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High Fidelity: Why Fans Demanding Faithfulness To Their Favorite Source Material Is Damaging Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2012 3:56 PM
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Let's face it, we see more adaptations than original material in movie theaters. And that's not something new: adapting from plays or novels (and now, other movies and TV shows and video games and board games and action figures) is as old as cinema itself. But what has changed, or at least become more organized and noticeable in the age of the internet, is the way these adaptations are approached even before they hit theaters. Something which quite often, leads to what HitFix's Drew McWeeney terms "fantrums."

Review: 'Bully' Shifts Blame & Pities The Victims Without Offering Real Solutions To The Problem Of Bullying

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • March 28, 2012 3:38 PM
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At one point in "Bully," a new documentary about the complex problem of bullying in American high schools, a mother of a bullied high schooler confesses that she feels like both she and her husband have failed their son Alex. He is constantly picked on when he rides the bus to school every morning. His mother briefly blames herself, saying that she doesn't feel like a good parent, before shifting the blame to her husband, an alpha male that we've previously seen encouraging Alex to confront his problem so that his younger sister won't have to suffer for his silence.
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Watch: Charming Trailer For Time-Travel Comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Starring Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:57 PM
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"The world is mostly full of jankholes," says time traveler Kenneth in the trailer for the Sundance hit "Safety Not Guaranteed." And watching some of the ugly side of humanity come out during this political season (and in the Trayvon Martin saga), we get exactly where he's coming from.

Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse' Will Land On June 14, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:27 PM
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The end is coming...and it's going to be hilarious. It seems that the end of the world just isn't the domain for ponderous filmmakers with comedies now taking a crack at the demise of humanity. This summer, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley will face the unknown in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," an ensemble crew including Anna Kendrick, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer and Craig Robinson are facing "Rapturepalooza," and now, one more film has a firm date as Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel's "The Apocalypse" has been stamped with a June 14, 2013 release date.

Discuss: Is Allowing Cell Phone Use At The Movies The Way Of The Future?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:03 PM
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We've all had that experience. Sitting down in a theater, and realizing, 30 seconds into the movie, that the person sitting next to you is not going to turn their phone off. They could be texting, tweeting, updating their Facebook status or, worst case scenario, even making a phone call. They may not even be the only ones in the theater. Sometimes, you'll put up with it for the duration of the movie, quietly seething. Sometimes you'll ask, politely, and they might even stop. Sometimes they won't, and things will get aggressive, confrontational even. And it's possible that it's not going to be going away.
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Watch: Trailer For Oscar Winner William Joyce's 'Rise Of The Guardians' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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Today the trailer for "Rise of the Guardians," DreamWorks Animation's big holiday 2012 animated movie, quietly debuted online (courtesy of Hey U Guys). The movie features the voice talents of Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law, and centers around an elite group of childhood fantasy characters (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost) who must band together to save the world. It's based on a book series co-authored and illustrated by beloved artist William Joyce, who also co-directs the animated feature. (Joyce just won an Oscar for his charming animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.")

Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Poehler To Star In 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 1:48 PM
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Brewing for a while, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner's feature film debut has been through a few different incarnations. Way, back in 2009 Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis were the first names to line up for the movie that was in very advance planning to shoot last year. But in the fall of 2010, new names cropped up with Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renée Zellweger all being eyed. But riding off the heat of the massive season five opener for "Mad Men," Weiner is building up his cast again and it's pretty strong.

New Looks At Keira Knightley, Steve Carell & More In 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 12:52 PM
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While we're waiting to see just what's in store with the high concept comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the cast can't seem to stop raving about it. When we spoke to Keira Knightley at the beginning of the year, she said: "It's a very, very dark comedy. It's also weirdly for its subject matter incredibly optimistic and sort of life-affirming. I thought it was one of the best scripts I've read, really." And when we chatted with Patton Oswalt earlier this month prior to SXSW, he was even more effusive in his praise.

'Think Like A Man' Soundtrack Features John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 12:15 PM
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While "Think Like A Man" doesn't usually fall into our regular wheelhouse, we'll likely track this down for one reason -- another chance to see Kevin Hart and Romany Malco trade words. The comic duo last featured together in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in a sequence that still remains highly quoted around the Playlist office. So here's hoping they are least bring some of that same energy to their scenes here.
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Darren Aronofsky Is NOT Directing The Judy Garland Biopic With Anne Hathaway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 11:59 AM
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This kind of seemed a bit bogus when it hit the web yesterday, but put the words Darren Aronofsky, Anne Hathaway and Judy Garland together and watch the internet react. Anyway, word circulated that the "Black Swan" helmer was going to be directing the actress in the long-developing biopic of the Hollywood icon, with no one really bothering to double check, and as we figured, it's not true.

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