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Third 'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer To Appear In Front Of 'The Avengers,' Film Will Feature An Hour Of IMAX Footage

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 23, 2012 3:38 PM
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As if anticipation hadn't already reached a fever pitch for “The Avengers,” following its stellar reception by nearly every news outlet including ours, then consider that level increased, as news comes today that the third trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” will unspool in front of the Joss Whedon film.

Tribeca Review: 'Freaky Deaky' Is A 1970s-Set Farce Where The Afros Outnumber The Laughs

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 23, 2012 3:21 PM
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Just when you thought filmmakers had milked every gag possible from setting a movie in the 1970s, along comes writer/director Charles Matthau to prove that theory correct in the moribund Elmore Leonard adaptation “Freaky Deaky.” Though the source material takes place in 1988, Matthau heard the call of polyester and fur and answered be relocating the film to the seventies, resulting in a film drowning in cornball aesthetics, extravagant living room furniture, funk music out of a bad porno and loud fashion under the guise of mise en scene.

Tribeca Review: 'Rubberneck' Is A True Crime Tale That's Truly Dull

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 23, 2012 3:02 PM
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Chances are, if the movie doesn't feature a dolphin with a prosthetic tail on the poster, and it carries "inspired by true events" disclaimer, then it's going to be something about murder, mayhem, or the decades-long search for the Zodiac killer. So by announcing that your movie is inspired by true events, what could have been an unsettling reveal instead becomes a waiting game: who is going to get killed, how long is it going to take, and why have you never read about it before? It may add a slight bit of tension, but it's at the cost of almost everything else. Such is the case with "Rubberneck," written, directed, and starring Lena Dunham confederate Alex Kaprovsky, which has an intriguing-enough true crime premise but ends up coming across like something you'd stumble upon on Lifetime one Sunday afternoon (but without all the laughs of, say, "Drew Peterson: Untouchable").

A Few New Pics & Another Character Poster From Walter Salles' 'On The Road'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 2:54 PM
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So, will the romance of the open road, and a whole other America waiting in the distance in "On The Road" inspire young people everywhere to journey across this land? Or at the very least get them to read Jack Kerouac's book? That remains to be seen, but the spirit of the beats is alive in the upcoming film from Walter Salles.

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.

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