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Over 20 New Images From 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron & John Cusack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 9:33 AM
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Eyepatches, bloody knives, a white trash channeling Nicole Kidman and a "Sling Blade"-esque John Cusack....suddenly Lee Daniels' '60s set thriller "The Paperboy" is looking a lot more interesting, and with the Cannes Film Festival stamp of approval, not only will this one of the starries entries this year, it could be a left field surprise.

More Pics Of Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts In Jacques Audiard's Cannes Entry 'Rust And Bone'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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Now that Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” has been officially announced as part of the Cannes Film Festival lineup we can start to get a little bit more excited about it (as if we weren’t excited already). If Audiard delivers here, it could mark another fine effort after the one-two punch of “A Prophet” and “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” and we’ve got high hopes for it as a result.

Review: 'Girls' Tackles Abortion, Sex & STDs Head On With Heart & Hilarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 11:00 PM
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Having already established in the premiere episode that the sex in "Girls" that sex in the show (at least for now) will often be uncomfortable and awkward, the second show of season turns up the cringe factor. As the show opens, Hannah and Adam are in the midst of some fairly routine missionary sex, with the latter spicing things up with a melange of dirty talk that probably isn't fit to print here. Adam pulls out and ejaculates on Hannah's arm, and in the somewhat unsatisfying post-coitus pause, she says unconvincingly, "That was really good. That was so good....I almost came." To which Adam deadpans, "You want a Gatorade?" Welcome to "Girls."

Review: Armando Iannucci's 'Veep' Off To A Fast, Furious But Only Intermittently Funny Start

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 10:30 PM
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In the midst of an election season, where politics in the United States seems to be more partisan than it ever has been, and riding on the back of the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the world last year, there is probably no better time for a political comedy. And for Armando Iannucci, it's territory that he's already mined to great success. British TV viewers were first acquainted with his work with the series "The Thick Of It" (which was remade by ABC for a potential series, that never made it past pilot and was disowned by Iannucci), while audiences on both sides of the pond applauded "In The Loop." HBO is the ideal home for Iannucci to make his American debut (if only to drop f-bombs, which the script does quite often), but it's shame that this debut episode is so toothless.

Tribeca Review: 'While We Were Here' Delivers The Sensuality Of The Sun-Kissed Shores Of Naples

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 3:57 PM
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Harkening back to Italian neo-realism, the romance of Naples is alive in "While We Were Here," the latest film from writer-director Kat Coiro. Considerably more watchable than her pratfall-driven debut "L!fe Happens," the picture is significantly more sober-minded, concerning the marriage of pretty blond Jane (Kate Bosworth) and taciturn, mature Leonard (Iddo Goldberg). They arrive in the city and, almost as if protocol, consume each other in bed. As she retreats to the lavatory, she gazes in the mirror and wraps her arm around her stomach mournfully. It's not hard to see that, while young, Jane has lost something.

Tribeca Review: Despite Myriad Celebrity Cameos 'Revenge For Jolly!' Is Excruciating

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 1:18 PM
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Kudos to Brian Petsos, a bit actor who has pulled off an Orson Welles-level achievement in not only nabbing a brilliant cast to star in “Revenge For Jolly!” which he wrote, but also having the clout to save the lead role for himself. Welles did this with his talent, vision and status as a cinematic titan. Petsos, if we’re being charitable, most likely had to resort to blackmail, extortion and/or just plain bribery, as “Revenge For Jolly!” may be the most excruciating 80+ minutes you spend in a theater this year.

Weekend Box Office: Theatergoers 'Think Like A Man' To Kick 'The Hunger Games' Out Of The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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It shouldn’t have been a surprise, but “The Hunger Games” not only fell from the top spot after four weeks… it was pulverized. The Steve Harvey-powered “Think Like a Man” took advantage of a big ad campaign to debut to unprecedented numbers, scoring massive 'A' level approval from audiences reporting to Cinemascore while almost tripling its reported $12 million budget. This is the third big hit for Sony’s Screen Gems division this year, following “Underworld: Awakening” and “The Vow.” Not really the best studio to encourage, guys.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig's Next Gig Could Be Helming Reese Witherspoon's 'Wish List'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 22, 2012 12:15 PM
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Some of you may remember Disney's "Wish List" project. It was reported last August that Reese Witherspoon had signed on to star in the gig; a comedy about an overly imaginative little girl who makes ten wishes at a wishing well. None of the wishes come true because the coins never touch the bottom of the well, but 25 years later, they're dislodged, and now this ambitious career woman has to deal with the consequences of ten wishes made as a child that are coming to pass.

Exclusive: Tyler The Creator Interrogates An Alien In Clip From Odd Future's 'Loiter Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 12:11 PM
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While HBO and AMC may be the places on cable to go on Sunday nights for higher brow fare, if you're looking for something a bit more surreal, irreverant and edgy, Adult Swim has you covered. Hip-hop collective Odd Future has joined the network's Sunday night line up with their show "Loiter Squad," and it has been doing extraordinarily well. Just how good? The show is the top-ranked program in its time slow for audiences in those key 18-24 and 18-34 demographics. Not too bad at all.

Tribeca Review: Abbie Cornish Shines, But The Questionable 'The Girl' Remains Ethically Dubious

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 22, 2012 10:24 AM
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Well-told, well-shot and featuring a strong, but restrained and internalized performance from actress Abbie Cornish, director David Riker's "The Girl" is a mannered and in-the-pocket indie drama that might be a total subdued winner if it weren't for its dubious political ideologies, an irony considering the film's DNA is clearly built on humanist tendencies. While the Australian Cornish does have mild issues with sticking the landing on her Texas accent, it's her meatiest role since the deeply underrated "Bright Star" and lesser-seen, but no less valuable indies like "Somersault" and "Candy" (the latter featuring her going toe-to-toe with Heath Ledger and giving as good as she got) and she makes the most of it.

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