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Julianne Hough Finds 'Safe Haven' & Gemma Arterton Ready For 'Runner, Runner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
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Two lovely and talented ladies have lined up some projects, so let's get right to it....

George Lucas Stepping Away From LucasFilm To Make Experimental Movies In His Garage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 3:18 PM
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Nearing 70 years old and with more than enough money to retire for twenty lifetimes, it looks like George Lucas is ready to hang up his lightsaber and call it a day. Again. The "Star Wars" godfather has previously spoken about his desire to do more experimental films and his plans to move away from the business many times over -- most recently in January -- and now he's talking it up again.

Watch: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Stars Charlize Theron & Chris Hemsworth Talk Characters, Costumes & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 30, 2012 2:28 PM
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One of the big reasons that moviegoers -- all boosted by the film's killer trailers -- will be turning out in droves this weekend to see Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" this Friday are the stars, with the picture stocked with of-the-moment hotness. Its three leads are "Twilight" franchise star Kristen Stewart as the fairest in the land, Snow White; Chris Hemsworth, currently smashing the box office records to smithereens as Thor in Joss Whedon's superhero free-for-all "The Avengers" as the titular huntsman; and Charlize Theron, as the vainglorious evil queen Ravenna (and she's appearing in Ridley Scott's sci-fi spectacle "Prometheus" opening next week).

Paul Schrader Wants To Know How You Think 'The Canyons' Should Look; Cites 'Fallen Angels' & 'Heartbeats' As Visual Look Of Indie Pics Today

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 1:56 PM
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As Paul Schrader's indie "The Canyons" continues to develop and prepare to roll in front of cameras this summer, the filmmaker and the team behind the film have taken a very active and involved online approach in making the movie. A casting call for the lead roles went out online, and earlier this month a Kickstart initiative was put in place for the last leg of financing for the film, and it has already exceeded the $100,000 goal with flying colors. And now, Schrader wants some input on how the the film should look.

Exclusive: Poster & Theatrical Tour Dates For 'Bindlestiffs' Presented By Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 1:15 PM
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While Kevin Smith begins to wind down his directing career, he's combining his experience in the industry, online savvy and massive following and putting that energy into his new SModcast Pictures distribution shingle. Using the template established by "Red State," Smith plans to acquire films and present them in a roadshow/touring format in theaters around the country before they get released to VOD and DVD. And for his first release, he's picked up an indie film that will certain benefit from his support.

Early Reviews Say 'Prometheus' Impresses Visually, But Not All Agree The Movie Delivers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 12:30 PM
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"Prometheus" has landed. The highly anticipated return to sci-fi by Ridley Scott and the quasi "Alien" prequel is opening in theaters overseas today, and the first reviews from the trades and a handful of papers have arrived. And for the most part it seems the wait has been worth it, while a few argue that while the spectacle on screen is impressive, the movie doesn't have the substance to back it up.

Director Carl Franklin to Helm Corrupt Cop Drama 'City Of Night'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 30, 2012 11:45 AM
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Most recently plying his wares on TV shows such as Starz's “Magic City” and HBO's “The Pacific,” director Carl Franklin has decided to step back into the cinematic arena where he got his start, nine years after he directed the Denzel Washington actioner “Out of Time,” for a dose of shady business with the law.

Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg Say 'World's End' Is "Social Sci-Fi" And About "Revolution"; Pegg Says Khan Is Not The Villain In 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 30, 2012 11:23 AM
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Word that “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” filmmaker Edgar Wright would be reuniting with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to complete their “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” with “The World’s End” surprised many of us when the news arrived back at the beginning of May. All three creative minds have been very busy with a variety of projects since "Hot Fuzz," but with lensing set to begin in September, Wright and Pegg are beginning to tease out what fans can expect from their next collaboration.

The Essentials: 5 Great Howard Hawks Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2012 10:56 AM
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We love a chamelonic director here at The Playlist, and Howard Hawks was one of the first, and one of the best. Across a 55-year career that spanned silents and talkies, black-and-white and color, Hawks tackled virtually every genre under the sun, often turning out films that still stand as among the best in that style. Romantic comedy? Two of the finest ever. War? "To Have And Have Not" and "Sergeant York," the latter of which won him his only Best Director Academy Award nomination (though he did win an Honorary Award in 1975, two years before his death). Science-fiction? The much ripped-off "The Thing From Another World." Gangster movies? "Scarface," which practically invented a whole genre. From film noir and melodrama to Westerns and musicals, Hawks took them all in his stride.

Watch: Dazzling 2-Minute Behind The Scenes Steadicam Shot From ‘Hugo’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 30, 2012 10:39 AM
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Although Martin Scorsese’s ode to the wonders of cinema, “Hugo,” was seen as something of a financial failure, there’s no denying the absolute artistry on display in every frame. Scorsese took the medium of 3D and surpassed every other film in its use, while also using the format to comment on the way movies transport us from our daily lives. However, a behind-the-scenes clip has recently surfaced which shows exactly how much effort it took to provide that transportation, and it is truly astounding. Spoilers for those who haven’t seen the film!

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