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Spike Lee Says 'Red Hook Summer' Will Arrive In August; Apparently Still Would Love To Make His Trio Of Biopics

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2012 5:44 PM
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While this writer hasn't seen it yet and therefore perhaps shouldn't speak out of turn, it still seems that one of the most depressing things about the most recent 2012 Sundance Film Festival is that after all the sales and several dozen films purchased by myriad distributors, no one has stepped up to buy Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."

Emmanuel Lubezki Says "A Whole Other Movie" About Sean Penn Could Be Made From Cut 'Tree Of Life' Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 5:16 PM
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One of the enduring legacies thus far for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" has been chatter about his plans to prepare an extended version of the movie. Word of it first cropped up last summer when Oscar-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki revealed, "The first cut was 8 hours long. Terry is working on/preparing a 6 hours long version of the movie." The phantom longer version gained more steam when longtime Malick editor Billy Weber said last fall, "I know Terry is doing a longer cut of 'Tree,' but we had so many scenes that were cut out that it wouldn't be that hard to put together a longer version." And well, this mysterious longer version of "The Tree Of Life" continues to crop up in conversations about the film.

In Theaters: Make 'The Vow' To Stay Inside The 'Safe House' & Avoid The 'Journey 2' 'The Phantom Menace'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 10, 2012 4:58 PM
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Happy Friday all, another week has gone by and another weekend is here with new releases for your eyeballs and eardrums (cause cinema is both audio and visual... get it..). There's a nice little salad bar of items to choose from, so just make sure you choose the right one and not a re-release of a bad movie in 3D. That's never the right choice.

Vintage Style 'Deep Throat' Poster With Amanda Seyfried Plus 2 New Images From 'Lovelace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 4:36 PM
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Usually, it's only big budget blockbusters that court the press while the cameras are rolling on their films as part of a carefully scaled marketing campaign, but rarely does that extend to indies, mostly because the budgets and time simply don't allow for it. But that certainly isn't the case with "Lovelace," the hotly buzzed biopic of infamous porn star Linda Lovelace that finds Amanda Seyfriend taking on the lead role.

Rotterdam Review: 'Francophrenia' A Fascinating Doc/Fiction Profile Of James Franco As James Franco

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • February 10, 2012 4:00 PM
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James Franco's ongoing experimentation with the limits of his own celebrity are like little else popular culture has produced of late. While his hijinks within academia and beyond are well documented (he's working on a Film MFA at NYU and an English PhD from Yale, while being a movie star, reediting My Own Private Idaho, writing essays for N+1 and occasionally doing some performance art with Laurel Nakadate), they come to a startling head in his Francophrenia (or: Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby is), a daringly odd ball collaboration with lauded documentarian Ian Olds, who's The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi was a hit in Rotterdam in 2009.

'Modern Family' Star Ty Burrell Joins 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'Switch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 3:56 PM
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The Emmy-winning star of ABC's hit comedy "Modern Family" has been marking his territory in the indie film world in a pretty serious way lately. In 2012, we'll be seeing the actor two films -- the coming-of-age tale "Goats," which recently premiered at Sundance, and the quasi-political comedy "Butter" with Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde -- and now he's lined up a project that has been the subject of a lot chatter over the past week.

Zombie Romance 'Warm Bodies' Moves To February 1, 2013; 'Intruders' Arrives on March 30th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 3:30 PM
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Marketing strategy or a movie Summit is feeling nervous about? With a late summer bow initially pegged for Jonathan Levine's zombie romance with Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, "Warm Bodies" has now been moved to a chillier February 1, 2013 release date.

The Amazing Race: Why 'Transformers 3' & 'W.E.' Deserve Their Oscar Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 3:02 PM
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This week, we want to deal with something that's been bugging us a little, not just this year, but for the last few years. Every January, a familiar, but slightly different mantra is repeated around the internet: "I can't believe [insert critically-reviled blockbuster] has got an Oscar nomination, and [insert cinephile favorite] doesn't have any!" And it's understandable. It's hard to feel good about the process when, like this year, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon ," "W.E," "Real Steel" and "Anonymous" can all count themselves as Oscar-nominated films, and "Shame," "Rampart," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Melancholia," "Young Adult" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" missed out entirely.

Watch: Robert Pattinson Is A Bad Boy In 10 Minutes Of Scenes From 'Bel Ami'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 2:43 PM
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It's a good day to be a Robert Pattinson fan. First we had news that Lionsgate continues to flirt and tease the idea of yet another "Twilight" movie, and now, a ten minute sizzle reel of RPatz hawtness from "Bel Ami" has made its way online.
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As 'Junebug' Helmer Phil Morrison Announces A New Project, Where Have These 5 Long-Absent Indie Directors Been?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 2:21 PM
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We were just having a conversation around The Playlist's office pinball machine this week ("Ghostbusters 2"-branded, in case you were wondering) about whatever happened to director Phil Morrison, who helmed the excellent "Junebug" back in 2006 (launching the career of Amy Adams in the process) only to seemingly disappear from the scene, with only a recent credit on HBO's "Enlightened" to his name. And then, barely 24 hours later, the news arrived that Morrison was back, with the comedy "Lucky Dog," which will star Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti and Sally Hawkins.

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