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Russell Brand To Lead 'The President Stole My Girlfriend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 10:05 AM
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This isn't scientific or anything, and evidence still needs to gathered to turn this theory into a fact, but as Russell Brand's hair has become far less wild and as he's settled into a domestic life with his improbable wife Katy Perry, the man has gotten distinctly less funny. The witty, energetic comedian fell hard into the man-child stereotype with "Arthur," a movie that bizarrely took him away from the exact style of comedy that made him noteworthy. And now, it looks like yet again, Brand is ready to go Hollywood even if it means making him a completely anonymous comic actor.

'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:49 AM
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The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:25 AM
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If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 8:59 AM
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Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.
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Watch: Meryl Streep Gets Prime Ministerial In Full Trailer For 'The Iron Lady'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 5:19 AM
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Of everything this Oscar season, the biggest question mark has been "The Iron Lady." While most of the films in play made festival bows months ago, or have started screening for long-lead press by now, Phyllida Lloyd's biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, starring the equally legendary Meryl Streep, has been kept tightly under wraps, with only a brief teaser trailer showing how the film might turn out.

William Monahan Talks Making The "Subversive" 'London Boulevard' & The Influence Of 'Blow-Up'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 13, 2011 12:30 PM
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Looking at William Monahan’s body of work, it’s hard to determine which is more impressive, what he’s already done, or what he has coming up. “Kingdom of Heaven” was his first produced screenplay, and that was followed by Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner “The Departed” and Ridley Scott’s Middle East opus “Body of Lies.” He has a number projects in the works after the release of his directorial debut, “London Boulevard” -- starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley -- which arrives in theaters this weekend, and those include writing duties on “Sin City 2” for director Robert Rodriguez and “The Gambler” for Scorsese. The Playlist caught up with Monahan recently for a conversation about “London Boulevard,” and he offered a detailed, no-holds-barred portrait of his creative process, examining the film’s influences, artistic aspirations, and even some of its shortcomings. Additionally, he discussed the film in the context of his increasingly eclectic career, and talked about how he wants to continue to wear multiple hats as a screenwriter producer and director.

Watch: 3 New Clips From Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody's 'Young Adult'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • November 13, 2011 12:28 PM
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Despite whatever anti-"Juno" sentiments have cropped up over the last few years, most of us here at The Playlist are still pretty excited about the latest Diablo Cody penned Jason Reitman directed film, "Young Adult." The dark comedy stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, "the girl you hated in high school," and has been picking up solid reviews after a series of secret pop-up screenings across the country. Our reviewer managed to catch one and called it "unflinchingly funny." From the draft of the script we read last year, it's not going to be easy material for mainstream audiences to swallow, with Cody herself saying it had "elements of humor, but it's pretty serious and fucked up."

Weekend Box Office: 'Immortals' Scores Biggest Relativity Opening; 'Jack And Jill' Tumbles Into #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 13, 2011 11:58 AM
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Director & Actress Rie Rasmussen Says Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Will "Revolutionize" Hollywood

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 12, 2011 12:52 PM
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Earlier this week, The Playlist spoke with Rie Rasmussen, the model-turned-actress-turned writer/director/editor/producer. Best known to American audiences for her steamy makeout scene with Rebecca Romjin-Stamos in Brian De Palma’s “Femme Fatale,” Rasmussen has in recent years been carving out a new career behind the lens. Her short film, “Thinning the Herd,” traveled the festival circuit (and was up for a Palme d'Or at Cannes), and that was where the multitalented beauty first caught the eye of Quentin Tarantino.

The Films Of Lars von Trier: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2011 11:22 AM
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What with all his provocations and (usually) self-manufactured controversies, it's sometimes easy to forget that Lars von Trier is a truly gifted filmmaker, who yes, is a prankster and trickster as well, but also a man who imbues his characters with a rich sensitivity, even if the conditions they face can be cruel and harsh. Not all his films are masterpieces, but he's been turning heads at home and abroad for getting on 30 years now with films like "Europa," "Dancer in the Dark," "Breaking the Waves" and "Dogville" making some of the biggest waves internationally. Never easy watches, but always rewarding, he's slowly been assembling one of the most interesting back catalogues in recent memory -- ranging from period dramas to musicals to comedies -- even if accusations of misogyny and misanthropy aren't easily dismissable.

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