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'Vamps' Poster Says "Nice Girls Suck," Belongs In Another Decade

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 7, 2011 8:52 AM
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MTV’s Hollywood Crush debuted the poster for writer-director Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps,” which stars Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver. Looking like a cross between the book cover of a “Twilight” knockoff and the poster for a ‘90s horror thriller like “Poison Ivy” or even “Fright Night Part II,” it does little to inspire an unquenchable thirst to see this film.
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Star Abigail Breslin Joins Sex Comedy 'Virgin Mary'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 7, 2011 8:28 AM
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Perhaps still best known as the potbellied pageant princess in “Little Miss Sunshine,” Abigail Breslin has spent the better part of the last decade growing up on screen. From her precocious young character in the Ryan Reynolds-starring “Definitley, Maybe,” to the anarchic youngster in “Zombieland,” Breslin has proven to have something a lot of the Disney approved tween set are lacking: range.

Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Mark Ruffalo & Tim Robbins 'Kids Are All Right' Writer's 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2011 8:26 AM
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Stuart Blumberg's career really took off last year. While the screenwriter did have good credits to his name (the terminally underrated teen comedy “The Girl Next Door,” and "Keeping the Faith," starring his good friend Edward Norton), he wasn't exactly a household name. By the end of the year, that would all radically change and he became the acclaimed screenwriter behind Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," and shortly thereafter he had earned himself his first Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

Review: 'Talihina Sky' Offers A Fractured, Muddled Look At The Kings of Leon

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • September 7, 2011 8:07 AM
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For a film that appears to have unfettered access to the band Kings of Leon, Stephen C. Mitchell's "Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon" offers little cohesive insight into either the band or the forces that shaped the group and their music. The members of Kings of Leon -- brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill, along with their cousin Matthew -- were first catapulted into the public eye in the U.K., and mainstream American success wouldn't come until 2008's Only by the Night. Mitchell's documentary seems to have been made at some point during those key years, and zeroes in on a Talihina, Oklahoma family reunion (the band members hail from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee).

Seth Rogen Confirms He Won't Be In Judd Apatow's 'Knocked-Up' Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2011 7:48 AM
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Actor Says His (Co-)Directorial Debut 'Jay and Seth vs. Apocalypse' Shoots In FebruaryOk, the speculation can end. Earlier this year when producer/writer/director Judd Apatow announced he was making a “Knocked Up” spin-off film that would focus on the married couple in the film played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, many assumed and or hoped, that we'd also be seeing the two leads of that comedy, Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl.

Keith Richards' 'Life' Autobiography Being Made Into A Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 7:23 AM
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Is there anyone fucking cooler than Keith Richards? Trick question, because the answer is: no. One half of the legendary Glimmer Twins, the legendary axeman who by all accounts should have died multiple times by now, is simply one of the most influential rock 'n roll musicians of the last half century and more. And it's not just his unique style (and lifestyle) that legions have followed, but his life is the stuff of myth. Last year, Richards spilled the beans on his life in his extremely well received, best-selling autobiography last year "Life" and surprise, surprise, a biopic is already in the works. However, it's very early days.

DreamWorks & Fox Team Up For Steven Spielberg's Expensive ‘Robopocalypse’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 6:13 AM
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By now, you should know the formula: Steven Spielberg generally (with a few exceptions) follows his Oscar bait, dramatic pictures with blockbuster popcorn stuff. Hell, this year alone (in a span of a few months) we'll get dazzling, animated, comic adaptation "The Adventures of Tintin" followed by the WWI story "War Horse." This fall Spielberg will finally shoot his long-gestating dream project "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead, but after that? It's back to making some of the best multiplex entertainment out there.

Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig Will Be 'Revenge For Jolly!'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2011 5:53 AM
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Actors Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, David Rasche, Kevin Corrigan, Garret Dillahunt, Bobby Moynihan, and Gillian Jacobs are all part of the recently wrapped “Revenge For Jolly!” directed by short filmmaker Chadd Harbold and starring Brian Petsos. How does a project with this many big names go unannounced and under the radar? Well, it's a indie and the the debut film of Atlas Independent, the newly-formed affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainmenta company that focuses on development and production of films budgeted under $10 million (Roven known by fans as one of the producers of Christopher Nolan's Batman series).

Venice '11 Review: 'The Exchange' An Odd, Half-Interesting Follow Up To 'The Band's Visit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 5:21 AM
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"The Band's Visit" was something of a runaway success when it started doing the rounds in 2007. The feature debut of Israeli director Eran Kolirin, it told the story of an Egyptian police orchestra who become stranded in an Israeli desert town. Warm and witty, it became the best-reviewed foreign film of 2008, and was controversially denied the chance to be Israel's Oscar entry because of the rule that no more than 50% of films' dialogue can be in English. It's taken Kolirin a little time to follow it up, but that sophomore film has arrived, premiering today in Venice, and it's a definite about-turn from its predecessor.

Lars Von Trier Can't Stop Talking About Nazis; Isn't Sure 'The Five Obstructions' Will Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 4:55 AM
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Before Lars Von Trier left Cannes this spring, banned from ever attending again due to his unfortunate comments during the "Melancholia" press conference, the director made waves for a much more positive reason. It was announced that he was teaming with Martin Scorsese to do another version of "The Five Obstructions" with reports indicating it would shoot in early 2012.

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