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First Look At Josh Brolin & Sean Penn Squaring Off In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 12:13 PM
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With a ridiculously stacked cast including Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and many more, in many ways this will be a big test test for "Zombieland" and "30 Minutes Or Less" director Ruben Fleischer. Working with a top shelf ensemble on a period picture, this is a number of firsts for the director, but as he tells EW (who has the first official still from the movie) that was what made it exciting for him.

David Gordon Green Says 'Freaks of the Heartland' Might Be An Animated; 'Suspiria' Remake "Really Close" To Happening

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 9, 2011 11:57 AM
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Exclusive: With his new gonzo babysitter movie "The Sitter" opening up this weekend, we got to sit down and talk with its director, the multitalented David Gordon Green, best known for raunchy studio comedy "Pineapple Express" and most beloved for bittersweet indie romance "All the Real Girls." During the conversation, we had to get the lowdown on a plethora of projects he's been linked to. So, read on for updates on "Suspiria," the recently announced time travel romance "Q," and, in typical David Gordon Green speak, a whole bunch of other shit (including how his comic book horror movie "Freaks of the Heartland" might be headed for animation).

Review: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' An Engaging, Entertaining Sequel Brimming With Charisma & Top Notch Action

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 9, 2011 11:28 AM
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If “Sherlock Holmes” was the first movie to properly capitalize on Robert Downey Jr.’s career resuscitation after “Iron Man” became a mega-success, then “A Game Of Shadows,” its follow up, is the first sequel to understand how to sustain his appeal without allowing him to eat away at the scenery. Taking an “if it ain’t broke…” attitude towards the original’s combination of snooty deduction, seismic action and borderline silly bromance, Guy Ritchie’s stylish over-plotting actually works to a film’s benefit for once, because it keeps Downey’s febrile charisma in check even as the film expands the visceral, intellectual and even political stakes of its Victorian-by-way-of-MMA universe.

Bradley Cooper Says Bad Timing & Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Leaving Led Him To Exit 'The Crow'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 9, 2011 11:21 AM
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When you think about Bradley Cooper (People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2011), one usually imagines the jerks he’s played in movies (“Wedding Crashers,” “The Hangover” movies) and it’s easy to picture him as a tool in real life. But then you see him in interviews, and he’s a really nice guy. It’s kind of annoying.

Review: Understated & Powerful Documentary 'Knuckle' Is A Knockout

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 9, 2011 10:57 AM
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Given the recent explosion of mixed martial arts in the last several years, it seems like a no-brainer that someone would make a documentary about real-life pugilists who don’t just fight but have a real, deep-rooted beef with one another. But Ian Palmer’s documentary “Knuckle” isn’t a celebration of competition, or even the chronicle of a journey some ambitious hopeful makes en route to victory, or even defeat; rather, it takes a long and in many ways tragic look at two warring Irish clans who have engaged in a rivalry for so long that they keep it going without ever knowing why, and certainly without considering stopping it. A chronicle of two intertwined family histories whose ongoing conflict is as raw and unrefined as the fists of the men who fight, “Knuckle” is an understated but powerful look at a world people know little about, in a way they’ve never seen before.

Ben Kingsley Will Play 'Ender's Game' With 'Hugo' Co-Star Asa Butterfield

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 10:53 AM
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Working with a young actor isn't always the easiest thing for established thesps like Ben Kingsley. Younger talent sometimes need more attention, and patience on set, as they are still cultivating the craft that veterans have honed into a finely turned art. But it seems that Kingsley got along smashingly with Asa Butterfield on the set of "Hugo," as he's now lined up a project to work with him again.

New Images Of Kirsten Dusnt & Jim Sturgess In 'Upside Down'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 9, 2011 10:35 AM
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It was almost a year ago that we showed you the first images from the sci-fi romance “Upside Down,” a film we’re particularly interested in starring Kirsten Dunst and “One Day” actor Jim Sturgess, and a project which Dunst recently referred to as "kind of like an accessible 'Brazil.’” Now, some more images have surfaced of the bright and cheery Sturgess courtesy of the fansite Jim Sturgess Online.

Review: 'Catch .44' Is Fully Loaded With '90s Crime Movie Clichés

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 9, 2011 9:57 AM
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"In The Tradition Of The Usual Suspects And Reservoir Dogs" proclaims the back of BluRay box of the copy we received. If only. The spirit may be willing, but the movie from writer and director Aaron Harvey is weak. Seemingly cobbled together out of leftover ideas from every movie that came in the wake of those aforementioned films, with a big debt owed to Quentin Tarantino, "Catch .44" is a bunch of stylistic choices looking for something resembling a movie to hang on to.
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Neil Marshall To Direct Horror Flick 'Hellfest'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 9, 2011 9:43 AM
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For some of us, including many of The Playlist’s own writing staff, “The Descent” director Neil Marshall is a purely hype-fueled helmer that never quite delivers on the promise of the former film or his chilling debut werewolf picture “Dog Soldiers.” For others, he’s a talent who has made two great genre pictures in the previously mentioned titles, then decided to step outside his comfort zone with the unofficial “Mad Max” homage “Doomsday,” along with the Michael Fassbender-starring Roman war flick “Centurion,” with both achieving varying degrees of success. Regardless of which camp you fall into, Marshall’s name has been floating around a handful of projects, from the Sam Raimi-produced 3D body horror film “Burst” to an ambitious foodie genre flick.

Paul Greengrass & Tom Hanks' Pirate Movie 'Captain Phillips' Sails Into Theaters On March 22, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 9:31 AM
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So, we guess it's happening then. First announced over the summer under its earlier title "Maersk Alabama" with Paul Greengrass to direct and Tom Hanks to star, not much was heard since and we began to wonder if it was yet another project stuck in development for the director. But nope, that's not the case at all as Sony has earmarked the film, now titled "Captain Phillips," for a March 22, 2013 release.

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