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Sacha Baron Cohen Has Dropped Out Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2012 5:18 PM
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Everyone and their mother wants to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to be in one so badly he flew to Germany to convince QT he could play a Nazi Jew hunter who spoke fluent French, German and Italian in "Inglourious Basterds." It didn't pan out, obviously, but clearly his persistence (and moxie) paid off for Tarantino's latest, the slave/vengeance epic "Django Unchained," wherein DiCaprio plays the main villain.

New Images Of A Gun Wielding James Franco & Girls Gone Wild In Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 4:49 PM
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Yes, Harmony Korine is making a spring break movie. But of course, "Spring Breakers" is not going to be your ordinary tale of youthful reckless abandon.

Antoine Fuqua To Direct Heist Flick 'Chicagoland,' Eminem Boxing Pic 'Southpaw' Goes On The Backburner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 4:25 PM
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We're not sure how or why a thoroughly average director like Antoine Fuqua can keep stacking up projects, but dude keeps stacking up the movies on his schedule, and good thing too since another one has fallen to the wayside for a moment.

Review: 'I Wish' The Rare Example Of A Great Kids Film That Actually Understands Kids

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • May 9, 2012 4:02 PM
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The frustrating thing about most modern "kids films" is that many filmmakers seem like lost balls in tall grass when it comes to portraying what makes children tick. Perhaps it's tougher than we imagine to capture the youth/kid experience, but is it just us or does it seem like nearly all child characters in movies exist in some bizarro world where they're smarter than the all the adults, know just the right thing to say at every moment and hardly ever act like, you know, kids? (See every American indie and Hollywood rom-com from the last 10 years for examples of this annoying, ridiculous trend.) That's why, when a thoughtful, intelligent director takes the reins of such a film, one that actually remembers and respects what it was like to be a kid, the result can be so refreshing. In the best examples of the genre from recent memory -- "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Super 8" (which, this writer only found to be half a great movie, the great half being the portion involving kids being kids, making movies; it's impossible to deny the skill of those actors and their characterizations) -- the filmmakers decided from the outset to make a proper film first and foremost. The fact that the story is played out with children as our main characters is almost a moot point. Almost.
More: Review, I Wish

Watch: Ridley Scott & Damon Lindelof Talk Extraterrestrial Life, Reveal Bits Of New 'Prometheus' Footage In TV Spot & Featurette

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 3:41 PM
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Now that we're promised sci-fi violence, some intense images, and a smattering of brief language, 20th Century Fox is now ramping its “Prometheus” marketing into overdrive to try and ensure an audience sees the damn thing. Not that the film's smart campaign hasn't been incredibly satisfying thus far, but that's exactly why a new TV spot and featurette revealed today might still pique your interest.

Watch: 30-Second TV Spot Teases 'The Amazing Spider-Man' NBC Super-Preview on May 14th

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 3:30 PM
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Say what you will about “The Expendables 2,” at least they trotted out some amusing persuasion from Terry Crews to advertise the micro-teaser for that film. That's not the case with “The Amazing Spider-Man,” increasingly looking like the kid brother next to this summer's Whedon, Nolan, and Scott offerings, but the film's creative team is trying its hardest to convince you of its import, as its latest TV spot suggests.

Roman Polanski To Direct Dreyfus Affair Drama 'D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 3:09 PM
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While his personal/legal affairs unfortuantely continue to overshadow the late stage career of Roman Polanski, he continues to solider on, taking on challenging, intriguing fare. Last fall he delivered the drama/satire "Carnage," the big-screen version of the acclaimed play "God Of Carnage," and before that he helmed the underrated political potboiler "The Ghost Writer." And for his next effort, he's turning to a true-life tale.

Stephen Frears Frontrunner To Direct Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 2:39 PM
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With Sacha Baron Cohen heading back into theaters next week with another loudly accented, outrageous comic character creation, it's easy to forget he has aspirations beyond comedy. For a couple of years now he's been attached to a biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury boasting a script from "The Queen" scribe Peter Morgan. At one point, the plan was to shoot it last August, but when we spoke to Morgan in the fall, he explained how it all went down. "Projects have great momentum, and then they slow down. I wrote it, they've got it. Maybe they're sneakily rewriting it, I've got no idea. They were in a great hurry to do it, and then Sacha committed to doing 'The Dictator.' So at that moment, all our afterburners were slowed down. 'Cause at one point, we were frantic, but Sacha had been working on the other one for four years. So I think he's up to his eyeballs at the moment," he said. But it looks like Baron Cohen wants to get back to it.

Luke Evans Nabs Villain Role In 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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Over the past few days rumors have been flying wildly around the web that Universal, impressed with Rihanna's performance in "Battleship," were going to slot her in the villain role in the brewing "Fast & Furious 6." The reports originated from the U.K.'s The Sun paper -- a red flag if there ever was one -- and quickly spread like wildfire. We reached out to reps to see if this was accurate, but while they didn't offer a straight denial, from what we we gather, nothing was certain. And whether it was true or not that the singer was being courted, a much more reliable source is putting forth a much different name.

'Brave' Soundtrack Features Mumford & Sons, Emma Thompson & Julie Fowlis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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Details are starting to squeak by in the lead-up to the June 22nd launch of Disney/Pixar's newest bauble, "Brave." The first details of the "Brave" soundtrack (it will be released physically, unlike "Toy Story 3" and "Up" which were exclusively digital downloads) have emerged from Amazon (via UpcomingPixar), and it looks like the disc is set to include tracks featuring Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, a song featuring Birdy along with indie darlings Mumford & Sons (presumably over the closing credits) and a pair of songs featuring members of the cast (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, most notably). The rest of the tracks are orchestral cues from Patrick Doyle's score.

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