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Emma Roberts Joins Heist Flick 'Empire State' With Dwayne Johnson & Liam Hemsworth

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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After casting one of the new Expendables, Liam Hemsworth, and everybody's favourite thumb-with-a-face, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dito Montiel's heist flick "Empire State" had easily filled up it's beefcake quota, and now the balance is being redressed somewhat by adding a bit of much needed femininity into the mix.

Watch: John Hillcoat Directed Ad For The U.K. National Lottery & Jordan Scott Shot Armani Spot Featuring Rihanna

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 12, 2012 10:41 AM
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John Hillcoat just doesn't do uplifting. He has a pretty good handle on the heartbreaking and emotionally affecting, but raising your spirits just doesn't seem to be his bag (at least in his feature films; remember that Levi's ad?). While we wait patiently for Hillcoat's next feature "The Wettest County" (or are we calling it "Lawless" now?) to arrive in theatres, here's an ad he's directed for the U.K.'s National Lottery.

Woody Allen May Go To Copenhagen For His Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 10:18 AM
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Lest you think winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay for "Midnight In Paris," taking a starring role in the upcoming comedy "Fading Gigolo" and preparing "Bullets Over Broadway" for the musical stage has kept Woody Allen from keeping his eye on his next movie, guess again. With Europe continuing to inspire a late career rebound with movies set in London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome ("Nero Fiddled"), it's no shocker that the helmer is once again looking overseas as the setting for his next outing.

Literally Tiny Rumor Leaks About Plot Element For 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 9:38 AM
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If you thought "The Avengers" was going to be the grand climax of the Marvel movies, you'd be way, way off. The ever expanding, never ending big screen universe of these comic book movies will continue to grow as just as Joss Whedon's film rolls into theaters, filming will kick off on "Iron Man 3." And while we have yet to get any official word on the plot, villain or who will joining Robert Downey Jr. from the regular cast of Marvel players with contract obligations to fill, it appears at least one element from the story has made its way online.
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20 Seconds Of The New 'Prometheus' Trailer & Javier Bardem As A Blonde Bobby In 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 9:18 AM
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Well, at least it's better than those absolutely ridiculous one second clips before the first teaser for "The Hunger Games" landed. The practice of releasing scraps of trailers before the full trailer arrives is becoming increasingly irritating and silly, but alas, here we are and in case you just can't wait until next Saturday when the new trailer for "Prometheus" will arrive, here's 20 seconds of stuff. We'll leave it to the nerdier sites to deconstruct or whatever, but don't get too excited. However, in case you're wondering, in these brief seconds you'll see Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Hooray. "Prometheus" arrives on June 8th and was recently announced as being given an IMAX upgrade as well. 

Cary Fukunaga Says Civil War Heist Flick 'No Blood, No Guts, No Glory' Is Next, Compares Film To 'The General' (But From The Yankee Side)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 12, 2012 8:57 AM
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Cary Fukunaga is one of the most exciting directing talents to come along in the last few years. The 34-year-old filmmaker made a storming debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival with the gripping immigration thriller "Sin Nombre," and then took a severe left turn last year with the costume drama "Jane Eyre," which managed to make a much-adapted tale feel genuinely fresh, as well as demonstrating the young director's impressive versatility.

SXSW '12 Review: 'See Girl Run' Has A Slightly Too Leisurely Stride

  • By James Rocchi
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  • March 11, 2012 9:40 PM
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There's a fine line between delicacy and fragility, between a gentle unfolding and a stubbornly slow series of revelations. That line is what keeps Nate Meyer's "See Girl Run," a midlife romantic drama, from succeeding as well as the great cinematography and talented cast would have you hope. Robin Tunney's marriage is foundering in familiarity in New York; Adam Scott's relationship and life are stalled and stuck in the town she left behind, even as he draws elegant and joyous frogs and caricatures. So she comes home, to see her parents and her brother, and he sees her. And remembers how much he used to love her. And she remembers, too. But love is not memory, and love is not hope.

SXSW '12 Review: Reverence Outweighs Insight In Kevin Macdonald's 2 1/2 Hour 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 11, 2012 7:00 PM
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A long film detailing a tragically short life, on paper, Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary "Marley" has more than enough of a pedigree to justify its 2 1/2 hour running time. After all, it's a biopic of one of the most influential and evergreen musical pioneers of all time, being brought to us by the respected documentarian behind the thrilling "Touching the Void" and the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." But the truth is that film's exhaustive approach at some point becomes simply exhausting, with its sporadic moments of true inspiration, almost all directly connected with the music or Bob's early life, serving mostly to remind of how by-the-numbers the rest of the movie is. It purports to bring us the man behind the myth, but 150 minutes later, the flesh-and-blood Marley remains frustratingly out of reach, and the myth is still reverently intact.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Small Apartments' Is An Awkward, Entirely Unsatisfying Mixture Of Sweetness And Filth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 11, 2012 5:54 PM
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Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund used to be the kind of director whose every move was worth following. He started out building buzz for his career by making controversial music videos, helming the sensational, barely-seen "Smack My Bitch Up" clip for Prodigy and, way more successfully, the "Ray of Light" music video for Madonna (a clip that won a record seven prizes at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards). Even his lesser videos (like his Cardigans' "Favorite Game" clip) were compelling and vital compared to most pedestrian and run-of-the-mill music videos. Åkerlund's videos were often defined by a willingness to delve into the scuzzier aspects of life (like the Prodigy video and Metallica's "Turn the Page") – visually his style was slick but also grimy, lit up by garish neon lights and high contrast colorization.

SXSW '12 Review: 'The Hunter' Is An Eerie And Deeply Affecting Eco-Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 11, 2012 5:01 PM
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In their 2006 book "Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger," authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, then researchers at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, talked about becoming obsessed with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger that they would walk by every day in the museum. It became "something akin to amorous fervor," and eventually they decided to take a trip to Tasmania to see if the tiger, which officially became extinct in 1936 when the lone survivor died at the Hobart Zoo, still existed, somewhere in the wild. It's the kind of mysterious animal – lithe, beautiful, angular – that inspires this kind of devotion, even decades after its extinction.

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