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Review: 'Tomorrow, When The War Began' Is A Fairly Engaging Australian Riff On 'Red Dawn'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 22, 2012 10:58 AM
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There's always been a kind of frayed-edged dangerousness to Australian cinema, a lawlessness that brought refreshing unpredictability to even the most tired of genres. The wildness that defines Australia, with its craggy rock formations and weird-ass creatures, seeps into its movies, to the point that even "Tomorrow, When the War Began," a fairly shopworn riff on "Red Dawn" (as filtered through untold modern young adult novels), feels more essential and engaging, if only for its earthy Australian-ness.
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'Jane Eyre' Screenwriter Moira Buffini To Adapt Erin Morgenstern's Bestseller 'The Night Circus' For 'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 10:45 AM
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Few producers can claim to have the track record of David Heyman. The son of veteran producers John and Norma Heyman, he was behind a couple of projects in the 1990s -- Tupac Shakur vehicle "Juice" and underrated cannibal tale "Ravenous" among them -- but came to fame as the smart cookie who optioned J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" for the big screen. Pairing with Warner Bros, he shepherded the book and its six sequels to an eight-film run of mega-grossers: each entry in the series is among the 35 all time top-grossers. 

Watch: 4 Wild Clips From 'Project X'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 22, 2012 10:44 AM
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While advanced word on the quality of the Todd Phillips-produced party flick “Project X” has been a bit quiet so far, after two enticing trailers and with a creative team that includes music video director Nima Nourizadeh and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” screenwriter Michael Bacall co-writing this one, we’ve remained cautiously optimistic. Just as the film is set hit theaters next week, the promotion machine looks like it’s about to kick off in a major way.
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'Community' Confirmed For March 15th Return; Brie Larson Joins Nick Stoller's Comedy Pilot & Milo Ventimiglia Goes 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 22, 2012 10:21 AM
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While Playlist favorite “Parks and Recreation” continues to light up our Thursday nights with a dose of refreshingly smart comedy amidst two holdovers in “The Office” and “30 Rock,” some have been taking to all forms of social media to mourn the midseason loss of “Community,” which occurred this past winter. If you’ll remember, there was a pretty significant outcry over the cult series being yanked from its 8 p.m. time slot for the return of “30 Rock,” with a slate of episodes still left to air. For some fans, it started as a tweet from series showrunner Dan Harmon that read, “What you call 8:00, we call home. Community returns to Thursday nights on March 15th,” for others it was sites like Deadline that proclaimed that the cult hit was back with a vengeance in its normal time of 8 p.m. on Thursdays. While word on whether the hotly debated ratings of this hilarious live action cartoon will bump it into a fourth season, it’s nice to see Jeff and the gang returning, and we’re happy to see the time slot didn’t Chang.

Watch: Trailer For SXSW & Berlin Pic 'Electrick Children' & A Quick Chat With Star Julia Garner

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 22, 2012 10:02 AM
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Seeming even younger than her 18 years, Julia Garner, the lead in Rebecca Thomas' debut feature "Electrick Children" (reviewed here) delivers one of those performances that marks a new star in the ascendant. Juggling upcoming roles and sweetly new to the world of press junkets and promotion, we spoke briefly with Garner at the Berlin Film Festival where the film played to a very warm reception on the opening night of the Generation Section.

Dominic Cooper & Karoline Herfurth Join Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 9:45 AM
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After a few stalled efforts and possible projects that didn't quite get moving, Brian De Palma's "Passion" is going full steam ahead, and it looks like it could be his starriest outing since "The Black Dahlia." The film, a loose remake of Alain Corneau's "Love Crime," already has Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace slotted as the dueling leads, and now two more excellent actors are coming aboard.

Jennifer Ehle & Nash Edgerton Will Hunt Osama Bin Laden With Kathryn Bigelow

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 22, 2012 9:23 AM
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If Osama Bin Laden weren't already dead, we might fear for his safety purely based on the strength of the cast Kathryn Bigelow is assembling for her (still untitled) "Kill Bin Laden" flick. Oscar winner Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker") wrote the script and Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain will head a cast that also includes Mark Strong (as a good guy this time...surely?), Jason Clarke, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler and Chris Pratt. And now the production has added two more to bolster that cast.

Watch: First Video Blog For Latest James Bond Flick 'Skyfall' Arrives, Is Mostly Footage Of Sam Mendes Looking At Things

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 9:03 AM
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Bond is back. Again. With the MGM financial situation sorted, production on the 23rd official film to feature Ian Fleming's super spy, and the third to star Daniel Craig in the role, got underway late last year, but as ever the security around "Skyfall" has been airtight. We know the cast, which sees Craig joined by Javier Bardem as the villain, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Helen McCrory, and we know a vague logline, which suggests that the plot revolves around Judi Dench's M, but not a lot besides.

Peter Greenaway To Direct 'Food For Love' An Adaptation Of 'Death In Venice'; Finishing 'Goltzius' For Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 6:39 PM
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It's been five years since "Nightwatching," the last feature length effort from Peter Greenaway. And for a guy who declared "cinema is dead" right around the same time, he certainly has a lot left to say within the art form. Screen Daily reports that not only is Greenaway embarking on "Food For Love" an adaptation of Thomas Mann's classic "Death In Venice," he's got a plan that could seem him make a movie per year for the next decade.

Watch: Trailer For The Documentary 'Bully'; Weinsteins Fighting MPAA Over R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 5:54 PM
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If you need any more evidence of why Harvey Weinstein is still the best in the biz at taking a movie and making sure it gets some shine, look no further than this afternoon which saw the trailer for "Bully" drop shortly after The Weinstein Company announced it would be fighting the MPAA over the rating. Now that's marketing. But in this case, it's not so an actress or a director can get an award, but so a worthy cause can get some shine.

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