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Watch: Weird, B-Movie Style Trailer For Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 6:23 AM
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So, will Francis Ford Coppola's remix-ready gothic horror pic "Twixt" be a game changer or simply another B-movie with above average talent? Judging by the first trailer for the film -- which is the same footage they showed at Comic-Con just over a week ago -- it looks like it's somewhere in between.
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'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

Brit Marling Reportedly Eyes Tom Cruise's 'One Shot' & Redford/LaBeouf Pic 'The Company You Keep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 5:20 AM
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Allegedly Turned Down Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' To Focus On 'The East'There is no mistaking it -- Brit Marling is having a moment. Arriving at Sundance earlier this year with two films, “Another Earth” and “Sound Of Your Voice,” performing triple duties on each film -- acting, writing and producing -- she soon saw major buzz surround both works, with Fox Searchlight picking up rights for the pair, and the former flick earning two prizes for director Mike Cahill. Certainly not a bad way to make your entrance into Hollywood and like Noomi Rapace and Jennifer Lawrence in 2010, this year Marling seems to be the new actress that everyone wants to have a piece of. It looks like everyone is back from summer vacation and with numerous films gearing up to start shooting this fall, it seems Marling's agent has been fielding several calls.

Review: 'Bellflower' A Burnt-Out, Bloody, Brave Debut

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 2, 2011 5:06 AM
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Fresh from a warm reception at Sundance, Evan Glodell’s “Bellflower” arrives as a turbo charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo. A burnt-out, bloody, brave debut, “Bellflower” rides out the fallout from a relationship to a stomach-churning conclusion…or does it? It’s a fine balancing act, as Glodell’s Woodrow charms the live wire Milly (Jessie Wiseman), loses her, and then rages – first impotently, then with the aid of a flamethrower and Medusa, a muscle car from hell.

Cannes Sensation 'The Artist' To Make North American Premiere At Montreal World Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 4:45 AM
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The world of international film festivals is one of stature, as organizers and curators from Cannes to Toronto to Melbourne to beyond jockey and jostle for position, hoping to snag the big premieres that will add star power and prestige to their city and event. The way it generally falls is that Cannes, Venice and Toronto are at the top of the heap with everyone else picking up the remainders. In that vein, the Montreal World Film Festival has struggled for years. Certainly, the city is not wanting in film festivals with FIFA, Fantasia, Festival du Nouveau Cinema and Cinemania crowding up the calendar throughout the year and frankly, MWFF has been somewhat left behind in recent iterations. Certainly not as glamorous as TIFF and mostly centered around also-rans from other festivals, it has struggled to be relevant, but this year could see a big change in momentum.

More Photos From Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo' Including A First Look At Scarlett Johannsson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 4:19 AM
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Can you tell that Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" is on the way? With TIFF and Venice now just around the corner, we presume that his first feature film in six years will soon be added to the lineups of one or both festivals, as the press train is now beginning to pick up some major steam. Following news over the weekend that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi will be scoring the film, a batch of new images have emerged for the upcoming dramedy.

Mark Wahlberg Out, Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro Looking In For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 3:40 AM
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Are BFFs Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell having trouble? Are there problems in the house that "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Fighter" built? Nah, it's nothing more than routine scheduling issues but it looks like the two best bros and frequent collaborators won't be reteaming for "The Silver Linings Playbook" -- but one of the earliest names attached the film has returned.

Frank Grillo Joins 'Gangster Squad' & 'End Of Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 3:19 AM
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Wait, who? While the name Frank Grillo might be not familiar yet, Hollywood has certainly taken a shine to the actor lately. Best known for his stint on the shortlived ABC series "The Gates" (or for his role as Jessup on the daytime soap "The Guiding Light") Grillo has been earning strong buzz for his role as Joel Edgerton's trainer in the upcoming "Warrior" and has already knocked out a performance in Stephen Frears' "Lay The Favorite." Well, Grillo is going to spend the rest of 2011 working on two high-profile pictures adding some serious meat to his scattered IMDB page.

Review: 'Perfect Age' A Loving Tribute To The Spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 2, 2011 2:59 AM
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Rock ‘n’ roll dramas don’t have it easy – they are permanently walking a tightrope above a long-way-down precipice. Make it all the way across, and you have "Almost Famous," slip and its 2001’s "Rockstar." Scott Rosenbaum’s "The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll" may occasionally stumble into lead-footed plotting, but the cast and an unexpectedly poignant conclusion rescue the film from drifting into obscurity.
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David Dobkin Says 'The Change-Up' Isn't Exactly 'Face/Off' Or 'Freaky Friday'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 2, 2011 2:36 AM
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CGI Babies, The Freedom Of The R-Rating & More We Learned From Jason Bateman & Ryan Reynolds About the Body-Switching ComedyThis weekend sees the release of another candidate for the R-rated comedy of the summer: bro-rific body-switcheroo film “The Change-Up.” Starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, the story centers on two friends living polar opposite lives; Bateman as Dave, a family man and lawyer on the rise, and Reynolds as Mitch, his best friend, who makes a meager living as an actor, but mostly uses his charisma and physique to bang anything with two legs. After a night of drinking the two friends -- ahem -- relieve themselves, in what they will soon learn is a magical fountain, and the next morning wake up to find that they've switched bodies, and consequently, lives.

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