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Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana & More Make 'Blood Ties' With Guillaume Canet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 4:40 PM
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In the works for a couple of years now -- the project first surfaced in 2010 -- Guillaume Canet's '70s set thriller "Blood Ties" has finally come together, and it features one helluva fucking cast.

23 High School Movies That Get The Passing Grade

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2012 4:17 PM
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Considering it's where most of us (bar the weird home-schooled kids) spend our crucial formative years, where we have our first fights, our first loves, our first tentative steps into adulthood, it's no surprise that high school has long been a popular setting for a movie. A range of genres (but generally leaning towards comedy) have taken place in those hallways, particularly from the 1980s onwards, when John Hughes, among others, made an entire career out of the lives and loves of 15-18 year olds.

SXSW '12 Review: Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 3:06 PM
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Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater's latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy "Bernie," is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable. In fact, "Bernie," starring Jack Black as an endearing mortician and well-loved member of his small-town community in Carthage, Texas, is so delightful, and rather wryly comical, it’s easy to be charmed with the picture despite its modest ambitions, small-scale aims and slight nature.

'Killer Joe' Star Gina Gershon Says NC-17 Ratings Seem "Random"; Talks Changes Made To 'Bound' To Secure R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Well, it's now official. After an appeal, the MPAA has weighed in and given William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" the dreaded NC-17 rating. And while this is unlikely to draw the celebrity and political support of the campaign Harvey Weinstein is putting behind the R-rated documentary "Bully," it's still a reminder of the MPAA's conservative viewpoint and the mysteriousness of the process by which they hand out ratings. And none of this is lost on "Killer Joe"'s star, Gina Gershon.

14 New Images Of Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey & Shirley MacLaine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:27 PM
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What do you get when you mix Texan manners, a mortician, a murder, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine into a comedic crime thriller? You get Richard Linklater's "Bernie," another fascinating stylistic detour from the filmmaker, marking his first feature film since 2008's "Orson Welles And Me."

Chris O'Dowd Calls Michael Bay A "Sexist" & A "Fucking Asshole"; Says He'd Never Work On His Films

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 15, 2012 1:56 PM
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Somebody unleashed a beast in Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd. The "Bridesmaids" funnyman, who shares the screen with "Transformers" star Megan Fox in both "Friends With Kids" and the upcoming "This Is Forty", isn't interested in playing politics. When asked about Bay and Fox's spat that led her to exit the multi-billion-dollar franchise, he selected his words in much the same way Bay directs his movies.

Brad Pitt Still In The Mix For Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'; Eyeing The Role Of Westray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 1:16 PM
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Though he's cropped up in reports about the film, most expected that the usually selective, tough to schedule Brad Pitt wouldn't be taking a role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." But it seems the superstar is still taking a hard look, and may be reteaming with the man who gave him his breakout turn in "Thelma & Louise."

Martin Scorsese Gets Back On 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' With Leonardo DiCaprio; Shooting Stars In August

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 12:59 PM
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Well, it looks like Martin Scorsese's passion project "Silence" -- long expected to be his next film -- will have to keep waiting. Another film, which has been in the works for a while, is now on track to shoot later this year.

Tony Kaye & Adrien Brody Talk Shooting On The Fly & Improvising In 'Detachment'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 15, 2012 12:58 PM
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"Detachment" could be read as an indictment of the public school system -- thanks to the bleak portrayal of a school where no parents show up for parents' night, where students threaten each other as well as their teachers with violence, and where the only "good" student commits suicide in public. But director Tony Kaye and lead actor Adrien Brody also intended "Detachment" to be an "homage" to teachers, who are played in the film with varying levels of despair by Christina Hendricks, Tim Blake Nelson, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and Marcia Gay Harden. Kaye and Brody explained to The Playlist how the film came together in a not-by-the-book style.

New Line Hire 'Zorro' Reboot Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia To Take Another Stab At Adapting 'Y: The Last Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2012 12:46 PM
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Graphic novel fans got a bit of a treat this week with "Saga," which marks the return to monthly comics for Brian K. Vaughan, one of the medium's most acclaimed talents of the past few years. The writer has come to fame over the last decade or so from creating award-winning works like "Runaways," "Pride of Baghdad" and "Ex Machina," as well as screenplay writing for "Lost" and in the spec market. But he's still best known for "Y: The Last Man," his ongoing series about a virus that wipes out every man on the planet, bar one, failing magician Yorick, and his pet monkey, who must fight for survival in a world where women rule the roost.

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