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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.

Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled' Hits Theaters On June 22nd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 5:47 PM
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It was earlier this week that we posited that Woody Allen's next effort "Nero Fiddled" would skip Cannes and make a splashy premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which seemed like a good wager considering the film is set in Italy. But it seems the film might forgo the red carpet altogether and just head straight into theaters.

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.

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