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Review: Starpower Like Julia Roberts & Ryan Reynolds Can't Save Flaccid 'Fireflies In The Garden'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 12, 2011 12:59 PM
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“Fireflies in the Garden” is the cinematic equivalent of going out to dinner with your friend’s family and then having to watch them all fight like cats and dogs the whole time: it’s got to be worse for the people going through it, but you sure as hell have no interest in watching it. Writer-director Dennis Lee, who I can only imagine drew from a deep well of personal experiences – or if he didn’t, clearly suffers from dysfunction envy – created this vivid tale of an embittered writer returning to his childhood home to confront a troubled past. But he failed to realize that personal catharsis isn’t the same as popular entertainment, especially if the characters barely qualify as real people, which is why the only thing more false in “Fireflies in the Garden” than its flaccid melodrama is its clichéd emotional redemption.

Craig Brewer Says Seeing The 'Karate Kid' Remake With A Cheering Crowd Inspired His 'Footloose'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 12, 2011 10:19 AM
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Ever since Paramount Pictures announced they would be remaking “Footloose,” the studio has been under almost constant attack from fans of the 1984 original. Their quarrel is not just with who’s involved, but with its very existence: fairly or unfairly, those longtime fans can’t understand why the movie needs updating for modern audiences, not to mention how it could possibly be improved upon. But curiously, Craig Brewer, director of the upcoming remake, initially agreed with the project’s critics.

Eduardo Noriega Takes On Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 9:33 AM
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Set Photo From 'The Expendables 2' Arrives With Arnie, Sly & McClaneWith filming set to begin later this month, the final piece is in place for Arnold Schwarzenegger's lean mean "Last Stand" as the villain has finally been found.

Chloë Moretz & Keanu Reeves Recreate 'Taxi Driver' In Harper's Bazaar Photo Spread

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 8:48 AM
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What's the next best thing to being in a Martin Scorsese movie? Pretending to be in a Martin Scorsese movie.

Watch: Trailer For U.S. Navy Recruitment Movie 'Act Of Valor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 8:18 AM
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First, let's just start off by saying the work that those in the U.S. Navy take on is brave and courageous, and their sacrifice is immeasurable. That being said, turning the efforts of the Navy SEALS into some kind of first-person shooter video game movie does their service to the country a great injustice and plays more like a movie put together by pasting together scenes from "Call of Duty." Though we guess a movie about mid-level grunts would be boring.

'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Writing A Heist Flick With The Scale Of 'Heat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 7:53 AM
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'360' Pensmith Wrote The Story For Next Bond Film, But Never Got To Do A ScriptExclusive: Screenwriters can be typecast in the same way as actors, and if someone was to stereotype Peter Morgan at this point, it would be as "the biopic guy." He's picked up two Oscar nominations for films based on real people -- namely "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon" -- and along the way has tackled figures as varied as Tony Blair (three times), Bill Clinton, Lord Longford, Idi Amin, Brian Clough and, not once but twice, King Henry VIII. But he's been keen to stretch his wings for some time, with his two most recent films both being original scripts: firstly Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," and now, Fernando Mereilles' "360," with Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, which is, as we speak, opening the BFI London Film Festival.

Sorry Folks, You Will No Longer Have The Opportunity To Rent 'Tower Heist' For $59.99

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 7:41 AM
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So, did you have November 25th marked down on your calendar with plans to gather family and friends, and order up "Tower Heist" in your home all for the price of $59.99? Looks like you'll have to send out an Evite letting people know those plans have been canceled.

Russell Brand Out, Ben Stiller In For 'Rentaghost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 7:07 AM
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In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last movie, and with Russell Brand's first bonafide leading man vehicle "Arthur" opening at number three this spring and then fading fast from theaters, it seems some heat has fallen off Mr. Katy Perry. Meanwhile, Ben Stiller continues to be a moneymaker (at least when you stick him in mainstream fare). "Little Fockers," as wretched as it was, still made over $300 million worldwide. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"? More than $400 million around the globe. So it's no surprise that the folks behind the gestating movie version of the TV show "Rentaghost" would prefer one name much more than the other.

2 Clips & A Bunch Of Sun Kissed Pics From Johnny Depp's 'The Rum Diary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 6:43 AM
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Update: MTV has debuted a new poster for the movie which you can check out below.

Michael Winterbottom Planning To Direct Beatles Movie 'The Longest Cocktail Party'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 6:07 AM
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'Four Lions' Writer Jesse Armstrong Penning Script For Liam Gallagher-Produced Film, But Johnny Depp Likely Won't Play LeadExclusive: Few directors have such a keen eye for music as Michael Winterbottom. From The Cranberries-stuffed soundtrack in his sophomore feature "Butterfly Kiss" to "24 Hour Party People," one of the best films about rock'n'roll ever made, to the perverse 50s cuts in last year's "The Killer Inside Me," he's always had a great sense for the right backdrop to the action, whether it be an original score or a song. And now, it looks like the director is heading towards tackling perhaps the Holy Grail of popular music, by making a film about The Beatles.

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