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David Wain Talks Improv, Working With Judd Apatow & The Value Of Test Screening 'Wanderlust'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • February 24, 2012 11:03 AM
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On paper, “Wanderlust” probably looks like your standard high concept romantic comedy. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd are two New Yorker’s displaced by job loss who decide to go on the road and figure out what to do with their lives. They wind up on a rural commune called Elysium where the conventions of modern living and societal standards have been thrown out the window. Hijinks ensue. But for those in the know who’ve been following the career of David Wain and his group of pals since they first turned heads on the MTV sketch comedy show "The State" in the mid-‘90s, the humor of “Wanderlust” is probably a little bit stranger than your standard rom-com. Wain’s comedic sensibilities stray a little more towards the avant-garde than modern movie audiences might expect.

Jeffrey Nachmanoff Replaces Ed Zwick On 'American Assassin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2012 10:44 AM
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The story of CIA operative Mitch Rapp spreads over several books, and CBS Films have spent years trying to use the material for a potential film. Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox were previously pursued for "Consent To Kill," which director Antoine Fuqua circled in 2008, but nothing came to pass. Now CBS is starting with a clean slate, with Deadline reporting that Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed to direct "American Assassin," the eleventh book in the series, but the first chronologically.

Watch: Trailer For 'Snabba Cash II' Starring Joel Kinnaman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 24, 2012 10:20 AM
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Back in 2010, considerable buzz was generated by Daniel Espinosa's crime thriller "Snabba Cash" (also known as "Easy Money") when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and stormed its domestic box office. Almost immediately it gained international interest with The Weinstein Company acquiring the distribution rights and Warner Bros picking up the remake rights and wasting little time in attaching Zac Efron to the project. Espinosa cashed in on the success and landed the director's chair for "Safe House," while the film's star Joel Kinnaman snagged a small part in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" remake, nabbed part in the otherwise awful "The Darkest Hour" and also took the lead on AMC's "The Killing."

Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 10:02 AM
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Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
This week at The Playlist, we've been using the run up to the Oscars this weekend to focus on people who should have or have surprisingly never been nominated for an Oscar. Each year, there are always a few films that for whatever reason don't get the recognition they deserve, and certainly "Martha Marcy May Marlene" fits into that category.

Warner Bros Puts A 'Bullet To The Head' Of Sly Stallone's Film, Gets Taken Off The Calendar

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 24, 2012 9:40 AM
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We know you must have been tearing your hair out about this for months -- which movie would you choose to see first on the weekend of April 13th. Would you go with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's intriguing "The Cabin in the Woods," the eagerly anticipated (by Razzies voters) "The Three Stooges," or Sly Stallone's latest steroid-fest "Bullet To The Head"? Well, Warner Bros have decided to make it slightly easier for us as they've delivered a bullet to the head of Stallone's film, temporarily at least, by pulling it from the schedule.

First Look At Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan & Justin Timberlake On Set Of The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 24, 2012 9:24 AM
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Last year was bittersweet for fans of the Coen Brothers. While it was the first time in four years the prolific duo didn't have a film released, it was announced that they'd be returning to the music world in 2012 for their next feature "Inside Llewyn Davis" which would focus on the '60's Greenwich Village scene that included names like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell among others.

Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen Responds To Oscar Ban, Still Plans To Attend Brett Ratner's Afterparty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 8:53 AM
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Just two days after the Academy banned Sacha Baron Cohen from showing up at the Oscars as his character Admiral General Aladeen from the upcoming "The Dictator," the great leader of the Republic Of Wadiya has addressed the issue.

Official Logline For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' Reveals Tale Of "Sexual Obsession And Betrayal"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 7:45 PM
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It looks like a layer from Terrence Malick's otherwise mysterious "Lawless" has been peeled back. The film, one of two the director will shoot this year, has been working under a veil of secrecy thus far, but it looks like that pre-production work last fall at the Austin City Limits music festival was a good practice round for the upcoming film. And a new logline for the film reveals another interesting thematic turn for the helmer.

Review: 'Act Of Valor' Lives Out The Hopeless Nihilism Of The Modern Action Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 23, 2012 6:34 PM
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What have you done today? Probably nothing, says “Act Of Valor,” the new military recruitment film from directors 'Mouse' McCoy and Scott Waugh. A title card appears early explaining that the film is "based on real acts of valor,” which is a nice way of saying none of this is true, but it probably happened at some point in spirit, because you can’t snuff the spirit of heroism. Which is why “Act Of Valor” tries to trump all modern action pictures by claiming to be the real deal, down to the marketing-ready gimmick of casting actual Navy SEALs. Feeling inadequate yet?

Diane Keaton Out, Annette Bening In For 'The Look Of Love'; Robin Williams Also Joins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 6:20 PM
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Given the film was first announced over a year ago, it's not much of a surprise that there has been a casting change on "The Look Of Love." But perhaps more surprising is that most everyone else has stayed on board.

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