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Watch: Brief First Footage Arrives From Colin Farrell-Starring 'Total Recall' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2012 11:13 AM
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It's going to be a competitive summer for everyone, as we've detailed in the past, but few films have a tougher fight ahead of them than Sony's "Total Recall." A remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action sci-fi picture that's beloved by geeks everywhere, the new version has exchanged visionary helmer Paul Verhoeven for the much less popular Len Wiseman ("Underworld," "Live Free and Die Hard"), and toplines the still-unproven-as-a-box-office-draw Colin Farrell, rather than Arnie. Not to mention it's going head to head at the box office with "The Bourne Legacy," which is after an identical demographic.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Should Have Been Called 'Fighting With Your Boyfriend In The Woods'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 15, 2012 10:57 AM
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The debut feature from Adele Romanski, "Leave Me Like You Found Me" centers on a couple, recently reunited after a year apart, on a romantic camping trip. Cal and Erin are still feeling each other out, careful with each other and tender. This doesn't stop them from declaring their love for each other, but love just isn't that simple, now is it. Their interactions devolve into passive-aggressive bickering and fighting, set against a gorgeous woodland backdrop, but if you wanted to watch couples fight, why head to the movie theater?

NC-17 Rating For 'Killer Joe' Still Stands After Appeal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 10:46 AM
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"I don't know how it goes either, but I understand you could maybe show the same film, same guys but different day, where there's enough levity along the way in the middle of the most violent stuff. It felt like an R to me, last night. It's got enough of a wink to not be an NC-17," Matthew McConaughey told us earlier this week at SXSW, about the harsh rating for "Killer Joe." But it appears the conservative bunch at the MPAA didn't see the wink.
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Simon Pegg Lines Up Guest Role On Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' Pilot

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 15, 2012 10:25 AM
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Funnyman Simon Pegg will have to trade in his Starfleet uniform and phaser for a fedora and a gun as he's now set to join the pilot of Frank Darabont's gestating adaptation of John Buntin's epic saga "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City" for the cable network TNT.

SXSW '12: Jack Black Talks Musical Aspects Of 'Frank Or Francis' & Says Charlie Kaufman's Film Has "A Powerfully Surrealistic Tone"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 15, 2012 10:05 AM
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After high-profile roles in commercial fare such as “School Of Rock,” “Nacho Libre” and “The Big Year,” Jack Black has tapped into a series of smaller and more idiosyncratic opportunities, starting with Richard Linklater’s true-crime dramedy “Bernie.” But the comedian and actor has even bigger challenges on the horizon with “Frank Or Francis,” Charlie Kaufman’s follow-up to his 2008 film “Synecdoche, New York.” While appearing at the SXSW Film Festival for the local premiere of “Bernie,” Black revealed he didn’t know how soon shooting was set to begin, but he characterized the film to The Playlist as an incisive portrait of celebrity culture.

Watch: New Japanese 'The Avengers' Trailer Reveals Gwyneth Paltrow Is In This Too

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 15, 2012 9:44 AM
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Upon seeing the new Japanese trailer for "The Avengers," you'll have to agree that there's something about the visuals that blends better when underlined by an indecipherable Japanese narrator. Our latest peek at the superhero epic might be our clearest showcase yet, utiziling footage from the previous trailers while debuting a bit more of its own. Notably, several scenes from the first clips associated with the film return, but this time souped up with the addition of some special effects providing added context. To paraphrase Luke Wilson in "Idiocracy," now you know whose ass is farting, and why.

HBO Cancels Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' After Another Horse Dies On Set

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 15, 2012 9:24 AM
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If you're a fan of the HBO series "Luck," some sad news has arrived as HBO has decided to cease all future production on the show. It comes in the wake of a horse dying on set during the filming of the second episode of season two, marking the third horse to have died in total during the filming of the show.

One Movie Bryan Cranston Won't Be In: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 9:04 AM
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As you know, we love Bryan Cranston, but even he's gotta sleep sometime. The hard-working actor has already appeared in two movies so far in 2012 ("Red Tails," "John Carter") and has five more on the way to theaters ("Detachment," "Rock Of Ages," "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," "Total Recall" and "Argo"). There is no doubt that Cranston is in demand, but while we would've loved to see him work with Alexander Payne, alas, it is not to be.

Indie Arthouse Film 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' To Premiere At The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 10:23 PM
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They say you can't go home again...yet, what is it in our savage nature that cries out for us to return to our roots and our origins? What are those feelings that flow through veins and reach to our very bowels that compel a longing gaze backward instead of forward? It's an eternal question, one that has puzzled philosophers and wise men for ages, yet the brave filmmakers of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" have ventured to plumb those thematic depths, in a film that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Jeremy Renner The Latest Actor Looking To Take A Drive Out To 'Motor City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 9:44 PM
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Already bouncing from Chris Evans to Dominic Cooper to Jake Gyllenhaal -- who dropped out exactly one day after news of his coming aboard hit the web -- Albert Hughes has had a helluva time finding a leading man for "Motor City." But, in a nice stroke of luck, he might have landed on yet another quality leading man.

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