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Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Teaser Poster Debuts & We Talk To Designer Neil Kellerhouse

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 21, 2011 8:02 AM
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With only five films left to go before self-imposed retirement, each of Steven Soderbergh's remaining projects promises to bring at the very least, a super interesting twist on several genres the director has yet to fully tackle ("Liberace" likely being part musical, etc.).

Annette Bening Loves Playing Moms, Joins 'Imogene' With Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 7:45 AM
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Is it something about Annette Bening suddenly having lots of motherly instincts or the dearth of roles for women over a certain age? Whatever it is, the actress has found a new niche playing mothers in indie movies. She was Naomi Watts' regretful Mom in "Mother & Child," the lesbian Mom in "The Kids Are All Right" and she's Paul Dano's artsy Mom in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' forthcoming "He Loves Me" and now Deadline reports she will be Kristin Wiig's gambling addict Mom in "Imogene."

'Get Smart' & 'Tommy Boy' Director Pete Segal In The Mix For 'National Lampoon's Vacation' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 7:07 AM
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Ah, the Griswolds. From the spate of '80s comedies, no family is more memorable than the clan headed up by Chevy Chase in four films that saw them heading to Europe, Vegas and spending the holidays together in their uniquely dysfunctional way. The franchise has been quiet ever since the 1997 entry "Vegas Vacation" but early in 2010 it kicked back to life. It was reported that Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley -- whose Black List script "Horrible Bosses" is now in theaters -- were tapped to write a reboot, produced by David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers," "The Change-Up") that would focus on Rusty Griswold (played by Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki and Ethan Embry in the three different franchise films) with vibe said to be more in the vein of "Planes, Trains And Automobiles" than its predecessors. Well, development has been ongoing on the first name of a potential director has leaked out and...its pretty uninspired.

Zack Snyder's Superman Film 'Man Of Steel' Moves To June 14, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 21, 2011 7:07 AM
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Something had to give, and right in the middle of Comic-Con no less! Warner Bros. has officially moved the Christopher Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder directed, Superman movie "Man of Steel" from December 2012 to June, 14, 2013. December 2012 is already stacked: Fox's "Life Of Pi," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Disney's "Lone Ranger" and perhaps more importantly, a competing WB film, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

When Celebrated Directors Lose The Plot: Interesting Left Turns And Failures In An Auteur's Oeuvre

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 21, 2011 6:55 AM
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Even the greatest of auteurs in cinema generally take one or two big missteps in their careers, either early on -- as happened to a lot of the Easy Riders/Raging Bulls generation of American filmmakers, bringing their hirsute hubris down to earth with a bump -- or later, when poor judgement and a degree of fossilisation can cloud a director’s vision -- see Quentin Tarantino’s remarks, for example, about not wanting to be a "geriatric" filmmaker, making films deep into his old age because this is when filmmakers generally lose their mojo, or Steven Soderbergh’s early retirement plans, which he hopes will see him exit filmmaking at the top of his game.

Where Can We Get That Dress? First Look At Lily Collins In Tarsem's Snow White Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 6:17 AM
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First, with Tarsem Singh's Snow White movie scheduled to come out next spring, can we get a title already? Having to write "The Untitled Snow White Movie" or "The Project Formerly Known As 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White'" is getting a bit irritating. Second, where can we get that dress?

Review: 'Friends With Benefits' Becomes The Average Rom-Com It Tries Hard To Avoid

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 21, 2011 5:52 AM
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Yes, there is another movie that "Friends with Benefits," the new R-rated rom-com starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, closely resembles. As seemingly endless articles, rants, and cleverly edited YouTube videos can attest, both the plot (about a pair of young, emotionally distant urban professionals looking for physical satisfaction over romantic completion) is strikingly similar to Ivan Reitman's lame duck comedy "No Strings Attached" (which opened earlier this year and, like 'Friends,' even sports a "Black Swan" ballerina in Natalie Portman). But in a weird way "Friends with Benefits" is reminiscent of another, entirely different movie – Wes Craven's "Scream."

Comic-Con '11: 'Twilight' Cast Says Don't Expect Any More Sequels Or Spinoffs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 5:17 AM
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The first day of the San Diego Comic-Con is now in full swing, and it's starting off with a bang as the cast and filmmakers for the final chapter(s) of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" have gathered to show off some footage and do a Q&A with fans later this afternoon. How devoted are the Twihards? They've been lining up for days just to get a peek at what's to come.

Review: Tender Is The Night In 'The Myth of the American Sleepover'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 21, 2011 5:01 AM
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When you’re a teenager, the last days of summer take on a kind of sanctified status – responsibilities loom ahead and the dog days are behind you. David Robert Mitchell’s tender, observant debut feature "The Myth Of The American Sleepover" follows several young souls in a listless suburban town that seems to stretch on for miles and miles of pale blue roads and identical picket fence houses. Over the course of a single night, a substantial (and almost uniformly Caucasian) cast of non-professional actors spills out across town to a host of sleepovers, hangouts by the lake and whatever soul searching they manage to salvage.
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Peter Jackson Says 'The Hobbit' Will Be More Humorous Than The 'Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 21, 2011 4:28 AM
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And Five More Minor 'Hobbit' Revelations From The New Issue Of EmpireComic-Con 2011 is descending upon us like a dark cloud of Sauron forces, but instead of rushing out early to appease the insatiable nerds, studios are wisely taking an approach of caution. Andrew Stanton realizes he'll "gain nothing" from showing unfinished footage of "John Carter" (though, what they couldn't have held that recently unveiled trailer for a few days?), Warner Bros. is not hocking "The Dark Knight Rises" or "Man Of Steel," and Marvel is seemingly saving everything for Disney's D3 since the studio is now under the corporate Mickey Mouse umbrella.

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