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24th James Bond Film Now Slated For A 2014 Release, But Will Daniel Craig Return?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 3:28 PM
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It has been a long four years since we last had James Bond saving the world on the big screen. Throughout the history of the franchise, the producers have generally stuck to a new Bond film every two years, though there have been hiccups along the way (the longest gap was six years between "License To Kill" and "GoldenEye"). But it looks like with the motor back and running, Eon Productions aren't going to be wasting any more time.

Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 26, 2012 3:01 PM
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Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater's latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy "Bernie," is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable. In fact, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as an endearing mortician and well-loved member of his small-town community in Carthage, Texas, is so delightful, and rather wryly comical, it’s easy to be charmed with the picture despite its modest ambitions, small-scale aims and slight nature.

'An Education' Director Lone Scherfig To Helm 'My Life In Orange'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 2:42 PM
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With Lone Scherfig breaking out with "An Education" in 2009 and discovering a star in Carey Mulligan, it made it all the more disappointing when she returned two years later with the relatively limp rom-com "One Day." It took a bit off our shine for the helmer, but we're still interested to see what's she got cooking up next. Last year, she signed on to the historical drama "Music and Silence," but considering how hard it is to get anything that isn't a blockbuster or can't sell toys to kids, we're not surprised there hasn't been much movement on that. But this looks like someting that could develop a bit faster.

Sly, Ahnuld, Willis: Every 'Expendables 2' Character Poster Arrives

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 26, 2012 2:30 PM
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Do you love the smell of napalm, old sausage fests, sulphur, Old Spice and Ultra Strength Bengay in the morning? If so, you probably can't wait for "The Expendables 2."

Tribeca Review: 'As Luck Would Have It' Is The Jewel Of The Fest

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 26, 2012 2:02 PM
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Alex de la Iglesia’s “As Luck Would Have It” features, in supporting roles, Salma Hayek and Carolina Bang, two of the most ravishing and talented Spanish language actresses to ever grace the screen. Most viewers are well aware of Ms. Hayek, who has aged gracefully into Hollywood’s demeaning mother-ghetto for actresses over the age of 35. Few know of Ms. Bang, who was the centerpiece of de la Iglesia’s last film, the criminally-insane “The Last Circus.” Both command the screen with old school Hollywood glamour and mature sexuality, and yet neither manages to obscure the machinations of de la Iglesia’s sharp media satire. This, as Queen once sang long ago, is a kind of magic.

Paramount Honcho Says 'Top Gun 2' Will Come Before 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 1:53 PM
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It's not exactly shocking that once "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" stormed out of the gate at the box office last winter, confirming that Tom Cruise had his box office mojo back and was in full form, that Paramount wanted to stay in business with the actor. It wasn't long before word came out that the studio was already contemplating not only another adventure for Ethan Hunt, but one for Maverick as well in the shape of the long-developing "Top Gun 2." But considering 'Ghost Protocol' is the best entry in the series so far, both critically and commerically, we figured that would be the one to go first. Not so fast.

'Safe' Producer Lawrence Bender Talks Jason Statham's Appeal & Why He Didn't Produce 'Django Unchained'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 26, 2012 1:42 PM
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Lawrence Bender is mostly known (by film fanatics anyway) as Quentin Tarantino’s producer. Starting with “Reservoir Dogs,” Bender has faithfully produced just about everything Tarantino has been involved with (minus “Grindhouse”). And, while he has produced other projects outside the sphere of Tarantino (including, notably, “Good Will Hunting” and “An Inconvenient Truth”), this year is something of a landmark for Bender – not only is he about to unveil his kick-ass action movie “Safe,” but Quentin Tarantino is going to release a film that he didn’t produce. We talked to him about “Safe,” why he thinks Jason Statham is so appealing, and what actually went down with Tarantino.

Watch: First Two Minutes Of Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Released

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 26, 2012 1:18 PM
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Good news. His excellency Admiral General Aladeen (aka Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen) has decided to allow the first two minutes (1:44 to be exact) of his new movie to be seen online. That is so to say the opening scene of Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" -- the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed -- is now online.

'Sound Of My Voice' Star Brit Marling Talks Playing A Cult Leader & Crafting High Concept Popcorn Movies That Make You Think

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 1:00 PM
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From the outside, the idea of joining a cult, of giving yourself to a random stranger who claims to have an answer or a connection that lead you fuller, happier life or offer some kind of salvation from this world seems absurd. And certainly, to Peter, a school teacher and amateur investagtive journalist in Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice," he sees it at first as a topic worth of a documentary. Together with his girlfriend Lorna, they infiltrate a group led by Maggie, an enigmatic but utterly compelling young woman who boldly claims to be from future, and promises her followers to keep them safe from something unsaid that's coming down the line.

So Much Brooding: New Images Of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner In 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 12:53 PM
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While both RPatz and KStew are heading to the Cannes Film Festival next month (sorry Taylor, maybe next year, right?) here's a bracing reminder of why anybody cares about these two in the first place: "Twilight."

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