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Sofia Vergara Joins Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 3:07 PM
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What was that we said yesterday about beautiful women and Robert Rodriguez's films?

There Goes The 'Neighborhood Watch' In New Red Band Trailer With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 2:46 PM
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Partly due to the Trayvon Martin case and also because their hands are already full with "Prometheus," which comes out a month before, Fox has been kind of quiet on "Neighborhood Watch." Until now. They've dropped a foul-mouthed and pretty fucking hilarious red band trailer for the movie that suddenly has put this one on our radar. And oh, by the way, it's now called "The Watch."

Sam Raimi & Some Other Guys Fighting Over Rights To Make 'Evil Dead 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 2:37 PM
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"We're never going to do a sequel," Sam Raimi said in the 2000 book "Evil Dead Companion." But it looks like those words are coming back from the grave to haunt him.

David Cronenberg To Guest Star On Syfy’s Time-Travel Pilot 'Rewind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 2:17 PM
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David Cronenberg certainly hasn't been lacking in things to do. The director has been in the midst of preparing/releasing back-to-back films: last year's underrated drama "A Dangerous Method" and the forthcoming "Cosmopolis," which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in a matter of weeks. And it looks like Cronenberg is ready to let someone else call the shots on set for the moment.

R.I.P. Adam Yauch Of Beastie Boys & Oscilloscope Laboratories (1964-2012)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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Truly heartbreaking news to close off the week, as reports have come in from multiple sources, including TMZ, that Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, has passed away at the age of 47. Yauch was a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group, along with Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Michael Schwartz, but found a new lease in life in the last decade by co-founding Oscilloscope Labs, one of the most exciting distributors of independent film in the U.S.

Discuss: Can We Just Wait Until 'Gravity' Is Done Before Deciding If It's A "Game Changing Masterpiece"?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 12:52 PM
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Test screenings are as old as Hollywood itself, but in this age of instant reactions, that process is even more fraught for filmmakers. Before a movie is even edited or shaped by a director, a test screening can -- for better or worse -- create buzz about a film, even if it's not yet in the form the director intends. And you really only have to look at CinemaCon, which featured brief amounts of finished footage from upcoming films, to see the hyperbole thrown around even if it's based a small portion of the film. Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" became a worry because of it's use of 48 frames-per-second photography, while the Oscars were already being awarded to Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi." Now, one more highly anticipated movie is getting judged before well before it has been completed.

Joss Whedon's Batman, How Black Widow Nearly Got The Axe & 15 More Revelations From 'The Avengers' Press Tour

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 4, 2012 12:00 PM
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If it's somehow escaped your notice, "The Avengers" is in theaters today. One of the biggest gambles in blockbuster history, it looks to have paid off: the reviews have been hugely positive, it's already closing on $300 million from the international box office, and stands to break records over this weekend in the U.S. too.

Watch: Aubrey Plaza Stars In The New Father John Misty Video "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 4, 2012 11:43 AM
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For fans of the folk-minded ensemble Fleet Foxes, who put out their second album Helplessness Blues only a year ago, it may have come as a surprise to some when news circulated that the band’s drummer Josh Tillman had parted ways with that group after such success. It looks as if he’s landed on his feet alright, as a recent LA Weekly article profiling the drummer through a haze of marijuana and Los Angeles dive bars also contains the latest video for his track “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” off his recently released album.

Nick Fury Rages Against New York Times Critic A.O. Scott Over Negative 'The Avengers' Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 11:29 AM
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"The Avengers" hits theaters in North America today and besides probably breaking box office records, it seems to be the rare summer blockbuster that is loved by pretty much everyone. Critics and fanboys alike have, for the most part, aligned in their praise for Joss Whedon's superhero team up. And while there have been a few dissenting voices, one of the most prominent is New York Times critic A.O. Scott -- and Samuel L. Jackson doesn't like it.

Watch: Admiral General Aladeen Says Tune Into the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Or Suffer The Consequences

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 4, 2012 11:20 AM
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Being no stranger to the MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped a promo for this year’s show as General Aladeen from “The Dictator,” reading off the list of nominees as his busty female body guards watch over him. Cohen was memorably entangled with Eminem during the show a couple of years ago in the run up to “Bruno,” and while this the year ceremonies will be happening after the film is in theaters, perhaps we'll stll be treated to an appearance by the great leader of Wadiya. Or, we'll suffer the consequences.

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