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Denzel Washington Will Play With '2 Guns' Alongside Mark Wahlberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 10:57 PM
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While Liam Neeson is earning all kinds of attention for his recent turn towards a certain strain of B-movie, many forget that Denzel Washington has been using that playbook for years. The two-time Oscar winner has played the multilplex card hard over the past few years with movies like "Unstoppable," "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3," "The Book Of Eli," "Deja Vu," and, of course, this weekend's "Safe House." It seems Universal wants to keep Washington in their backyard and pair him up with their "Contraband" star Mark Wahlberg, the easiest no-brainer decision of the year.

'Breaking Dawn' & 'Dark Knight Rises' Kids Mackenzie Foy & Joey King Join James Wan's 'Warren Files'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 5:42 PM
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As a young actress you can't get it better than than Mackenzie Foy and Joey King. The former is best known (to Twihards anyway) as Renesmee. the spawn of Edward and Bella finally fucking in "Breaking Dawn." Meanwhile, the latter has already made headlines spilling her spoilery role in "The Dark Knight Rises," while next summer, she's got another tentpole in the form of Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful." But it looks like both actresses will have to pay their dues with a cheapie horror movie.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Write, Direct & Star In Rom-Com With Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 5:23 PM
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“I wrote myself a helluva role, one that people wouldn’t necessarily thought of me for,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told Deadline. And we gotta say, he's kinda right on this one.

Brett Ratner & Adam Shankman Line Up TV Pilots; Paz De La Huerta Exits 'Boardwalk Empire' & Louis CK Returns To 'Parks & Recreation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 4:34 PM
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Listen, going to the movies rules, but sometimes, you just want to sit on the couch with giant bag of [insert favorite snack food here] and watch TV. And considering the insane of great stuff these days on the small screen, it doesn't take much convincing to stay home. So here's a brief round up of some TV bits and bobs.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Is 'A Most Wanted Man' For Anton Corbijn's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 3:38 PM
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Aw, hell yeah. After delivering the sensational, slow burn, anti-thriller assassin tale "The American," Anton Corbijn's next effort is, excitingly, coming to life.

Brand-Over? Universal Reportedly Paid Huge Multi-Million Dollar Penalty To Get Out Of Deal With Hasbro

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 3:24 PM
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One particular movie spot during the Super Bowl must have elicited a very specific reaction among the millions watching the big game: "Huh? They've made a movie of the board game 'Battleship?' And Rihanna's in it? How does that work?" We're yet to see exactly if and how it works, but what's clear at this point is that the film is no longer going to be the first in a whole string of Hasbro adaptations from Universal.

SBIFF '12: 'Samsara' Producer Mark Magidson Talks Logistical Agony, Visual Ecstasy & Nuances of Non-Verbal Storytelling

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 7, 2012 2:58 PM
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"Samsara," the latest film from "Baraka" and "Chronos" filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson had its U.S. premiere last week at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (it previously screened at TIFF last year). The companion piece to 1992's "Baraka," which has since become a cult hit for its stunning visuals and philosophical, non-verbal storytelling, follows much in the same vein.

Johnny Depp To Produce Film Based On Upcoming Memoir Damien Echols Of The West Memphis Three

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 2:44 PM
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The West Memphis Three are now officially a trend. With the trio of wrongly convicted boys now free (though still yet to be fully exonerated for the crimes they were accused of), it seems there's going to be no slowdown of documentaries and feature films about them. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky wrapped up their decades-long work with "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" which hit HBO last month, while producer Peter Jackson and director Amy Berg hit Sundance with their comprehensive overview of the case in "West Of Memphis." Atom Egoyan is currently gearing up "The Devil's Knot" with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and now another movie is on the way with one of the biggest movie stars on the planet behind it.

Sharpen Your Claws: 'The Wolverine' Will Hit Theaters On July 26, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 2:14 PM
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Stalled by a natural disaster, a director leaving and then a busy schedule, for a moment the future looked grim for "The Wolverine." But comic fans needn't fear -- a release date has been set.

Review: 'Father's Day' Is An Early Frontrunner For The Year's Most Awesomely Tasteless Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 7, 2012 1:57 PM
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There is bad taste, and somewhere below that, there is Troma. Proudly pushing the boundaries of every taboo in the book, the company has remodeled itself in recent years in an attempt to feature movies with a slightly sharper craft, as the direct-to-DVD boom and the torture porn subgenre had stolen a bit of their thunder. And roar they do with the gleefully gross "Father's Day," a new standard in the studio's sleazy legacy. Written and directed by a collective called Astron-6, "Father's Day" fits in with the noveau-grindhouse sentiments of recent efforts like "Machete" and "Hobo With A Shotgun." But where those films felt transgressive, "Father's Day" feels genuinely diseased.
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