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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.

'Harold & Kumar Christmas' Director Todd Strauss-Schulson To Helm Brazil-Set Action/Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 2, 2011 2:23 AM
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The upcoming release of “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” is putting New Line in the giving spirit early this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has decided to take 'Harold & Kumar Christmas' director Todd Strauss-Schulson up on a pitch for a currently untitled action-comedy. Even better, Strauss-Schulson is set to helm the film as well.

Fantasia '11 Review: 'Bangkok Knockout' Delivers Awesome Action In An Otherwise Incompetent Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 1:57 AM
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In many ways "Bangkok Knockout" is the perfect film for Fantasia (or any other similarly themed genre fest), but let's be clear: the latest from "Ong Bak 2" and "Ong Bak 3" director Panna Rittikrai is terrible in almost every conceivable technical, narrative and aesthetic category. It's atrociously acted, with a derivative, absurd story shot with no real skill except in making sure that when two characters are speaking to each other, they are both in the frame. However, when it's time for the fights -- which are frequent, exciting and amazingly staged, Rittikrai is firmly in his element and the audience is in his hand. "Bangkok Knockout" is precisely the kind of film that needs to be watched with a vocal, appreciative Fantasia crowd cheering along with every astounding punch, flip and kick, if only to share the joy of the sequences and have somebody to ride out the tedium of everything else in between.

Alden Ehrenreich Joins Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 1:46 AM
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As far as Hollywood debuts go, few directors are as lucky as Park Chan-wook. With a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, Jacki Weaver and most recently, Lucas Till, Park has a heavy hitting array of talent coming to bat for him in a project that seems perfectly tuned to his sensibilities. And now, one of the final pieces of the casting puzzle is in place and a Coppola family regular continues his rising career with a spot in "Stoker."

Spike Jonze Has Directed "Otis" For Kanye West & Jay-Z

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 2, 2011 1:40 AM
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While things seemed to have been quiet for Spike Jonze since his 2009 adaptation of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director has been very busy in the last year or so, making a return to the sort of short form film projects and music videos that gave him his street cred. 2010 saw Jonze delivering the lovely short "I'm Here" and working with Arcade Fire on their “Scenes from the Suburbs” flick, while this year he co-directed the short “Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next),” made the memorable Beastie Boys action figure video "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and has a brewing Charlie Kaufman-penned feature with Joaquin Phoenix attached to star. But when Yeezy comes calling, you gotta pick up the phone.

Ryan Gosling Goes Pin-Up In New Poster For 'Drive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 1:24 AM
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Plus One-Sheets For 'Like Crazy' And 'The Three Musketeers'We're excited about "Drive" for many reasons: director Nicolas Winding Refn, the killer supporting cast, the badass trailer and the rave reviews. But FilmDistrict has quite sensibly put their biggest asset front and center of the domestic one-sheet: Ryan Gosling. We've tried to maintain our journalistic independence, but in the face of R-Gos's big blue eyes, we just turn to jelly, which is why the backs of our notebooks are full of drawings of our future wedding and attempts to practice our signature with his surname.

Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney's 'Wish List'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 2, 2011 1:21 AM
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It can be puzzling how A-list actresses make their choices, but you just have to remember that most of them get paid a lot of money to make movies that aren't very good. Take Reese Witherspoon. Since her well-deserved Oscar for "Walk the Line" in 2005 her box office record has been up and down, as for every "Four Christmases" or "Water For Elephants," there was a "Rendition" or "How Do You Know" -- and none of them have exactly been a critical darling. She keeps finding employment because her movies bring in the bucks, even if nothing she's made in the last few years has had any real substance.

Watch: Sam Worthington & Chloe Moretz In Moody Italian Trailer For 'Texas Killing Fields'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 1:01 AM
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The most surprising pick in the line-up of the Venice Film Festival was undoubtedly "Texas Killing Fields." The latest attempt from "Avatar" star Sam Worthington to return to non-tentpole territory, following the tepidly received "Last Night" and the long-delayed "The Debt," is a based-in-fact thriller revolving around a series of unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or disappeared since 1971, and marks the big-screen coming out party of Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of "Heat" director Michael Mann, who makes her directorial debut with the film.

Images From Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Comic-Con Footage Leak

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 12:49 PM
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Comic-Con wrapped up over a week ago so we're kind of surprised it's taken this long for this to happen, but some pretty grainy, lo-res but no less intriguing snaps from the "Prometheus" footage shown in San Diego have made it to the web, providing us our first look at Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba in the film.

Review: ‘The Whistleblower’ Plays More Like A Whisper

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 1, 2011 11:00 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from IFFBoston.

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