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College Humor Move Into Features With 'Coffee Town,' Starring Vets Of 'It's Always Sunny...,' 'Eastbound & Down' & 'Parks & Rec'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 1:00 PM
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The comedy world got a little bit of a kick in the ass with the coming of the web era, thanks to websites like Funny or Die, which have enabled big stars to team up with emerging writing and directing talent, providing an important foothold into the industry for many, and plenty of laughs for the rest of us. Funny Or Die have already made many inroads into other media, thanks to an HBO compilation show, and now rival CollegeHumor Media looks to get in on the act by financing and producing their first feature film.

'Fat Girl' Director Catherine Breillat Teams With Isabelle Huppert For Autobiographical 'Abus De Faiblesse'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:40 PM
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There can be few actresses as uncompromising as Isabelle Huppert. The French star has, across a forty year career, consistently sought out tough roles from international auteurs, while even her rare American appearances have, aside from a WTF appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," tended to be in difficult, flawed pictures like "Heaven's Gate" and "I Heart Huckabees."

James Franco Somehow Finds Ten Minutes In His Schedule To Play Legendary Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe For 'DiG' Director Ondi Timoner

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:20 PM
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To say that James Franco is a busy man is like saying that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" could have used a more charismatic human lead. Franco is a screenwriter, a director, an awards host, a poet, a novelist, a soap star, a perpetual grad student, an artist, an experimental chef, a glass blower, a human statue, a viola player, a mad scientist, a tree surgeon and an astronaut, but still somehow finds time to appear in several films a year, from blockbusters like next year's "Oz The Great and Powerful" to indies like "Lovelace," in which he'll cameo as Hugh Hefner.

Review: The Choir Of 'Joyful Noise' Preaches To Itself

  • By William Goss
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  • January 12, 2012 12:00 PM
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Your friend and mine Roger Ebert has often said that the matter isn’t what a movie is about, but rather how it is about it. "Joyful Noise" is ostensibly about a small-town Georgia church choir competing against others in a nationwide gospel competition. It’s about a dying town in need of some community pride. It’s about the newly named leader of said choir battling with the widow of her recently deceased predecessor. It’s about that widow’s recently arrived and perpetually restless teenage grandson. It’s also about an all-but-single mother caring for both a son with Asperger’s and a daughter interested in all the wrong boys while their father, her husband, is enlisted in the military. It’s also somehow about a choir member who unfortunately earns a reputation on the gospel circuit for killing the men with which she lays. And it is about all of these things poorly.
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Emma Roberts Reportedly Bails On Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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Considering she's the Nickelodeon-series leading scion of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts has been laudable in her desire to mix it up a bit. Of course, there were the early teen vehicles, like "Aquamarine," "Wild Child" and "Hotel For Dogs," but she's also mixed up her Hollywood fare like "Scream 4" with theoretically more interesting indie films, like "Lymelife," "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By." We can't say we've been huge fans of any of them, but it at least shows a desire to be something other than America's next sweetheart. 

Watch: NSFW French Trailer For 'The Players,' Re-team Of 'The Artist' Director & Star Michel Hazanavicius & Jean Dujardin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 11:25 AM
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Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 

David Oyelowo Says Lee Daniels' Aborted 'Selma' Is Still Happening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 12, 2012 10:59 AM
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With roles in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "The Help" last year, David Oyelowo has maintained a high level of visibility, and that's bound to continue into 2012 as he re-surfaces in next weekend's "Red Tails," "The Paperboy" and "Lincoln," with the Tom Cruise vehicle "One Shot," already slated for 2013. But his star would have rocketed to a distinctly different level had shooting not been scuttled on "Selma," Lee Daniels' ("Precious") planned film about the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march. Oyelowo was set to star as Martin Luther King Jr. in a cast that would have included Robert DeNiro, Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson.

Ólafur Arnalds Score For 'Another Happy Day' Hits On Feb. 27th, Listen To "Lynn's Theme" Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 10:43 AM
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Is Iceland the hot new home of film composing? Maybe at least for the moment. Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi has found a new collaborator in Cameron Crowe, not only scoring "We Bought Zoo," but the director's next effort as well, and he's not the only native of Iceland to tune up a movie last year.

'Role Models' Scribe Timothy Dowling To Rewrite Office Party-Themed Comedy For 'Blades Of Glory' Directors

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 10:22 AM
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Among the R-rated comedy boom of the last decade or so, there were the obvious, instant, giant hits: "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "The Hangover," "Bridesmaids." But there are also the films that, while they didn't turn the world upside down on release, have proven to be cult hits with long legs, films that have found their way into regular rotation just as much as their more monstrously-grossing cousins.

Todd Haynes Talks The Contemporary Parallels Of 'Mildred Pierce' & His Possible Next Project With Julianne Moore

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 12, 2012 10:03 AM
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Not content to rank among the first tier of independent filmmakers working on the big screen, Todd Haynes took a gamble last year and collaborated with the folks at HBO for what would become one of the must-see events on television: “Mildred Pierce,” an epic adaptation of James M. Cain’s acclaimed novel. But the filmmaker responsible for some of the most daring and unusual cinematic works of recent years said that the reason he decided to undertake the project on the small screen was simple – namely, he couldn’t have made it otherwise. “I don’t know that we could have made 'Mildred Pierce' as a feature film,” Haynes told us in a recent interview. “The appetite right now among financiers for female-driven historical dramas is scant, and narrowing, and we could have made the good fight, but it certainly would have been a condensed version of that novel, which I thought was already quite significantly accomplished in the first round, in that ’45 film.”

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