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The Dardenne Brothers Say They Originally Planned A Different Ending For 'Kid With A Bike'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 17, 2012 9:59 AM
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What can be said about the Dardenne brothers that five Cannes awards don't already say much more definitively? Even a mediocre splotch in their oeuvre is twelve notches above most other contemporary films that get paraded around on the blogosphere.

Jonah Hill And Michael Bacall Scripting A Return Visit To '21 Jump Street'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 9:30 AM
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Early results are looking good -- "21 Jump Street" is poised for a $30 million plus debut, unprecedented for a non-summer R-rated film (read our highly positive review here). Action comedies are a tough sell, but Sony handled this one masterfully, finding a way to guide an older brand name to massive appeal amongst younger audiences (plus hiring two smart directors who knocked the final product out of the park). And now they're ready to do it again, enrolling Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (co-writer of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") to return for scripting duties on a sequel.

'Prometheus' Has Landed: Thrilling, Super-Intense Full Trailer Arrives For Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2012 8:19 AM
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Of all the summer movies due this year, none, even "The Dark Knight Rises," carry the weight of expectations from cinephiles as "Prometheus." Given that it's the first science-fiction movie in thirty years from Ridley Scott, the man whose previous entries in the genre, "Alien" and "Blade Runner," stand at the very apex. And as a spiritual successor set in the same universe as the former, the stakes for geeks are even higher. 

'Alice Creed' Director J. Blakeson To Helm Black List Script 'The Imitation Game' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 6:09 PM
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Well, here's a name we're glad to hear is back on the radar. J. Blakeson may not be instantly familiar, but he's the man who made some nice waves with his crackling debut feature, "The Disapperance of Alice Creed," a whipsmart and nervy little thriller that put him on the map (and if you haven't seen the film, it's definitely worth tracking down). But curiously, not much has been heard from him. Way back in 2010 he signed on for the Great Chicago Fire romance "Hell and Gone" with a script by Jonathan Nolan, but not much was heard since. However, one of the hottest scripts in town has now landed his name back in the trades.

Elizabeth Olsen Looks To The Future, Talks 'Kill Your Darlings,' 'Thérèse Raquin' & 'Very Good Girls'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 16, 2012 5:51 PM
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After a breakout year in 2011 courtesy of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Olsen is planning for 2012 to be a "year of firsts": "my first time portraying a real-life person," "my first period piece," and "for the first time in my life, I'm putting work first."

'Shallow Grave,' 2 Spalding Gray Pics By Steven Soderbergh, 'The Gold Rush' & More To Go The Criterion Collection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 5:30 PM
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Well, time to break open those vacation savings for this summer, as The Criterion Collection have dropped a heckuva slate for June, so let's get to it.

New Looks At Jim, Michelle, Stifler & The Rest Of The Gang In 'American Reunion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 4:54 PM
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It has been nearly ten years since the entire "American Pie" gang have been on the big screen (fun/depressing fact: Eugene Levy has appeared in every movie of the franchise, including all of home video spinoffs). But all of that is about to change with "American Reunion," which brings everyone back for one more slice of raunchy fun.

In Theaters: Take '21 Jump Street' To Get To 'Casa De Mi Padre' To Find 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 16, 2012 4:21 PM
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Hello all, greetings from the humid climes of Austin, Texas! I am reporting your weekly in theaters to you while taking a break from watching movies about rape, that take place in the woods, or are about long forgotten musical icons. Pro-tip: next year, submit a film that's about a camping trip gone awry, with at least one rape of any kind, co-starring, like, one of the members of Ace of Base or something. Let's sign some checks people! No, but the fest has been super fun and crazy as most fests are and should be. Also, I'm very busy with plans to start a charitable foundation for independent filmmakers who are in desperate need of tripods. The lack of tripods is an important issue that is facing our independent films today. But since you are not here (or are you?) let's get down to what's in theaters this weekend! This one is gonna be quick and dirty, 'cause I gots to go watch a crazy documentary.

SXSW '12 Interview: Guy Maddin Talks Making 100 Short Films In 100 Days In Four Countries With Current Project 'Spiritismes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2012 4:04 PM
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If you've been at a film festival at the last few months, chances are you've bumped into Guy Maddin. The idiosyncratic Canadian director of "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs," "The Saddest Music In The World" and "My Winnipeg," has a new film, offbeat haunted house tale "Keyhole," starring Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini, and he's been on the festival circuit in a big way, debuting the film at TIFF (read our review from there), before heading to Halifax's Atlantic Film Festival, and then last month Berlin (where we interviewed the director), before landing in the last week at SXSW.

First Look At Greta Gerwig & Joel Kinnaman In 'Lola Versus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2012 4:00 PM
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Greta Gerwig and Joel Kinnaman -- two actors who have been working mostly in indie/foreign fare to date -- are making big strides toward more mainstream recognition. The former already did the WB comedy "Arthur" last year with Russell Brand, and later this year, she'll feature in Woody Allen's "Nero Fiddled" and is currently lensing the HBO series "The Corrections" with Noah Baumbach. As for the latter, he's on the AMC series "The Killing," featured in the climactic showdown in "Safe House" and was just named MGM's "RoboCop." But this summer, they'll both appear in the Fox Searchlight romantic drama/comedy "Lola Versus."

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