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Review: 'Dream House' Is An Awful Nightmare

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 1, 2011 1:07 AM
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Universal has gone out of its way to market the unfortunately dour "Dream House" as a gooseflesh-raising thriller, emphasizing a pair of ghostly girls and positioning them on a decaying staircase in an image eerily evocative of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." The fact that this image is so fleeting that its presence in the movie could easily be counted in the milliseconds didn't matter to them. After being delayed due to reshoots and nearly every creative principle publicly distancing themselves from the film (including director Jim Sheridan and stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz), they needed to drum up all the sizzle they could for this supernaturally dull misfire. And hey, little ghost kids is as good a way as any.

Watch: John C. Reilly Is Thrilled To Find Out His Kid Is In A Gang In Amusing Clip From 'Carnage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 12:59 PM
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Oscar contender or merely an amusing trifle? The jury is still out on Roman Polanski's "Carnage" which premiered in August in Venice to mostly good reviews (our own man in Italy said he felt it was more of the latter in his review). The film is making its first North American appearance this weekend at the New York Film Festival where its award season narrative could change if it comes out of screenings with more positive notices.
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Melissa Leo & James Badge Dale Take 'Flight' Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 12:26 PM
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Update: Shadow & Act reveal that "Franklin & Bash" star Garcelle Beauvais has also joined the cast.

Kurt Russell Is Quentin Tarantino's Plan B Again, Replaces Kevin Costner In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 11:55 AM
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And 'Kill Bill' Vet Laura Cayouette Comes On Board As WellWe hope Quentin Tarantino appreciates how reliable Kurt Russell is. The director originally cast Mickey Rourke as the psychotic Stuntman Mike in his indulgent nadir "Death Proof," but Rourke and Tarantino seemed to fall out before filming began. Russell, the iconic lead of '80s pictures like "The Thing" and "Big Trouble In Little China," stepped in, to great effect, and was easily the best thing in the film. Now, five years on, Russell seems to have repeated the favor.

Kevin Kline To Play Two Characters In Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank Or Francis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 11:24 AM
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Charlie Kaufman -- the writer behind "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -- is no stranger to high concepts. But believe us, nothing you've seen from him before will prepare you for the absurd and musical-heavy Hollywood send up "Frank or Francis."

'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Writer Dante Harper To Lay 'Foundation' Down For Roland Emmerich

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 10:58 AM
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Believe it or not, advance word on Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare conspiracy movie "Anonymous" is actually good. We shit you not. And while the movie is a bit of a departure for the usually disaster-happy director, lately he's surrounding himself with projects that are more in line with his established oeuvre. Up next he's got the epic and somewhat secretive "Singularity," which already has a May 17, 2013 release date. And oh yeah, he was also offered "Asteroids" this summer (though it doesn't seem like he's taken it). But alas, on the backburner for a couple of years now has been an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic "Foundation" series.

Christopher Nolan Tops Warner Bros. Wishlist For 'The Twilight Zone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 9:22 AM
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Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron & Rupert Wyatt Also In The MixSo yeah, we sort of forgot about this one, but Warner Bros. has been trying to get a reboot of "The Twilight Zone" off the ground for a while now. Way back in 2008 Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife") was hired to write the script, and then last fall rising scribe Jason Rothenberg was brought on board the project. And that's pretty much all we heard about it. Well, it looks like the studio is aiming for some big names to take the reins.

Charlie Kaufman Says Zany, Outrageous 'Frank Or Francis' Is About "Online Film Criticism"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 30, 2011 8:19 AM
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But "In The Broadest Possible Sense Only"; We've Read It And Have Details On This Wonderfully Ambitious & Bizarre ScriptScreenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman is a busy man. After taking a detour to give a script polish on "Kung Fu Panda 2," the writer behind "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind" and the director of "Synecdoche, New York," is back at it in full force. The filmmaker has two scripts in the can: one, an untitled political satire that his old co-hort Spike Jonze is going to direct starring Joaquin Phoenix, and another that Kaufman will once again get behind the camera for called "Frank or Francis." We already know that it will star Nicolas Cage, Steve Carrell and Jack Black and that it's a satire of Hollywood where a film director feuds with a blogger.

Rooney Mara & Daniel Craig Shotgun Smoke In New Pics From 'The Girl From The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 7:43 AM
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So, was the nearly four-minute long "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" trailer not enough for you? Well, you should head over to local newstand and pick up the latest issue of Empire because they have a big feature story on David Fincher's film, and thanks to the magic of the interwebs you can check out the plethora of new pics from the movie/photo shoot now.

In Theaters: 'What's Your Number?' Does The Math With '50/50' & 'Dream House'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 30, 2011 6:58 AM
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I hope you've all iced your crotch punches from last weekend and are ready to get down to brass tax. Joseph Gordon-Levitt with cancer! Come on now, people, we've got to be SERIOUS, it's almost October after all. We need politics and drama and commentary, like in the scathing feminist critique of "What's Your Number?" (Lemme guess, Chris Evans is number 20 and she doesn't have to go over the socially acceptable limit of dudes effed). So put on the big boy or girl pants, this weekend we've got "50/50," "Dream House," "What's Your Number?" and "Take Shelter" hitting screens.

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