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Review: 'Life's Too Short' Gets Darker, Grows More Incisive As It Heads Toward The Season Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2012 12:58 PM
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While Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have been rightly celebrated for creating some of the best, most observant comedy of the last few years in "The Office" and "Extras," the success and brilliance of those shows have been possible due to their willingness to eviscerate the main characters. David Brent and Andy Millman both have their ego and hubris splashed heavily with buckets of cold water throughout both series. What has made both of those shows rise beyond their seeming sitcom trappings, has been the greater character truths that arrive as their grand ambitions face hard and harsh reality.

Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' Takes The Box Office To School

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It really doesn’t matter how popular a show was back in the day - as long as it’s a vaguely recognizable title with a good cast, you’re guaranteed a certain level of results. “SWAT” lasted only one year, memorable mostly for its theme song, and yet the movie version grabbed $37 million back in the summer of 2003. Nine years later, a similar opening has greeted “21 Jump Street,” the television show of which ran for four forgettable years in the late '80s and is more famous for spawning megastar Johnny Depp than for having any great story lines or standout moments.

New Look At Rooney Mara Shooting Scenes For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' At SXSW

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2012 11:16 AM
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While the film portion of SXSW might be over, this weekend in Austin a plethora of bands are vying for attention in the clubs and streets of the city for the music portion of the festival. And it appears Terrence Malick was on hand as well.

History Only Remembers A "Fraction Of The Truth" In New 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Trailer

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2012 8:29 AM
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2012 could be best remembered as the year when Hollywood got cold feet and backed away from its newest stars-in-the-making. To wit: While the Internet and the movie-blog industry loves Tom Hardy, the Weinstein Company knows the signal to noise ratio just doesn't match and they bumped "The Wettest County" (a prohibition drama that Hardy stars in) in the release schedule until, after "The Dark Knight Rises" (Hardy is the main villain), hoping the immense popularity of that picture will only help the awareness of the limited release drama centering on three brothers who run an illegal moonshine operation.

First Look At Prosthetics-Heavy Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'Looper'

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2012 7:44 AM
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Some will say he looks beefed-up, but the fact of the matter is Joseph Gordon-Levitt is under quite a bit of practical prosthetics to make him look more like Bruce Willis. Wait, what? Well, backing up a second, this is your first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's ("Brick," "The Brothers Bloom") much-anticipated sci-fi film, "Looper." In the high-concept picture that plays around with screwy time-travel conceits, Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman from the future who works for the mob and recognizes one of his targets as his future self.

Watch: Ridley Scott Makes A Case For Movie Of The Summer With The Full Trailer For 'Alien' Prequel 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2012 9:29 PM
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Christopher Nolan, the ball is in your court. In what's already been an atypically strong year for big commercial movies ("21 Jump Street," "The Cabin In The Woods," "The Hunger Games"), Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to sci-fi, "Prometheus," just made a very strong case for being, of everything, the big studio movie that we're counting the days for, with the full trailer debuting tonight, just after Scott unveiled it at WonderCon. And it blew our motherfucking socks off.

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Irish Director Kirsten Sheridan On 'Dollhouse,' The Word "Random" And Using Ryan Gosling's Music

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 17, 2012 4:19 PM
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Continuing its festival run this week at SXSW, following its Berlin premiere, is a remarkable Irish film, "Dollhouse," directed by Kirsten Sheridan. The trippy, pulsing story of a home invasion scenario that is by turns scary, funny and surreal (you can read our review here), the film gained a special mention in Berlin, which is also where we caught up with its director.

'Easy A' Director Will Gluck To Remake Swiss Drama 'Vitus' As 'How To Disappear Completely'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 11:56 AM
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Well, this is something of a left turn. Comedy director Will Gluck, who's had two straight big hits in "Easy A" ($75 million worldwide) and "Friends With Benefits" ($150 million), is set to take on slightly heavier material with "How To Disappear Completely". The drama focuses on a young prodigy in the musical and academic worlds who slowly finds his skill level dropping as he ages, creating conflict with his overbearing parents. The script is from Ed Solomon ("Men In Black") though Gluck is expected to take a pass as well as direct for Sony.

Pay Attention, Gerard Butler Is Trying To Let You Know That 'Olympus Has Fallen,' Plus Photos From 'Of Men And Mavericks'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 10:17 AM
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It's taken a while, but Gerard Butler is finally going to answer his calling as an action star. The genre-hopping tough guy found success with a couple of romantic comedies, but his Oscar bid for "Machine Gun Preacher" fell short, so he's redoubling his efforts to become an A-List head-smasher. Butler's attached to Naval thriller "Hunter Killer," war picture "Thunder Run" and a heist film, "Brilliant," and now he's going to follow in the footsteps of fellow tough guys Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas and Wesley Snipes. You guessed it: he's going to steal the Declaration of Independence save the President Of The United States, in the jargon-y sounding "Olympus Has Fallen."

The Dardenne Brothers Say They Originally Planned A Different Ending For 'Kid With A Bike'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 17, 2012 9:59 AM
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What can be said about the Dardenne brothers that five Cannes awards don't already say much more definitively? Even a mediocre splotch in their oeuvre is twelve notches above most other contemporary films that get paraded around on the blogosphere.

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