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New Posters and Images Debut For 'Goon' (No, Not 'The Goon')

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:19 AM
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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week is "Goon," a hockey comedy co-written by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen's writing partner Evan Goldberg, which, it should be noted, is not the David Fincher-produced animation adaptation of the Eric Powell comic book "The Goon" nor is it the two-part Kevin Smith hockey epic "Hit Somebody" (which will presumably be the "Che" of bawdy hockey comedies). What it is, as we noted when the red band trailer debuted, a mediocre-looking comedy about a hockey coach who recruits a thug (Sean William Scott) to stop a violence-prone opponent (Liev Schreiber), notable only for Schreiber's truly awesome mustache.

Tribeca Film Plans Theatrical/VOD Release for Tony Kaye's 'Detachment'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 7:40 AM
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'Black Water Transit' Still Never Coming Out

Review: 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975' is a Noble -- But Often Lacking -- Documentary

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 8, 2011 7:05 AM
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“The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975” is at pains to point out in its opening salvo that, in spite of chronicling one of the most divisive and contentious periods of American history, the movie is only relaying footage of the Black Power movement consistent with “how it was perceived by some Swedish filmmakers.” It’s a coy admission and a timid remit that betrays some of the film’s loftier purposes – for a documentary about volatile race relations in the late 1960s and their lasting marks on contemporary US society, it plays things, for the most part, extraordinarily safe. True enough, the unvarnished moments dredged up from footage that had lay dormant in Swedish archives for close to thirty years are essential viewing. And, without question, it’s a real thrill to see frank interviews with Stokely Carmichael and, in particular, Angela Davis (both at the time of her trial regarding murders committed by the Soledad Brothers, and in a recorded interview in 2010), though both could be the subject of their own documentaries individually. But in removing itself so totally from demarcating any contemporary relevance, other than a few tidbits from its more talkative latter-day contributors, the film risks slipping back into the same obscurity it’s just arisen out of – a shame, given its subject matter is indispensable.

Behind The Scenes: So 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' Started Out As A Lawsuit Against Mr. Brainwash?

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 8, 2011 6:31 AM
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So, the accepted wisdom is that street artist Banksy delivered a fantastic documentary last year entitled "Exit Through the Gift Shop," that had everybody talking about it as soon as it first debuted at Sundance. But the story didn't end there: even after garnering an Academy Award nomination and heaps of critical praise, a debate raged on for months as to whether the film was "real" or a hoax, partly because the story was too good to be true and partly because many assume anything that the prankster-ish Bansky does is disingenuous.

‘Human Centipede 2’ To Premiere At Fantastic Fest, Watch the First Trailer (If You Dare)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 6:06 AM
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Also: Look at This Weird Guy!

Steven Soderbergh Dances Around Retirement & Praises Jennifer Ehle In 'Contagion'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 8, 2011 5:30 AM
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Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle & Writer Scott Z. Burns Discuss Intense Virus ThrillerSteven Soderbergh’s new film “Contagion” depicts a scenario where a deadly virus breaks out across the globe, inspiring fear and paranoia among even close friends and relatives. In spite of the film’s portrayal of the threat, which is as deadly as it is invisible as it is ubiquitous, several of the members of the cast and crew, including Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle, and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns seemed unafraid to sit down next to one another at a recent Los Angeles press day. That said, Soderbergh admitted that he was more conscious of the potential threat of germs having made a film about their imminent danger.

‘The Thing’ Remake Yells "Boo!" In First Clip

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 4:50 AM
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The hype generator surrounding Universal’s pricey remake/reimagining/whatever of John Carpenter’s 1982 chiller “The Thing” (itself a remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World”) has been on the fritz lately. We first got a fairly impressive look at the movie way back at last year’s New York Comic Con. At that point the film was scheduled for an April 29th, 2011 bow, before getting pushed back considerably to the more Halloween-friendly slot of October 14th, 2011. While this new release date is right around the corner, only one trailer and a single mysterious poster for the flick had surfaced in recent months (though we’re just happy it’s a Halloween release that doesn’t feature home video footage of ghosts). Well, the hype generator seems to have been reengaged, with MTV (via Coming Soon) debuting the first stand alone clip from the movie.

Venice '11 Review: 'The Last Man On Earth' A Promising But Flawed Sci-Fi Tinged Italian Debut

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 8, 2011 4:35 AM
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It might seem, particularly after a summer at the multiplexes like the one that we've just had, that American culture is driven entirely by the comic book. But that's not quite true; superhero movies might be all the rage, but comic books themselves remain a relatively niche passion -- this July, only "The Amazing Spider-Man" sold more than 100,000 copies, and it remains tainted by associations of geekdom, generally confined to comics shops. In Europe, in particular France and Italy, things are different; it's almost impossible to walk into a paper stall or tabac without seeing a book like Blueberry, Largo Winch, Danger: Diabolik or Dylan Dog, and they're bought by readers from kids to the elderly.

David Gordon Green Says He Re-Envisioned 'Suspiria' Remake After Natalie Portman Did 'Black Swan'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 4:15 AM
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Eclectic Director Talks Horror Remakes That Got It RightFew horror films are as critically revered and fanatically adored as Italian director Dario Argento’s operatic 1977 shocker “Suspiria.” Centered on the witchy goings-on at a prestigious ballet school, it is largely considered one of the scariest movies of all time and served as the chief inspiration for Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated (and similarly nightmarish) “Black Swan.” The idea of remaking “Suspiria” is a daunting one, but that hasn’t deterred David Gordon Green -- the versatile director behind such disparate films as “All the Real Girls,” “Pineapple Express” and "Your Highness" -- from doggedly pursuing an updated version.

Will MTV Throw A Lifeline To Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 3:52 AM
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Could there be new life for the canceled and nearly forgotten graphic-novel-turned-TV-series "Locke & Key," which boasted a pilot episode directed by Mark Romanek? The answer is a resounding 'maybe'.

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