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Diablo Cody Reveals 'Sweet Valley High' Will Be A Musical

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 5:34 PM
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Diablo Cody has spent the last few months doing the circuit with Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," and along the way she talked up "The Evil Dead" remake that she recently gave a polish to, as well as the long-developing "Sweet Valley High." What we learned over the past little while is that the adaptation of popular series of tween books will go into "hard R" territory in a picture that Cody said she hopes will be an "American Graffiti" for the '80s. So perhaps we should have seen this next bit coming.

Judd Apatow, Paul Feig & The Final Word On The Much-Discussed 'Bridesmaids' Sequel: We'll Do A Sequel If & When A Worthy Idea Surfaces

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2012 4:54 PM
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God, the "Bridesmaids" sequel conversation has to stop. It all started when Universal said they'd consider making a sequel with or without lead actress Kristen Wiig (who wrote the script with her pal Annie Mumolo). Of course they would: the hilarious and successful comedy became the highest-grossing R-rated female-led comedy of all time (domestically) last year (outgrossing "Sex and the City" by about $17 million in North America). They'd love a repeat of that financial success. But cast members quickly said the obvious aloud: a sequel without Wiig would be a terrible idea, and producer Judd Apatow pretty much said the same. But the wishful-thinking crowd got a little bit more excited for a sequel when co-star  Wendi McLendon-Covey gave them all a little hope and said Wiig could star in a sequel after all (so far, she's been fairly disinterested in returning to the territory and told THR she was writing something else).

We Need To Talk About Norman: 'Psycho' Prequel Coming To A&E In New Series 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 4:36 PM
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It seems Hollywood is realizing that a long time ago, a guy named Alfred Hitchcock made movies, and even more, they were pretty good. There are already a handful of Hitchock-based projects in the works including "Alfred Hitchock And The Making Of Psycho" starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren; "The Girl" about the director's relationship with Tippi Hedren featuring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller and a few remakes including a more gadget-driven version of "To Catch A Thief." Hell, even "The Artist" borrows the score from "Vertigo," much to the violation of Kim Novak. But, it's not going to end there.

Antonio Banderas To Play Fidel Castro In 'Castro's Daughter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 4:13 PM
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For a while there, we were worried. There seemed to be a way too long stretch of time where Antonio Banderas looked like he might never rebound from what seemed to be a string of bad choices. While he was keeping the lights on with "Shrek" movies, he was starring in one movie after another that no saw/heard of. Remember "The Big Bang," "The Code," "Bordertown," or "Take The Lead"? Yeah, neither do we. But 2011 has been a return to form. He reteamed with Pedro Almodovar for the severely underrated "The Skin I Live In," starred in the epic "Black Gold" and next week, he appears in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." Now, he's eyeing a role that will definitely keep him in the spotlight.

Watch: Trailer For The Biggest International Motion Picture Of All Time 'Casa De Mi Padre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 3:44 PM
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Audiences will pretty much watch whatever Will Ferrell does -- unless it's an indie drama -- but the question is, will they tolerate subtitles? We'll soon find out as "Casa De Mi Padre" rides into theaters this spring, and yes, it's in Spanish.

In Theaters: Sneak Some 'Contraband' Into 'Beauty And The Beast 3D' Or Make Some 'Joyful Noise' About 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 13, 2012 3:14 PM
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Hello chickadees, once again we have another weekend of random January releases so that we may have some time to catch up on our awards contenders. Time is running out! The Golden Globes are THIS VERY WEEKEND. Who will be the drunkest?? Probably some country singer with a best song nominee (never forget, T-Bone Burnett). So the studios are throwing us a bone and not releasing anything worth our time and effort. I will be liveblogging the Globes action, so won't you please come back on Sunday night and join our party?

New Look At 'Madagascar 3' Which Now Features The Voice Of The Omnipresent Jessica Chastain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 3:13 PM
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While Jessica Chastain was in every movie you saw last year, averaging a film every two months, they were largely indie productions, and they likely didn't see her swimming in a pool filled with money. But the actress is now set to take on a gig that will probably earn her a decent check, and best of all, she can probably work in her pyjamas if she wants to.

Review: Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Is Bleak, But Haunting

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 13, 2012 2:19 PM
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"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema's given us in years, as Lynne Ramsay ("Ratcatcher," "Morvern Callar") directs an adaptation of Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel. At first blush, Ramsay's film would appear to be a look into the genesis and reasons behind the title teen's killing spree; the film we get is something different entirely, an exploration of loss and pain and grief through the eyes of the mother (Tilda Swinton) left shattered and battered in the wake of her son's irrational, irredeemable actions.

Shirley MacLaine Will Be Ben Stiller's Mom In 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 2:14 PM
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Long in the works, with folks like Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Gore Verbinski in the director's chair, and stars like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson all mooted to star at various points, when it was announced last summer that Ben Stiller would be taking the lead and directing, we actually didn't think "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" would be moving this quickly. But not only is a spring shoot in the works, casting is starting.

Review: 'Don't Go In The Woods' A Horror/Musical That Hits A Sour Note

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • January 13, 2012 2:00 PM
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Sometimes your headlines write themselves. When a film features a warning right in the title, that’s playing with fire. In the case of Vincent D’Onofrio's woeful directorial debut, the warning is more than prophetic. Based on a script by Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra and a story by D’Onofrio, “Don’t Go In The Woods” is an earnest attempt to marry musical and horror, two genres that already have quite a bit in common. Both tend to invest in stagy, big-time emotions and feature grandiose payoffs, but while musicals deliver vocal triumphs, horror dishes it out in blood and guts, arterial sprays and all that good stuff. D’Onofrio's film features a great deal of occasionally decent but consistently navel-gazing songs and a precious few craniums caved in via sledgehammer during its exhaustingly paced eighty-six minute runtime.
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