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Review: 'Veep' Goes 'Contagion' As A Virus Makes Its Way Through Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 10:30 PM
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We addressed this in the season's first episode, but if you're looking trenchant insight into the American political system played for laughs, "Veep" won't be doing that. But as, essentially, a workplace comedy boasting a higher concept that most, the week's entry proves that within that structure, the show has promise.

Watch: New 3-Minute 'Prometheus' Trailer Sends Already High Expectations Into Orbit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 4:26 PM
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Fuck it. No intro, let's just get right to the point: "Prometheus" looks like the movie event of the summer, hands down, no argument (sorry Marvel and DC comic movies).

Look Into My Eyes: 9 Clips From Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp & Eva Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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We've had an inkling thus far that "Dark Shadows" would be a return to form for both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, whose batting average over their last few films -- "Alice In Wonderland," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- has been inconsistent at best. But this latest, extensive look at the movie seems to indicate they are back on track in a big way.

Philip Glass To Stage Opera About Fictionalized Last Days of Walt Disney

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2012 1:15 PM
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Well, time to get our plane tickets in order: next year, according to the Independent, London’s English National Opera is set to stage an opera by super genius composer Philip Glass about the fictionalized last days of Walt Disney. They’re also debuting an experimental new work by “Cloud Atlas” author David Mitchell.

Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like A Man' Back On Top, But No One Wants A 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2012 11:47 AM
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Let this be a wakeup call. For the second straight weekend, “Think Like A Man,” cast with actors actresses usually stuck playing “ethnic sidekicks” to more marketable white stars, didn’t just lead the box office, it dominated. With the film in slightly over 2000 theaters, less than any other movie finishing in the top eight, “Man” played to solid box office, with a second-weekend per-screen average of nearly $9k almost tripling similar statistics from the week’s other releases. There were four major studio releases this weekend, and none came close to this.

DIFF: Michael Mohan Talks 'Save The Date' Starring Lizzy Caplan & Why It Needs To Be Seen On The Big Screen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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At a recent screening at the Dallas International Film Festival, writer-director Michael Mohan had to narrate the opening of his second feature film when it began with no sound: "Right now you're hearing the sounds of a book store. There might be a car driving by, and that guy is about to drink coffee." Fortunately the projectionist was able to restore sound by the time the title sequence started, but the botched and awkward opening set the mood for the equally awkward and uncomfortable situations that befall Lizzy Caplan in the romantic-comedy, "Save the Date."

Sebastian Roché Joins 'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell's 'Wer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 10:33 AM
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He took on demons in "Supernatural," battled bloodsuckers in "The Vampire Diaries," and now, Sebastian Roché takes a stab at fighting werewolves in his latest project.

New Look At Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts In Promo Pics For 'Rust & Bone' By Jean-Baptiste Mondino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2012 4:44 PM
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While Jean-Baptiste Mondino might not be a household name, you've likely seen his work. A director and photographer, he's helmed music videos for a variety of folks like Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Bjork and Tom Waits and recently got behind the camera for the Dolce & Gabbana ad featuring Scarlett Johansson. Mondino also worked extensively on campaign for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" for David Fincher, shooting the breast baring teaser poster as well as the memorable spread for Le Monde featuring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig dressed as their characters, but in new images not from the film.

Jason Reitman Debuts His 'Live Read' Series In NYC With 'The Apartment' Starring Paul Rudd & Emma Stone

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 28, 2012 4:16 PM
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It was a magical evening at the New York Times Center last night for those lucky enough to be in attendance, for at long last Jason Reitman brought his “Live Read” Series to NYC. The series began about 6 months ago when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) asked Reitman if he had any ideas for programs. His idea was a simple one: to stage readings of classic screenplays live on stage and one-time-only for an audience of a few hundred people. As he told the NY Times recently, “I’d done table reads for my own screenplays, and I always thought they were so much fun. [So I thought], ‘Why couldn’t we do these for other classic screenplays and bring them to life?’ You can experience live theater, where you get to see plays produced by different directors and different casts, but there’s really nothing like that for movie scripts. The great words in these screenplays were really only heard one way, the way they existed in that one film.” The cast for each reading is kept secret until well after tickets have sold out and in some cases until the night of the event, which only adds to the excitement.

Watch: Nike Football Ad Directed By Mark Romanek & Edited By Academy Award Winner Kirk Baxter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2012 12:45 PM
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While Mark Romanek's next directorial effort "Cinderella" continues to develop, he's been busy keeping his skills honed in the commercial world. Last year he directed that pretty weird Kia ad with the dancing hamsters, but he's back with something a bit more his flavor and has brought some pretty solid talent with him to assist.

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