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MPAA Keeps Dangerous 'Bully' Documentary Away From Impressionable Children By Sticking With R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 5:18 PM
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Once again, the MPAA has shown it is completely out of touch. Earlier this week it was reported that The Weinstein Company were planning to appeal the R-rating stamped on their upcoming documentary "Bully" about, you guessed it, schoolyard bullying. The issues with the film had nothing to do with gratuitous violence, explicit sex or themes that might be too mature for a young audience. Nope, it had do with language. Specifically: "some language." And today, the MPAA and their cabal of tight asses have once again ruled on the wrong side.
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Lily Collins Replaces Hailee Steinfeld In 'Rosaline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 4:58 PM
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Oh hey, remember how last fall Hailee Steinfeld was seemingly all signed up for "Rosaline"? Yeah, well scratch that. Turns out her deal didn't go through so now the project is starting over, with another bright, rising young actress set to take the lead.

David Wain Promises A "Bizarro Cut" Of 'Wanderlust' On The DVD, Made Up Completely Of Alternate Lines & Jokes

  • By John Lichman
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  • February 23, 2012 4:20 PM
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There's a clear message that David Wain wants to send with "Wanderlust": he will move you. In fact, he'll even massage your head if you're in the aisle of a screening, as he did yesterday as a part of Film Comment Selects at Lincoln Center in New York City (seriously, the author can confirm that Wain's fingers are like a gentle breeze).

Dwayne Johnson To Get Oiled Up As 'Hercules' For Brett Ratner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 3:44 PM
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With Brett Ratner already on the comeback path/apology tour with a bunch of smaller gigs including directing a TV pilot, a Jennifer Lopez video and a GLAAD campaign, it looks like his return behind the camera will be (shocker!) another big studio tentpole, with a rising franchise action hero looking to take the lead.

Don't Speak! Woody Allen Bringing 'Bullets Over Broadway' To Broadway As A Musical In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 3:07 PM
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"I always try and be a great playwright every few years and it never happens for me," Woody Allen told Dick Cavett over the weekend in a chat at 92Y in New York City. And he's going to give the boards another try, as his long-gestating musical adaptation of one of his best comedies, "Bullets Over Broadway," is being geared up for a 2013 bow.

Harold Perrineau Will Search For Osama Bin Laden Instead Of Walt In Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 2:33 PM
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Of the many, many problems in the later seasons of the ultimately deflating "Lost," it was the Michael/Walt storyline that got the most bungled. We'll save our diatribe for another day, but that whole plot thread truly got ridiculous from the moment they tried to bring the pair back into the storyline after they leave on the boat. Since the show, Perrineau hasn't quite found anything as high profile, but his next job should remedy that rather quickly.

David Wain Confirms ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Sequel In The Works, But No Guarantee It Will Happen

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • February 23, 2012 2:24 PM
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David Wain is finally creeping out of his longtime cult status designation and into the mainstream. 2008’s “Role Models” was a hilarious success and now he’s followed it up with “Wanderlust,” which hits screens tomorrow. Thankfully, Wain isn’t forgetting his roots or the fans that have stuck by him from the beginning.

The Directors, Cinematographers & More Who Should've Been Nominated For Oscars In 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 23, 2012 1:57 PM
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We're just a few days away from the Oscars, and it's not long before we find out who's going to be the big winners and losers. But at this time of year, it's important not to forget those who slipped through the cracks: there were films released in 2011 that weren't "The Artist," after all.

Watch: New Trailers For 'Wrath Of The Titans' & 'The Raid' Will Get Your Heart Rate Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 1:47 PM
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Need a kick in the ass this afternoon? Forget running down to Starbucks for a triple mocha whatever. Just turn up the speakers on your computer, close your inbox and fire up these two trailers. They will surely get your blood racing.

Universal Buys Novel Manuscript 'Demonologist' For Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 23, 2012 1:20 PM
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In a preemptive bid sure to send any number of struggling novelists scrambling back to their word processors, Deadline notes that Universal has acquired an unpublished manuscript by Andrew Pyper called "Demonologist," which is set to be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

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