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Review: Minor-Masterpiece Or Bloated Melodrama? 'Margaret' Could Be The Ultimate Argument Starter

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 28, 2011 8:21 AM
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A Point/Counter-Point Review Of Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Delayed Contentious Drama"Margaret" was a film that split those at The Playlist who saw it right down the middle with some of us hailing it as a near masterpiece, while others had some clear issues with Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited, sprawling drama. So, we have two reviews for you here. The first is a positive take from Drew Taylor and the second is a more critical look by the site's editor-in-chief.

'Gangster Squad' Targets The Oscars With October 19, 2012 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 8:13 AM
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If you had any doubt that period gangster movie starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte was awards season material, well Warner Bros. has made it official, giving the film a plum October 19, 2012 release date. We're sure organizers at TIFF, Telluride and Venice are already working the phones.

Dennis Christopher To Play Calvin Candie's Lawyer Leo Moguy In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 7:46 AM
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This bit of news seems to have been brewing for a bit -- we were recently tipped by a reader that he was in the running for a role -- but now it's all official as Variety reports that Dennis Christopher has joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

Robert Duvall Aims For 'One Shot' With Tom Cruise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 6:49 AM
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With the thriller "One Shot" gearing up to shoot very soon, the casting rounds continue and more excellent names continue to get added.

Melissa McCarthy & Paul Feig Project Titled 'Dumb Jock' & Talks New Project 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 6:29 AM
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Also Writing Dark Comedy With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor; Jon Hamm Says He Doubts Kristen Wiig Will Want To Do 'Bridesmaids 2'So just how scorching is the heat on Melissa McCarthy right now after her breakout turn earlier this year in "Bridesmaids"? Well, after taking the statue for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for "Mike & Molly" (a show wholly undeserving of her talents) at the Emmy's talk pretty much immediately began for an Oscar run for the actress. And while we'll believe it when we see it, that's just an indication of how universally beloved in a span of about four or five months. And Hollywood isn't wasting any time in making sure she has gigs lined up for her next hiatus from the CBS sitcom. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Judd Apatow are already developing a movie for her which may star Jon Hamm and she's got "ID Theft" lined up with Jason Bateman. And Judd Apatow also gave her a part in his forthcoming "This Is Forty." But believe it or not, that's not all.

Wes Craven Says 'Scream 4' Was First In New Trilogy & 'Scream 5' Is Likely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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Well, by most accounts, both critically and commercially, "Scream 4" was a dud. Even though it rounded up all the original players (that were still alive) from the first installment and paired them with a bunch of newcomers, the movie earned the lowest of any entry of the franchise to date and unlike its predecessors, it failed to crack $100 million worldwide. Still, despite the rough production which saw franchise creator Kevin Williamson scrapping it out with the Weinsteins (they later hugged it out) and changes by replacement screenwriter Ehren Kruger rumored to have soured some cast members, talk of a sequel is still rearing its head.

Emma Roberts & AnnaSophia Robb Will Talk In Colors Or Something In 'Anything But Ordinary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 4:46 AM
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Certainly, if you had to hitch your wagon to two rising actresses, you could do far worse than Emma Roberts and AnnaSophia Robb. Both of them have seen their place in Hollywood slowly moving on the uptick. Roberts has been quietly amassing a good body of work, dabbing mostly in indies like "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By" but also making a pit stop into a franchise with "Scream 4." Meanwhile Robb, was probably best known as Violet Beauregarde in Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" until earlier this year when she led the sleeper hit "Soul Surfer."

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.

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