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Michelle Monaghan Stages A 'Coup' With Owen Wilson & Pierce Brosnan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 4:59 PM
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Yesterday we said that Rachel McAdams doesn't always get the kinds of projects that match her skills, and the same could apply to Michelle Monaghan. The actress, who was excellent in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Gone Baby Gone," hasn't really stood out in much since, fading to the background or being wasted in fare like "Made Of Honor," "Eagle Eye" and "The Heartbreak Kid." But she does seem like to genre-y action pieces (such as "Source Code") as she's lined up another one.

Robert De Niro Gambles On 'Last Vegas' With Michael Douglas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 4:21 PM
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Granted, the premise -- some old dudes have a bachelor party in Las Vegas -- sounds like it was pitched by a douchebag exec during a studio meeting (and who knows, maybe it was), but if it gives us the opportunity to see Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro spar, who are we to quibble?

In Theaters: 'Dark Shadows' May A Cause A 'Sleepless Night,' But 'God Bless America' For 'Bonsai'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 11, 2012 3:59 PM
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So “The Avengers” knocked it out of the park, huh? With a $600 million intake worldwide and lots and lots of good reviews, Joss Whedon and the folks over at Marvel can probably even one-up James Cameron at the next Masters of the Hollywood Universe fete. (That sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’d go to a party like that.) This weekend is a little smaller, but looking good nonetheless. A number of foreign films that have done well in the festival circuit, and the latest eyefeast from Burton and Co. hit theaters today, providing quite a lot of competition – if not dazzling CGI and budget – for the massive blockbuster winner of last week. Let’s see how they measure up.

Oh Good, There's More 'Prometheus' Images Because We Haven't Had Enough Already

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 3:46 PM
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Well, 20th Century Fox certainly aren't changing up the game plan too much. Just like they did last year, with their summer tentpole "X-Men: First Class," the studio is going to make sure that before June arrives we get at least a few hundred images, probably a dozen clips and god knows what else for "Prometheus." And yeah, it drives us fucking bananas but here we are posting about it. The irony is rich, we know.

Review: 'The Tortured' Might As Well Describe The Audience For Twisted Pictures' Latest

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 11, 2012 3:02 PM
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For most viewers, there's no way to take a look at that Twisted Pictures logo and feel at ease. Sure, it's intimidating all on it's own -- dark lowercase lettering separated by barbed-wire, inky shadows. But it's an entirely different sort of fear that emerges from the house that James Wan built. The company piggybacked off three "Saw" films before it decided to expand into other hoary, blood-soaked horror cheapies, most of them in the direct-to-video realm. With "Saw" over, however, Twisted Pictures still has a few leftovers from the torture porn trend, and one is 2010's "The Tortured," currently, finally receiving a VOD release.
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Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto & Topher Grace Get An 'Invitation' From 'Girlfight' Director Karyn Kusama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 2:51 PM
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Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Topher Grace, Johnny Galecki and Karyn Kusama...one of these people doesn't quite seem to belong (guess who?) but they are all banding together to make "Invitation."

Guess What: There's Going To Be An 'Anchorman 2' Teaser Trailer In Front Of 'The Dictator'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 2:32 PM
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While it would be unfair to call it the worst kept secret in the movie universe, it's something that most movie bloggers know -- and something a few of them have already reported on, though there's been little concrete information thus far. A teaser trailer for "Anchorman 2" will appear in front of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming comedy "The Dictator," which opens next Wednesday, May 16th. Confirmed? Nope. But feel free to bet the farm on Odin's Raven. You can have the keys to our blog if it doesn't happen (cool, right guys?).

Reacting To 'Twilight,' Potential Sequels & More From The Press Tour For Tim Burton & Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 2:07 PM
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Whether you end up loving it or hating it (as our reviewer did), one has to admit that there are few films like "Dark Shadows" in theaters this summer. Based on the popular 1960s/1970s ABC soap that included vampires, werewolves and witches, the film is a curious blend of comedy, drama and horror that's indelibly a Tim Burton creation.

Contest Giveaway: 3 DVD Copies Of 'Chronicle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 1:37 PM
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While "The Avengers" is currently holding the mantle of the superhero movie of 2012, earlier this year something a bit more sly and subversive hit theaters: Josh Trank's "Chronicle." A kind of coming-of-age story told through the prism of the superhero genre, the film is a unique and original tale that finds teens newly blessed with superpowers not putting on tights to save the world, but mostly just trying to figure out what it all means, while harnessing and refining their skills. Made on a modest budget, the movie is a pretty exciting piece of work with an explosive finale. In case you missed it, we've got a few DVD copies for some lucky readers.
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Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Pic; Reunites With Russell Brand For 'Man That Rocks The Cradle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 1:17 PM
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With "30 Rock" getting picked up by NBC for one last, shortened, 13-episode season, it looks like Alec Baldwin is going to have a bit more time on his hands. The actor is starting to fill up his calendar and is calling on a couple of recent pals to help him do so.

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