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James Franco Admits 'Tristan & Isolde' Was "A Big Mistake"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 4:25 PM
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James Franco has played many characters over the years -- James Dean, Aron Ralston, Saul Silver, Daniel Desario -- but few would leave him as bitter as his part as Tristan in "Tristan + Isolde." The actor has previously talked about the troubled production of that 2006 Kevin Reynolds film, but he once again lays it candidly out in an article he recently penned for The Daily Beast.

Director Kevin Macdonald Talks The Long Road To Making His Documentary 'Marley,' And Why It's The Opposite Of 'Senna'

  • By John Lichman
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  • April 19, 2012 3:59 PM
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Talking about icons can take a while, especially when you're tasked with an international icon like Bob Marley, whose face and music are synonymous with Jamaica, reggae and college dorms. Kevin Macdonald's new documentary, "Marley," takes nearly two hours to explore the culture and relationships that the singer forged in Jamaica, his politics and the fact that people shouldn't be too freaked out by the running time. The Playlist sat down with Macdonald to bring up Boney M, how "Marley" is the opposite of "Senna" and his upcoming projects.

Penelope Cruz Circling Role In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 3:42 PM
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Casting a movie can be difficult, especially when trying to attract top talent to a film when they undoubtedly have other offers, or trying to pick someone right for a role when the studio wants a big name. But not if you're Ridley Scott and you're working with a script by Cormac McCarthy. Big names have been breaking down the door to join "The Counselor," and that run continues today.

Exclusive: New Look At 'Free Samples' Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jess Weixler Talks Making The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 3:03 PM
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With the Cannes Film Festival dominating the headlines earlier today, let's not forget that right now in New York City the Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, offering cinephiles a host of movies making their premieres and beginning their journey through the fest circuit and eventually into theaters. And one of those films is "Free Samples," the feature debut by Jay Gammill starring Jess Weixler and Jesse Eisenberg, with an appearance from the legendary Tippi Hedren. 

Watch: Trailer For The True & Impossible Story Of 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 2:42 PM
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Love will turn you upside down, inside out and take you the dizzying heights of rapture and the depths of despair. And somewhere all of those collide in the woozy and charming trailer for "Ruby Sparks," the latest from "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (and their first film since their breakout hit).

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Superman II'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 1:58 PM
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A little over a year from now, the most iconic comic character in history will be back on screens, courtesy of Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel." Seven years on from Bryan Singer's oft-derided "Superman Returns," it'll see "The Dark Knight" mastermind Christopher Nolan producing a new, seemingly darker take on the character, to be played by Henry Cavill, with Michael Shannon as his Kryptonian nemesis General Zod.

Review: 'Snow On Tha Bluff' A Refreshing, Unrelenting Piece Of Cinéma Vérité

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 19, 2012 1:27 PM
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A jolt of, uh, dope into the veins of the micro-indie/found footage scene, “Snow on tha Bluff” is a wildly kinetic tour through one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States; an endlessly entertaining and captivating portrait of a “robbery boy” and crack dealer. Filmmaker Damon Russel completely disappears, letting subject Curtis Snow carry the entire film, resulting in gritty, authentic document of the culture and lifestyle in Atlanta’s favorite little quarters.

John Hawkes Turned Down Role Of The Governor On 'The Walking Dead' Because He Didn't Want To Sell Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 1:04 PM
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You might recall that back in February, it was reported that the folks behind the AMC horror series "The Walking Dead" wanted John Hawkes for the role of the Governor, a tyrant of a survivor town the lead characters stumble across. Well phone calls were made, and maybe a dinner was bought, but Hawkes turned down the role, and he explains that he just couldn't do a show with commercials in it. Or something.

Robert Rodriguez Says Mickey Rourke & Rosario Dawson Will Be Back For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 12:42 PM
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Robert Rodriguez is busy in casting mode. With "Machete Kills" gearing up to shoot, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez are already being touted to return, and with "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" now headed for a summer start, it looks like he's starting to get his pieces into play.

'The Five-Year Engagement' EP Shows Off Love For Van Morrison & Pedro Almodóvar Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 19, 2012 12:18 PM
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Alright, you hopefully read our Tribeca Film Festival review of Nicholas Stoller's "The Five Year Engagement" this morning. We hear that It's a sweet and funny comedy that veers off in tangents, but fortunately, it never loses its way.

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