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Review: 'The Thing' Lamely Inhabits John Carpenter's Original & Turns Into A Generic Monster Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 3:55 AM
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"The Thing" arrives this weekend as a prequel to John Carpenter's masterful 1982 film, that aims to theoretically expand on the story presented nearly three decades ago by telling us what happened at the Norwegian compound that first housed the alien infection that then spread to the American base. But perhaps it should be no surprise that screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the man behind "Final Destination 5" and the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot, has little imagination or ability to bring anything new to the table. So what we end up with is a strange hybrid of a movie, one that is oddly slavishly devoted to Carpenter's original, but when given the chance to put its own stamp on the material, falls back on tried and true genre antics. To put in perspective just how at odds this prequel and Carpenter's film really are, the 1982 film starts in a panic in a sequence that ends up with a guy getting dramatically shot in the face -- Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s movie kicks off with crude sex joke.

Magnolia Will Take On Fernando Meirelles’ '360' But Don't Expect An Awards Season Push

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 3:48 AM
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One of the bigger disappointments of the festival season this fall was Fernando Meirelles' "360." The drama boasts a terrific ensemble including Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster, in a retelling of the classic Arthur Schnitzler play “Reigen” that chronicles the simple decision by one man to remain faithful to his wife and how it creates a ripple effect on various people worldwide, opening a window into modern relationships. But unfortunately, the promising concept failed to deliver, with the movie premiering at TIFF to mostly lukewarm reviews from audiences and critics alike. It wasn't immediately picked up in Toronto, but with the film opening the BFI London Film Festival yesterday, a deal is in the works with Magnolia to distribute the movie in the U.S.

'Dragon Tattoo' Writer Steve Zaillian Was Considering Directing American 'Red Riding' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 13, 2011 3:21 AM
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Film Will Likely Condense Trilogy, Could Be Set In PennsylvaniaSomewhere near the very top rung of recent crime movies, along with "Zodiac" and "A Prophet," is the "Red Riding" trilogy. Three films, from three different directors, based on David Peace's quartet of crime novels, and starring a who's who of British acting talent including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan, they were originally made for British TV, but were so well received that they rightfully found their way into movie theaters in the U.S.

Awards-Emboldened 'My Week With Marilyn' Moves To Thanksgiving Weekend Release

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 13, 2011 3:08 AM
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This writer had a hunch. Even though I didn't care for the Lifetime-movie like qualities of the slight "My Week with Marilyn" -- and let it be said two other Playlisters in attendance felt pretty much the same way -- you could tell some of its MOR crowd-pleasing characteristics would appeal to the same Academy Members who flipped over “The King’s Speech” (personally, ‘Speech’ was much more charming IMO, even if it wasn’t anything to write home about either).

Review: Byzantine, Bloody Almodóvar Takes A New Direction With 'The Skin I Live In'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 13, 2011 2:57 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

Watch: Jason Biggs Still Fails At Masturbating In 'American Reunion' Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:34 AM
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Yep, they're all coming back. Michelle, Stifler, Oz, Jessica, Jim, Heather, Nadia, Vicky, Kevin and Finch have returned for "American Reunion," in what is kind of "The Big Chill" of sex comedies.

Contest Giveaway: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest' DVD & Signed Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:28 AM
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There's simply no other way to put it: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest" is not only one of the best music documentaries of the year, it's one of the best movies of the year. An inspiring, touching, heartbreaking and in-depth look at the hip hop icons and pioneers, no other music documentary in recent memory has been this raw or this close to its subjects.

Jack Nicholson Adds Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' To List Of Potential Next Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:12 AM
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Of course, everyone wants to work with Jack Nicholson, and while the legendary, 74-year-old actor has slowed down his pace in recent years, that hasn't kept the offers from rolling in. In the past year it has been reported that Stephen Dorff was writing a vehicle for him and Nicholson to do together; Warren Beatty wants him for his gestating Howard Hughes movie, and he's on the shortlist of actors Alexander Payne is going to chat with to lead his brewing father/son roadtrip tale "Nebraska." Well, you can add one more to the list.

Sales Poster For 'Concrete Island,' Christian Bale's Reunion With 'Machinist' Director Brad Anderson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 13, 2011 2:05 AM
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Earlier this year it was revealed that Christian Bale was planning a reunion with the writing and directing duo of Brad Anderson and Scott Kosar from 2003's "The Machinist," for an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's urban thriller "Concrete Island."

George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Shoot Next March In Namibia

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 13, 2011 1:45 AM
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Finally, some positive movement on George Miller's massively delayed "Mad Max: Fury Road"?

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