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First Look: Caleb Landry Jones In Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 7, 2011 10:23 AM
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After pulling together an exciting young cast (and Malcolm McDowell), we now have our first look via Twitch at Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," a fascinating sci-fi pic that will surely do his father proud.

Tom Hiddleston Describes The "Wounded Soul" Of Loki & Ralph Macchio, Toby Kebbell & More Chat At NYC Premiere Of 'War Horse'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 7, 2011 10:05 AM
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Much of the cast of Steven Spielberg's new epic "War Horse" will be unrecognizable to mainstream American audiences (save for Emily Watson and David Thewlis) -- and that is by design. The director didn't want the distraction of recognizable people in his lead parts, so he instead plugged in a lot of up-and-comers, especially unknowns who had never acted before. And as The Playlist learned at the Sunday night premiere of "War Horse" at New York's Lincoln Center, based on their upcoming projects, they won't remain unknown much longer.

William Hurt Joins 'The Host' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 7, 2011 9:45 AM
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With 'The Twilight Saga' wrapping up next November with 'Breaking Dawn – Part 2,' Stephenie Meyer fans will no doubt be tweaking for more fantastically romantic/yet slightly scary cinematic adaptations of her work. They’re in for a treat because less than six months after the last ‘Twilight’ movie comes out, Meyer’s latest novel, “The Host,” comes to life on the big screen on March 29, 2013.

Summit Set For 'The Bitter Pill'; Steven Soderbergh Explains Why We'll Never See His Aussie Flick 'Michael Gregg'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 7, 2011 9:23 AM
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After battling it out with Paramount and then later becoming the frontrunner, it looks like Summit Entertainment are now in final negotiations to board the latest collaboration between Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns with "The Bitter Pill."

Juno Temple & Wes Bentley Join Porn Star Biopic 'Lovelace'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 7, 2011 9:04 AM
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Juno Temple has been on the verge of breaking out for quite a while. This year’s “Dirty Girl” should have been a big moment for her, but it didn’t get much of a release by the Weinstein Company. But not to worry, as Christopher Nolan is going to shine a spotlight on her in next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” This winter, though, Temple will be filming “Lovelace,” the biopic of the infamous porn star, playing the best friend of Linda Lovelace, a role earmarked for Amanda Seyfried. “American Beauty” actor Wes Bentley has also joined the film, and will take on the role of Linda’s second husband, Larry Marchiano.

Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Provides Worthwhile Thrills In A Disappointingly Unimaginative Package

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 7, 2011 7:30 AM
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“Mission: Impossible” is that rarest of franchises, where it seems unnecessary, or even irrelevant, to compare one installment to another. Because each film was shepherded into existence by a different filmmaker, and in all cases by one branded an “auteur,” they all seem to exist independently, demonstrating strengths and weaknesses none of the others have. And “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” falls perfectly in line with its predecessors: helmed by Brad Bird, whose combination of brisk action and humanizing comedy made Pixar’s “The Incredibles” such a winner, the fourth film is its own entity, a bemusing but visceral thriller that ups the series’ stakes while staying true to its core concepts. But bereft of the unifying concept each of the previous films had – or depending on one’s opinion, that they lacked – 'Ghost Protocol' is a fun but mostly empty adventure story that operates with the rote predictability of a middling ‘90s James Bond movie rather than a benchmark-setting actioner or even seasonal “event movie.”

Paramount Angling To Get Michael Bay To Direct 'Transformers 4,' Could Start Shooting Winter 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2011 9:13 PM
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Update: Michael Bay has hit the Shooting For The Edit forums to address rumors about "Transformers 4," and for now, he says that's all they are: "Studio's are passing rumors but I'm not sure what I'm doing? I know I'm going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that's it for right now. I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks."

'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins Exits 'Thor 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2011 7:31 PM
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It looks like Marvel can't hold on to a director for "Thor 2." First, "Game Of Thrones" helmer Brian Kirk was hired and left shortly after, then a somewhat controversial choice arrived in the form of "Monster" director Patty Jenkins. A woman (gasp!) who hadn't made a feature in eight years, and who moreover didn't seem to have the kind of experience needed for a superhero movie (though the same could have been said experience-wise about Kenneth Branagh). Anyway, picky fanboys will be relieved.

So, There's Going To Be A 'Grown Ups 2' Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2011 7:12 PM
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Is this the sound of Sony and Adam Sandler panicking? The funnyman's latest entry in low brow, corporate sponsored hilarity, the dreadful "Jack & Jill" was his worst box office outing since "Little Nicky." With only $76 million worldwide, it's his first effort in eons not to cross $100 million and for a movie that cost in the neighborhood of $80 million (it certainly wasn't spent on prosthetics) that's not a good thing. So what do you do to get back on the horse? Make a sequel of course.

A Sequel To 'The Lincoln Lawyer' On The Way In Addition To The TV Series

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 6:05 PM
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As the year comes to a close and we look back at the cinematic smorgasbord that 2011 was, it's easy to overlook movies as little and competent as "The Lincoln Lawyer," Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling Michael Connelly novel that starred Matthew McConaughey as a slippery LA lawyer who does business out of his town car. Did it push the medium in bold new directions? No, but it was a really solid thriller, one that didn't insult your intelligence or treat you like a small, sugar-riddled child. It was announced at the end of the summer that the movie would be turned into a weekly series for ABC, with the participation of Connelly and the film's writer John Romano, back for more. But it looks like we'll be getting even more of lawyer Mickey Haller, as Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns recently announcd on CNBC (via Deadline) that there will be a big screen sequel too.

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