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Legendary Animator Glen Keane Leaves Disney

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 25, 2012 2:30 PM
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In what many saw as a shock, veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, one of the so-called celebrity animators from Disney’s “Second Renaissance” in the early 1990s, designing and animating immortal characters like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” and Aladdin from “Aladdin,” left the studio on Friday. Keane had been with the studio for almost 37 years (he briefly departed from the studio to do freelance work but was still contracted almost exclusively for Disney). In his letter of resignation (posted at Cartoon Brew), Keane said, “I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.”

Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Scores Third Highest Opening In Box Office History With Massive $155 Million Haul

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 25, 2012 12:30 PM
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Who’s hungry? “The Hunger Games” proceeded to predictably beat the stuffing out of the box office, scoring $155 million, the third-highest opening weekend in history, and highest for a non-sequel. The fan base came out in full force, no doubt, but so did the normals, as the books don’t (yet) have nearly the support of “Harry Potter” or “Twilight.” But make no mistake, this property had a similar groundswell of opinion, including an ad blitz and news and web coverage suggesting this was the “good” version of those pre-existing properties. Within three days, Lionsgate has their highest grossing domestic release of all time, and Hollywood’s strongest new franchise. Because everyone secretly loves child murder.

First Look: Shia LaBeouf & Tom Hardy In 'Lawless,' Formerly Known As 'The Wettest County'

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  • March 24, 2012 12:03 PM
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Just days after we revealed that John Hillcoat's upcoming prohibition drama "The Wettest County" had changed its name to "Lawless" (with Terrence Malick's blessing no less), Entertainment Weekly has given us what is essentially the first official look at the film (everything seen thus far has been set photos, albeit really good ones in some cases).

Two Top Candidates For 'Carrie' Remake Reportedly Are Chloe Moretz & Haley Bennett

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2012 10:09 AM
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The unnecessary-but-it's-happening-anyway remake of "Carrie" over at MGM continues to move forward. At the beginning of the year, a random, but kind of inspired decision was made to have Kimberly Peirce sit in the director's chair, and now it seems a gaggle of young Hollywood talent is circling the title role.

First Look: Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis In 'The Campaign'

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  • March 23, 2012 9:24 PM
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Entertainment Weekly hasn't put it online yet, but the magazine has the first official photo of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the political satire "The Campaign." Directed by Jay Roach ("Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," "Meet The Parents") and formerly known as "Dogfight," the comedy centers on two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations who tangle with one another.

Poster For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 6:36 PM
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While we're still a few weeks away from the Cannes Film Festival unveiling their lineup, one movie you can expect somewhere in that announcement is "Laurence Anyways," the latest from French Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan.

Tom Cruise Gets Co-Stars: Melissa Leo For 'Oblivion' & T.I. For 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 6:21 PM
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Tom Cruise is going to be spending the bulk of 2012 working on two sci-fi projects, and he's adding some interesting co-stars as both "Oblivion" and "All You Need Is Kill" gear up.

Oscar Isaac Joins ‘Therese Raquin’ With Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 5:41 PM
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Well, if the filmmakers were trying to make a movie that caters right to The Playlist's sweet spot, they're coming pretty close with "Therese Raquin." Already set to star veteran Glenn Close, rising star Elizabeth Olsen and that guy from 'Harry Potter' Tom Felton, the film has now added one more emerging talent to the cast.

Watch: Charlize Theron Warns Of Death & Noomi Rapace Has A Makeout Session In New 'Prometheus' TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 5:12 PM
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Believe or not, The Playlist does have a little geek heart, and right now it's beating pretty fast for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." The plethora of trailers for TV spots have been first rate and tantalizing, showing off enough from the upcoming film to get us seriously excited, but not quite giving away the whole show. Granted, there is still a few months to go -- and hopefully Fox won't pull an "X-Men: First Class" and dump enough stills and clips to show off half the movie -- but so far, it's easily the summer movie we're looking forward to most (sorry Batman!).
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James Gray Discusses The Emotional Approach To Cop Movies In 'We Own The Night' In Advance Of BAM Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 4:42 PM
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By now, regular readers of the site know the actors and directors we tend to favor, but there is one filmmaker we don't get to talk about often enough: James Gray. Underrated and undersung, he's become one of American cinema's most distinct and powerful voices in span of four films, stretching over eighteen years. While his works have never quite been box office smashes, they have gained currency with fans and critics, and we encourge you to seek out his films if you haven't yet made the time. However, if you live in the New York area, you'll get a chance to catch up with "We Own The Night" which will screen on Monday, March 26th at BAMcinematek, followed by a Q&A with the director.

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