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Teaser Poster For 'The Lorax' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 4:10 AM
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Update: The footage has been removed, but below you can check out the teaser poster for the film debuted on Yahoo.

John Goodman Takes 'Flight' With Denzel Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 3:38 AM
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While lately we've been giving it up for Bryan Cranston, who has filled his post-"Malcolm In The Middle" career with a staggering number of diverse projects and left his sitcom Dad persona far, far behind him, let's also give some due praise to John Goodman. The former "Roseanne" star has become one of the most respected thesps going today, and while we could sit here all day running down his resume, let's just take a look at the most recent entries. He took a part in Kevin Smith's horror flick "Red State," features in the silent movie sensation "The Artist," has a role in another Oscar contender this year "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," made a guest appearance on "Community" and recently lined up Ben Affleck's "Argo." Not too bad, right? And it looks like he's not stopping anytime soon.

Watch: The Couple From 'Once' Deal With Fame & Love In Trailer For 'The Swell Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 3:13 AM
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One of the truly amazing stories of the 2006 awards season belonged to the little indie film that could, "Once." Directed by John Carney and starring The Frames member Glen Hansard and his The Swell Season collaborator Markéta Irglová, the musical story centered on an Irish busker (Hansard) who strikes up a relationship with a Czech immigrant (Irglová). "Once" became an arthouse sensation, taking in over $20 million worldwide, on a microscopic budget of $150,000. And the Academy sat up and took notice as well, with the film winning a statue for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly," leading to one of the most touching Oscar speeches in recent memory. Well, the story didn't end there for either Hansard or Irglová.

Because 3D Doesn't Cost Enough, Sony May Make You Pay For Your Own Glasses In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:52 AM
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Is This Really The Best Move When 3D Audiences Are Declining?It seems every month or so, a new trend or blip on the radar is hailed as the new box office savior at the multiplex. In the past couple of weeks, "The Lion King" has spurred conversations that studios may find new revenue streams by dusting off their catalog titles and bringing them back to the big screen. Earlier this year, backed by the surprise box office success of "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "True Grit," "Black Swan" and later in the summer, "Midnight In Paris," the minor budget adult drama was seen an untapped and lucrative market. But before all of this, 3D was heralded as the game changer for the industry that kick new life into tanking ticket sales. The nearly $3 billion worldwide success of James Cameron's "Avatar" ushered in a wave of 3D movies that, early on, did indeed give studios a considerable revenue bump. While the actual quality of these (mostly converted) movies was wildly uneven, it seemed audiences were embracing the format. Theater owners who invested millions in buying digital projectors and upgrading their cinemas breathed a sigh of relief, but something strange happened in 2011. No one was rushing to 3D anymore.

DreamWorks Hire 'E.T.' Scribe Melissa Mathison To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The B.F.G.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2011 2:50 AM
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Compared to other authors, Roald Dahl has had better luck than most with cinema adaptations. OK, so Tim Burton's gaudy, joyless "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is still fresh in the memory, but most of the film versions of Dahl's books -- the Gene Wilder-starring 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches," Danny DeVito's "Matilda," Henry Selick's "James And The Giant Peach" and Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- have successfully captured the spirit of Dahl's work while also managing to stand on their own two feet on the big screen.

James D'Arcy Joins 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:21 AM
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Even with an already starry cast that will feature the actors playing multiple roles, it seems there is still room for one more in The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas," as Variety report that James D'Arcy has boarded the film.

Brittany Snow Joins Anna Kendrick In A Capella Comedy 'Pitch Perfect'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 2:04 AM
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Rebel Wilson & Adam Devine Also Join CastSo, can the singing and dancing that everyone seems to like on "Glee" and endless amounts of reality shows ever be translated to the big screen? Well, they tried "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" this summer and failed miserably, and remember "Hamlet 2"? Yeah, no one cared for that either. But producer Elizabeth Banks and the rest of the people over at Gold Circle Films are hoping their indie effort can be the one that is the exception to the rule.

Roman Polanski Apologizes To His Sexual Assault Victim In New Secret Doc Premiered In Zurich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 28, 2011 1:46 AM
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For all the films that he's made in the last 33 years, from the great to the dreadful, everything that Roman Polanski's done has been overshadowed by his 1978 sexual assault of a thirteen-year-old girl. The director was arrested and charged with six counts, including rape, but in a bargain with the courts, plead guilty only to "Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor," and was sentenced to 90 days in prison. On his release, however, it was suggested by the judge that Polanski would face more prison time, and the helmer fled to France, where he's lived in exile ever since.

Oscar Contenders 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' & 'Monsieur Lazhar' Get U.S. Distribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 1:23 AM
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Unless you've been a regular at a few film festivals or happen to be from the native country, it's pretty hard to stay on top of all the foreign film Oscar contenders before they get whittled down to the eventual five. But two more movies looking for Oscar gold have just picked up U.S. distribution, giving you a shot to check them out for yourselves.

First Poster For Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 12:56 PM
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Get ready, because the Oscar campaign and marketing push for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is about to begin. While we got a teaser trailer for the film this summer, "War Horse" is one of the small handful of awards season pics that has yet to be screened for anybody at all. Spielberg doesn't need the reassurance of the fall festival circuit or any early thumbs up from critics because his track record stands on its own. But will audiences want to deal with a WWI movie during the holiday season? We're betting that since it's coming from Spielberg, they won't mind one bit.

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