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NYFF '11 Review: 'Play' Is A Confident, Complex Look At Social Issues In Sweden

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 19, 2011 12:58 PM
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Festivals can be a great place to discover new, brilliant cinema, but often times the unknown films get drowned out by the heavily buzzed or the latest by a longstanding director. How many of us at the New York Film Festival saw "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "The Kid with a Bike" but, for whatever reason, happened to miss out on "The Loneliest Planet"? It's highly likely that this writer isn't alone. Still, one person generally can't see everything a festival has to offer, so flicks that don't have Palme d'Or helmers behind them or a truckload of auspicious praise for their "breakout performer" tend to get shafted. Still, it's a must to attend those we know nothing about. Besides the fact that they deserve it, they also have something those lauded ones don't: the ability to surprise; for the viewer to go in blind and be completely taken without having known a thing about its cast or the curriculum vitae of the filmmaker. With movie news at the click of a button and various media available all over the web, this is a rare occurrence. We've had a few very pleasant whammies this year, from the social/political critiquing "Policeman" to the sweet "Corpo Celeste," and we're happy to add Ruben Östlund's "Play" to that trust.

Babes, Drugs & A Claymation Penis In 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 12:24 PM
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Plus Two Stockings Worth Full Of New Pics & PostersWhat a difference a red band trailer makes. I wasn't really feeling the first trailer that dropped for "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," but maybe the movie can't be appreciated fully without some serious raunch. After all, this is an R-rated comedy we're talking about.

VIFF '11: In Belgian 'Bullhead' Sympathy For The Devil Is A Mark Of Quality

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 19, 2011 11:55 AM
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“No matter what you do or think, one thing is for sure, you’re always fucked. Now, tomorrow, next week or next year, until the end of time, fucked.”

Watch: Get Out Of The Water, It's The Teaser Trailer For 'Piranha 3DD'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 11:19 AM
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While there has been much hand-wringing over native and post-converted 3D, no one in their wildest imagination could have guessed that last summer "Piranha 3D" would take in over $80 million worldwide. While the news kept James Cameron up at night, the smash success of the low brow horror flick threw pundits for a loop, bucking conventional thought that audiences only want high grade, "Avatar"-like experiences if they pay premium dollars to wear those glasses at the multiplex. It turns out, 3D blood and boobs works too.

Watch: Sherlock Holmes & The Case Of Excessive Speed-Ramping In New Trailer For 'A Game of Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 19, 2011 10:59 AM
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New Footage Confirms That Rachel McAdams Returns For SequelThe Christmas season coming up contains more than a few risks in terms of the big commercial movies. Films like "The Muppets" and "The Adventures of Tintin" are placing large, expensive bets on properties that are no longer as famous as they once were, Sony are hoping that audiences will want to spend the holidays with an R-rated tale of rape and murder with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and Martin Scorsese has a hugely expensive family movie that, if early reviews are to be believed, appeals mainly to cinephiles.

6 Minutes Of 'Dark Knight Rises' Will Reportedly Play Before 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 10:38 AM
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Of all the nerdy bits and bobs surrounding "The Dark Knight Rises" over the past weeks and months, this is actually pretty exciting, though at this point, not officially confirmed. That said, according to sources at /Film, ticket holders for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" will be in for a treat in December, as a six-minute preview/prologue/sequence/something from "The Dark Knight Rises" will apparently unspool before the movie starts. If it sounds too good to be true, it's not without precedent.

Michael Bay & Jason Statham Both Say They Aren't Involved In Any 'Transformers' Sequels Right Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:33 AM
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Looks like everyone jumped the gun a little bit on those "Transformers" sequels reported a couple of days ago. With Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner claiming he was already talking to Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay about sequels, and with trade reports buzzing that "Transformers 4" and "Transformers 5" would potentially shoot back-to-back with Jason Statham being eyed as the new lead, the news appears to have put the cart in front of the horse. Or something. As it turns out, both Bay and Statham have flat out denied their involvement in any forthcoming films.

Mark Romanek Tops The List To Direct Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 9:05 AM
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Music video and commercials director Mark Romanek has had a bumpy ride in Hollywood of late. After making an impression with his debut feature "One Hour Photo," the director moved on up to the monster movie feature "The Wolfman" but walked away during the film's famously contentious production. Instead, he helmed an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "Never Let Me Go," but unfortunately, it didn't quite become the awards season horse or critical darling many expected, picking up mixed reviews and a muted response at the box office. Then there was his pilot for Fox, "Locke & Key," which was canceled, and despite recent airings at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con in an attempt to revive interest, that too seems to have fallen by the wayside. But all that said, Romanek is still a respected helmer and over the past few months he's slowly been picking up heat, getting attached to direct a live action "Cinderella" film and being offered the chair for "The Wolverine" (which he turned down). Well, another big project may be coming his way and it will potentially reunite him with a star he was set to work with a few years back.

Watch: Trailer For 'Chronicle' Suggests There's Still Intriguing Life In Low-Budget, YouTubey Sci-Fi

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2011 8:31 AM
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These days, anytime a trailer crackles with the lo-fi sound of a faux-found footage doc, a cinematic angel loses its wings. However, this first look at "Chronicle," a low-budget sci-fi film that 20th Century Fox is putting out next year, is admittedly fairly engrossing.

Stephen Gaghan Lines Up 'The Snakehead' & Untitled Drug Trafficking Movie To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 8:04 AM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Traffic" writer and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan. Ever since his sophomore film, Gaghan was attached to a few projects that never quite got moving. He was set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller "Blink" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle but that seems to have stalled out; he wrote a "Speed"-like thriller called "Dead Spy Running" that McG was eyeing to direct and he also had an untitled action pic set up over at Lionsgate. Late this summer, he signed up to adapt a popular series of books by a Swedish criminologist, psychological profiler and author G.W. Perrson and he's also completed work on a pilot for NBC. But he's still angling to get back behind the camera and he's making sure he's got options, setting up two brand new projects.

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