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Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart Teaming For A Cop Comedy At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 7:58 PM
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There is nothing Hollywood likes more than to piggyback off a good idea, so we probably should have seen this coming. Hot off the success of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's "21 Jump Street" this weekend, another cop comedy is coming down the pike, this time starring two veterans of the Judd Apatow school of laffs.

First Look At Daniel Radcliffe As Allen Ginsberg In 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 6:36 PM
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So are books by the Beats poised to become the next tween lit pick of choice? Okay, so maybe it won't reach "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight" levels of popularity, but we're experiencing a bit of moment here with tweenage fave KStew leading Walter Salles' upcoming "On The Road" and now, Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe stepping into the shoes of Allen Ginsberg. Howl, indeed.

Jake Gyllenhaal To Make 'An Enemy' With 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve Based On Jose Saramago's 'The Double'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 6:24 PM
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While he didn't get the win in 2011, Denis Villeneuve's Oscar nominated "Incendies" put the helmer on the map, Hollywood called and he suddenly found a few more options on his plate. Last year, he came on board the long developing Black List script "Prisoners" (which recently landed a lead in Hugh Jackman) as well as an adaptation of Russell Banks' "The Darling" with Jessica Chastain linked to a role. And then last month, he also put an adaptation of Joe Sacco's "Footsteps In Gaza" on his pile. But it's a new project that looks like it will go first.

Tarsem Singh Taking A Look At Sprawling Contemporary War Movie 'Eye In The Sky'; Film Features 62 Parts

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 19, 2012 5:53 PM
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To follow the spectacles of "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," director Tarsem Singh has previously said he'd like to try something non-visual -- such as a talking-heads movie in the vein of "My Dinner with Andre." But before he gets to tackle anything that simple (at least as far as visual feasts go), Singh has his eye on "something in-between" a talker and a stunner that he hopes to do, should the deal go through -- a sprawling, Steven Soderbergh-like hyperlink film inspired by "Traffic," "Contagion" and "Syriana" called "Eye in the Sky."

So Much For That Sequel: Disney Announces They've Lost $200 Million On 'John Carter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 5:16 PM
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Well, you can consider this one the first huge flop of the year, and what will likely be regarded as one of the big disasters of 2012. Disney have officially announced that they are taking a $200 million bath on the big budget film. Here's what they had to say in their official statement (via Deadline):

'Days Of Grace' Soundtrack Features Massive Attack With Scarlett Johansson, Atticus Ross, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis And More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 19, 2012 5:10 PM
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"Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive." This is the synopsis of "Days Of Grace." Starring Eva Longoria, Carlos Bardem (Javier's brother), Miguel Rodarte and Paulina Gaitan, while writer/Director Everardo Gout's first feature doesn't have a U.S. release date yet (it screened out of competition at Cannes last year), it does have a rather interesting soundtrack worth noting and maybe that'll give it extra attention.

The Best & Worst Of SXSW '12: The Playlist's Complete Coverage

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 4:55 PM
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SXSW is officially done for another year. Well, technically, it's been done since Saturday, but it's taken a few days for The Playlist team members to emerge from their BBQ & queso comas. Nevertheless, the film strand of the festival is over and it's time to look forward, to Tribeca, Cannes and whatever else lies beyond.

Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey Talk The Odd DNA Of 'Bernie'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 19, 2012 4:52 PM
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Ever since his debut, “Slacker,” earned him a spot on the national filmmaking stage, Richard Linklater has been one of Texas’ favorite sons. It’s certainly helped that so many of his movies not only took place in the state, but paid real and honest tribute to its citizens, without insult or parody. But in “Bernie,” his latest, he skirts that line between celebrating and satirizing Texans with his retelling of the true story of Bernie Tiede, a funeral director who killed an elderly widow and threatened to go free thanks to his hometown’s near-universal affection for the man. Jack Black stars as the title character, and Matthew McConaghey plays the self-aggrandizing prosecutor who despite his legitimate pursuit of justice ultimately proves to be the film’s unexpected villain.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Eden' Is A Gripping Sex Slavery Drama That Isn't As Dour As It Sounds

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2012 4:46 PM
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Often the problem when making an "issue" movie, wherein you tackle some far-reaching social, systemic, or religious injustice, is that scope often becomes too burdensome, with the given topic often begging for thoughtful, intimate conversation and not the broad strokes that cinema offers. The best issue movies, things like Steven Soderbergh's multi-layered "Traffic," make the central concern seem both universal and incredibly personal, often setting aside crass moralization (the stuff "Crash" was mired in – hey, racism still exists, everybody!) for actual entertainment. "Eden," the Narrative Feature winner at South by Southwest, similarly tackles the issue of sex slavery, but it does so in a way that never feels too clumsy or overarching. Instead, it's a character study with thriller elements; it exposes you to a horrible underworld without ever beating you over the head with it.

Attention NYC: Win The Rialto DVD Box Set & Tickets To 15th Anniversary Screenings At Film Society Of Lincoln Center

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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While New Yorkers have plenty of opportunity to see classic films on the big screen, you'll be hard pressed to find a lineup as front to back awesome as the Film Society Of Lincoln Center's "15 For 15: Celebrating Rialto Pictures."

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