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The Mentalist Goes Rom-Com As Simon Baker Joins Rafe Spall In Working Title's 'I Give It A Year'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2012 11:38 AM
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Australian actor Simon Baker has never quite become a big-screen star. From time to time, it looked like he might be on his way there: he gave a neat, wounded little performance as the closeted, tragic would-be actor who becomes a pawn in Jack Vincennes' schemes in "L.A. Confidential," and pulled off leading man duties with solid charm in George Romero's "Land of the Dead," but despite that, and turns in "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Ring Two," among others, he's never quite made it to starring status in the movies.

Watch: Japanese Trailer For 'Brave' Offers Up Lots Of New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 11:04 AM
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Nope, you won't find Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen or Mater (thank god) here. Pixar returns to cinemas in 2012 with "Brave," their first effort in three years that isn't a sequel, and they are putting a lot on the line. It's the first movie from the fabled animation studio to feature a female protagonist, and moreover it's a mystical period adventure which is always a hard sell no matter how old you are. But so far, it's looking pretty good and a new Japanese trailer (with a seemingly too literal English subtitles) serves up a lot more new footage from the film.
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Review: 'Holy Rollers' A Compelling Doc About A Group Of Blackjack Playing Christians

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 11:02 AM
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The word of the Bible versus its actual intent has been the manna for religious leaders and their followers for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The result has been interpretations that run the gamut from the radical, to the conservative to the open-ended. But for most Christians, their concerns with the Bible and how it applies to their runs to the purely practical, and within those pages they seek guidance on how to navigate the murky waters of everyday life. A relationship with God is a constant negotiation, and the documentary "Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians" (not to be confused with the Jesse Eisenberg movie of the same name) is fascinating look a group of young Christians who embark on a seemingly very un-Christian endeavor.
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Like 'Project X'? Watch Todd Phillips Unaired NSFW HBO Documentary 'Frat House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 10:46 AM
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To say that Todd Phillips has had an ongoing cinematic interest in recklessness and debauchery would be an understatement. As the director of "The Hangover," "Old School," "Road Trip" and the producer behind this weekend's R-rated found footage teenage bacchanalia "Project X," there is no one who is perhaps more tuned in to hedonistic male desires. But even before he made it big, Phillips was exploring what drives young men to the extreme ends of drunkeness and sex.

Watch: Will Smith Is Getting Too Old For This In New Trailer For 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 10:22 AM
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Are you 9 years old? Then you're probably going to love "Men In Black III." Big, broad and goofy, Sony's latest installment in the alient hunting franchise has very clearly staked out it's claim as a family film event and for everyone else, this looks like it will be pretty damn tedious.

'Marley' Soundtrack Features 25 Songs From The Reggae Legend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 10:15 AM
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You would have to look at people like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Johnny Cash to find those who have achieved the same kind of iconic, influential status of Bob Marley. The reggae legend took his unique sound from Jamaica around the world, inspiring millions with his message of togetherness, rebellion and love. And while his face has become an image almost as ubiquitous as that of Che Guevara, a whole new generation of music fans may not be familiar with his work and achievements, but the upcoming, years-in-the-making, Kevin Macdonald-directed documentary, "Marley," will hopefully change that.
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Exclusive: Watch A 2 Minute Clip From The Swedish Musical Heist Comedy 'The Sound Of Noise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 9:57 AM
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A heist pic, a police procedural, a musical and comedy all rolled into -- you won't be surprised to learn this inventive blend of genres doesn't come from Hollywood, but instead is finding its way to U.S. theaters via Sweden.

Angelina Jolie Has Apparently Turned Down Kurt Wimmer's First Stab At 'Salt 2'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 5, 2012 9:37 AM
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Angelina Jolie is hardly prolific when it comes to churning out movies of late, and even less prolific when it comes to churning out good ones. When she does appear in movies she does so as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and as a result she's likely one of the most in-demand actresses around which suggests she must be very selective. But that just makes it all the more confusing when she picks some of the projects she does. Aside from voicing a tiger in the two "Kung Fu Panda" movies, the past five years has seen Jolie make six movies. Two were quite good ("A Mighty Heart," "Changeling"), two were not ("Beowulf," "The Tourist") and two were disappointing action movies ("Wanted," "Salt").

Discuss: As Chris Pine Vehicle 'Moscow' Continues To Develop, Does Anyone Actually Want To See Another Jack Ryan Movie?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2012 9:17 AM
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In the decade since "The Sum Of All Fears" hit theaters, becoming a modest success, Paramount have been keen to continue to mine the works of Tom Clancy that they've had success with on "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear And Present Danger." Soon after that film's release, John Woo was signed to direct a movie version of "Rainbow Six," while in 2006, Joaquin Phoenix signed on to star in "Without Remorse" for director John Singleton. Neither came to pass, and a few years later, Sam Raimi came on to tackle a new take on Jack Ryan, Clancy's best known character, with reports that Ryan Gosling was being sought for the lead, but Raimi left almost as soon as he came on board.

Watch: 10 Minute Clip From Disney's 'John Carter'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 5, 2012 8:56 AM
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It's been a long time coming but with the imminent release of "John Carter," Disney seem to have finally woken up and remembered that they have a job to do in marketing the movie. While this writer has seen and failed to buy in to the movie amid mountains of exposition, there's still enough promise there for a stronger sequel, and enough demonstrable care and dedication in the craft that it's hard not to will it to do well at the box office and avoid being the disaster some have predicted it will be.

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