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Review: 'The Hunter' Is An Eerie And Deeply Affecting Eco-Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2012 12:57 PM
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In their 2006 book "Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger," authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, then researchers at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, talked about becoming obsessed with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger that they would walk by every day in the museum. It became "something akin to amorous fervor," and eventually they decided to take a trip to Tasmania to see if the tiger, which officially became extinct in 1936 when the lone survivor died at the Hobart Zoo, still existed, somewhere in the wild. It's the kind of mysterious animal – lithe, beautiful, angular – that inspires this kind of devotion, even decades after its extinction. And it's this kind of nearly mythic eeriness that seeps into "The Hunter," Daniel Nettheim's dark and deeply haunting film based on the novel by Julia Leigh, about a man (Willem Dafoe) obsessed with finding the tiger, no matter the cost.

Alain Chabat, Aissa Maiga & More Round Out Cast For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'; More Plot Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 12:36 PM
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Building up for the past little while, Michel Gondry will get his film "Mood Indigo" rolling in front of cameras next week, and with that bit of news Screen Daily has some interesting tidbits, casting and further plot details about the upcoming movie.

Review: 'We Have A Pope' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 11:58 AM
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Early word on Nanni Moretti's "We Have A Pope" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "We Have A Pope" is less about a newly elected Pope overcoming his fears to serve the church, but more about the expectations we put on these figures and in its own quiet way, it questions -- without condemning -- the Vatican's staunch rules that keep much of the higher cardinals and officials out of reach from the everyday world.

Watch: Famed Crazy Person Alex Jones Explains How 'Prometheus' Is Really Secretly About The Illuminati

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 11:37 AM
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There are conspiracy theorists and then there is Alex Jones. The kind of right-wing, sort-of-conservative, not-really-libertarian, alarmist radio show host has turned tin-foil-hat-wearing speculation into a viable business model, and continues to find any and every opportunity to weave together the barest strands of logic into iron-clad proof that the New World Order is upon us.
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Soundtrack Details For Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa Stoner Comedy 'Mac And Devin Go to High School'; Anchor Bay Picks Up Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 3, 2012 11:18 AM
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Beginning with “Half Baked” in 1998, and moving on to supporting roles in “The Wash," "Starsky & Hutch" and “Training Day,” hip-hop mogul/herb enthusiast Snoop Dogg has made a second name for himself in film and TV, and news comes today that rapper Wiz Khalifa has joined forces with Snoop on a new comedy.

Watch: Helena Bonham Carter Stars In Rufus Wainwright's New Video "Out Of The Game"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 11:09 AM
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This writer is going to use this moment to reveal something he's long kept a secret from many people: I'm a Rufus Wainwright fan. That's right, this cantankerous, snarky writer can't help but get caught up in the musician's larger-than-life pop songs and is probably the only person around these parts looking forward to his new album Out Of The Game. And Montreal's proud son has snagged a pretty great actress to star is the first video off the album.

Exclusive Clip: Chuck D Discusses Race, Music & The Importance Of 1978's R&B-Powered 'Stony Island'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 11:00 AM
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Before he directed smash-hit action films like "The Fugitive," "Under Siege" and "Collateral Damage," director Andrew Davis got his start with something quite different, making his debut with the raw and real 1978 R&B-powered musical drama "Stony Island."

'Smash' Soundtrack Arrives On May 1st With 13 Songs Including 2 Previously Unreleased Covers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 10:39 AM
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Despite the success of "Glee," the musical on the small screen is still untested, but NBC is giving it a shot with their more adult-oriented series "Smash." The show follows the production of a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and of course, all kinds of drama happens on stage and off. Granted, we've never watched the show, but not only does "Smash" have its fans, it has been picked up for a second season.
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Watch: Maggie Grace Gets A Whole New Look From Guy Pearce In 2 New Clips From 'Lockout'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 3, 2012 10:19 AM
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We’ve long passed the point where Luc Besson’s name attached to a thriller could get us excited, and we suspect that “Lockout” won’t be the film that causes us to reconsider that particular standpoint. Starring Guy Pearce as a wrongly accused convict, and Maggie Grace as the President’s daughter who gets kidnapped (AGAIN!!!), Pearce must free Grace from a futuristic space prison that has been overrun by the inmates if he is to clear his name.

Cannes Film Festival Head Thierry Fremaux Confirms Too Good To Be True Lineup Leak Is A Fake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 10:14 AM
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It seems April Fool's Day tricked a lot more people than usual this year. With stories about James Cameron directing "Prometheus 2" and Daniel Craig skydiving into the London Olympics opening ceremony getting picked up by news organizations as fact from folks ranging from Deadline to the Guardian, another story made the rounds that also seemed slightly dubious. 

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