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Contest Giveaway: 'Submarine' DVD & Book The Movie Is Based On

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 4:59 AM
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Coming hot off TIFF in 2010 and continuing that buzz right through to Sundance earlier this year, "Submarine" is one of the most talked about independent films of the 2011. Taking its cues from Lindsay Anderson, the French New Wave and even a tiny bit of Hal Ashby for good measure, the energetic, endearing and charming film about a fifteen-year-old-boy who wishes to lose his virginity and prevent his parents from divorcing, is a confident feature debut from director Richard Ayoade and is powered by strong turns from Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.

Hugh Jackman Trained With Sugar Ray Leonard & More You Need To Know About 'Real Steel'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 4, 2011 4:22 AM
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When “Real Steel” trailers first surfaced earlier in the year, it was difficult to know what to make of the robot boxing film. With Michael Bay’s triple feature letdown of the “The Transformers” trilogy and the unavoidable similarities between "Real Steel” and the kitschy Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots of yesteryear, how could this be anything more than another piece of disposable pop entertainment?

Helen Hunt & Maggie Grace Join Samantha Morton & Christina Hendricks In 'Decoding Annie Parker'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 4, 2011 4:16 AM
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Here's a fairly strong cast conjured up for a small indie we've heard nothing about until now. Veteran Helen Hunt, Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul and former 'Lost' star Maggie Grace will all star alongside Samantha Morton and Christina Hendricks in the feature directorial debut of producer Steven Bernstein, the indie-dramedy "Decoding Annie Parker."

Little-Known Ambyr Childers Books PTA's 'The Master' & Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 4, 2011 3:47 AM
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It's an early sign of talent to watch out for when little-known actors manage to score roles in major, highly anticipated films. Going by that theory then, Ambyr Childers -- best known for her stint as Colby Chandler on "All My Children" -- is definitely someone to keep an eye on after nabbing a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and now joining Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad."

Elisabeth Shue & Abigail Spencer Join Curtis Hanson's Newly Named 'Of Men And Mavericks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 3:27 AM
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"Of Men And Mavericks"? Really? We're not sure we dig the title change given to Curtis Hanson's surfing pic formally known simply as "Mavericks" -- it makes it sound like an English lit movie -- but there is no denying the talent on board.

Toby Kebbell Joins Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgard In 'The East'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 3:05 AM
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There may be no sign of their first collaboration, "The Sound of My Voice," appearing in theaters yet -- the disappointing box office take of "Another Earth" probably means a rethink in marketing -- but that hasn't stopped Fox Searchlight, writer/star Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij from planning another venture. Marling and Batmanglij, who have been riding high since their cult thriller dropped at Sundance, sold a new script to the indie label earlier in the year, and they've been busy filling it with all kinds of rising stars in the last few weeks.

J.J. Abrams & Billy Ray Sell Mystery Adventure Pitch To Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:42 AM
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While pundits wondered if J.J. Abrams could really keep the monster and mystery at the core of "Super 8" under lock and key until it hit theaters, and still draw a mainstream audience to a film with no name stars that was largely sold on the Steven Spielberg association, the proof was in the pudding. Earning over $250 million worldwide, Abrams proved that not all summer blockbusters need to be preceded by endless clips and posters, and moreover, moviegoers are willing to go into a movie a little bit blind if the payoff is worth their time and money.

Don't Worry, Blake Lively Won't Be In ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:18 AM
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And the list of actresses who have better things to do than star in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" continues to grow.

M.C. Gainey To Play Big John Brittle In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:14 AM
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Christoph Waltz Is Injured During Pre-ProductionAs usual, the casting for Quentin Tarantino's next movie is a mix of big-name stars, respected character actors and random people we totally forgot about. And there is also a fourth category: "Hey, it's that's guy." Which brings right to M.C. Gainey, whose familiar face Variety is reporting is in talks for "Django Unchained" in the role of Big John Brittle.

'The Thing' Director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. May Return To Zack Snyder's 'Army Of The Dead'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 4, 2011 2:02 AM
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Filmmaker Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. is unknown to most audiences, and with good reason: his forthcoming version of “The Thing” is the commercials director’s first feature movie. But if the film becomes a hit in the way that he and Universal are hoping, he may soon entertain a variety of options for his follow-up, including one project he started on even before deciding to tackle “The Thing,” a zombie-themed science fiction film entitled “Army of the Dead.” Van Heijningen told The Playlist that he isn’t sure if that’s his next film, but indicated that the project actually was far into development before being shelved three years ago.

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