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Watch: Batman Saves A Cat In New Clip From 'Batman: Year One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 7:24 AM
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Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One" is one of the most esteemed entries in the superhero's canon, and while attempts to get it made into a live action feature never materialized, an animated version is on the way. The first clip landed a couple of weeks ago, and, unfortunately, it was fairly hokey, more reminiscent of a "Simpsons" parody than anything else. Well, a new glimpse has arrived, and while it's definitely an improvement on the last, there still seems to be something off about the whole endeavor. While the project does have a top shelf voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff and Alex Rocco, the direction by Lauren Montgomery (”Green Lantern: First Flight”) and Sam Liu (”The Batman”) seems slightly, tonally askew. The freshness of Miller's take on the Batman mythology was that it was unlike anything before (or since), bringing a gritty realism that has largely remained unmatched. This new clip, however, feels very standard and ordinary, and that's precisely the problem. Miller's graphic novel is considered one the best accomplishments in the genre, but the film doesn't seem willing to take any big risks to find an approach to match the source material.

Call Your Girlfriends, The First Three 'Twilight' Movies Head Back To Theaters In November

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 6:46 AM
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If for some reason you feel the need to catch up with the "Twilight" series and you can put up with the crying, screaming, talking back to the screen and the general pandemonium that usually overtakes Twihards whenever they watch one of these movies, you'll be heartened to know you can watch "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" on the big screen in November. Woo!

George Clooney Brought A Nerf Gun To The Set Of 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 6, 2011 6:05 AM
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Grant Heslov & Evan Rachel Wood Discuss Bringing The Political Tale To The Big ScreenGeorge Clooney’s new political thriller, “The Ides of March,” which he directs and stars in as fictional political candidate Governor Mike Morris, is a cautionary tale from the perspective of a hopeful political campaign worker Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling). He really believes in Morris and what he stands for. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to politics. Soon Myers finds himself in the middle of double crosses from both the media and colleagues, involving a scandal that could unravel everything.

Watch: Charlize Theron Is The Girl You Hated In High School In The First Trailer For 'Young Adult'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 5:54 AM
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Update: /Film have a slightly raunchier version of the trailer. Watch below.

Anton Corbijn To Direct Coldplay Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 5:31 AM
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Longtime rock band photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn waited until relatively late in his career to try his hand at feature filmmaking. His first effort was the austere Ian Curtis biopic "Control," which he followed up last year with the masterful assassin tale "The American." However, it seems like big screen movies aren't quite a comfortable fit for the helmer. Last fall he admitted he may only have one more film left in him, and that may be an adaptation of John le Carré‘s political thriller "A Most Wanted Man," which he signed for back in June. Not much has been heard on that front since, but Corbijn is still plenty busy. Before he gets to that film, Arts Beat report he'll team with Coldplay and helm their upcoming concert webcast for the American Express Unstaged series.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Doubts She'll Be Back For 'Die Hard 5'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 6, 2011 5:03 AM
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Says She'll Be Playing Mary Todd From The Ages Of 19-46 In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'After a series of smaller parts in “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Death Proof,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead set geek hearts aflutter as the quirky, purple-haired vixen Ramona Flowers in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.” Now Winstead is starting to step up to where she belongs: into leading lady roles. While her latest part is in the prequel, “The Thing,” that's just the first of the big projects on the horizon for the actress, ranging from a big-budget vampire flick to an indie dramedy.

Patricia Clarkson Will Head To Eco-Terrorist Thriller 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 4:45 AM
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Patricia Clarkson is simply one of the best (and one of our favorite) actresses out there. And while the Oscar nominee can do dramatic work with ease, more recently she has been showing that she's just as adept at comedy, delivering memorable turns in "Easy A," "Friends With Benefits," and as Tammy One in a fantastic appearance on "Parks & Recreation" (sidenote: last week's episode was one of the best in the show's history). But for her next role, Clarkson is returning to drama and putting herself in the hands of a rising director.

Edited Version Of ‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’ Will Get A U.K. Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 4:15 AM
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Check Out 2 Clips From The FilmRemember when there was a minor controversy this summer when the BBFC—British Board of Film Classification—rejected "The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence)" effectively banning the film in the country? Well, it looks like Tom Six has found a way to appease the board who, unfortunately, probably had to sit through the movie more than once.

'Pitbull' Was The Original Title Of 'The Kid With A Bike' But Distributors Turned It Down

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 6, 2011 4:00 AM
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The Dardenne Brothers Hit NYFF '11 And Talk Casting, Scoring & MoreAre there any filmmakers as consistent as our favorite Belgian siblings the Dardenne Brothers? While they won't break any box office records, every instalment of the arthouse duo's output (though as per request and general lack of accessibility, we forget anything pre-1995) is generally a critical and cinephile darling, not to mention it probably holds an award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. And their newest offering, "The Kid With A Bike," is a home run.

Would You Pay $59.99 To Watch 'Tower Heist' In The Comfort Of Your Own Home?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 3:50 AM
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Yeah, We Wouldn't EitherAnd so the dance between the major studios and movie theater owners continue, and no, we're not talking about the 3D glasses debacle. You might remember that earlier this year a legion of filmmakers -- Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Guillermo del Toro and more -- issued an open letter to the industry in support of movie theaters, as the major studios were pushing a plan to make movies available on VOD sixty days after their hit theaters. Well, they tried it anyway. Launching on DirecTV, a handful of movies including "Unknown" and "Just Go With It" were made available for $29.99 to order up on your home theater system and basically, no one cared and the program flopped. The solution? Charge even more money.

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