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Studios Banking On Tom Hardy, Sacha Baron Cohen & Bradley Cooper As The Actors Sign First-Look Deals

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 3:51 PM
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You know how we just did that piece about how studios are looking to tighten their budgets and deliver cheapie movies that pay off big? Don't let the currently hot found-footage genre mislead you -- both audiences and moviemakers still want big stars, and a trio of actors have been tapped in the last week or so as talent that studios are hoping will bring them big dividends.

Discuss: After 'Project X,' 'Chronicle' & Universal's $5 Million Retool Of 'Ouija' Is Low-Budget The New Mega-Budget?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 2:58 PM
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After a brutal year at the box office in 2011, with many seemingly sure-fire things underperforming, the studios have been breathing a sigh of relief in 2012 so far. For each of the nine weekends of 2012 so far, takings at U.S. theaters have been significantly higher than the equivalent weekendsin previous years, and two movies, "The Vow" and "Safe House," have already crossed the psychologically vital $100 million barrier, with "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" a dead cert to join them by the end of next weekend.

Takashi Miike Film Lines Up Graphic-Novel Adaptation 'Lesson Of The Evil,' Wants To Have It Ready For Venice

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 7, 2012 2:46 PM
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Curiously missing from many top ten lists of last year was Takashi Miike's “13 Assassins,” his sweeping ode to the samurai epic with enough stunning imagery and action to match its thematically rich story. The prolific director is occasionally known for tossing off films with a whiff of exercise and effort (read: “Ninja Kids!!!”), but that film displayed such mastery behind the camera, including a final 45-minute battle of incredible geography and flow, that one couldn't help but be blown away. Now, Punch Drunk Critics has dug up news of his latest project, an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel “Aku No Kyoten” ("Lesson of the Evil"), and those who are new to Miike's wonderfully diverse filmography are sure to be surprised while his other fans crack a giant grin.

'The Phantom Menace' Ruined Jake Lloyd's Childhood & Topher Grace Edited All 3 'Star Wars' Prequels Into An 85-Minute Movie For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 2:11 PM
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Well, it's a weird week for random news about George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequels, so let's just jump into this.

Exclusive: Poster For Sex In The Cyber Age Tribeca Film Festival Documentary 'Sexy Baby' Plus Trailer For The Movie

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 7, 2012 1:24 PM
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In the past week we've seen the cell phones of Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks get hacked, with risque photos leaking to the web, and even possible nude images as well (though reps for both deny that the naked ones belong to their clients). But what's most interesting about that story, is that it's not the first time that has happened, and in an age where sexting is a regularly used verb and racy images can be found with a few mouse clicks, the sexual landscape is changing.
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14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

Watch: Jean Dujardin Launches His Own Brand Of Cigarettes & Uggie Stars In Nintendo 3DS Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 12:54 PM
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The Academy Awards may be over and "The Artist" is fading into memory, but the film's Oscar-winning star Jean Dujardin and his onscreen sidekick Uggie aren't going away anytime soon.

Exclusive: Clip From Single Setting Thriller 'ATM' Starring Josh Peck, Alice Eve & Brian Geraghty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 12:25 PM
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Sometimes all you need is a setting to get the creative juices flowing, and for writer Chris Sparling and director David Brooks, it's something as simple as a cash machine in the middle of a vast parking lot that serves as the foundatoin for the thriller "ATM." For Sparling, he's a seasoned hand at getting the most out of a seemingly minimal concept as he proved with "Buried," while Brooks is looking to prove he's got the chops to pull it off, making his feature debut.
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Willem Dafoe Talks Wearing Stilts & Working With Taylor Kitsch In Disney's Blockbuster 'John Carter'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • March 7, 2012 12:04 PM
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At this point in his career, Willem Dafoe has the luxury of doing the films he wants to do. The actor’s tastes generally stray towards indie, but he’s unafraid of the mega-blockbuster when he does venture from his comfort zone. It’s hard to imagine Dafoe wasn’t offered other “big” films after his acclaimed turn as the Green Goblin in “Spider-Man,” but for the most part, following the superhero franchise, the actor reverted back to his roots of smaller scale filmmaking. But this spring finds him back at the multiplex in Disney’s “John Carter.” “I’m always happy to make a movie no matter what the size of it that looks like it’s got a pedigree and has a chance of being beautiful,” Dafoe tells The Playlist during a recent interview in Carefree, Arizona.

New Pics From 'Prometheus,' 'The Raven' & 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 11:52 AM
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So, what does Ridley Scott have in store for us with his 3D sorta "Alien"-related "Prometheus"? Aside from the teaser trailer and pep talk by Guy Pearce, the mysteries are being kept close to the chest for the film. And this latest viral image, uncovered on the Weyland Industries viral site is, uh, interesting. It looks more like concept art than an actual still, but if you click that link and look at the super high res version, way way in the back is a character who we figure is either Michael Fassbender or Noomi Rapace. Whoever it is, they're standing in the middle of some kind of spherical vortex thingy and we're not even gonna guess what this is all about. But speculate away below if you want. "Prometheus" hits on June 8th.

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