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Watch: Guy Pearce & Maggie Grace Bicker While Armie Hammer & Lily Collins Fight In Clips From 'Lockout' & 'Mirror Mirror'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 3:37 PM
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Guy Pearce is one of our favorites -- let's get this guy an Oscar already -- and while his next flick "Lockout" won't get him any awards season play, we're still dying to see it. Why? Because in the Luc Besson-produced movie, Pearce is going full throttle into action hero mode, complete with more one liners than the Cannon Video catalog, and packing rippin' biceps to boot. In this clip from the movie, Maggie Grace once again plays "annoying," which she does pretty well, while Pearce patiently tries to shut her up and get her back home. Feels like we time warped back to a movie from 1987....in a good way. Oh, and a bit of positive news: this just got moved up a week to April 13th. 

Watch: Trailer For Davis Guggenheim's Barack Obama Doc 'The Road We've Traveled' Narrated by Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 3:21 PM
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While the Republican leadership race (to the bottom) continues, with all the candidates trying to prove who hates women, gays and minorities the most, President Barack Obama hasn't really fired up his campaign in full. Yet. But with the elections looming just eight months away, he's going to start hitting the road and getting the word out, hoping that America says "Yes We Can" again.

Review: 'Friends With Kids' Is, Sadly, A Conventional Look At Unconventional Relationships

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 2:58 PM
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The concept of the nuclear family has become something of an outdated notion. With children now found in a wide array of living situations -- single parents, gay parents, adoptions, etc. -- the "ideal" of a child being raised by a mommy and a daddy is shifting, with a newer idea of just two good parents -- whomever they may be -- being of the utmost importance. The film world is slowly beginning to recognize and write stories that reflect the changing times. Of course, "The Kids Are All Right" is one of the best movies to present an unconventional family, while "The Switch" represents what happens when you try to approach this kind of thematic material without anything to say. Jennifer Westfeldt's ("Kissing Jessica Stein") latest effort behind the camera, "Friends With Kids," finds the actress/writer/director oscillating between an intelligent look at modern relationships and a conventional rom-com, to mixed results.

10 SXSW Soundtracks To Look Out For Including Scores By Members Of Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, Menomena, Tortoise & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 8, 2012 2:31 PM
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SXSW is barely 24 hours away from starting (catch up with part one and part two of our preview pieces here), and at this point, it's important to be reminded that one of the things that makes it unique is a particular focus on the crossover between music and film, something that's been a particular interest of ours since the very earliest days of The Playlist. It doesn't just have a whole sidebar dedicated to music documentaries (with this year's batch including films around LCD Soundsystem, Paul Simon and Big Star), and a music festival that runs alongside, but it also seems to attract a disproportionate number of scores by indie and rock musicians to its fictional entries.

'Take This Waltz,' '2 Days in New York,' 'Chicken With Plums,' & 'Lola Versus' Added To 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 8, 2012 2:07 PM
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A new big batch of films have been added to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival line-up, and while there aren't a lot of big premieres in the bunch, there's a lot to catch up with for those of you (and us) who didn't attend TIFF 2011, Sundance 2012, etc. etc.

No More Mr. Nice Guy: 'Bridesmaids' Star Chris O'Dowd Talks Being Bad In 'Friends With Kids,' 'This Is 40' & 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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Anyone who crushed on Chris O'Dowd in "Bridesmaids" -- you know who you are -- might rethink things when they see the Irish actor in some of the new films he has in the pipeline. First up is his role as underachieving husband to Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," in which the couple watches hopefully as two of their pals (played by writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) pair up for a breeders variation of the "friends with benefits" theme. Meanwhile, a married couple to whom they're close (played by Kristen Wiig and Westfeld's real-life partner Jon Hamm) have kids but then fall apart. "Maybe my character doesn't help out as much as he could," O'Dowd told The Playlist, "but he's a superhero compared to Jon Hamm." The actor then explained how working with friends helped the project, and where his upcoming characters fall on the nice guy-jerk spectrum.

Watch: New Clips From 'Marley,' 'Bel Ami' & 'Detachment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 1:21 PM
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Well, the big eye-melting, popcorn munching, wallet-gouging blockbuster season kicks off this weekend with "John Carter," but don't worry, you don't have to leave your brain in the parking lot as there are still going to be plenty of films that don't require 3D glasses.

Patton Oswalt Talks Todd Rohal's SXSW Comedy 'Nature Calls' Plus An Exclusive New Image From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:59 PM
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Making his leading indie debut in the dark "Big Fan" and then stepping out to star opposite Charlize Theron in "Young Adult," you might be surprised to learn that seasoned comic Patton Oswalt has yet to topline a comedy. But all that will change at SXSW this weekend when "Nature Calls" premieres. Directed by Todd Rohal ("The Catechism Cataclysm," "The Guatemalan Handshake"), and executive produced by David Gordon Green, the film boats a stellar comic lineup -- Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O'Neal, Darrell Hammond -- and that combination of leading a comedy and working with a strong ensemble was what attracted Oswalt to the film.

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directs Underwhelming Ad For Kohl's Featuring Jennifer Lopez; Jordan Scott Helms Agent Provacateur Spots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:41 PM
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While we patiently wait for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to start rolling in front of cameras, the director has been keeping his skills sharpened on a couple of sideline gigs, helming some bracing spots for The Meth Project Foundation as well as a video for Metallica and Lou Reed's silly Lulu album. But this next one we didn't exactly see coming.

Wes Anderson Takes You To 'Moonrise Kingdom' In New Poster For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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Great design and the films of Wes Anderson have always been inseperable, and that continues to be true for "Moonrise Kingdom," the next effort from the filmmaker.

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