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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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Neko Case Confirms Appearance On 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack; Listen To Fucked Up's 'Year Of The Tiger' Featuring Jim Jarmusch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 1:50 PM
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While "Hunger Games" fans implore anyone who'll listen that it's totally different from the "Twilight" franchise, they can't deny that Lionsgate is following the Summit playbook. The marketing rollout is pretty much targeting the exact same demographic in almost the same way (epic story combined with feelings), and that goes right down to the soundtrack as well. While the film is just over a month away, no final tracklist has been revealed yet, but the pieces are starting to come together.

Amy Adams Is 'An Object Of Beauty' In Adaptation Of Steve Martin's Novel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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Steve Martin: comedy legend, art collector, bluegrass musician and yes, novelist. While his attempts at conquering the literary world likely isn't be the first thing people talk about in regards to his legacy, it's no surprise Hollywood has been paying attention. Martin's novella "Shopgirl" was turned into the intermittently entertaining and should've-been-better movie starring Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, and now, his latest effort to hit bookshelves is headed to the big screen.

Ryan Reynolds & Denzel Washington Talk Sociopaths, Black Eyes, The 'Bourne' Influence & Stunt Driving In 'Safe House'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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In "Safe House," a rookie agent named Matt Weston (played by Ryan Reynolds) is the "housekeeper," minding the store for an underutilized CIA safe house, when one day, a "house guest" finally arrives for interrogation. It's not just any house guest either -- it's former agent-gone-rogue Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), considered to be a master manipulator, a traitor, and one of the most dangerous men in the world. And as soon as Frost arrives, so do the men pursuing him, killing almost everyone but Weston and Frost, who escape. They might be considered a team if it weren't for Frost's attempts to manipulate, escape, and kill his captor, who is in way over his head. The stars of "Safe House," along with director Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash"), were in New York recently to discuss the film's psychological basis, action sequences, and on-location shoot in Cape Town, South Africa.

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