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Huh: Lindsay Lohan Officially Cast As Elizabeth Taylor In Lifetime's 'Liz & Dick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 2:16 PM
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When this idea was first tossed around back in January, we figured it was yet another publicity stunt by the producers and/or Lindsay Lohan's people to drum up news for the project and the actress whose legal troubles have largely kept her out of movies for the past few years, except for a cameo in Robert Rodriguez's "Machete." But somehow insurers for the movie are appeased that she'll appear on set, as the actress has landed her first lead role since 2009's "Labor Pains" and she'll be taking on a titan.

Tribeca Review: 'Francophrenia' A Fascinating Doc/Fiction Profile Of James Franco As James Franco

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • April 23, 2012 2:04 PM
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James Franco's ongoing experimentation with the limits of his own celebrity are like little else popular culture has produced of late. While his hijinks within academia and beyond are well documented (he's working on a Film MFA at NYU and an English PhD from Yale, while being a movie star, reediting "My Own Private Idaho," writing essays for N+1 and occasionally doing some performance art with Laurel Nakadate), they come to a startling head in his "Francophrenia (Or: Don't Kill Me, I Know Where The Baby Is)," a daringly oddball collaboration with lauded documentarian Ian Olds, whose "The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" was a hit in Rotterdam in 2009.

Jennifer Lawrence To Star In Adaptation Of Jeanette Walls' 'Glass Castle: A Memoir'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 1:40 PM
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How do you keep your franchise star happy and in house? Pick up a project to develop for them -- and if it's based on a critically acclaimed, best-selling book then all the better.

Tribeca: 'Freaky Deaky' Star Michael Jai White Says 'Black Dynamite 2' Will Shoot At The End of The Year

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 23, 2012 1:25 PM
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The adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Freaky Deaky" boasts an impressive cast of colorful characters, including Andy Dick, Christian Slater, Billy Burke and Crispin Glover. However, action fans will spot one surprising name: Michael Jai White, who steals the film as two-timing bodyguard Donnell Lewis. After the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the film, White spoke of his upcoming projects -- while he doesn't have the household name of some of his co-stars, he's no less busy than all of them.

An Old, Old Wooden Ship: Adam McKay Says 'Anchorman 2' Will Deal With Diversity & Feature Another Gang Fight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 1:24 PM
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"We've done about two per cent! Half a per cent? We've got five pages of story notes and chunks of story. We're holing up writing for the next three months," Adam McKay tells Empire about the development of the "Anchorman 2" script. And while there is still a lot of time for things to change, shift and evolve, it's pretty clear that he and Will Ferrell have got a general idea about where the story will go. The good news is that the period setting will remain, the even better news is that we're going to another big gang fight. No word yet if the man on fire will return.

Tribeca Review: 'Sleepless Night' A Deceptively Simple Thriller That Packs A Punch

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • April 23, 2012 1:03 PM
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Containment thrillers can often be limited by the landscape of their locale, but in the French film “Sleepless Night,” the nightclub where corrupt cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley) races to rescue his son is expansive enough to make it seem like a mini-mall. Writer-director Frederic Jardin somehow manages to squeeze every last drop of claustrophobia from the massive, multilevel building, even after he’s filled it wall-to-wall with clubgoers, diners, socialites, and especially the odd assortment of cops and crooks who all have a stake in Vincent’s future. Although it’s quite deservedly scheduled for an American remake via the folks at Warner Brothers, “Sleepless Night” is the kind of entertainment that requires little translation to succeed, as its characters and story are so cleanly and cleverly designed that they would work in virtually any language.

Watch: No One Knows Gamma Radiation Like Bruce Banner In Yet Another Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 12:41 PM
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If early reviews are any indication -- including our own -- "The Avengers" is the greatest summer blockbuster to come along in ages. And while many other on the Playlist staff are equally effusive in their praise surrounding the superhero smash-up, this writer remains cautious. The numerous clips which have arrived in advance of the film have been...clunky...and that's no less true of the latest one to land below.

Zach Galifianakis Special 'Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York' Headed To Comedy Central; Tina Fey, Jon Stewart & More To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 12:17 PM
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You know, we were just wondering when we might get another installment of Zach Galifianakis' hilariously awkward, Funny Or Die talk show "Between Two Ferns" and it looks like he's gonna make up for some lost time.

Tribeca Review: Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' Has Insights And Edges Sharp Enough To Stab

  • By James Rocchi
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  • April 23, 2012 12:00 PM
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In Sarah Polley's Toronto-set drama "Take this Waltz," Margo (Michelle Williams) stumbles across Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip, only to find he lives across the street; despite being married to Lou (Seth Rogen), Margo can't stop thinking of Daniel. Or maybe it's because she's married to Lou that she can't stop thinking of Daniel … Following up "Away from Her," Polley's second film is sharply dividing critics and audience in Toronto: Many find it simultaneously exhilarating and depressing; others find it ugly and hateful; a third faction seems to be kicking against the film not for how it says what it says, but, instead, for what it says in the first place.

Contest: Win Limited Edition Gatefold Style 'The Innkeepers' BluRay Packages Signed By Ti West & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 11:43 AM
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Ti West has been winning over horror fans with his films that borrow from the classic entries in the genre of the past, while pushing the envelope forward at the same time. And for many, his latest effort "The Innkeepers" found him at the peak of his powers. Making waves on the festival circuit in 2011, before rolling into theaters this year, if you haven't had a chance to see the film yet -- or if you're a fan -- we've got some great prizes for some lucky readers.

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