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'Man On A Ledge' Star Anthony Mackie Was "Excited Beyond Belief" To Play Jimi Hendrix In Paul Greengrass' Aborted Biopic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 24, 2012 6:17 PM
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Seeing the name Anthony Mackie in the opening credits is fast becoming a reassuring sign. Not necessarily of the quality of a movie -- we can't say we adored "Real Steel" or "What's Your Number," exactly -- but an indication that at least one good performance will take place over the course of the running time.

R.I.P. Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 5:38 PM
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Sad news is arriving this afternoon from Greece, as legendary filmmaker Theo Angelopolous was struck by a motorcycle on the set of his latest film and has died of his injuries at the age of 77.

Watch: Megan Fox & Mike Tyson Team For Brazilian Language School Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 4:34 PM
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Well, this is all kinds of WTF. But anyway, while Megan Fox will spend 2012 trying to broaden her acting wings thanks to appearances in "Friends With Kids" (where she's actually quite good) and Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," she's wise enough to realize she's still the fantasy of many young men, and thus she's putting that reputation to some use.

Stare Right Back At Them: Liam Neeson Battles Wolves In Red Band Trailer For 'The Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 3:55 PM
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With all the Sundance and Oscar hoopla, you may have forgotten "The Grey" is on its way to theaters, but to make sure it's fresh in your minds, Open Road has dropped a new red band trailer for the film. And as you might expect, it's got blood and f-bombs, but alas, this sausage fest has no boobs.
More: The Grey

'The Evil Dead' Remake Loses Lily Collins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 3:21 PM
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...and just like that, they've got to start over. Just a couple weeks after news first arrived that Lily Collins landed the lead in the Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-spruced-up "The Evil Dead" remake, she's left the project.

John Cusack's 'The Raven' & Jennifer Lawrence's 'House At The End Of The Street' Bumped Back; 'Rango' Returns For Tiny Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 3:09 PM
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The folks at Relativity are getting their 2012 calendar in order, and that means shifting the release dates of a few movies, and in the case of one picture, moving it all the way to next year.

David Cronenberg Reveals He's Writing A Novel & Explains How The Comedy 'Twins' Helped Finance 'Dead Ringers'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 24, 2012 2:09 PM
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The Academy might have shut out David Cronenberg and his latest film "A Dangerous Method," but fans of the director (at least, those fans in the New York area) can still celebrate him up until the week of the Oscars, via a retrospective of his work at the Museum of the Moving Image. Cronenberg kicked off the series over the weekend by sharing his first moviegoing experiences, stories about his past films, and an update on an upcoming project -- his first novel.

Sundance: Katie Aselton & Kate Bosworth Talk Realism Vs. Horror In 'Black Rock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 2:03 PM
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While the subject of women in peril is about as old as the horror/thriller genre itself, director Katie Aselton, who also stars alongside Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell, is hoping to change the equation a bit with "Black Rock." The movie, which premiered over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, presents a trio of women who retreat to an island for a weekend, only to wind up fighting for their lives. As our review of the film notes, unlike standard movies in the genre, which give little substance to the women who are the victims of the tale, in "Black Rock" we get much more characterization, which in turn makes the audience far more invested in their plight.

Joe Carnahan Wants Liam Neeson To Play Blake Morrow In 'Nemesis'; Old 'Dark Knight Rises' Rumor Gains New Heat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 1:45 PM
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To call Oscar winner Liam Neeson's recent surge of genre material something new would be to forget that many years ago, he starred in Sam Raimi's "Darkman" as the titular hero, and also suited up for George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. The only thing that has changed is, aside from the no brainer success of Lucas' franchise (which is not dependent on stars, but on lightsabres), Neeson's forays into pulp fare (remember "The Haunting"?) have only been a recent thing, with "Taken" blowing the doors off. This weekend, Neeson's growl will come face-to-face with those of some very mean wolves in Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," and if things go the way the director wants, it won't be the last time he hooks up with his "The A-Team" star.

Sundance: 'Liberal Arts' Director Josh Radnor Talks The Influence Of Richard Linklater, Working With Elizabeth Olsen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 1:04 PM
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While it's fairly easy (and somewhat lazy) to toss Josh Radnor into the Zach Braff category of sitcom-actor-turned-screenwriter-and-filmmaker, the association is reductive of the talents required on both the small and big screen. As the star of "How I Met Your Mother," Radnor has displayed a very different set of tools than those utilized for his debut feature "Happythankyoumoreplease." And while that Sundance Audience Award-winning film didn't quite break out the way one might expect, Radnor has soldiered on, and now, two years later, has arrived with "Liberal Arts." Starring rising actress Elizabeth Olsen, the film centers on Jesse (Radnor), a 35-year-old man who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood. Olsen plays Zibby, a 19-year-old college student who falls for Jesse over their mutual love of music and literature, but their difference in age starts to get in the way as Jesse moves farther away from a hedonistic lifestyle.

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