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Giovanni Ribisi Says Josh Brolin Is A "Berserker" In 'Gangster Squad'; Reveals In The Works Skateboarding Documentary

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 10, 2012 3:18 PM
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Giovanni Ribisi's been playing a string of less-than-savory guys in his films of late -- the corporate shill Selfridge in "Avatar," the Hitler-loving drunk Moburg in "The Rum Diary," and the violent drug-smuggler Briggs in this week's "Contraband." So is it any wonder that Ribisi would want to explore a few characters who aren't quite dirtbags?

Watch: Gina Carano & Channing Tatum Battle In First 5 Minutes From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 2:28 PM
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While Steven Soderbergh still managed to assemble a great cast for his upcoming "Haywire," word around the campfire is that some actors actually turned down the film, not exactly cool with the idea of letting a woman beat them up on screen. Their loss. Turning MMA star Gina Carano into an action heroine, "Haywire" is a brisk thriller that lets you feel and see every brutal punch and kick.
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Watch: 7 Minutes From The George Lucas Produced WWII Film 'Red Tails'; George Lucas Says Black Cinema Riding On Its Success

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 2:11 PM
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In the works for decades, the George Lucas-produced WWII film "Red Tails," about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, first started filming way back in 2009. And there is a lot riding on this movie, including no less the fate of financing for movies centered around or featuring black actors in the lead role. According to Lucas, the future of those types of films may inadvertently be in the balance as Hollywood eyes the success (or failure) of "Red Tails."

First Look At Agyness Deyn & Richard Coyle In Brit Remake Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Pusher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 1:24 PM
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Are you a fan of "Drive"? Well, if you are, and you haven't yet tracked down Nicolas Winding Refn's crackling debut "Pusher" (or its two sequels), then you probably should. At least before the remake hits.

Watch: Seth Rogen Talks About The Time He Peed In Tom Cruise's Driveway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 12:56 PM
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What do you do if you're about to go the house of the world's biggest movie star, but you really have to pee? If you're Seth Rogen, you reach for the nearest Snapple bottle.

Sundance Picks & More: The Playlist's Most Anticipated Indie Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 12:20 PM
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In a world where studio movies often get release dates before they have a script, it's relatively easy to know what films to look forward to in the coming year. The indie world is a little trickier; films can often fly under the radar until they arrive on the festival circuit, without the wall-to-wall coverage of the tentpoles (although we do our best). But we're about ten days away from the Sundance Film Festival kicking off, and the indie line-up for 2012 will start to crystallize a little more.

Exclusive: Cameron Crowe Says Jónsi Scoring His Next Film As Well

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2012 12:03 PM
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Cameron Crowe and atmospheric indie post-rocker Jónsi have had a fruitful collaboration thus far. Jónsi's group Sigur Rós contributed three tracks to "Vanilla Sky," one which was unreleased at the time, and the Icelandic musician also recently scored the director's recent effort "We Bought A Zoo."

AMC Picks Up 'GoodFellas' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 11:45 AM
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This one has been brewing for a while now. As early as 2009, word first emerged that a TV series based on Martin Scorsese's classic "GoodFellas" was in the works. Then, in the fall of 2010, that talk became much more real as Martin Scorsese came on board, joining the film's original producer, Irwin Winkler, in the behind the scenes talent, with Nicholas Pileggi writing the series. Well, one of cable's biggest networks right now is throwing their weight behind the series in what will likely be one of the most anticipated shows in quite some time.

Joe Carnahan Says New Project 'Continue' Is Like A 'Groundhog Day' Action Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2012 11:15 AM
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After "The A-Team" failed to connect with critics and audiences, Joe Carnahan very literally went out in the wild. And now, he's back with a completely different cinematic animal in "The Grey," his gritty thriller led by Liam Neeson about a group of Alaskan pipeline workers forced to square off against the bitter cold of winter and a pack of wolves when their plane crashes. The director is talking to press in advance of his film, eager to discuss what's next on his plate -- he told us his developing "Killing Pablo" is headed into casting -- and he reveals he's got another movie bubbling in the background. An action flick with an interesting twist.

Carey Mulligan Says She Went Through Three Rounds Of Auditions For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 11:00 AM
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While the movie is out, and Rooney Mara has proven to be the perfect choice for Lisbeth Salander, the story of what could have been is always intriguing. As has been well documented already, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" went through a lengthy, and very publicized casting process and in the final days, Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe and Léa Seydoux were said to be the final candidates, with a mix of established and lesser known names like Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning and Katie Jarvis also in the running. Last fall, David Fincher said that Scarlett Johansson gave a great audition but proved to be too sexy for the somewhat androgynous part. Also being considered was "Drive" and "Shame" star Carey Mulligan, and she reveals she was called back more than once to try out for the part.

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