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Is This An Alternate Universe? 'Fringe' Gets Renewed For Fifth (And Final) Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well this is something of a surprise – “Fringe,” the much-beloved but dismally rated sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is getting a reprieve. Fox has announced that they’ve made a deal to bring back the series for a fifth (and final) 13-episode stretch, mostly, it seems, because it’s a DVR powerhouse and Abrams is someone who the network likes to keep happy (although its unclear whether or not his uneven “Alcatraz” will be back next season).

Review: 'Get The Gringo' Is An Enjoyably Excessive Mel Gibson Crime Flick

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 12:58 PM
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On the same day that Mel Gibson’s new movie, the enjoyably junky and excessively violent “Get the Gringo” (formerly “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”), was screened across the country via a bizarre satellite transmission (based out of Austin, Texas), another expletive-laced Gibson rant was unleashed on the internet (this time, instead of his estranged girlfriend, Gibson’s ire was directed at “Showgirls” screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, shockingly not for writing “Showgirls”). It was a perfectly timed example of the duality of Gibson the artist (he not only stars in ‘Gringo’ but also co-wrote and produced) and Gibson the unhinged fucking madman. It’s enough to make you wonder if maybe Gibson hasn’t succeeded despite his obvious insanity, but because of it, especially since “Get the Gringo” is so insanely entertaining.

Mark Millar Claims 'Kick Ass 2' Will Shoot This Summer: 5 Other Things He's Said That Never Happened

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 12:38 PM
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Oh, Mark Millar. In an industry where hyperbole and exaggeration are king, Mark Millar is on a whole other level, always eager to talk about himself and his films with whoever is willing to listen, often feeding the machine with lots of excitement about projects that are premature to say the least. His latest bit of news comes courtesy of his own Millar World forums (via Bleeding Cool) where he claims that the much talked-about (at least by him) "Kick-Ass 2" will shoot this summer. 

'Hurt Locker' Star Brian Geraghty To Climb 'Kilimanjaro'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 27, 2012 12:20 PM
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After a break-out turn in Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker," where he went toe-to-toe with Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty hasn't exactly risen at the same trajectory as his two former co-stars; his most high-profile roles to date are in the yet-be-released ensemble rom-com "Ten Year" and the universally-panned horror flick "ATM."

Videodrome: The Best Recent Music Videos Including Clips From The Shins, tUne-yArDs, Liars & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 27, 2012 12:04 PM
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In case you missed it, we resurrected our old Videodrome column a month or so ago (first installment here, second here): our semi-regular showcase for the best music videos around. Since the form has given the world game-changing helmers in both the blockbuster and arthouse worlds, it's always important to keep an eye on promos, and indeed, one could argue that there's more invention to be found in the short-form than there is in features. So, with no further ado, the five best music videos we've seen in the last few weeks. As ever, any tips and suggestions are more than welcome.

Michael Sheen Joins Paul Weitz's 'Admission' With Paul Rudd & Tina Fey

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 27, 2012 11:41 AM
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While the fourth season of NBC’s “30 Rock” was arguably its weakest, one of the highlights was Michael Sheen’s four episode arc as Wesley Snipes – Liz Lemon’s boyfriend who she kind of hated. So for anyone who enjoyed seeing Tina Fey and Michael Sheen together as a couple on screen will be pleased to hear that they’ll be together once again in “Admission.”

Fox Honcho Tom Rothman Says Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' "Will Not Be Compromised" No Matter What The Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 11:20 AM
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We're just over a month away from Ridley Scott's highly anticipated "Prometheus" docking into theaters and the biggest question around the movie -- besides what it's about, and who it will connect (or not) to "Alien" -- is just what the movie will be rated. At Comic-Con last year, Ridley Scott said he would be shooting the sci-fi film both in PG-13 and R rated versions with a decision to come later as to which version 20th Century Fox will eventually release. Then at the end of March, he said that the movie "should be" rated R. But then a couple weeks later, Scott lashed out at the MPAA and their arbitrary ratings system, leaving many to wonder just what that meant for the film. Well, it's a matter of weeks before the movie arrives and Fox honcho Tom Rothman says, it will be Ridley's vision.

Fall In Love: The Playlist's Favorite Romantic Comedies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 27, 2012 10:56 AM
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Few genres of film inspire more personal responses than the romantic comedy. Given that you spend a disproportionate time of your life thinking about your romantic woes, it's no surprise that it's remained one of the popular formulas since the dawn of cinema, and while the genre has undisputed classics, you can end up cherishing certain films purely because of their connection to your own life. They can help pull you out of a post break-up tailspin, they can comfort you through unrequited love, and, if a film hits you at the height of your passion for someone, they can end up associated forever, even blinding you to the movie's flaws -- seeing "Elizabethtown" in the midst of first love left this writer swooning after exiting the theater (thankfully, a subsequent rewatch put me straight as to how terrible it is...)

Chloë Sevigny To Play Shelly The Nymphomaniac On 'American Horror Story' Because, Obviously

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 27, 2012 10:39 AM
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“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” is certainly more in the vein of his early FX hit “Nip/Tuck” in its absurdity-to-oddness ratio, acting as a horror soap opera that isn’t afraid to toy with both its characters and audience. In fact, the second season will see some of the original cast return, including Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, but will see them playing different characters than the ones they’ve become known for. Now, a new talent will also be joining, and apparently it will be a rather passionate entity.

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Adds Model/Actress Laura Ramsey To Feature Debut 'You Are Here'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 27, 2012 10:23 AM
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Are you an up-and-coming actress? How about a role opposite Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis in a film by the creator of "Mad Men," Matthew Weiner? That is the dream-turned-reality for model/actress Laura Ramsey who has now joined the cast of Weiner's feature directorial debut, "You Are Here."

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