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David O. Russell Confirmed To Helm Biopic Of Former Rhode Island Mayor Buddy Cianci

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 17, 2012 8:03 AM
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Last we heard, it was on his "maybe" pile but 24 Frames now reports that David O. Russell is officially set to helm the gestating biopic of former Rhode Island mayor Buddy Cianci for Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions.

Watch: Fantastic 'Prometheus' Viral Video Focusing On Michael Fassbender's Android David

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:24 AM
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Just yesterday afternoon around ye olde Playlist water cooler, we were talking about the "Prometheus" marketing campaign. Specifically how, unlike Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan who can show as much or as little of "The Dark Knight Rises" as they please because of the built-in brand, Fox has a bit more of uphill climb with "Prometheus." With no major stars and only a tenuous link to the "Alien" series (that isn't even being played up in materials for the movie) they've had to sell the sizzle without (hopefully) ruining the movie. And they've been doing a great job. Boasting some of the best trailers of the year so far and building up feverish anticipation, this latest viral video is further proof that they're running a well-oiled machine over there.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel: Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Gets December 18th Chinese Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 17, 2012 6:53 AM
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It's five years since the last film from the great Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai. It's eight since his last Chinese-language film, "2046." And depending on your tolerance for the latter, it's twelve since his last great film, "In The Mood For Love." But Kar-Wai has such a hugely impressive body of work behind him -- from "Ashes Of Time" to "Chungking Express" -- that anything he does will have a fever-pitch of anticipation behind it, and that only seems to get greater the longer he takes with his latest project, "The Grandmaster."

'Pariah' Star Adepero Oduye Lining Up Role In Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' With Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 7:36 PM
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How do you follow a breakthrough performance that was name dropped by Meryl Streep and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award? How about doing a movie with Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt? Welcome to the big time Adepero Oduye.

Mark Ruffalo Joins Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' With Steve Carell & Channing Tatum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 7:10 PM
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The saying goes that you gotta keep your eyes on the prize, and for director Bennett Miller that has certainly been true for "Foxcatcher." The long developing project was one he had hoped to tackle after "Capote," but he wound up helming last year's Best Picture nominee "Moneyball" instead. Not bad as far as consolation prizes go. But with the heat off that, he's been re-building the film. Last fall, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum both came on board, and now, an indie veteran is lining up for what is turning out to be a very promising cast.

Take A Look At The Full Cast Of Aaron Sorkin's HBO Series 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 6:10 PM
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With a slate of programming that already boasts two of the biggest shows on television -- "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" -- HBO is not slowing down for a minute in 2012. This past weekend they finally unveiled the hotly buzzed Lena Dunham series "Girls," and this weekend Armando Iannucci's "Veep" will debut as well. But that's not all. This summer, the network will welcome Aaron Sorkin back to TV, unspooling his latest "The Newsroom," and Vanity Fair has provided the first look at the entire cast photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz.

Wolf Parade & Handsome Furs Frontman Dan Boeckner To Score 'Adult World' With Emma Roberts & John Cusack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 5:36 PM
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Indie rock has its fair share of distinct voices, but few are as instantly recognizable as that of Dan Boeckner, the musician and voice behind the acclaimed Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. But he's stepping off the stage for a brief moment, to try his hand at something a little bit different.

Kevin Feige Explains How 'The Incredible Hulk' Easter Egg Scene Almost Screwed Up The Marvel/'Avengers' Continuity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 5:08 PM
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In the now sprawling world of Marvel movies, keeping track of the narrative so everything flows and connects must be a nightmare. The studio template has required that each film drop a little tease after the credits for another movie they have in the pipeline, even if it isn't written, shot or cast yet. And this leads to some narrative hula-hoops and workarounds. They've mostly gotten around them, no matter how awkward the manuvering might be, but talking with The Huffington Post, Kevin Feige reveals that they nearly boxed themselves in with The Hulk and "The Avengers." 

Emily Blunt To Say 'All You Need Is Kill' With Tom Cruise; Top Contender For 'Thin Man' Along With Emma Stone & Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 3:42 PM
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Tom Cruise is back baby, and the actor hasn't been slowing down for a second, eager to strike with the moment is still hot. But a side-story to his recent string of movies has been the bevy of beauties he's lined up to star with. Paula Patton and Lea Seydoux prowled "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"; Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough feature in "Oblivion" and Rosamund Pike stars in "One Shot." And another talented, and yes attractive, lead is lining up for Cruise's next big screen undertaking.

Watch: Loki Is Impressed With His Prison In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 3:22 PM
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So, "The Avengers" had it's world premiere last week, and has since had a screenings for fans and press and everyone in between and the general consensus is that it rocks. Even among the nearly half dozen Playlist folk who've seen the film, word has been very positive. But as for this writer....I still can't get over the overblown dialogue and almost comically serious tone in these clips.

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