opening, there's great rejoicing for the film, particularly in the wake of the absolutely pathetic "Battleship" returns.

Exclusive Clip: 'Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog'

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 3, 2012 10:57 AM
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“What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.” – Roger Ebert, said in the Chicago Sun Times. As big dog lovers we're happy to present a clip from the film, "Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog." Directed by Yoichi Sai (4 time Japanese Academy Award winner for "Blood And Bones"), 'Quill' appears to be a documentary on the surface, but it's based on the true story of a beautiful labrador retriever whose compassion and devotion transform him into a dedicated guide dog for the blind.

Recap: 3 Weeks In, 'Veep' Gets More Focused & Funny While Taking A Bold Narrative Leap

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2012 4:07 PM
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Listen, we know our "Veep" recaps dropped off for the past few weeks. A combination of the Cannes Film Festival and screeners that didn't arrive in time led to the gap in coverage, but when we finally sat down to catch up on what we missed, we were in for a very pleasant surprise: "Veep" has hit its stride in a major way. Unlike the overstuffed and strenously zany first three episodes of the season, a sharper focus on story and the stripping away of extraneous subplots has allowed the show's humor to come right to the fore, and the results speak for themselves. Laugh-out-loud funny in a way it hasn't been yet, and finally bringing greater dimension to the lead character Selina Meyer, "Veep" is now showing the teeth we've been wanting to see since the pilot and taking a bold story jump as well. Instead of doing full-blown recounts of what's gone down in over the last three episodes, we're going to summarize them briefly, each with a letter grade, before getting back in the swing of things tomorrow.

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