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Taylor Lautner To Try A Comedy Career Now, Joins 'Grown Ups 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 9:14 PM
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Oh, Taylor Lautner. Poised to be the next big hot new thing, his solo action adventure outing "Abduction" flopped at the box office, his starring role in "Stretch Armstrong" was scuttled and that movie he's supposed to do with Gus Van Sant (no, really) seems to be waiting to happen. So what is Jacob supposed to do now. How about comedy?

Watch: 3 Clips From Morgan Spurlock's Grooming Documentary 'Mansome' With Jason Bateman & Will Arnett

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 6:41 PM
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Morgan Spurlock doesn't sleep it seems. With his Comic Con doc heading into theaters, the busy documentarian has a new show premiring on Sky Atlantic titled "New Brittania" about the differences between Brits and Americans, and later this month, he's unveiling yet another documentary, "Mansome." And while we had little idea that this was getting made, not only is it done, it's set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

'Skyfall' Adds One More Bond Girl, Tonia Sotiropoulou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 6:13 PM
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With the film running full throttle in front of cameras, and anticipation racing at a feverishly high pitch, it seems the latest James Bond adventure "Skyfall" is done adding girls for Daniel Craig to get frisky with.

Review: 'American Reunion' Is A Stale Slice Of 'Pie' That Coasts On Nostalgia & Cameos

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 4, 2012 6:05 PM
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“American Reunion” begins with the franchise’s typical sexual misunderstanding played for casual sitcom laughs. Married couple Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are preparing for bedtime when she excuses herself to take a late night bath. Without saying a word, Jim watches her leave before visiting bookmarked porn sites on his laptop computer, pleasing himself with a sock filled with what can only be considered an excessive amount of lubrication. Through a few prepackaged pratfalls too implausible to properly explain, Jim and Michelle’s pre-pubescent son learns that Mommy and Daddy had been pleasuring themselves in separate rooms, and lack the self-awareness to properly shield themselves when caught. The camera stays fixed on the silent milieu of an embarrassed Michelle shrinking underneath the bubbles in her bathtub, and Jim clenching the bleeding tip of his crotch, the two of them separated by a shower handle excitedly dancing across the tiles. It is quite possibly the saddest opening scene in recent studio comedy history.

Review: 'ATM' Is An Impossibly Implausible, Hilariously Bad B-Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 4, 2012 5:16 PM
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Cheap, slapped-together run-of-the-mill B-movie thrillers are a dime a dozen. And their egregiousness is often not worthy of outrage or scorn because frequently the films are made on the cheap with a knowing eye towards making a buck with direct-to-DVD sales or foreign markets that don’t care about quality. Everyone is professional and yet (very) aware they’re not making art.

Watch: Love Is Tested In New Trailer For 'Take This Waltz' With Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 4:43 PM
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One film that is quietly winning over the members of the Playlist as we all catch up with it is Sarah Polley's romantic drama "Take This Waltz." It already won over our man at TIFF James Rocchi who called it "a modernist version of a late '60s or early '70s relationship film" that delivers "a knockout punch." And now, a new trailer has arrived offering another strong and compelling look at the film.

'Prometheus' Writer Jon Spaihts To Pen Universal's Reboot Of 'The Mummy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 4:23 PM
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So, what happens when you happen to be the writer who penned the most anticipated movie of the summer/year? Everyone forgets you also wrote "The Darkest Hour" and gives you a big shiny new franchise to play with. That's what's happening with Jon Spaihts, the dude who wrote the initial draft of "Prometheus" that got Ridley Scott all hot and bothered before Damon Lindelof came on and did his rewrite magic.

Review: French Thriller 'The Assault' Presents Propulsive Action, But Little Humanity

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 4, 2012 3:58 PM
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Civic duty comes into play with Julien Leclercq's "The Assault", the new French actioner opening this week. Filmmaking is not a hobby, nor is it broad labor, and one has a responsibility to the truth, both superficially and subtextually. To damn "The Assault" with the accusation of irresonsibility is broad and not entirely civil. It's a blistering cinematic procedural, intense and upsetting in equal measures. And while, superficially, a procedural is "enough," both the art form and the true-life account of what's dramatized in the film demand more.
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Film Adaptation Of Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 3:47 PM
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There is probably no musician both as famous and as mercurial and engimatic as Bob Dylan, which ironically has made his life and work a popular source of inspiration for movies. Of course, Todd Haynes attempted to encapsulate as many of the fragments of Dylan's life as he could in "I'm Not There" with multiple actors portraying the man, and a bevy of musicians covering his tunes. But there is still so much more to tell and explore, and now, a fascinating new project will take on the musican from an entirely different angle altogether.

'A Good Day To Die Hard' Finds Villains In Sebastian Koch & Model/Actress Yulia Snigir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 3:19 PM
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Among the many issues that faced "Live Free Or Die Hard" besides the PG-13 rating the on-no-the-internetz plot, it lacked a villain on the scale of Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons or even William Sadler. And we hope this announcement doesn't mean more of the same.

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