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Watch: Trailer For 'Snabba Cash II' Starring Joel Kinnaman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 24, 2012 10:20 AM
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Back in 2010, considerable buzz was generated by Daniel Espinosa's crime thriller "Snabba Cash" (also known as "Easy Money") when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and stormed its domestic box office. Almost immediately it gained international interest with The Weinstein Company acquiring the distribution rights and Warner Bros picking up the remake rights and wasting little time in attaching Zac Efron to the project. Espinosa cashed in on the success and landed the director's chair for "Safe House," while the film's star Joel Kinnaman snagged a small part in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" remake, nabbed part in the otherwise awful "The Darkest Hour" and also took the lead on AMC's "The Killing."

Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 10:02 AM
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Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
This week at The Playlist, we've been using the run up to the Oscars this weekend to focus on people who should have or have surprisingly never been nominated for an Oscar. Each year, there are always a few films that for whatever reason don't get the recognition they deserve, and certainly "Martha Marcy May Marlene" fits into that category.

Warner Bros Puts A 'Bullet To The Head' Of Sly Stallone's Film, Gets Taken Off The Calendar

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 24, 2012 9:40 AM
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We know you must have been tearing your hair out about this for months -- which movie would you choose to see first on the weekend of April 13th. Would you go with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's intriguing "The Cabin in the Woods," the eagerly anticipated (by Razzies voters) "The Three Stooges," or Sly Stallone's latest steroid-fest "Bullet To The Head"? Well, Warner Bros have decided to make it slightly easier for us as they've delivered a bullet to the head of Stallone's film, temporarily at least, by pulling it from the schedule.

First Look At Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan & Justin Timberlake On Set Of The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 24, 2012 9:24 AM
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Last year was bittersweet for fans of the Coen Brothers. While it was the first time in four years the prolific duo didn't have a film released, it was announced that they'd be returning to the music world in 2012 for their next feature "Inside Llewyn Davis" which would focus on the '60's Greenwich Village scene that included names like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell among others.

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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