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5 Great Eddie Murphy Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 9, 2012 3:46 PM
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You might not have noticed, but Eddie Murphy has a new movie in theaters today. That's a slightly loaded sentence: "A Thousand Words" was shot four years ago, has been barely screened for critics (those who have seen it have been vicious), and is being put into a mere 1900 theaters, nearly half as much as the week's biggest opening, "John Carter." And all this for a man who was once the biggest star on the planet.

Rosemarie DeWitt Heads To Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 3:21 PM
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After a slight bit of turmoil earlier in the year when Matt Damon dropped out of the director's chair, and Warner Bros. bailed on backing the picture (Focus Features and Participant are now teaming to produce), everything is back on track for "The Promised Land." Gus Van Sant will direct and John Krasinski, who penned the script with Damon based off an idea by Dave Eggers, will also star. And now they've got another great addition.

Fox Searchlight Plays 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'; Oscilloscope Says 'Hello I Must Be Going'; Lionsgate Likes 'Hummingbird' & SModcast Takes 'Bindlestiffs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 3:03 PM
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Some dealmaking has gone down over the past 24 hours, with a handful of indie movies now finding homes and plotting their ways to a screen near you.

French Actor Mathieu Almaric Talks Directing 'The Screen Illusion' & The Difficulties Of Pie-Throwing In Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 9, 2012 2:46 PM
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You won't see Mathieu Almaric in his new film, "The Screen Illusion" -- which is part of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema Film Festival -- because this time, he's the director.

Dwayne Johnson & Josh Hutcherson Expected To Return For 'Journey 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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Did you go see "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"? No? Well, guess what, it doesn't matter because a whole lot of people overseas went to go see it, helping the movie bring in over $270 million worldwide. Only a couple of days ago it was confirmed that a three-quel was in the works, and it looks like the producers want to keep their secret ingredients of Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson in the mix.

Good Luck With That: Joss Whedon Says The Only Way To Approach An 'Avengers' Sequel Is To Make It Smaller & More Intimate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 1:38 PM
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Well, "The Avengers" is still a little bit away from hitting theaters, but might as well get the sequel talk started already, right? Because since everyone in the Marvel universe has signed their lives and their children's lives away to star in the series forever, if the movie is a big box office hit (and it should be) and pleases the fans (it likely will) you can bet everyone will be getting out their dayplanners to figure out when they can get Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston all back together in the same room. But if Joss Whedon has his way (and he won't), his concept for a sequel to "The Avengers" runs directly opposite the current climate in Hollywood.

In Theaters: Take Some 'Friends With Kids' To See 'John Carter' Or Get Out Of The 'Silent House' For Some 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 9, 2012 1:03 PM
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TGIF betches! I set off for the magical land of queso and breakfast tacos tonight-- yep! Going to Austin for SXSW. But not without a little Friday In Theaters to set you off right. It just wouldn't be right to depart without a mild rant about the "John Carter" marketing campaign! Yes, this weekend the questionable Civil War/Sci-Fi "John Carter" muscles its way into theaters, as well as Elizabeth Olsen spooky movie "Silent House," and funny attractive people with problems rom-com "Friends with Kids."

Review: 'The Ballad Of Genesis & Lady Jaye' Is A Fascinating Love Story Cum Examination Of Fluid Identity & Pandrogeny

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 9, 2012 12:43 PM
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Going beyond mere ideas of pansexuality, gender reassignment and transgenderdom, the documentary "The Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye" centers on the relatively unique notion of pandrogeny -- the concept of a man and woman shedding their individuality and appearance and becoming one and the same, in part through plastic surgery. Raising all kinds of fascinating questions about the notions of identity, the Marie Losier-directed documentary is often bizarre, trangressive and ideologically challenging, but always engrossing.

Viacom Chief Confirms Inevitable 'Mission: Impossible 5' Is In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 12:23 PM
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With the absolutely monster success of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" proving with its $679 million worldwide gross (the best of the series so far) that there is still plenty of fuel left in the tank, it did not take long for sequel talk to start. In fact, it was only a few days after the opening weekend that word first started being kicked around about a potential new installment, and indeed more official confirmation reveals that is definitely the plan.

Patton Oswalt Disappointed Charlize Theron Wasn't Nominated At The Oscars, But Thrilled For Melissa McCarthy & Demian Bichir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 12:03 PM
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The Oscars, remember those? It all seems like a distant memory now, and it's hard to believe it was just a couple of weeks ago that we were sitting down in extra stretchy pants with some beer and unhealthy snack food to watch the annual Super Bowl for the movies. And while time will tell what the lasting impression from this year's ceremonies will be, debates will continue about who missed out and who should have won.

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