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Review: 'Brake' Isn't Stuck, But It's Only Built For An Obvious B-Movie Set-Up And Shallow Payoff

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 23, 2012 9:02 AM
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And here with his audition for a basic cable star vehicle is Stephen Dorff. The diminutive actor has been allowed by Hollywood to attempt to play tough guys repeatedly, despite having the physical composition of Christian Slater’s post-shave whiskers. But his effort as a journeyman actor in both big studio films and art house efforts have paid off, as Dorff, in his later years, has become an actor of uncommon gravity in a series of ill-fitting projects. While he still cannot hold the center in a big starring role, his weathered handsomeness more often than not enriches the emotional plausibility that surrounds him, even if at times it’s close to nil.

Reese Witherspoon Marches Into 'Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp' Producing & Taking A Supporting Role

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 23, 2012 8:39 AM
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Back in 2006 Reese Witherspoon produced her first feature film, “Penelope.” That Christina Ricci comedy about a girl cursed with a pig snout and ears skewed young and featured Witherspoon herself in a supporting role. It took her a while to dip her toe in the producing waters again, but after setting up production house, Pacific Standard, she looks set to do it all again.

Then Why Is it Called 'Battleship'? Peter Berg Says The Movie Has "No Direct Correlation" With The Game

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 23, 2012 8:22 AM
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At this stage, it seems that rather than providing it the safety of an established brand name to lean on, the connection to Hasbro’s “Battleship” game is proving to be more of a hindrance than a help to Peter Berg’s upcoming blockbuster. While a film about "Transformers"-esque aliens attacking Earth with warships being our first and last line of defence may seem faintly ridiculous anyway, add into that equation that it’s based on a board game and audiences may be forgiven for writing it off as a load of old tosh before it makes it anywhere near theatres.

R&B Artist Usher To Play Sugar Ray Leonard In 'Hands Of Stone'; Ryan Kwanten & Michelle Rodriguez Also Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 23, 2012 8:05 AM
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Late in 2010, seemingly on the back of David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and all its success, Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino boarded "Hands Of Stone," a biopic of legendary Panamanian boxer Robert Duran which had Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. One of Duran's most famous fights was of course against the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard and, with the film seemingly growing legs recently, an unconventional choice has now been cast to play Leonard.

Don't Blame It On Harvey: Terrence Malick Gave 'Wettest County' Its Blessing To Use 'Lawless' Title

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2012 6:50 PM
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Earlier today we revealed and essentially confirmed what was quietly in the cards for a few weeks now: John Hillcoat's Prohibition crime flick "The Wettest County" starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and many more is changing its name to "Lawless."

MGM Takes A Loss On 'Dragon Tattoo': Does This Mean David Fincher Is Out?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 6:36 PM
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Well, it's not quite "John Carter," but today MGM revealed in a call with investors (via Deadline) that though "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" took in $231 million worldwide (not bad for a hard-R crime drama that runs 2 1/2 hours long) it still didn't meet the numbers honchos thought they would get out of a fanbase that snapped up 18 million copies of the book. “...it is below our expectations and we booked a modest loss,” exec Gary Barber said, adding that they ”were hoping we’d do 10% more than we did.” But what does this mean about the proposed sequels?

Bruce Willis Practices For 'Die Hard 5' In New (Fairly Generic) Pic For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2012 6:11 PM
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Paramount's "G.I. Joe" franchise is a bit like the Canadian rock band Nickelback: no one admits to liking them, not one person we know listens to or enjoys them, but clearly someone is buying their pedestrian CDs and attending their concerts in droves. And like the band's poor reception from anyone resembling critics yet still just doing fine thank you, despite being thrown together before the late 2008/2009 writer's strike, and generally receiving poor reviews (34% RT score, 32 Metacritic score, even a 5.6 out of 10 from the perpetually forgiving, easy-to-please and populist IMDB crowd), "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" went on to gross $302 million worldwide (thanks, international market).

Review: '4:44: Last Day On Earth' Envisions The Apocalypse Without Much Imagination

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 22, 2012 5:56 PM
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There's something very wrong in Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day On Earth." The world, as the title would suggest, is coming to an end, and Ferrara, the fuck-you auteur behind "King of New York" and the non-Nic Cage-adorned "Bad Lieutenant," is content with keeping things inside a spacious apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There aren't any fireballs ascending heavenward, or steely buildings splintering into a million computer generated pieces. The anguish here isn't global, but personal, and instead of millions of people, Ferrara zeroes in on an arty couple, played by Willem Dafoe (channeling his "Antichrist" persona of earnest concern, except with more levity and less genital mutilation) and the young Shanyn Leigh.

Watch: Overly Dramatic Teaser For 'The Host' Offers Very Brief First Look At Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 5:48 PM
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With "The Hunger Games" set to open this weekend and decimate the box office, in the wake of "Twilight" Hollywood has realized that the tween market not only has disposable income, they are more than willing to spend it. And next spring, another contender will step up to the plate, aiming squarely for the same demographic.
More: The Host

Forest Whitaker & Billy Bob Thornton Eye Roles In 'Out Of The Furnace' With Christian Bale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 5:00 PM
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Update: Relativity Media sent out an press release today. Forest Whitaker has officially joined the cast. No word on Billy Bob Thornton and with production imminent, our guess is his deal never came together.

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