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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.

NYFF '11 Review: '4:44: Last Day On Earth' Envisions The Apocalypse Without Much Imagination

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 6, 2011 3:11 AM
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There's something very wrong in Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day On Earth." The world, as the title would suggest, is coming to an end, and Ferrara, the fuck-you auteur behind "King of New York" and the non-Nic Cage-adorned "Bad Lieutenant," is content with keeping things inside a spacious apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There aren't any fireballs ascending heavenward, or steely buildings splintering into a million computer generated pieces. The anguish here isn't global, but personal, and instead of millions of people, Ferrara zeroes in on an arty couple, played by Willem Dafoe (channeling his "Antichrist" persona of earnest concern, except with more levity and less genital mutilation) and the young Shanyn Leigh.

Eye-Popping First Look At Julia Roberts As The Evil Queen In Tarsem's Snow White Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 3:08 AM
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Plus Armie Hammer, The Seven Dwarves & MoreUpdate: People has even more pics from the movie. Check them out below.

'The Help' Star Octavia Spencer Joins Diablo Cody's 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 3:02 AM
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Octavia Spencer has been working steadily on both the small and big screen for years, but it's 2011 that could be the one that truly launches her career to the next level. As the Oscar season heats up, the actress will easily be one of the names vying for a Best Supporting Actress slot and if she lands it, the honor will be well deserved. As the fiery Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor's smash "The Help," she gave one of the most memorable performances of the film which isn't a bad thing at all particularly when your screen sparring partner is the equally strong Viola Davis. And with the heat on the actress, she's lining up a role in an ambitious project from one Hollywood's most distinctive writers.

Clint Eastwood To Play An Aging Baseball Scout In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 2:34 AM
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If a young whippersnapper like Brad Pitt can make a baseball movie, why not Old Man Eastwood?

'Terriers' & 'True Blood' Star Michael Raymond-James To Be Werner Herzog's Henchman In 'One Shot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:21 AM
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Plus Rosamund Pike Talks Her Approach To The CharacterFor a film that, when first announced, enraged fans of the franchise, and seemed like a firmly skippable programmer to the rest of us, "One Shot" is going quite some way towards winning people round. The creation of writer Lee Child, Jack Reacher is a mountain of a man, an ex-military policeman-turned-drifter who's starred in fifteen novels with a fervent fanbase, and the news that Tom Cruise would play the character in a film directed by "The Usual Suspects" writer Christopher McQuarrie upset many.

Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival

Paul Walker Set To Star In Post-Hurricane Katrina Film 'Hours'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 6, 2011 1:49 AM
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The acting career of "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker has been an interesting one, and by interesting we mean it's puzzling as to why this guy has constantly been positioned as one of Hollywood's "It" guys for over a decade. Despite attempts at legitimacy with films like the faux-gritty crime drama "Running Scared," Walker is still best known for the superfluous 'Furious' films and running away from perverted truck drivers in 2001's "Joy Ride."

Javier Bardem Will Scare Your Children As The Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 6, 2011 1:26 AM
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While the trailers leading up to the release of Universal's 2010 CGI fest "Despicable Me" felt far more cryptic than they should have for a kid's animated movie featuring historical monuments being stolen by an unknown evil genius, the film turned out to be a surprise hit for the studio that summer and seemingly won over critics with its brand of offbeat humor. Not surprisingly, sequel talks were underway almost immediately with cast members like Steve Carell and Jason Segel set to rejoin, and now "Despicable Me 2" looks to be adding some Oscar-winning prestige to the ensemble.

Is 'Skyfall' The Name Of Sam Mendes' James Bond Film?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 1:03 AM
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Considering it's had an unusually tortured journey to the screen for a big franchise picture, thanks to the financial problems of MGM, it's not entirely surprising that details are relatively thin for the twenty-third James Bond film, the third to star Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes has been attached to direct for close to two years now, we've known that for certain. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who've penned the first draft of every Bond script since "The World Is Not Enough," again did the groundwork, before Peter Morgan, John Logan and most recently "Notes on a Scandal" scribe Patrick Marber, came on for a polish. And it's a given that the plot will continue, or possibly cap off, Bond's pursuit of Quantum, the secret organization behind the events of "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

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