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Review: 'Mister Rogers & Me' A Loose & Loving Tribute To America's Favorite Neighbor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 9:59 AM
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One of the biggest movies at the box office for children last year was "The Smurfs." Taking in over $560 million worldwide, the 3D, CG/live action reboot tossed in references to Aerosmith, "Rock Band," bodily functions and "Midnight Cowboy" (among many others) in a slick and glossy production whose greatest accomplishment was keeping kids in once place for 86 minutes, while harried parents got a moment to breathe. It says something about how much the idea and perception of entertainment for children has changed, that in watching old clips of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the show practically feels revolutionary. Moving at a measured, distinctly unhurried pace, with a man who spoke honestly and directly to his young viewers, even decades later, for anyone who grew up watching the show, Fred Rogers still represents an honesty and integrity in children's programming that simply hasn't been matched. And it's those values of caring, decency and love for your neighbor that are honored in Benjamin and Christofer Wagner's "Mister Rogers & Me."

Watch: New Clips From 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Hungry Games'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 20, 2012 9:41 AM
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With (mostly) positive word running rampant for “The Hunger Games” all throughout the Twittersphere and reviews flooding in daily (including our own, which called it “thoughtful, thrilling populist entertainment that genuinely deserves to be a franchise”) it’s a wonder that Lionsgate would put any more effort into selling this picture that appears to be a surefire box office smash.

'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Red Star'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 20, 2012 9:17 AM
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As most of us know by now, the January release of “Chronicle” marked one of those rare moments when critical and commercial success combines for a genre picture of that ilk. While a sequel has already been announced with original screenwriter Max Landis at work once again, director Josh Trank has been tossed around for some higher profile gigs including the “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom," but he's now locked a deal for what could be his next film.

Counterpoint Review: 'The Hunger Games' Is A Tired, Overlong Blockbuster Lacking Flair & Imagination

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 20, 2012 9:03 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" arriving in theaters this weekend and expected to blow up the box office, early reviews have been very positive and anticipation has been running high. Our own review called it "an engaging, thoughtful, populist piece of entertainment that transcends gender, genre or source material." But not everyone in The Playlist camp felt the same. Here's a counterpoint review of the film that offers up a wholly different assessment of the upcoming franchise starter.

Another Blow For Paramount's Chris Pine-Starring Jack Ryan Revival As Director Jack Bender Bails On The Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 8:31 AM
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Barely two weeks ago we asked the question, "Does anyone actually want to see another Jack Ryan movie?" The Tom Clancy-created spy franchise has lasted four installments across three leading men, with "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear And Present Danger" and "The Sum Of All Fears," but only the first off that list really bears rewatching and, as we discussed, there's nothing particularly compelling about the central character. That being said, we got replies from a few fans of the series that indicated that an audience still exists for the franchise.

New Images From Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'; Full Soundtrack Details Unveiled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 20, 2012 8:05 AM
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With a new geographically-specific title and a summer release just announced, Woody Allen's latest Euro-flavored venture, "To Rome With Love," is just around the corner. Looking to replicate the success of "Midnight In Paris," a career-best box office hit that won Allen his first writing Oscar since 1987 for "Hannah And Her Sisters," details of his latest film are being kept under wraps. Luckily, we now have a better look at what's to come as a host of photos from the project have been unveiled.

Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart Teaming For A Cop Comedy At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 7:58 PM
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There is nothing Hollywood likes more than to piggyback off a good idea, so we probably should have seen this coming. Hot off the success of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's "21 Jump Street" this weekend, another cop comedy is coming down the pike, this time starring two veterans of the Judd Apatow school of laffs.

First Look At Daniel Radcliffe As Allen Ginsberg In 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 6:36 PM
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So are books by the Beats poised to become the next tween lit pick of choice? Okay, so maybe it won't reach "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight" levels of popularity, but we're experiencing a bit of moment here with tweenage fave KStew leading Walter Salles' upcoming "On The Road" and now, Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe stepping into the shoes of Allen Ginsberg. Howl, indeed.

Jake Gyllenhaal To Make 'An Enemy' With 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve Based On Jose Saramago's 'The Double'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 6:24 PM
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While he didn't get the win in 2011, Denis Villeneuve's Oscar nominated "Incendies" put the helmer on the map, Hollywood called and he suddenly found a few more options on his plate. Last year, he came on board the long developing Black List script "Prisoners" (which recently landed a lead in Hugh Jackman) as well as an adaptation of Russell Banks' "The Darling" with Jessica Chastain linked to a role. And then last month, he also put an adaptation of Joe Sacco's "Footsteps In Gaza" on his pile. But it's a new project that looks like it will go first.

Tarsem Singh Taking A Look At Sprawling Contemporary War Movie 'Eye In The Sky'; Film Features 62 Parts

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 19, 2012 5:53 PM
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To follow the spectacles of "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," director Tarsem Singh has previously said he'd like to try something non-visual -- such as a talking-heads movie in the vein of "My Dinner with Andre." But before he gets to tackle anything that simple (at least as far as visual feasts go), Singh has his eye on "something in-between" a talker and a stunner that he hopes to do, should the deal go through -- a sprawling, Steven Soderbergh-like hyperlink film inspired by "Traffic," "Contagion" and "Syriana" called "Eye in the Sky."

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