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Review: 'Detective Dee' Underwhelms As A Boilerplate Wuxia/Noir Mix

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 31, 2011 5:20 AM
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The press notes for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" refer to the prolific director Tsui Hark as a “genre master”. Complimentary at first glance, the phrase takes on shades of damning praise when it comes to 'Detective Dee,' an overstuffed period mystery with all the trappings of a wuxia epic. Wuxia, originally a literary tradition that came to silver screen prominence in the early 20th century, blossomed in the 80s and 90s, with celebrated directors like Zhang Yimou delivering films that captivated a world audience. It’s fair to say Ang Lee is responsible for awakening mainstream American interest in the genre with 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” “Detective Dee” has none of the pedigree that elevates “Hero” or even 'Crouching Tiger,' but it does feature a compelling performance by superstar Andy Lau (who American viewers may best remember from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s “Infernal Affairs”, later remade by Martin Scorsese into "The Departed").
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Olivia Munn Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 4:31 AM
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With all the hunky slabs of man meat set to appear in Steven Soderbergh's male stripper pic "Magic Mike," it looks like the dudes will get some eye candy of their own. Sort of.

So, Shia LaBeouf & Marilyn Manson Collaborated On A Book & Short Film Titled 'Born Villain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:55 AM
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When Shia LaBeouf isn't dodging Transformers, he's likes to exercise his artistic muse. Earlier this year, he directed a video for Kid Cudi and as he gears up to team with Robert Redford in "The Company You Keep," the young actor has taken another surprising detour, collaborating with former shock-rocker Marilyn Manson on a forthcoming book and short film entitled "Born Villain." Huh. The project will feature a book of photographs taken by LaBeouf and his girlfriend Karolyn Pho, accompanied by a short film starring Manson and directed by the LaBeouf. Any more details seem to be held up pretty tight, but here's LaBeouf's statement about the project:

Paul Dano Will Play A Young Karl Rove In Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:53 AM
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Last fall, a project burbled up to the surface entitled "College Republicans." Penned by Wes Jones -- and making the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays -- the project was gaining some heat with Richard Linklater rumored for the director's chair and Shia LaBeouf apparently sniffing around the lead role. Well, nearly a year has passed and the film is coming together with a few changes to the lineup.

Dan Aykroyd Decides To Milk Another Franchise, 'Blues Brothers' To Become 'Glee'-Esque TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:07 AM
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Well, since Bill Murray isn't returning his calls about "Ghostbusters 3," Dan Aykroyd is continuing to go all George Lucas in the second half of his career, and isn't content with shitting on the legacy of one just franchise. Nope, he's gonna now drag "The Blues Brothers" through the mud.

Review: 'Love Exposure' Is Four Hours Of Madhouse Kink

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 31, 2011 2:24 AM
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Sion Sono‘s “Love Exposure” is a film that, upon its conclusion, feels as if you’ve spanned the globe to tell its narrative. So broad is its scope -- addressing topics like religion, incest and murder -- that the film never once seems like its staying in one place, so hyperactive and eager to stimulate. Sion, who grows with each new picture, has begun to resemble a more mature sibling to fellow countryman Takashi Miike, not ignoring narrative so much as sliding it to the side, creating a believable marriage between absurd form and weighty content.

Ben Whishaw Reveals He Plays A Woman In 'Cloud Atlas'; Says Cast Is Swapping Gender/Race For Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 2:10 AM
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Reps Admit Actors Is In Discussions For 'Bond 23'"It’s very clever what [the directors are] gonna try and do. I’m really really really excited about it,” Jim Sturgess recently teased us about "Cloud Atlas." “I think it’s going to be bonkers, it’s either going to work or it’s not. I’m really excited to see if we can pull it off, because it’s ambitious what they want to do."

Dwayne Johnson & Taylor Lautner To Do Battle As 'David And Goliath'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 1:41 AM
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Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner? Sure, that's the kind of bicep and pec showdown any producer would love to have, particularly if your names happen to be Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Watch: Terrible 'The Double' Trailer Reveals Every Twist Of The Plot

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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If you like going into your Richard Tiffany Gere and Christopher John "Topher" Grace (together at last!) buddy movies unspoiled, try avoiding any upcoming promotional material for "The Double," because the trailer that has debuted over at Apple has no qualms about sledgehammering its various plot turns into your consciousness with all the subtlety of a massive, unexpected coronary. The film -- which is not that Jesse Eisenberg/Richard Ayoade Dostoevsky adaptation you’ve been hearing about -- pits two of Hollywood’s dullest acting talents against each other in what appears to be a ludicrous combination of Michael Mann’s “Heat” and Sally Field’s performance in “Sybil.”

Alan Dale A Late Addition To Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo'; Movie To Premiere At Stockholm Film Fest?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 1:03 AM
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With the release date for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" looming about four months from now, director David Fincher is working down to the wire to get the film in the can. From what we've heard, he's recently been in the midst of a few weeks of reshoots on the film which likely explains why Variety is reporting that longtime character Alan Dale has joined the story as a detective nearing retirement. Whether this is a new role or if Dale is stepping in for another thesp who couldn't make the grade (or maybe make the reshoots) we guess we'll find out soon enough, but if you want a reliable face who can deliver gravitas in his sleep, this is the guy you want.

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