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Watch: New Trailer For 'Melancholia' Shows Off The Film's Gorgeous Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 9:22 AM
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While we weren't quite enraptured with Lars Von Trier's psychological disaster film when we saw it in Cannes, there are a few definite highlights to be enjoyed. Firstly, Kirsten Dunst gives the performance of her career in the film -- her Best Actress win at the festival was well deserved -- and the movie itself is utterly gorgeous, thanks in no small part to cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro. His first effort for Lars Von Trier is simply a knockout and as the opening montage of this latest trailer shows off, there is some tremendous work that will dazzle the eyes.

Martin Starr Says He Met With Judd Apatow, But Character Didn't Fit Into ‘Knocked-Up’ Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 9:08 AM
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Actor Says He's Still Plugging Away On Original Script With Comedienne Charlene YiPlaylist contrib Todd Gilchrist recently sat down with "Freaks and Geeks” alum Martin Starr to talk his role in this weekend's indie comedy, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.” When Starr wasn't discussing his dick, the film (he called it a "a sweet story about friends"), the joys of working with friends and the travails of the film industry, the comedic actor known for roles in "Freaks & Geeks," "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "Adventureland" and "Party Down" gave us a small taste of what was on the horizon.

'Shark Night 3D' Director David R. Ellis To Remake Yasuomi Umetsu's Anime 'Kite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 8:39 AM
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Well, by all accounts, including ours, "Shark Night 3D" is awful but honestly, what did you expect from the guy who kickstarted his career directing "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" and went on to make such classics as "Cellular," "Final Destination 2" and "Snakes On A Plane." If "Shark Night 3D" proved anything, the director can deliver a thriller or horror movie with a PG-13 rating on a budget. So we presume those are the reasons he landed this gig which will find him de-fanging a controversial anime film.

Watch: Behind-The-Scenes 'Battleship' Clip Tries To Prove Rihanna Is A Naval Weapons Specialist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 7:39 AM
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The movie doesn't come out until next spring, so we're not sure why Universal is getting a behind-the-scenes look at "Battleship" out so early, or why they've chosen to do it when most people are on vacation and/or headed back to school. But their marketing department gets paid the big bucks to make these kinds of decisions so they probably know what they're doing, but it seems the first order of business is getting us to believe Rihanna is a woman in uniform in this movie.

In Theaters: 'Shark Night 3D,' or 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'?

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 2, 2011 7:21 AM
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Feel that morning chill? That's right, it's undoubtedly September, and film fans should be rejoicing. Goodbye and good riddance, August 2011, you were not one of those Augusts that defied the stereotype as the summer dumping ground. In the past few years, auteurs like Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds") boldly ventured into the month of August with varying degrees of success, and many hailed these maneuvers as groundbreaking for August's status. Well... August 2011 promptly set all right again with the dismal releases we've experienced.

Venice '11 Review: Jet Li's 'The Sorcerer & The White Snake' Is Wuxia-Lite, With Bad Action & CG

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2011 6:54 AM
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It might have a highbrow reputation (something anyone who's caught one of the sidebars can confirm), but that doesn't mean that the organizers of the Venice Film Festival don't like to watch a little ass get kicked sometimes. Last year, in fact, was something of a banner year for action at the festival, with "13 Assassins" and 'Detective Dee' in competition, and "Machete," "The Town," "Reign of Assassins" and "Legend of the Fist" all playing out of it. 2011 is a little lighter on the chop-socky, but there is a single film that's here to let film critics scratch their face-punch itch, and that's the Jet Li vehicle "The Sorcerer & The White Snake." Directed by Tony Ching, who not only helmed the classic "A Chinese Ghost Story," but also served as action director/choreographer on the high octane likes of "Shaolin Soccer," "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," so expectations were high that at the very least that we'd see some spectacular fight sequences, and possibly even something that transcends the genre, as "13 Assassins" did last year.
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Michel Gondry's 'We & The I' Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 6:19 AM
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During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, "The We & The I."It's [about] kids on a bus...it's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated," he said in somewhat convolutedly. "Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

Roman Coppola's Next Film Is Called 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 2, 2011 5:12 AM
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'Beginners' & 'Tanner Hall' Composer Roger Neil Writing ScoreLate last year, during the press rounds for "Somewhere," we spoke to Sofia Coppola, who was tight-lipped, but gave us a little teaser bit of info and a bit of hope: her brother Roman Coppola was finally working on a new film. “He’s working on something new,” she told us coyly. Something he would writing and directing again we asked? “Yeah, he’s working on a script that he put together.”

Listen: Scarlett Johansson Covers "Bonnie & Clyde" With Lulu Gainsbourg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 4:16 AM
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In the annals of actors-turned-musicians, Scarlett Johansson is actually better (and more underrated) than most. Her album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, is actually pretty good and in the various compilations or soundtracks she has contributed to Johansson is keenly aware that while she doesn't have a particularly broad range, her strength lies in her woozy, sexy, husky delivery and with that, she does quite well with it.

'Abduction' Soundtrack Can't Steal A Good Song, Features Lenny Kravitz, Train & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 3:46 AM
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Music supervision is a tricky business. It's a careful balance of working with a filmmaker in choosing songs that will be effective their movie, while in many cases, also ensuring it will be something that will appeal to the intended audience. It's a strange sort of curation but when it works well, everyone is happy. Say what you will about the "Twilight" soundtracks but they have been a savvy blend of tunes that courted both Twihards and those would couldn't care less about the franchise. All of which brings us to "Abduction," Taylor Lautner's first stab at a leading-man action role, and the music chosen for the movie is a pretty bizarre mix, to the say the least.

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