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Review: Nonsensical 'In Time' Will Waste Your Precious Hours & Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 4:03 AM
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"In Time" is the kind of movie that literally kills off its most interesting thematic element and character about 10 minutes into the picture. To bring you up to speed, Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi venture takes place in a future world where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25 years old, and moreover, time is used as currency. But that's not all. In addition to being able to buy everything from coffee to cars to prostitutes with the hour and minutes displayed glaringly in a digital readout on your forearm, once it runs out, you die right on the spot. A class system has emerged, of course, with the "rich" gaining virtual immortality and living the high life in an enclosed city, while the "poor" are left scrapping for enough time to stay alive in their derelict ghetto.

'The Fades' Star Johnny Harris Replaces Stephen Graham As One Of 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Dwarves

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 3:28 AM
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After a long, somewhat troubled casting process, which involved cycling through most of the possible leading men in Hollywood before landing on "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth, filming on Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" is finally underway. And a good thing too -- thanks to a race with Relativity's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," the film was moved up six months to a release date next June. And despite some early misgivings (and perhaps because the rival film by Tarsem looks so garish), we're beginning to be intrigued by the project, which marks the directorial debut of commercials helmer Rupert Sanders, and stars Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart as the fairest in all the land, Charlize Theron as her wicked stepmother, and Sam Clafin as the prince.

Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso & Josh Peck Toplining Breakdancing Drama 'Planet B-Boy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 3:20 AM
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Caity Lotz & Repulsive Woman-Beater Chris Brown Also In Cast, Film A Remake Of 2007 DocumentaryDance movies are big business these days, thanks to the success of the "Step Up" franchise. Cheap, generally star-free and with a steady audience, they are, if not quite a total home-run (as the Mary Elizabeth Winstead-fronted "Make It Happen" will attest), but a pretty good bet. Considering that, and the general fondness for 1980s nostalgia (hello "Footloose"), it's surprising that we haven't yet seen one that focuses entirely on the Ancient Greek art of breakdancing. That was the Ancient Greeks, right?

Review: 'Janie Jones' Gets All The Notes Right In The Most Boring Song You Could Imagine

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 2:58 AM
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Take the worst successful bar band you can think of (it was Nickleback, don’t lie). Downgrade their talent about halfway. Now imagine the sheer amount of bands that fulfill that criteria, currently on the road shuffling from bar to bar, hoping to get lucky and have that one moment where the public puts down that one brand of shitty vanilla and samples them instead. Barely alive from a somewhat negligible record company relationship, their van heads from motel to motel, barely scraping by as the bandmates drown their free time in a sea of cheap booze and disinterested groupies.

'Black Swan' Scribe Mark Heyman's Darren Aronofsky-Produced Thriller 'XOXO' Finds Home At Lionsgate

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2011 2:35 AM
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If you're in with Darren Aronofsky, you're certainly in our good books. The writer-director has a keen eye for talent, shining a light on names like Sean Gullette, Clint Mansell, Matthew Libatique and Robert D. Siegel. And let's not forget the revitalization of Mickey Rourke.

Oliver Stone To Direct 'The Power Broker' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:34 AM
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While he's taking a rare detour into straight up genre territory with the thriller "Savages," Oliver Stone is making a return to the familiar world of power and intrigue that has dominated the bulk of his work. From "Wall Street" (x2), "W.," "Nixon," "JFK" and "Alexander" to documentaries "Commandante" and "South of the Border," the director has never found a shortage of material with which to engage in his fascination of men, corruption, politics and power, and once again, he's found another film to exercise those themes.

First Official Look At Sean Hayes, Will Sasso & Chris Diamantopoulos As 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:26 AM
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Are you ready to see a movie starring that guy from "Will & Grace" and two people you never heard of? Would it help if we told you it's based on slapstick comedy show your Dad grew up watching? While we'll ways been dreaming of what could've been with the Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro incarnation, we're gonna have to live with Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as our "The Three Stooges." The dream project by the Farrelly Brothers has been in the works for a long time now, and expectations will be riding high, but we dunno, somehow even looking at this first picture of the trio from USA Today we're already bored.

New Images From 'J. Edgar' Gives Us A Better Look At Leonardo DiCaprio As Young & Old Hoover

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2011 2:15 AM
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One of the few remaining pieces in the upcoming award season puzzle will soon be uncovered with the premiere of "J. Edgar" at the AFI Fest now only a week away with its general release due a week after that. Can Clint Eastwood bounce straight back from "Hereafter" and find his way into voters' minds again? How will Leonardo DiCaprio fare as the Bulldog Hoover? And can Dustin Lance Black prove his Oscar win for "Milk" wasn't a fluke?

First Look At Tim Burton's Full Length 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:03 AM
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Looking at back at his films since the start of the 2000s, Tim Burton has done two remakes ("Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" and "Planet of the Apes"), one Broadway adaptation ("Sweeney Todd"), another book adaptation ("Big Fish") and a fairy tale movie ("Alice In Wonderland"). "Corpse Bride" is his last original creation and with the TV-based "Dark Shadows" around the corner, the opportunities to see Burton doing something wholly from his brain seem to be diminishing. So while a full-length version of his 1984 short film "Frankenweenie" might seem a bit underwhelming at first, at least it's a return to world of his own making. And as these first looks at the film from EW reveal, he's full embracing the black-and-white aesthetic that was part of the charm of the original.

Review: Slick Bollywood Behemoth 'RA. One' Delivers Fleeting Pleasures

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • October 27, 2011 1:58 AM
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While Hollywood holds the world's audience enraptured, unleashing big, burly CGI extravaganzas, burgeoning international companies are revving up to put a dent into the market. Enter "RA. One," Bollywood's most expensive production and arguably the first straightforward superhero film to come out of India's massively prolific movie factory. As with any tentpole (with a warm reception pouring in from the Indian press, news of a sequel in the works are inevitable), the film comes packaged with a colossal star -- Shahrukh Khan, probably most familiar to American viewer as the star of 2010's heavy-handed drama "My Name Is Khan"). Equally important is the merchandising push, which can challenge even the most gregarious stateside rollout (the Wikipedia page expounds on coffee mugs, Happy Meals, a video game, game tournaments, action figures, comics -- major steps for an Indian film with an eye on the world market). So what you're probably asking yourself is, can director Anubhav Sinha's "RA. One" keep up with the big boys? With a 2 hour 40 minute running time and several standout set pieces, it certainly can, meanwhile sacrificing the bare minimum of character development and delivering a sluggish second act that marries "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Bicentennial Man" with little success.

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