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SXSW '12 Review: 'Bad Brains: A Band In DC' A Kinetic, Frenetic & Long Overdue Tribute To The Legendary Hardcore Band

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 13, 2012 6:37 PM
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As Henry Rollins states early on in "Bad Brains: A Band in DC," a definitive documentary on the legendary hardcore band is long overdue. "Legendary" is even understating it a bit, as Bad Brains helped to invent what we know as American hardcore, taking inspiration from the Sex Pistols and The Damned, melding it with their own funk and soul inspired musicality and "positive attitude message” and electric performance style to birth a beast all their own. Bad Brains influenced everyone from Rollins to Minor Threat to the Beastie Boys to the Cro-Mags and more. The new documentary directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan attempts to capture and commemorate the history of this band while also dealing with the serious issues they have faced, mostly thanks to wonderfully (and destructively) unhinged lead singer H.R.

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson & Fred Armisen Are 'Relanxious'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 6:12 PM
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Danger! Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are going to test their off screen relationship, by working together. Will their relationship survive? These are the tough questions gossip sites will be asking as the new movie "Relanxious" (terrible title) gears up.

Tom Six Says 'Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)' Will Feature 500 Person Long Chain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 5:53 PM
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Well, say what you will about Tom Six and his 'Human Centipede' franchise, but the man has a vision. A twisted, nauseauting vision, but one that is singular, no matter how disturbing it is. And he's seeing it through to the end. The director has been talking up "The Human Centipede 3 (Full Sequence)" since last fall, and with his leading man Dieter Laser now officially confirmed, he hit Twitter to let you know how fucking gross the last movie will be. 

SXSW '12 Review: 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' A Surprisingly Ambitious Deadpan Charmer

  • By William Goss
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  • March 13, 2012 5:36 PM
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Bob Byington’s "Somebody Up There Likes Me" is about a guy who doesn’t grow up. In fact, he doesn’t even age over the film’s span of about three decades in his life. It may have something to do with a mysterious briefcase, the origins of which are only ever suggested by animated cloud interludes and the ethereal implications of the title itself. But that hardly matters, so long as Max (Keith Poulson) keeps bumbling through marriage, money and mortality.

Watch: Clips From Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' & Kevin Macdonald's 'Marley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 5:04 PM
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First up is an oddball look at Richard Linklater's slightly twisted, based on a true story tale "Bernie." Starring Matthew McConaguhy, Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine, the film tells the story of a beloved mortician (Black) in a small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. This slow burn thriller has been quietly making the festival rounds since last summer, and will screen at SXSW tomorrow. The scene is an intriguing one, centering on Kay McCabe who portrays the mother of the D.A. (McConaughey), and it highlights the quasi-documentary style interludes featured in the film. Looks delightfully surreal. "Bernie" arrives on April 27th.
More: Bernie, Marley

Warner Bros. Bringing Mandrake The Magician To The Big Screen In Contemporary Flavored Makeover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 4:26 PM
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Well, this marks the second big move in two days from Warner Bros., which seems to be deviating from the gameplan of safe plays and taking on riskier fare. Just yesterday, they came aboard the massive "The Dark Tower" franchise from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer that Universal dropped last year, and now they are continuing with bold maneuvers, taking on the vintage comic "Mandrake The Magician" and bringing it to the big screen.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Monsieur Lazhar' A Meek & Restrained Crowd Pleaser

  • By Alison Willmore
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  • March 13, 2012 3:45 PM
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When "A Separation" won the Academy Award for best foreign language film last month, I was thrilled -- Asghar Farhadi's splendid domestic drama is one of the best things I've seen in the past few years. But it also came as a genuine surprise, because I was convinced the Canadian film "Monsieur Lazhar" was going to win. Gentle and understated, Philippe Falardeau's film is a classy crowd-pleaser, the kind of mild effort that makes people shake their heads imagining what awfulness would be done to it in an American remake. It is also nothing to write home about, though it features a strong turn from Mohamed Saïd Fellag, who plays the title character, and some very good child performances.

5 Unnecessary, Unwanted Sequels That Bit The Dust & 5 More That Are Somehow Getting Made

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 3:33 PM
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Earlier today, producer/enemy of quality Neal Moritz confirmed what anyone with a brain and cursory knowledge of the box office charts of early 2011 was aware of: a sequel to "Green Hornet," his Michel Gondry-directed, Seth Rogen led superhero movie of last January, isn't happening any time soon. The film wasn't a giant flop -- it made a good-but-not-great $98 million domestically, part of a total $227 million worldwide haul. Not a bad number, but considering the movie cost $120 million plus whatever they poured into the extensive marketing campaign, the profit margin was likely razor thin.

Review: 'Seeking Justice' A Rote, Generic Thriller With A Dialed Down Nicolas Cage

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 13, 2012 3:01 PM
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This is a slight paraphrasing of the truth. A couple of years ago, an eccentric award-winning actor had a choice: He could star in an unreasonable amount of movies of declining quality, stockpiling paychecks as his reputation and brand diminished. Or he could sell his dinosaurs bones and castles to appease the IRS and become significantly less weird. Well, here's to Nicolas Cage for keeping it weirder than ever, movies be damned.

Barbra Streisand's Remake Of 'Gypsy' At Universal Now Official, 'Downton Abbey' Scribe Julian Fellowes To Pen Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2012 2:31 PM
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Well, that took a while to get locked. It was nearly a year ago that talk first cropped up about Universal and Barbra Streisand coming together for a new adaptation of the Broadway musical "Gypsy." Since then, word had grown quiet, and we presume that was due to trying to get Arthur Laurents, the writer of the musical, to finally agree to this endeavor after he initially kiboshed the idea, citing his dissatisfaction with the 1962 movie version starring Rosalind Russell. Well, he passed away last May, and we imagine that helped clear the path to making this official.

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