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Watch: Zac Efron Stalks A Girl Whose Picture He Saw In Iraq In Trailer For 'The Lucky One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 4:37 PM
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OH GOOD. ANOTHER MOVIE BASED ON A NICHOLAS SPARKS BOOK.  The man who has made a career and a fortune out of mining the same plot over and over and over again and is responsible for movies like "Dear John," "Nights In Rodanthe," "A Walk To Remember," "Message In A Bottle" and yes, "The Notebook," is back with "The Lucky One." Which is probably a not-so veiled reference to his success.

BRAAAM & Beats: Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams Are Music Consultants For The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 4:18 PM
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Damn son, the Oscars are going to get some serious swagger.

David Gordon Green “Embraces The Cliches” Of Mainstream Comedy; Says ‘The Sitter’ DVD Will Have Some Wild, Dark & Absurd Extras

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  • December 8, 2011 3:23 PM
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David Gordon Green is the rare (or odd-duck) director that has a preternatural understanding of both the poetic and the absurd. While his career is a head-scratcher to most, the first gift is clearly expressed in his early indie films (especially his Criterion-approved debut "George Washington" and "All The Real Girls") and the latter talent is evinced in his recent spate of studio-endorsed comedies which include “Pineapple Express” and “Your Highness.”

'Knuckle' Director Ian Palmer Talks Bringing The Documentary To TV, Reveals Vin Diesel Was Interested In Movie Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:58 PM
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Aside from maybe Errol Morris' "Tabloid," there is no story you'll see in a docmentary this year as astonishingly odd and visceral as that in Ian Palmer's "Knuckle." But unlike Morris' film, which centers on a single incident in the already quirky life of one woman, Palmer's film tracks the simmering real life feuds between multiple families that has deloved in an endless series of bare knuckle fights between warring members. In "Knuckle," Palmer weaves an incredible tale, captured from more than a decade's worth of footage he shot as an invited witness to the matches, centered around the Quinn-McDonaugh family of Irish travellers and their battles with the Joyce and Nevins clans. The film is raw, brutal stuff with men of all ages -- from lads barely out of their teenage years to grandfathers -- meeting every few months to settle a variety of scores in bloody bare knuckle fights on the backroads of Ireland.

Holly Hunter Joins Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut Which Isn't Called 'Lamb Of God' Anymore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:48 PM
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With "Young Adult" rolling into theaters this weekend, and the press tour of duty winding down, it looks like Diablo Cody can put her full attention back on her directorial debut, which has added a cast member but lost a title.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Forest Whitaker Will Direct & Star In Ugandan Child Soldier Tale 'Better Angels'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 8, 2011 2:24 PM
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Forest Whitaker isn't just an actor with thirty years experience in front of the camera, or an Oscar-winning movie star, but in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he also managed to carve out a second career as a director, debuting with the immensely successful "Waiting To Exhale" before going on to helm the Sandra Bullock vehicle "Hope Floats" and Katie Holmes-led "First Daughter."

Exclusive: Woody Harrelson's Bad Boy Cop Called A "Classic Racist" In Clip From 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:00 PM
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Featuring a sun stroked Los Angeles, boiling in the midst of various LAPD scandals that are sweeping the city, and led by a towering performance by Woody Harrelson, Oren Moverman's "Rampart" is a riveting portrait of a city and of one man trying to keep his head above water. But Date Rape Dave (the lovely sobriquet given to him by his colleagues) is no saint. His own vices and crooked approach to the job are begining to fester within him, and nearly everyone in his path is soon to be sucked into his whirlpool of self-loathing, shame, rage and fear.

'American Psycho' Is Getting A Remake Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 1:50 PM
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Fresh off the news of a remake of "Starship Troopers" for no good reason, here comes another terrible idea.

Poster For 'Perfect Sense' With Ewan McGregor & Eva Green Declares "Without Love There Is Nothing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 1:32 PM
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If the epidemic in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" could flat out kill you, in David McKenzie's "Perfect Sense" another virus is sweeping the land, but one that will disconnect you from your surroundings at the most primal level.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Gary Oldman Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 8, 2011 1:02 PM
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It's been a frequently repeated fact this year, but in case you didn't know, Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar. But in a way, why should he have been? The Academy Awards specialize, for the most part, in celebrating showy, look-at-me performances, impersonations of real people, or tear-jerking portrayals of crippling disease or disability. And Oldman has never been one of those actors. Oh, sure, he's capable of playing big and attention-grabbing -- "Bram Stoker's Dracula," say, or one of his villainous turns in the 1990s -- but even in the least of those films, he's always totally disappeared into the character with no sign of the man behind the curtain, no visible effort in the acting to be applauded. 

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