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Dwayne Johnson To Star In Action Pic ‘Ciudad’ From 'You, Me & Dupree' Directors The Russo Brothers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 6, 2012 10:38 AM
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On a long list of cinema’s best lugheads, or muscle-bound action stars as they would prefer to be called, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would probably fall somewhere in the middle. While never really opening a movie outside of Disney’s family film “The Game Plan” on his own, Johnson has recently fallen back on mega-grossing blockbusters like “Fast Five,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” and the upcoming “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.” In this writer’s opinion, he’s not without talent, showcasing an admirable comedic timing and acting prowess well above what you’d expect from a guy who started his career getting oiled up for WWE wrestling matches.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Eyeing An October Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 10:12 AM
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Pretty much working under a veil of secrecy, not much has been known about Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming, untitled maybe-about-Scientology, religious cult drama also known as "The Master." What we do know is that is stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Laura Dern, was shot in 65mm, has Jonny Greenwood doing the score, with the story taking place just after WWII, centering on a man who founds a new belief system and takes a young man under his wing. And oh yeah, some behind the scenes pics surfaced late last year as well. But that's about it. Speculation about the film appearing at Cannes or being an awards season player have been kicked around and while we'll have to wait and see on the former, the latter is seemingly more like.
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Review: 'Silent House' Manages Some Surrealistic Thrills Inside Some Rigid Technical Restraints

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 10:01 AM
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"Silent House" has a nifty hook – it's being billed as a "real time" (probably not) horror movie filled in a single, unified shot (again: there are eight separate shots, but that's still pretty impressive). In a way it's a stylish extension of the current found footage craze, as we're locked into a single character (played, with believable intensity, by Elizabeth Olsen) as she scurries around a dilapidated lake house, but it also allows for far more flowery filmmaking (particularly in the film's freaky final act). What makes "Silent House" such an exceptional little genre treat is that, locked into a very rigid technical framework, filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, have gone out of their way to make a genuinely scary, occasionally surreal, intensely imaginative thriller. What could have simply been an exercise ends up being truly engaging.

Ron Perlman Will Give Your Kids Nightmares On The Poster For 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 9:40 AM
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Don't let your kids catch a glimpse of this poster because this is an image that could haunt them for years and cost you thousands in therapy. Ron Perlman is front and center as a transgender computer hacker on the first poster for Jordan Roberts' eccentric-sounding SXSW comedy "Frankie Go Boom."

Kristen Bell Is The Snow Queen In Disney's 'Frozen'; 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Gets New Trailer & WB Buys Graphic Novel 'Bolivar' For Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 9:20 AM
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In a story on Kristen Bell joining the cast of Jennifer Getzinger's cinematic adaptation of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girls," The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that the actress-formerly-known-as-Veronica Mars will "provide the speaking and singing voice" as the lead in Disney's upcoming feature "Frozen," which means she will play the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale character the Snow Queen (first published way back in 1845). Additionally, the trade states that Warner Bros. and Weed Road (Akiva Goldsman's WB-based production shingle) have picked up the forthcoming graphic novel "Bolivar" for Irish animator Kealan O'Rourke to write and direct.

Rose Byrne & Anna Faris Say 'I Give It A Year'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 6, 2012 9:03 AM
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We certainly never saw it coming back when he was turning in small but hilarious performances in Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," but in 2012 Rafe Spall is set to become a leading man in a Working Title rom-com. Neither did we imagine that any offspring of Timothy Spall (as much as we love him) would ever be a romantic lead. But after significant roles in "Anonymous" and "One Day" Spall the younger looks set to be a star, and now we know who his other half will be in his first big rom-com. And lucky, lucky him, because it's only the stunning and ridiculously talented Rose Byrne.

Review: 'John Carter' Is One Long, Muddled, Uninvolving Flashback Made To Set Up A Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 7:39 AM
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Arriving in theaters on a wave of press that has included much chatter about the film's budget, its reshoots and the expectations Disney has on the project, "John Carter" is not your ordinary tentpole in more ways than one. Rarely do films meet this kind of scrutiny on the way to the theater, but given the years in development this project has been through, and the new do-or-die, go big or go home ethos that Disney currently embraces, it was perhaps inevitable. But when the lights go down, the 3D glasses go on and the movie starts, it's all about what's on the screen and unfortunately for the studio and director Andrew Stanton, "John Carter" is a mess. Strangely uninvolving and needlessly convoluted, "John Carter" spends over two hours making the case for being a franchise, without ever really becoming a movie.

Warner Bros. Takes Over Universal's Hugh Hefner Biopic 'Playboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 10:13 PM
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That a feature film biopic hasn't yet been made about one of the most important cultural icons of the last half century certainly hasn't been without a lack of trying. Way back in 2007, Universal and Brett Ratner were planning to make "Playboy," a film about the magazine's founder Hugh Hefner, but it never got in front of cameras. The project never seemed to gain forward momentum, even with guys like Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman at one time or another kicking the tires on the lead role. But the project now has fresh life, as it has flipped the page over to another studio.

Casey Affleck Leads The Pack To Play Christian Bale's Brother In 'Out Of The Furnace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 9:30 PM
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Well, here's a face we'd be happier to see more of: Casey Affleck. After directing the underrated faux doc/media stunt "I'm Still Here" Affleck (along with his bud/hip hop star Joaquin Phoenix) kinda dropped off the face of the planet. He was linked to a couple projects here and there that never quite got off the ground, and last fall was kind of totally wasted as part of the ensemble of "Tower Heist." Later this year, he lends voice to the animated "ParaNorman" but this next project looks like it could be the first real gig for the actor in a while.

Sylvester Stallone Will Reportedly Recut 'Bullet To The Head' Himself For A November Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 6:26 PM
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Update: Well, turns out Walter Hill is still very much at the helm of this one as Sylvester Stallone tells AICN that those rumors are "an egregious lie, I have nothing to do with the editing to BULLET TO THE HEAD.  Walter is doing a FANTASTIC job!  I think it is a FANTASTIC job and he's editing it!" Still no word on why the movie got yanked off the calendar though...

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