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I Want You To Come So Bad: New Trailer For 'American Reunion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 1:45 PM
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something. With the "American Pie" franchise spawning seven sequels/spinoffs -- including this spring's "American Reunion" -- they haven't changed the format of the films (for better or worse), and with the entire gang now back together, cum-stuck pages of porno mags still rank as high comedy.

Review: 'The Forgiveness Of Blood' A Tight, Taut, Grounded Dramatic Thriller

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 22, 2012 1:27 PM
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Despite this country being home to a number of diverse cultures and ethnicities, American cinema (both indie and Hollywood) skews heavily toward the Exciting Stories Of The White Man. Of course, some of our favorite films fall into this extremely vague category, but it certainly would be nice to see different individuals represented on the silver screen. Filmmaker Joshua Marston seems to recognize this issue and does one better -- Los Angeles-bred, the director has journeyed to completely different countries for his feature films: Ecuador for "Maria Full of Grace" (story set in Colombia) and Albania for his latest, the taut and quiet thriller-drama "The Forgiveness of Blood." He's not simply given a pass solely for venturing out of the safe confines of home (in that sense, anyone with a plane ticket and a Canon 7D would be knighted); his work successfully showcases the life of each respective country without ever feeling exploitative, melodramatic or false. The years in between the two projects have allowed the director to sharpen his skills considerably, and “The Forgiveness of Blood” is an astute, finespun film with plenty of substance in its lean script.

New Posters For 'Men In Black 3,' 'Frankenweenie,' 'Lockout' & 'Bel Ami'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 12:55 PM
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From a costume to drama to a mega-sequel to an animated reboot and a big dumb popcorn movie, there's something here for everybody, so let's get started, shall we?

'Electrick Children' Stars Rory Culkin & Liam Aiken On Their Roles In The Film & Growing Up Onscreen

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 22, 2012 12:55 PM
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A small, indie, debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas, "Electrick Children"'s trio of young central performances really caught our eye in Berlin last week. Having spoken to the film's lead and potential break-out, Julia Garner, we then got to sit down with the other two, both of them child stars turned promising young actors, Rory Culkin and Liam Aiken.

Geoffrey Rush Sought To Take Over Lead In Former Marlon Brando & Johnny Depp Project 'Divine Rapture'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 12:21 PM
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At the best of times, particularly in the latter stages of his career, Marlon Brando was pretty unpredictable; you never knew what you might get from the mercurial actor once he was on set. But in the case of the never-made "Divine Rapture," the filmmakers never got a chance to see what might happen out of their starry production. Set to star Brando, his friend Johnny Depp (they worked together on "The Brave" and "Don Juan DeMarco") and Debra Winger, the film was all set to shoot in Ballycotton, Ireland (indeed, you can see the cast in costume above) when producers CineFin failed to secure the $4 million they needed to make the movie, leaving the movie and many villagers in the lurch. This was back in 1995, however producer Barry Navidi (Al Pacino pics "The Merchant Of Venice," "Wilde Salome" and the upcoming "King Lear") has stuck with it and it looks like nearly two decades later, the movie will be made.

Diane Kruger On 'Farewell, My Queen,' The Value Of Beauty In Hollywood & Finding A Leopard In Her Shower

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 22, 2012 11:56 AM
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Having followed what has become a fairly well-trodden path from modelling into acting, Diane Kruger seems determined to ensure that her career is more diverse and challenging than that label might suggest. In this endeavor she is undoubtedly helped by being fluent in German, French and English, meaning she can pursue roles in all three languages, and critically, for her, be part of the French cinema that she loves: "...there's a poetry to it, for me it’s what makes me dream...the kind of movies that I could [watch and then] die and go to heaven."

Sundance Sensation 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Arrives On June 29th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 11:36 AM
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As usual, the Sundance Film Festival this year had its share of buzzworthy films, but no movie was talked about more by people in Park City than Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild." The debut feature from the helmer drew breathless praise, even as critics struggled to put into words the exact nature of the reportedly deeply evocative, Grand Jury prize-winning film. Our own A-grade review of the movie said it's "as unique as it is uneven, as unforgettable as it is uncomfortable, and trembles with the energy, bravura and passion of director Zeitlin, his cast and his crew like some rough animal snorting and stamping with horrible wonder and the possibility of both loss and understanding." Hell, yeah. And Fox Searchlight is wasting no time getting it in theaters.

Isaach de Bankole & David Wilmot Join John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 22, 2012 11:15 AM
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If you managed to catch John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" last year, you'll surely agree that it was right up there with "Bridesmaids" in contention for the title of The Funniest Film of 2011. And here's something we don't say very often, but let's give the Golden Globes a whole heap of credit for nominating Brendan Gleeson for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy when most of the other major awards ceremonies forgot about the film (even the BAFTAs only managed to recognize it in one category). Gleeson and his co-star Don Cheadle were excellent in the movie, and we can't stress enough how much you should seek out this wicked black comedy if you haven't seen it yet.

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. 

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