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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone To Team Up For 'The Tomb'?

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 12, 2012 9:04 AM
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Somewhere between “Get Carter” and “Shade” it seemed as though Sylvester Stallone’s career was over. Then, in 2006, he decided to revitalize the “Rocky” franchise and guess what? People loved it. A year later, he did the same with “Rambo.” Lightning doesn’t strike three times, right? It did for Stallone. He wisely left nothing to chance for the third go-around, and cast every B-movie action star for the mega action film “The Expendables.”

Watch: 'Friends With Kids' With Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox & Jon Hamm Turns Up The Charm In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 10:19 PM
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Though it was only about four months ago, TIFF feels like it was an entire lifetime away. A blur of movies, interviews and trying to find space in the schedule for a meal of actual food that wasn't a shame filled bag of popcorn, some M&Ms and a swimming pool of Coke, it's sometimes hard to recall what we saw or did. But there are always a few movies that stay in the memory, and Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends With Kids" is one of them.

James Badge Dale Gets Back In The Saddle For 'The Lone Ranger' As Dan Reid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 10:04 PM
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Before the whole budget crisis struck Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp's "The Lone Ranger," a cast was being lined up that included James Badge Dale. Well, even with the delays and budget cuts and generally worrying over how many hundreds of millions need to be spent on this, everyone who was on board previously -- Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter, etc. -- are back, and that list includes Mr. Dale, according to Deadline.

J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves Team For Bad Robot-Produced Action Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 7:08 PM
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Apparently Brad Parker, who has just made his debut on the Orin Pelli-produced post-apocalyptic thriller "The Diary of Lawson Oxford," left quite an impression. Variety reports he'll soon graduate to a much larger-scale action movie for Bad Robot and producers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. (Parker, a visual effects vet, directed second unit on Reeves' underrated gem "Let Me In.") The untitled actioner will be released by Paramount Pictures, with a script by Michael Gilio (one of a thousand people who wrote a draft of "Carter Beats the Devil").

Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2012 6:30 PM
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Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doesn’t seem to have done much for him. Clad in form-fitting jeans and tee-shirts, he still hangs out at the same ratty bars with his low-life former criminal acquaintances. It’s a character as walking, talking movie shorthand: we know what he was, what he is, and, likely, what he’ll have to become again.

'Drive' Star Albert Brooks Reflects On His Career & Working With Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, James L. Brooks & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 5:36 PM
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Over the weekend, the Film Society of Lincoln Center put on a special event, hosted by Scott Foundas, centered around "Drive" star Albert Brooks, who is earning strong Oscar buzz for his role as menacing mob boss Bernie Rose. The night took a unique (and, it should be noted, unexpected) approach by focusing on the roles that Brooks acted in, instead of the ones where he appeared in something that he had both written and directed. The night kicked off memorably with the beginning of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie," a clip that still plays well today (you could tell that much of the audience either hadn't seen the movie or had forgotten about it completely), and from there it was a wonderful look back through the years, from his breakthrough performances to his role in "Drive." 

Clove From 'Hunger Games' Joins Will & Jaden Smith In M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' (aka '1000 A.E.')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 5:23 PM
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Soon-to-be fifteen year old actress Isabelle Fuhrman is carving out quite a career for herself. She first came to notice as the creepy Esther in the horror flick "Orphan," went the indie route for "Salvation Boulevard" and this spring she'll feature in her first major tentpole with "The Hunger Games" playing Clove. And it looks like she's impressing the right people and she'll join one of the biggest movie stars on the planet -- and his son -- in another futurist tale.

Best Funeral Ever: Trailer For LCD Soundsystem Sundance Film 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 4:41 PM
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If it's a funeral...let's have the best funeral ever. So goes the tagline for the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up And Play The Hits" and it looks like it's going to be the most ass-shaking goodbye to a band we've seen in a while.

'Bridesmaids' Co-Star Wendi McLendon-Covey A Bit More Optimistic About Kristen Wiig Returning For 'Bridesmaids 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 3:31 PM
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Yes, it's the story that doesn't want to die. With word emerging that Universal was planning to move ahead with a "Bridsemaids" sequel without its co-writer and star Kristen Wiig, it seems everyone has an opinion. And most of that opinion is "it's a terrible idea." In fact, those were the words used by Melissa McCarthy when she was recently asked about making a followup without Wiig. But her co-star, Wendi McLendon-Covey -- who played the under-sexed, over-worked Rita -- is a bit more optimistic about things all working out.

Alexandre Desplat Reunites With Jacques Audiard, Scoring 'Rust And Bone' Starring Marion Cotillard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 2:45 PM
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While not much has been heard of the film so far, as we enter the new year, Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," his latest effort following the acclaimed "A Prophet," should start to gain some serious buzz. Indeed, the film is one of our most anticipated of year. And now there's one more reason to get excited.

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