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Watch: Björk Co-Directs Video For 'Moon' In Which She Has Orange Hair & Plays A Belt Harp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 4:33 AM
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The other day a friend told us that they would be interested in Lady Gaga if her music was anywhere near as ambitious as her outrageous clothing. Certainly, for someone like Björk -- who famously made a statement with her swan dress at the Oscars and released an album of ambitious acapella jams -- a lack of adventurousness in both clothing and songwriting, is not an issue.

Christian Bale Looks Pensive In Poster For Oscar Contending 'The Flowers Of War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 3:48 AM
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While Christian Bale has taken a break from the big screen in 2011, that's only because he's been busy getting some more movies in the can. Of course, there is next summer's blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" which is currently filming but before he headed back to Gotham this summer, Bale took an interesting detour that found him starring in the latest from Zhang Yimou, "The Flowers Of War."

Review: British Urban Melodrama 'Broken Lines' With Paul Bettany Falters, Fails To Convince

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 26, 2011 3:11 AM
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There’s a familiar, some would say endless, argument about the British film industry: that the films it produces are essentially afraid of tackling the present and pressing contemporary issues. British directors, or at least the companies that finance their films, have rarely tried to engage with the shock of the now, and instead remain happy to retreat into a comfortable, mindless and nostalgic past that probably never existed in the first place. The recent riots that rocked the capital, for instance, or the fall-out from the News International hacking scandal are subjects less likely to be turned into a feature film than, say, something like “Notting Hill 2,” or any another mythological and monocultural representation of London or -- God forbid -- one of the country's other major cities. Occasionally someone comes along with a stick and pokes the ruling classes in the eye (think “The Shooting Party” or “Gosford Park”) but screenplays penned by Julian Fellowes can hardly be considered the stuff of breath-taking dynamism. When the Brits aren’t churning out benign pictures about a benign royal dynasty (hello, “The Queen” and “The King’s Speech”) or enlisting scads of former theatre directors (Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Nicolas Hytner, Sam Mendes) to blandly recreate their deferential attitude towards bland material, they make shockingly poor gangster pictures that would make even a hack like Guy Ritchie blush.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Michael Mann's HBO Drama 'Luck' Starring Dustin Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:50 AM
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As if we're already having enough trouble keeping up with HBO's ridiculously stacked lineup of programming (this writer is still catching up on the first season of "Boardwalk Empire") here comes another show that is definitely going to be added to our Must Watch pile.
More: Luck

Michael K. Williams Says 'Django Unchained' Role Looks Good To Go

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:30 AM
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Says He'll Co-Star In 'Sparkle' Remake With Whitney Houston & Cee-Lo Green; R. Kelly Doing The SoundtrackIt was just under a week ago that Michael K. Williams first revealed that while he lost out on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming "Django Unchained," that the director might be writing a new part for him. Well, as the actor continues to do the rounds to promote the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" (the first episode aired last night), he's becoming much more chatty and confident about his prospects for 'Django.'

Watch: Trailer For Don Coscarelli's 'John Dies At The End' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:20 AM
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It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since genre favorite Don Coscarelli delivered the outrageous "Bubba Ho-Tep." That film which pit Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell, of course) and JFK (Ossie Davis, naturally) against an Egyptian mummy was a hit, and while an idea for a sequel, "Bubba Nosferatu," knocked around for a while, it never really panned out. However, fans take heart as Coscarelli is back with a brand new feature and his flair for the weird is still very much intact.

Review: Seann William Scott's 'American Loser' Fails To Make Sense Of A Fractured Life

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 26, 2011 2:06 AM
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There’s a vague sense of cruelty to the direct-to-DVD market, which is used to solely accommodate cheap genre products, but more often seems like a dumping ground for unusual niche projects that die a slow death on the festival circuit. They usually get treated much like the aptly titled “American Loser,” a dramatic half-comedy with Seann William Scott that went through a number of title changes before being dumped onto the market. The film now carries a title that not only insults the lead character, and by extension Scott (who has experimented a few times in risky projects that ended up with negligible releases), but it cravenly attempts to exploit the brand name for which he is known, “American Pie.”

Alan Tudyk Says He's Lending His Voice To An Upcoming Pixar Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 26, 2011 1:43 AM
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Plus Actor Reveals Details Of His Character In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterThe words "terminally undersung" and "Alan Tudyk" are almost inseparable. The actor has been a familiar presence on screen for a decade, cropping in the likes of "28 Days" and "Wonder Boys," before going on to geek stardom with a big role in "Firefly." Since then, he's developed a deeply eclectic career, mixing comedy like "Dodgeball" and "Knocked Up" with more serious performances like "3:10 to Yuma" or his surprisingly badass villain in "Dollhouse," and even playing a performance-capture android in "I, Robot." He's someone that we're always happy to see on screen, and we're delighted that he's about to be seen in theates in a rare lead role, in the surprisingly enjoyable horror-comedy "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" (a film that has quietly managed to get a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

Watch: 7 Clips From 'Real Steel' Take You Into The World Of Robot Boxing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 1:17 AM
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It seems as if the hype has been building for months, but next week, DreamWorks will finally put its fall blockbuster contender "Real Steel" in the ring and it will be up for audiences to decide if they want to go toe-to-toe with a movie about robot boxing.

Israeli Actress Ayelet Zurer Replaces Julia Ormond As Superman's Mom In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2011 11:20 AM
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With "Man Of Steel" currently in the midst of production, director Zack Snyder has made a little casting change.

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