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The Small Screen: Patricia Clarkson Awesomely Cast As Ron Swanson's First Ex-Wife In 'Parks & Rec'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 1:17 AM
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To fill in for those of you who haven't watched "Parks and Recreation" (and really, you're running out of excuses at this point -- we did call it the best thing on television earlier in the year), the show's break-out character is Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the libertarian, meat-loving head of the titular government department in Pawnee, Indiana. The character has two ex-wives, both named Tammy (also the name of his mother), but, to date, we've only met the second, a fearsome librarian played by Offerman's real life spouse Megan Mullally, whose presence has caused some of the show's greatest moments to date.

Antoine Fuqua Is 'Storming Las Vegas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 1:00 AM
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It would seem that Antoine Fuqua is doing anything but shooting the long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic. After some drama earlier this year in which he left the project, and then was lured back in a lucrative pay-or-play deal, the wheels on that picture still seem to be at a halt and the director is still attaching himself to more options.

Olivia Wilde Considers Playing Porn Star Linda Lovelace In Biopic By Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 11:29 AM
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It seems that a film about notorious "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace is something quite a few people in Hollywood want to get made. There are two currently competing projects: the first is Matthew Wilder's "Inferno" that was famously going to have Lindsay Lohan in the lead role, but now is toplined by Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon. Last we heard, filming was supposed to begin this month though it appears that hasn't really happened and word on the project has grown quiet once again. The other is by “Howl” and "The Celluloid Closet" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman that at one point was courting Kate Hudson and James Franco, and while we haven't heard a peep out of that project since the beginning of the year, it's now earning some fresh buzz.

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Carnage,' 'Shame,' 'Alps' Lead Venice Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 11:08 AM
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Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse,' Sam Worthington Starrer 'Texas Killing Fields,' Persepolis Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Also In Competition, Soderbergh's 'Contagion,' Madonna's 'W.E.' Out Of ItAfter a few months of rumors flying around, the line up for the 2011 Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and to put it mildly, we're a little bit excited. The opening and closing films, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," had been revealed over the past few weeks, and now, we've got the full selection. There'll be little new for anyone who spied the leaked line-up a few days ago, which seemed to get things about right, but even without the element of surprise, it's an incredibly tantalizing selection.

Robert Patrick Replaces Bryan Cranston As Texan Law Enforcement In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 10:04 AM
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Trying to replace Bryan Cranston is kind of a no-win situation but Robert Patrick? Sure, we can dig that.

The Horror! 'Scanners' & 'Tales From The Crypt' Headed To TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 9:36 AM
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If the massive success of "The Walking Dead" on AMC has proven anything, it's that horror fare can be done right on the small screen and will find an audience, so perhaps it's no surprise that two more shows are in the works to try and capture that same lightning in a bottle.

Poster For Nicole Kidman & Nicolas Thriller 'Trespass' Arrives, Headed To DVD On November 1st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 8:59 AM
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"Twelve," Town Creek" and "The Number 23." Those are the last three films we've seen from director Joel Schumacher whose career has included passable entertainments like "St. Elmo's Fire," "Falling Down" and "A Time To Kill" but has taken a seemingly irreversible nosedive.
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Joe Pesci Files Lawsuit Against Producers Of ‘Gotti’ Over Weight Gain, Role Switch & Reduced Pay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 8:19 AM
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We've always been a little skeptical about the gestating "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" if only because the producers, Fiore Films, have somewhat improbably lined up a cast that includes John Travolta, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci despite the fact their only other produced film to date is this. Where were they getting the kind of scratch to get this big stars into play? How would the filmmakers whose only movie thus far is straight-to-video National Lampoon's comedy manage to make something solid of a film about one of the most notorious gangsters of our generation? Why did they use Lindsay Lohan to drum up press for the film by pretending they were going to cast her? Well, to hear it from Pesci, empty promises seem to be par for the course with these guys.

Review: 'The Smurfs' Hopes Your Kids Like Aerosmith, Bodily Functions & Tim Gunn

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 28, 2011 7:36 AM
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There’s nothing inherently wrong with movies, television and product for the younger, least discerning set. Overspecialization has flooded the market with the rise of the internet and 800-channel cable systems, but entertainment made solely for the least-challenged among us can lighten up the imagination of the tots and toddlers otherwise lost amidst mass media aimed at the older set.

Get Your Oscars Ready: Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6/'Kill Bin Laden' Movie Hits On October 12, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 7:05 AM
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Continuing to be developed well under the radar, almost to the point where we were wondering if it was still happening, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" followup, her currently untitled Seal Team 6 flick now has a firm release date: October 12, 2012 -- right in the heart of awards season.

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