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Quelle Horreur! 10 Foreign-Language Horrors To Freak You Out This Halloween

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 6:55 AM
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There's a reason so many American horror films in the last couple of decades have largely been remakes of foreign language movies – because those films are really, really scary. The fact that the remakes are, by and large, completely awful, has to do with the specificity – there are details in culture and location that, when displaced, shuffled, or wholly removed, greatly impact the narrative and the power of the storytelling. Feudal Japan, with its cultural landscape of spirits intermingling with the living, can't be swapped for suburban Chicago, the home of Abe Froman, the Sausage King. In the age of the internet, it's been easier for keen-eyed genre enthusiasts to diagnose which foreign horror films are worth tracking down (and which, in the decades previous, you might have missed).

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Will Make Its World Premiere In New Zealand In November 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 6:01 AM
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Peter Jackson Plans To Help The West Memphis Three Seek Full Pardon; Damien Echols Won't Be In 'The Hobbit'After some pre-production strife that found union woes forcing Peter Jackson and the studios to start looking elsewhere to shoot the massive two-film "The Hobbit" leading to New Zealand PM John Key himself asking the filmmaker to stay, it looks like everyone is in love with each other again.

LFF '11: Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' And 'Intelligent Action Movies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 5:48 AM
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Plus, More From The Director And The Film's Star Stephanie SigmanAside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, but it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Patricia Arquette Join 'Charlie Swan' With Charlie Sheen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 5:34 AM
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Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen in the same movie? Uh, WINNING.

Ryan Gosling Trades In A Car For A Motorcycle In First Official Look At 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 5:06 AM
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We've seen him blonde and inked in the set photos from "The Place Beyond The Pines" but now comes the first official look at Ryan Gosling in the film. And yes, he does look as badass on a bike as he does behind the wheel.

New Images From Madonna's 'W.E.' Starring Abbie Cornish & Oscar Isaac

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 4:39 AM
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Madonna's latest effort behind the camera hasn't exactly been the easiest of affairs. It was widely reviled after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August where our own reviewer called it "a royal disaster." Last month word cropped up that Harvey Weinstein was sending Madonna back to the editing bay to trim ten minutes off the movie before its release later this year. Then when she recently took the movie to the BFI London Film Festival, she was roundly booed by by autograph hounds, but it was misreported as jeers coming from fans who felt she wasn't spending enough time with them. Either way, it's all about the work right? And with the Weinsteins presumably still holding hope they can get some kind of awards season play (think: Golden Globes perhaps) out of "W.E." a few more peeks at the film have arrived.
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Eddie Murphy Says He Was Really "Never Involved" With A Richard Pryor Biopic

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 28, 2011 4:08 AM
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"I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."

John Oritz Joins David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:49 AM
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Are David O. Russell & Mark Wahlberg No Longer BFFs After Splitting On The Film?As David O. Russell's long developing "The Silver Linings Playbook" now rolls in front of cameras, he's added one more to the cast. Variety reports that respected theater actor John Ortiz -- who has made appearances in "Fast & Furious," "Jack Goes Boating" and "Public Enemies" among others -- has joined the film playing lead Bradley Cooper's best buddy.

'Beetlejuice' Sequel Writer Says It Will Be "A True Continuation" & Star "Has To Be" Michael Keaton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:20 AM
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When it was first announced that a "Beetlejuice" sequel was in the works last month there was concern. Not only is Tim Burton's 1988 film an unassailable classic (of sorts) there is only one person to play the role and his name is Michael Keaton. But with vague word that the movie would be “advancing the storyline of the original” we worried about the direction this thing was going in and whether or not some ambitious young actor would try and take over the lead. But rest assured fans, as writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are promising that if everything goes according to plan this will be a real deal sequel that will see Keaton himself reprise one of his most beloved characters.

Review: 'Urbanized' An Educational & Enjoyable Look At City Design

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 28, 2011 2:58 AM
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For those unacquainted with documentarian Gary Hustwit, his small body of work may seem like bland pills that are hard to swallow. To date he has made a movie about a font ("Helvetica"), our relationship with manufactured objects ("Objectified"), and now urban design ("Urbanized"). These aren't the most enticing subjects -- they all have a vague stench of "homework" or "PBS" -- but no one is more aware of these pre-judgements better than the filmmaker, who has managed to confound expectations and instead compose films that are enjoyable and, at times, very fascinating. He continues in this mode with "Urbanized," the final entry in his "design trilogy."

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