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'Dredd' Director Pete Travis Locked Out Of Editing Room, Writer-Producer Alex Garland Takes Over

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 4:45 AM
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It's never good news to hear when a director gets locked out of the editing bay, particularly when it comes to a big budget tentpole movie. While rumors of Stephen Sommers battling executives over "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra" surfaced and were quickly scuttled, it didn't really matter because the movie made money and has spawned a sequel arriving next summer (though notably, without Sommers this time around). So whether or not this battle will have an effect on the movie creatively or otherwise, it does somewhat poison the well on perceptions of the film for the time being as fanboys will surely voice their concern (even if exact details are hard to come by just yet).

The 20 Best Movies About Politicians

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 4:09 AM
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The Ides Of March,
To a degree, every film is political. Some are political with a small p -- the insidious militarism in Michael Bay's "Transformers" films might go over the heads of many audience members, but it's there. Some are Political with a big P, setting out from the start to campaign on a certain issue, with even silly comedies like "The Other Guys" getting in on the act. And some are specifically about politics, getting into the nitty-gritty of elections, of glad-handing, of delegate counts and filibusters and bills and speeches.

Bernardo Bertolucci Ditches 3D For His New Movie ‘Io e Te’ Saying It's "Vulgarly Commercial"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 4:07 AM
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With everyone and their Mom rushing to 3D including old school dudes like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, for a moment there, it seemed like legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci was going to follow his colleagues over the proverbial cliff. Earlier this spring it was announced the filmmaker was going to be helming his new movie "Io e Te" in the format, marking his first time playing around in three dimensions. But with cameras set to roll soon, Bertolucci has not only made a 180 on that decision, he's got something to say about 3D as well.

Johnny Depp To Produce & Possibly Star In Biopic About Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 3:58 AM
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Billy Ray Is Now The Third Writer Hired For 'The Thin Man'Well, why not? With a penchant for playing writers on film, Johnny Depp has already portrayed Hunter S. Thompson, J.M. Barrie and John Wilmot on the big screen (and played a novelist in "Secret Window"), and it looks like he may be adding another famous figure to list.

New Looks At Michelle Williams, Emma Watson & Kenneth Branagh In 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 3:37 AM
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While The Playlist team is still arguing around the lunch table about whether or not the first trailer for "My Week With Marilyn" showcased an Oscar contender or just a well-put-together but not particularly remarkable period piece, there is no denying everyone in this thing looks pretty damn beautiful.

Jena Malone To Play Author Carson McCullers In Biopic 'Lonely Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 3:14 AM
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While everyone else in their early twenties was busy going to school, partying, chasing boys (or girls) are doing all those things college folks tend to do, Carson McCullers wrote the stone-cold masterpiece "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," a novel containing the emotional depth, wisdom and tragic beauty of somebody three times her age of twenty-three. It was a her first novel, but was the building block of small, but pretty unrivalled body of some of the finest Southern-flavoured writing ever put on the page. And while we always worry when our favorite, beloved writers get brought to the big screen, the first bit of casting for the biopic "Lonely Hunter" indicates that the filmmakers are moving in the right direction.

Review: 'Dirty Girl' With Juno Temple Is All Attitude & No Heart

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 7, 2011 3:07 AM
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If there's one thing "Dirty Girl" has going for it -- and it's made abundantly clear even before the glittery title card, spelled out in swoopy, neon-lit letters like the name of a roller disco -- it's that it has attitude. The titular dirty girl is an Oklahoma teen named Danielle (Juno Temple) who acts out in class and sleeps around. She has an infectiously "fuck you" approach to just about everything, from her classmates, agog at her sexual promiscuity, to her soon-to-be stepdad (William H. Macy), to her teachers, who bump her down to a remedial class where the most pressing assignment is taking care of a bag of flour like it's an actual human baby.

Leonardo DiCaprio Is The Most Powerful Man In The World In New Posters For 'J. Edgar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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Along with "Young Adult" and "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is one of the few big remaining Oscar question marks for this year's awards season. And while the film penned by “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black boasts a solid ensemble supporting cast that includes Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Jeffrey Donovan and Stephen Root, these first posters make it very clear who the spotlight will be on.
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Review: 'Blackthorn' Catches Up With A Retirement-Ready Butch Cassidy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 2:07 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Fantasia.
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‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’ Gets A Sick & Probably NSFW New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 1:48 AM
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Well, "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)" crawls its way into theaters today, filling any desire you have for a gruesome ass-to-mouth medical experiment movie. Whatever you may think about director Tom Six, you have to admit, no one else is making movies like his. Thank God.

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