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J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves Team For Bad Robot-Produced Action Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 7:08 PM
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Apparently Brad Parker, who has just made his debut on the Orin Pelli-produced post-apocalyptic thriller "The Diary of Lawson Oxford," left quite an impression. Variety reports he'll soon graduate to a much larger-scale action movie for Bad Robot and producers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. (Parker, a visual effects vet, directed second unit on Reeves' underrated gem "Let Me In.") The untitled actioner will be released by Paramount Pictures, with a script by Michael Gilio (one of a thousand people who wrote a draft of "Carter Beats the Devil").

Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2012 6:30 PM
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Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doesn’t seem to have done much for him. Clad in form-fitting jeans and tee-shirts, he still hangs out at the same ratty bars with his low-life former criminal acquaintances. It’s a character as walking, talking movie shorthand: we know what he was, what he is, and, likely, what he’ll have to become again.

'Drive' Star Albert Brooks Reflects On His Career & Working With Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, James L. Brooks & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 5:36 PM
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Over the weekend, the Film Society of Lincoln Center put on a special event, hosted by Scott Foundas, centered around "Drive" star Albert Brooks, who is earning strong Oscar buzz for his role as menacing mob boss Bernie Rose. The night took a unique (and, it should be noted, unexpected) approach by focusing on the roles that Brooks acted in, instead of the ones where he appeared in something that he had both written and directed. The night kicked off memorably with the beginning of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie," a clip that still plays well today (you could tell that much of the audience either hadn't seen the movie or had forgotten about it completely), and from there it was a wonderful look back through the years, from his breakthrough performances to his role in "Drive." 

Clove From 'Hunger Games' Joins Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' (aka '1000 A.E.')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 5:23 PM
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Soon-to-be fifteen year old actress Isabelle Fuhrman is carving out quite a career for herself. She first came to notice as the creepy Esther in the horror flick "Orphan," went the indie route for "Salvation Boulevard" and this spring she'll feature in her first major tentpole with "The Hunger Games" playing Clove. And it looks like she's impressing the right people and she'll join one of the biggest movie stars on the planet -- and his son -- in another futurist tale.

Best Funeral Ever: Trailer For LCD Soundsystem Sundance Film 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 4:41 PM
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If it's a funeral...let's have the best funeral ever. So goes the tagline for the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up And Play The Hits" and it looks like it's going to be the most ass-shaking goodbye to a band we've seen in a while.

'Bridesmaids' Co-Star Wendi McLendon-Covey A Bit More Optimistic About Kristen Wiig Returning For 'Bridesmaids 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 3:31 PM
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Yes, it's the story that doesn't want to die. With word emerging that Universal was planning to move ahead with a "Bridsemaids" sequel without its co-writer and star Kristen Wiig, it seems everyone has an opinion. And most of that opinion is "it's a terrible idea." In fact, those were the words used by Melissa McCarthy when she was recently asked about making a followup without Wiig. But her co-star, Wendi McLendon-Covey -- who played the under-sexed, over-worked Rita -- is a bit more optimistic about things all working out.

Alexandre Desplat Reunites With Jacques Audiard, Scoring 'Rust And Bone' Starring Marion Cotillard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 2:45 PM
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While not much has been heard of the film so far, as we enter the new year, Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," his latest effort following the acclaimed "A Prophet," should start to gain some serious buzz. Indeed, the film is one of our most anticipated of year. And now there's one more reason to get excited.

The Prime Minister's Speech: Why The British Government's Plan To Shake Up Film Financing Is Wrong-Headed & Doomed To Failure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 1:58 PM
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Eighteen months or so ago, the British film industry, which relies heavily on states subsidy through money from the National Lottery, was thrown into turmoil when the new coalition government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that they were shutting down the UK Film Council, the organization that, among other things, was responsible for the allocation of funding for development and production. Those responsibilites were shifted to the British Film Institute, but many in the industry were fearful what changes were still to come.

Rosie O'Donnell Would Rather Give Birth To A Flaming Child Than Watch 'Melancholia' Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 1:19 PM
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Seems everyone was on their crazy pills this week. Contrarian critic Armond White classed up the New York Film Critic's Circle Awards by heckling the celebs in attendance. How this guy keeps getting taken seriously or invited anywhere is beyond us. But he wasn't the only one being determinedly classless during the awards season.

Producer Jon Landau Says 'Avatar 2' Won't Melt Your Face Off For Another 4 Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 12:41 PM
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As the box office continues to sag, and home video sales shrink more and more each year, when "Avatar" bounced into theaters kicking 3D in the pants as a new source of ticket revenue and with a healthy $3 billion worldwide box office haul, executives at Fox were overjoyed. They had a massive new franchise they could exploit for years to come (multiple DVD versions of the movies have already seen to that). In the fall of 2010, the studio optimistically announced that the inevitable sequels were being planned with "Avatar 2" to land in December 2014 and "Avatar 3" a year later on 2015. But it seems the calendar has been pushed back a bit.

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