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Hot Docs Review: 'Big Easy Express' A Rambling, Affectionate Tour Documentary That Should Make Fans Happy

  • By Samantha Chater
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  • May 1, 2012 10:58 AM
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Director Emmett Malloy has returned with an excellent follow up to 2009’s “Under Great Northern Lights” with another winning concert documentary titled "Big Easy Express." In a tight 60-odd minutes, the film follows three bands, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show, as they travel from San Francisco to New Orleans, Louisiana, on a sold-out 6-stop tour, aboard the most beautiful-looking train you've ever seen. From the opening tracking shot that follows 'Magnetic Zeroes' singer Jade Castrinos as she walks through the various rustic train cars, past Mumford and Sons playing in one, 'Old Crow' in another and right down the back to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Malloy's film is not only beautifully soundtracked, courtesy of all three bands, but is also dreamily captured.

Cannes Poster Roundup: Sergei Loznitsa's 'In The Fog,' Im Sang-soo's 'Taste Of Money' & 'Dangerous Liaisons' With Zhang Ziyi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 10:40 AM
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May is here, spring has sprung, and film fans from around the world are beginning to pack their bags, as in a couple short weeks they will be headed to the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival. Images and clips from the various films unspooling on the Croisette will continue to drip out until the kick off on May 16th, and today we've rounded up a few of the posters that have made their way online.

3 New Photos From 'Hick' Starring Blake Lively & Chloë Moretz, Plus The Green Band Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 10:23 AM
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Well, if you can tell us the major differences between this green band trailer and the (not very) red band version that dropped last week for "Hick," you've got better eyes than we do. We're still not quite sure what made that previous trailer so naughty, but here's a cleaned up version you can watch at work along with a couple new stills from the flick.

The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Despite the occasional film like "John Carter," the major studios are having a pretty good time of it in 2012. The box office is up all over, and films like "The Hunger Games," "21 Jump Street" and "The Avengers" have performed above expectations with both critics and audiences. There's plenty more to come in the summer, as we discussed yesterday in our blockbuster preview, but what of films of the non-explode-y variety in the warmer months?

Tom Cruise Sings Guns 'N Roses & Def Leppard On 'Rock Of Ages' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 9:44 AM
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This summer there are going to be a lot of options at the multiplex, but few will let you indulge your guilty pleasure center as readily as "Rock Of Ages," Adam Shankman's star-studded musical that will bring the Broadway show to the big screen, complete with its surplus of '80s hits and hairspray.

Idris Elba, Michael K. Williams, Rosario Dawson & More To Feature In Black Western Short 'They Die By Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 1, 2012 9:21 AM
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HBO Picks Up 'True Detective' TV Series Starring McConaughey & Woody Harrelson With Cary Fukunaga To Direct

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 1, 2012 8:58 AM
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Yesterday we got our first look at Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and we also heard that both “Girls” and “Veep” – despite only having aired a total of five episodes between them – had both been renewed for a second season. It must be a busy week in the HBO offices, because hot on the heels of all that they’ve announced that they’ve made an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for a show headlined by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Drop Everything: Final 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 11:14 PM
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Screw that animated gif (though the dedication is admirable), the third "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer is here. And yes, in Christopher Nolan we trust.

Emma Watson, Jason Segel & Dave Krumholtz Go To 'The End Of The World' With Seth Rogen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 7:42 PM
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Well, we always knew that "The End Of The World," the newly titled feature adaptation of "Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse" was going to be swarming with cameos, but this may be the biggest, non-Apatow gang member to join the flick (outside of Rihanna, who James Franco recently tipped). 

Tribeca Review: Morgan Spurlock's Crowd-Pleasing 'Mansome' Is Cute, But Unilluminating

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 30, 2012 6:41 PM
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What makes a man shave his chest? Sport a hirsute, ridiculously long and absurd-looking beard? Bleach his anus, thread his eyebrows or play around with his facial hair in any number of manscaping ways? These are some of the questions posed in Morgan Spurlock's latest cheery and congenial documentary, "Mansome."

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