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Book Review: 'Hollywood Movie Stills' Is A Beautiful Look Back At The Golden Age Of Cinema

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2012 10:01 AM
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There's no such thing anymore as the "art" of the movie still, with images from movies now part and parcel of carefully orchestrated marketing or sales plans driving the films. They are, generally speaking, grist for the mill, and while the first look at an imminent blockbuster or secretive project can provide a temporary thrill, the sheer overwhelming pervasiveness and availability of images, all at the click of a button, means that enjoyment is a temporary thing. Movie stills aren't about the glamor of a production anymore, so much as placeholders until we can see the actual movie. And that's not to cast judgment on how things work -- after all, we're a movie blog and very much perpetrators of the cycle -- but how images from movies are used and how they are perceived, from inside the studio and out, has changed dramatically.
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Channing Tatum Confirms He'll Be In 'Jupiter Ascending'; Calls 'Bitter Pill' Co-Star Rooney Mara The "Most Terrifying Person I've Ever Met"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 5, 2012 9:45 AM
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You'd think The Wachowskis would have gotten their epic sci-fi trilogy kicks out of their system with "The Matrix" but evidently not -- the duo are gearing up "Jupiter Ascending," a planned kickstarter to a trilogy that is set in a universe where human beings are not the most evolved forms of intelligent life. With things reportedly due to get underway this fall, and on the back of Mila Kunis joining the flick, Channing Tatum has confirmed with MTV his own involvement in the ambitious project.

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins To Play Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner Will Be Patti Smith In 'CBGB'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 5, 2012 9:25 AM
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With every new piece of info that emerges surrounding director Randall Miller's rock 'n' roll tribute “CBGB," the more the film simply certifies itself as having a brilliant casting director in Richard Pagano. After Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman and Rupert Grint all found unconventional but intriguing roles as various mainstays of the famous New York club, the production continues its streak of inspired choices by adding a talented musician, a sitcom star, and a period-drama actress, among others, to the list.

Producer Rick McCallum Says"Adult" 'Star Wars' TV Series Would Be Like "Deadwood In Space"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 5, 2012 9:05 AM
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There's no question a new standard of television has resulted from the last ten years, largely stemming from HBO's original programming, with shows like “The Sopranos,” “Carnivale,” and “Oz” all brandishing new forms of storytelling that are unafraid to go to shocking and explicit depths to depict their characters' lives to the audience. That's all well and good for the viewer, who now finds himself with smart, engaging shows down every alley, but what does it mean for the long-gestating “Star Wars” TV series, and its suitable place on the air?

J.J. Abrams Sneaks In Early Look At Klingons From 'Star Trek' Sequel During MTV Movie Awards Skit

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 5, 2012 8:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams just doesn't do conventional does he? The writer-director unveiled an early look at a Klingon from his upcoming "Star Trek" sequel during this past weekend's MTV Movie Awards but, rather than putting it on the MTV website or premiering it in footage during the show, Abrams decided to purposefully leave it on a television in the background during a skit.

Douglas Booth & Logan Lerman Set Sail With Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 8:21 PM
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The waters will rise and life on the planet as we know it will forever be changed. No, we're not talking about the latest environmental documentary, but instead about Darren Aronofksy's brewing Bible epic, "Noah," and with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Saorise Ronan all booked for passage, a new pair of passengers (of the human variety) are joining them.

'Safety Not Guaranteed' Soundtrack Features Guster's Ryan Miller, Mark Duplass & Summer Fiction

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2012 6:36 PM
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Tomorrow, June 5, ABKCO Records will digitally release the original soundtrack to the FilmDistrict feature "Safety Not Guaranteed." Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, and features an original score written and performed by Ryan Miller, the singer, guitarist and founder of the alternative rock group Guster.

First Official Image Of Lindsay Lohan As Elizabeth Taylor In 'Liz & Dick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 5:49 PM
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Yes, it's happening. "Liz & Dick" has bucked the odds and is actually filming with Lindsay Lohan actually showing up on set. For real. And now the legendary Elizabeth Taylor will have her life story told by the fine folks at Lifetime -- who don't know a real life person they can't exploit and sensationalize -- with Lohan in the title role. The movie gods are crying.

Jack Black Says 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin & Owen Wilson Was A "Career Nadir"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 5:06 PM
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Jack Black, for the all the success he's had in films like "The School Of Rock" or the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, is no stranger to flops. "Year One" anybody? How about "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny"? But it seems one much more recent movie is an effort that the actor views as one of the lowest points of his career on stage or in front of the camera.

Whoa: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter On NBC's 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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We've sort of been on the fence about the idea of bringing Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" to the small screen (particularly on network TV), but so far the production has been making all the right moves. Intriguingly, instead of jumping to right to the cannibal we know from "Silence Of The Lambs," the show will follow Hannibal Lecter – prior to his incarceration and working as a practicing psychiatrist – solving crimes alongside Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy), Lecter’s FBI partner. And now they've landed one helluva actor for the title role.

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