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'Twelve Years A Slave' Becomes More Awesome By Adding Michael K. Williams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2012 3:52 PM
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So far, Steve McQueen's films --"Hunger" and "Shame" -- have favored small casts delivering intense drama, but with "Twelve Years A Slave" he's switching the game. The subject matter is still sober (slavery), but he's enlisting pretty much every one of our favorite actors in a cinephile's equivalent of pornography. And he's added one more name to the already stellar cast.

Watch: 1-Hour Documentary 'NWR' About Nicolas Winding Refn With Ryan Gosling, Mads Mikkelsen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2012 12:49 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn has never been busier. Busy in post on "Only God Forgives," with a number of projects in the works including "I Walk With The Dead" with Carey Mulligan; producing a prequel to "Maniac Cop"; looking at "The Button Man" to direct and bringing "Barbarella" to the small screen, Refn continues to quickly move forward, but thankfully, someone has slowed him down just enough, to take a long look at where he's been.

Patrick Wilson Joins Season 2 Of 'Girls,' Will Possibly Romance Hannah

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 5:18 PM
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The guys Hannah has encountered in "Girls" thus far have all had their own quirks (except for maybe Lou Taylor Pucci who was almost too normal): Adam (Adam Driver) is slightly sexually deviant, uniquely individual, at times disarmingly sweet and yet, he will pee on you in the shower for a laugh; Marnie's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott) is nice and earnest to the point of tedium while Ray (Alex Karpovsky) has an opinion and insight about nearly everyone, and it's usually not positive. Could Patrick Wilson be the dude to show Hannah there are some normal guys in New York City?

'The Bourne Legacy' Gets Out Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shadow & Will Now Open On August 10th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 4:45 PM
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How wide will the wings of "The Dark Knight Rises" spread? Well, let's put it this way: when "The Dark Knight" opened in 2008, it was the number one movie at the box office for four straight weeks, and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks on its way to a $533 million domestic haul that helped push it over a billion worldwide. And it's probably pretty safe to assume that Batman will dominate long and hard once again this summer.

Rufus Wainwright Working On A Movie Musical (Loosely) Based On His Own Life

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 4:32 PM
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In a way, it has always seemed like the life of Rufus Wainwright was headed for the big screen. The son of famed Canadian folk music legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he was born into something close to music royalty. But he forged his own musical path, performing weekly shows in his hometown of Montreal before cutting early demos (listen to one of the songs below) that found their way into the hands of famed producer/arranger Van Dyke Parks who passed it onto DreamWorks head Lenny Waronker, and the next thing you know, he had a record deal (Jon Brion produced his first album). And over the course of six albums, and a couple more live albums, Wainwright showcased himself to be a premiere pop songwriter, with influences as wide-ranging as Tin Pan Alley and high opera, all while putting his own baroque spin on things; Elton John has called him the greatest living songwriter. But Wainwright has battled his demons too, surviving a rape as a teenager, with a life of excess that has included a pretty hard addiction to drugs.

Watch: Documentary About Modest Mouse's Second Album 'The Lonesome Crowded West'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 3:46 PM
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Long before Modest Mouse became guest stars on "The O.C." (remember that?) and best-selling Grammy nominees, they were just another Northwest indie rock band. But they showed tremendous promise from the start. And their second album, the sprawling double LP The Lonesome Crowded West, was an early highlight with the ambition (The Moon And Antarctica) and sharp songwriting (Good News For People Who Love Bad News) they would show on subsequent albums. It's hard to believe that it's been fifteen years since the album dropped on the tiny indie shingle Up Records.

Aaron Eckhart Joins 'White House Down' Rival 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 2:57 PM
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So, concept is simple: the White House comes under attack and a Secret Service agent (or a former Secret Service agent) needs to come in, knock heads and save the day. And it seems this idea was good enough to spawn two rival movies that are racing to win audiences: "White House Down" and "Olympus Has Fallen." White House Exhausted yet?

Watch: Trailer For Animated 'Black Dynamite' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 2:36 PM
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While we wait to see if that big screen "Black Dynamite" sequel ever happens (Michael Jai White told us it would shoot at the end of the year), blaxploitation spoof fans won't have to wait long to get more as the animated series premieres in just a few weeks, and a trailer has arrived to give you a taste.

In Theaters: 'Abraham Lincoln' Is 'Brave' While 'Seeking A Friend' Is Better Off Sent 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 22, 2012 2:01 PM
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Hello hello! We hope you’re in the mood for love, because it’s definitely in the popcorn-and-butter-infused theater air this weekend. From an attempt at arranged marriage to a relationship forged at the moment of the apocalypse to romance in Rome (perhaps the romance capital itself, if you don’t count Paris, and, anyway, Woody Allen’s already been there), there’s a wide range of love stories to choose from. And if you prefer vampire flicks, well then you’ll absolutely adore the monster movie take on American history that’s hitting the cinemas. Either way, sneak champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries past the ticket attendants and enjoy Valentine’s Day, Part Deux!

Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska & Zoe Aggeliki In The Mix For Johanna Mason In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 1:50 PM
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While much of the casting chatter in recent weeks surrounding "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has been around who will play Finnick Odair in the highly anticipated sequel, there are still more key characters to be cast. And some names are beginning to emerge for who might take the crucial role of Johanna Mason in the film.

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