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Sundance: Stacy Peralta Talks Returning To The '80s For 'Bones Brigade' & His Desire To Make Feature Films

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 20, 2012 10:00 AM
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Prior to 2001, Stacy Peralta was “just” known as one of the young luminaries of skateboarding, a wunderkind skater who turned his sense of civil disobedience into some of the most influential tricks and techniques in the sport’s history. But after “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” Peralta became something of an official biographer for skateboarding as a whole, not just creating a riveting documentary but spawning the fictionalized version of his younger days, “Lords of Dogtown.” At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Peralta is back with another skating documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” in which he chronicles the rise of Powell-Peralta skateboarding company, which he co-owned, and the transformation of the sport into an international industry.

Mickey Rourke Had Surgery To Look Like Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas, Biopic Shoots In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 9:38 AM
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The comeback of Mickey Rourke has been a faltering thing. After years in the wilderness, the actor returned in force with an Oscar-nominated turn in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," and followed it up with supporting roles in bona-fide blockbusters "Iron Man 2" and "The Expendables." Since then, however, things haven't been so hot, with long-delayed films "13" and "Passion Play" mostly disappearing on release, while Rourke's self-destructive tendencies came out again when he bashed not only those films, calling them (accurately) ''terrible," but also director Martin McDonagh, who Rourke labelled a "jerkoff" after he bailed on the helmer's film "Seven Psychopaths." The actor instead lined up the kind of direct-to-video actioners that he was stuck in the 1990s, films like "The Courier," "Black November" and "Java Heat."

Maggie Gyllenhaal & Rhys Ifans Circling Noah Baumbach's 40-Hour-Long HBO Series 'The Corrections'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 9:22 AM
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Nothing demonstrates the status of HBO these days better than "The Corrections." Jonathan Franzen's novel was hugely acclaimed on publication in 2001, later landing atop many of the "best of the decade" literary lists, and was soon snapped up for a film version by Scott Rudin, one of the most important producers in Hollywood, and the man behind some of the most acclaimed novel-to-film translations of the last decade, from "Wonder Boys" to "No Country For Old Men."

Review: Oh, There's Michael...'Underworld: Awakening' Answers Questions You Never Cared Enough To Ask

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 20, 2012 8:58 AM
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“Where’s Michael?” shouts warrior vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) urgently in the trailer for “Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth film in the other vampire/werewolf franchise. “Who’s Michael?” muses a large portion of the audience, presumably a little less urgently, in reply. Because while the ‘Underworld’ films undoubtedly have their appeal -- you don’t goose your way beyond a trilogy without some kind of following making it financially enticing -- they really don’t inspire the kind of widespread fandom that might immediately make the average moviegoer clutch their heart in worry over the fate of Selene’s hybrid werevamp macguffin boyfriend.

Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami' & Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Latest Additions To Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 8:32 AM
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So, Robert Pattinson fans, just how devoted are you? Always eager to see him fight for Bella in the "Twilight" franchise, a lot of those same fans seem to disappear when does anything that doesn't involve vampires and werewolves. As long expected, his upcoming literary adaptation "Bel Ami," has been confirmed this morning make its world premiere (out of competition) at the Berlin International Film Festival, and we'll be curious to see if RPatz lovers will tolerate him playing a cad.

Sundance Review: 'Wish You Were Here' With Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer An Overwrought, Undercooked Mystery

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 20, 2012 8:05 AM
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Although its title implies either a whimsical journey of self-discovery or an ironic riposte to the vacation from hell, the story of “Wish You Were Here” is, in either context, a disappointingly pedestrian experience. The story of a husband and father trying to return to his normal life after a vacation with his wife and her sister that ends in the disappearance of his sister-in-law’s boyfriend, Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Australian import inspires a deluge of possibilities and provocative thoughts in its audiences’ heads, but languid pacing undermines the too-simple and ultimately too-conventional revelations that wrap up its simmering mysteries. Nevertheless, strong performances from the four leads sustains its unhurried approach far longer than the payoff deserves.

WB Moves 'Jack The Giant Killer' To March 22, 2013; Takes 'Arthur & Lancelot' Off The Calendar Completely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 10:24 PM
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Heading out of 2011 and into 2012, the executives and bookkeepers at Warner Bros. began taking a hard look at the numbers of a handful of projects on their slate, and they didn't like what they saw. The long developing remake of "Akira," which was gearing up to shoot this spring, seemed to be in an endless casting/testing cycle and the film, which had already stalled out once in 2011 when orignial director Albert Hughes left, had its pre-production offices closed at the start of the month. That's not all. David Dobkin's fantasy pic "Arthur & Lancelot," which was set to star Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harington, was also put on hold. The studio encouraged the director to take the project elsewhere due to the budget going over by a full three figure number. And it looks like WB is no hurry to revive it.

There's A Little Guy In The Oven: Todd Phillips Produced 'Project X' Has A Helluva Night In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 7:53 PM
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Think the guys in "The Hangover" had it rough? That's nothing compared to what unfolds for the teens of the upcoming Todd Phillips produced, found footage style, R-rated comedy "Project X." And from the looks of it, it'll make Will Ferrell's streaking in "Old School" look positively quaint.
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Olga Kurylenko In, Jessica Chastain Out For Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'/'Horizons'; Andrea Riseborough Also Joins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 6:36 PM
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First titled "Oblivion," then for a moment "Horizons" the Tom Cruise starring, Joseph Kosinski directed sci-fi film is currently untitled, but more importantly, undergoing a bit of a casting switcheroo.

Review: Frederick Wiseman's 'Crazy Horse' A Fantastic Meditation On Bodies In Motion

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • January 19, 2012 5:28 PM
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Serious dance filmmaking is under going something of a renaissance. While Wim Wenders’ "Pina" still kicks about arthouses, doc auteur Frederick Wiseman returns with one of his patented and lengthy direct cinema discourses on the civic, social or business institution of his choice. That it mostly involves naked ladies (the reason you probably can’t find its trailer anymore on YouTube) is truly beside the point for his biggest fans, but for many, it remains a sticking point.

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