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SXSW '12 Review: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Is LCD Soundsystem’s 'The Last Waltz'

  • By William Goss
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  • March 14, 2012 6:03 PM
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Less of a documentary and more of a document, "Shut Up And Play The Hits" captures the week before, the day after and the very occasion of LCD Soundsystem’s Madison Square Garden farewell concert on April 2, 2011.

Robert Rodriguez Says 'Sin City 2' May Shoot This Summer; Planning Untitled Animated Family Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 5:28 PM
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"Sin City" roared onto screens back in 2005, and ever since then, sequel talk has moved in fits and starts with very little happening. But 2011 saw the most movement in a while, with William Monahan being hired on to finish the script, and Frank Miller teasing that Jessica Alba's character of Nancy Callahan would have a storyline that would thread the two movies together. That start date has remained always shifting or forever elusive, though now, Robert Rodriguez says it might just happen this year.

Concept Art From The Puppet Noir 'The Happytime Murders' That Will Star Katherine Heigl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 5:01 PM
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Puppets? Noir? Katherine Heigl? Yeah, we know, it doesn't compute in our brains either. But if she is what it takes to get this long-gestating and hella ambitious movie off the ground, then fine, we can deal with it.

Draco Malfoy (aka Tom Felton) Joins Tony Kaye's Sexual Thriller 'Attachment' With Sharon Stone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 4:37 PM
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With Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson now firmly moving into their post-'Harry Potter' careers it's now time for the rest of the cast to do the same (we're looking at you, Rupert Grint!). And now, another cast member is making a notable change of pace for his next big screen outing.

Review: 'The Kid With The Bike' Rides Into Trouble, Crashes Into A Savior

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 4:03 PM
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All the books on parenting notwithstanding, it's always been pretty simple: kids not only want love, they need it. And in the latest from Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne that need is amplified into a mellifluous tone of desperation encapsulated in little Cyril (Thomas Doret) the titular 'kid with a bike.' When the film opens Cyril literally can't believe what he's hearing: left by his father in a children's home (it's hinted that his mother is dead), he calls the number he has for his Dad, only to hear that the line is no longer in service. He's told that his father has moved without leaving a forwarding address and, unconvinced, he leaves school one morning to go there himself where he not only finds an empty apartment but learns that his bike is gone as well. With the school counselors on his tail he ducks into a doctor's office and literally crashes into Samantha (Cecile de France, most recently seen by American audiences in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter") and hangs on to her. Surprised, but not fazed, the first words she says to him are, "You can hold me, but not too tight."

Rewind: Watch Lena Dunham's Newly Revived 2007 Web Series ' Tight Shots'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 3:42 PM
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Sorry haters, Lena Dunham has arrived and there's not much you can do stop her. The budding writer/director/actress broke out with "Tiny Furniture" and earned the wrath from dorky The Criterion Collection purists who were galled when the label dared to select her film. But credit to Dunham, who has just soldiered on ignoring the backlash. She went on and teamed up with super producer Judd Apatow, and the result is the upcoming HBO series "Girls," the first three episodes of which completely won over SXSW crowds (we called it "beautiful and brilliant"). So while you wait until April 15th for the show to arrive, you can take a quick trip back in time to see the early work that helped Dunham find her voice.

Contest Giveway: 3 Copies Of Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' DVD Starring Charlize Theron

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 14, 2012 3:25 PM
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If we had to pick one grossly underrated film from 2011, definitely high up on our collective list would be Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." And if we had to pick one criminally undervalued performance from 2011 that deserved to score an Oscar nomination but didn't, Charlize Theron's dark, raw and funny turn in this brilliant and bittersweet picture would be right up there as well. So two pretty strong reasons why you should catch up on this film if you missed it earlier in the year, not to mention we described it in our review as "unflinchingly funny and painful" and gave it an A-grade to boot.

Review: Tony Kaye's 'Detachment' Is A Fascinating Mess You Can't Look Away From

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 14, 2012 3:05 PM
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Though it had flown mostly under the radar, cinephiles were pretty thrilled a few weeks ago when the Tribeca Film Festival announced the addition of “Detachment” to its lineup. Not only was the cast top notch but behind the director's chair was British provocateur Tony Kaye, the filmmaker behind the controversial “American History X,” a picture made over 12 years ago. In the interim, things have been tough for the notoriously difficult director and "Detachment" is only his third feature and first narrative film since 1998. "American History X" had its own infamously troubled history when star Edward Norton essentially took over the film, edited it on his own without the director, and Kaye subsequently made a gigantic stink in Hollywood, putting ridiculous ads in Variety and eventually tried to take his name off the film and replace it with the pseudonym Humpty Dumpty. Norton would go on to receive an Oscar nomination for his performance but Kaye (following an unsuccessful attempt to sue New Line Cinema) ended up in director jail for nearly a decade.

Michael Fassbender To Climb 'The Mountain Between Us' For 'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 2:54 PM
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The world is an oyster these days for Michael Fassbender, who surely has his pick of projects. Even though the hotly buzzed actor was snubbed for his towering performance in "Shame," that hasn't stopped Hollywood from sending the actor everything they've got. He's lining up a busy year of projects, with Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" to shoot this spring, and he will reteam with Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years A Slave" this summer. And his next effort is yet again another nice, unexpected selection for the actor.

Greg Mottola Has Co-Written A Script With Campbell Scott That May Be His Next Directorial Effort

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 2:28 PM
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If you feel like you haven't heard anything in a while from "Superbad," "Adventureland" and "Paul" director Greg Mottola, you have no need to worry. He's been very busy, working on the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-scripted HBO show "The Newsroom."

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