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Rick Baker Says He's Still Stinging About 'The Wolfman,' Despite Oscar Win, CGI Won Over Makeup

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 26, 2011 11:59 AM
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Makeup and Special Effects Icon Laments Lazy Use Of CGI In FilmOn Saturday, makeup and special effects icon Rick Baker trekked down to Austin, TX, for a retrospective screening of “American Werewolf in London,” where he conducted a Q&A with fans and presented a special limited-edition poster created by artist Olly Moss. Prior to the screening, he sat down with The Playlist for a conversation about his career then and now, where he didn’t hold back about his mixed feelings for the advent of CGI.

Review: Comedy And Tragedy Awkwardly Collide In ’50/50’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 10:59 AM
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Director Jonathan Levine’s new comedy-drama is an ambitious undertaking, a heartfelt attempt at finding the difficult balance between the masks of comedy and tragedy. Based partially on the real-life struggle of writer Will Reiser and his relationship with pal Seth Rogen (who produces and stars), “50/50” tells the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer and forced to come to terms with his own mortality, something that would generally be relegated to movie-of-the-week or arthouse status. But Rogen’s inclusion, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead, in addition to a strong supporting cast elevates “50/50” to a level of exposure, scrutiny and commercial compromise that may ultimately be detrimental to the intended artistic expression of Reiser’s experience.
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Ryan Gosling Calls Upcoming Project 'Only God Forgives' The "Strangest Thing" He’s Ever Read

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 10:40 AM
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Says Director Ruben Fleischer Holds His Own Amongst the Massive Ensemble of 'Gangster Squad'

Mick Jagger Is Ready To Cover 'Tabloid' From 'A History Of Violence' Writer Josh Olson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 9:50 AM
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It seems after decades of trying to get along, the Glimmer Twins are content to just not hang out together. Keef Riffhard (aka Keith Richards) has been popping up in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies and last fall released a highly acclaimed memoir "Life." As for Mick Jagger, he's gone ahead and formed a new supergroup, the dubiously named SuperHeavy, which features Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman and now he's getting ready for a rare return to the big screen in his first starring role in over a decade.

'Red Dawn' Remake Finds A New Home At FilmDistrict, Poised For 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 9:14 AM
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The road to the "Red Dawn" remake has been long and bumpy, with some dubious do-overs and even some mild insults being thrown around. The film was shot and wrapped way back in 2009, but the financial woes of MGM kept the film on the shelf for a long time as the studio tried to become viable enough to give the picture a release. But as their priorities were squarely on the "The Hobbit" and "James Bond 23" it soon became apparent that "Red Dawn" was going to need to find a new home. While MGM sought a buyer it became clear that the anti-China storyline was going to make it a tough sell because studios/distributors are increasingly relying on Chinese dollars to pad out foreign box office, so some digital retooling was done to give North Korea a bigger role as the antagonists. Well, the gambit has paid off as "Red Dawn" is finally closer to finding its way to a multiplex near you.

Hugh Jackman Doubts There Will Be A 'X-Men 4' Movie, But Is Still Open To More 'Wolverine' Films

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 8:44 AM
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Actor Says He Asked Darren Aronofsky To Helm 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' Before He Dropped Out Of 'The Wolverine'This weekend Hugh Jackman was on hand in Los Angeles to discuss his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” which hits theaters October 7th. Early buzz on that flick is good and the studio has enough faith that they’ve already begun development on a sequel. But before that sequel, Jackman will sing alongside Russell Crowe in “Les Miserables” and, once again, return to the role that made him for “The Wolverine,” the much-discussed, long in-development sequel to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, the story is based on Frank Miller’s beloved ‘80s Japanese saga from the comics.

'Take Shelter' Soundtrack Written By Ola Podrida's David Wingo Is Moody, Chilling & Unnerving

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2011 8:22 AM
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Just recently when discussing composer Mychael Danna's excellent score for the humanist sports drama, "Moneyball," we lamented the fact that writing about soundtracks isn't always easy, as often they're not the sexiest topic in the world. However, maybe we'll be putting that theory to the test in the fall of 2011.

John Requa & Glenn Ficarra To Direct 'Liar's Poker' By 'Moneyball' Writer Michael Lewis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 7:57 AM
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Warner Bros. is likely already dreaming up the marketing materials for this one: From The People Who Brought You "Crazy Stupid Love" & "Moneyball" -- has a nice ring to it doesn't it? With 'Crazy' already taking over $115 million worldwide and "Moneyball" opening to $20 million and chasing an Oscar, WB isn't wasting anytime in getting talents from those two pictures together.

'Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' Soundtrack Features Bruno Mars, Iron & Wine, Theophilus London & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 7:05 AM
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So what happened to the soundtrack budget on the first part of the last installment of the "Twilight" franchise? While the first film rounded up folks like Muse, Perry Farrell, Linkin Park even RPatz himself, and "New Moon" raised the stakes considerably by going Pitchfork heavy with Thom Yorke, Lykke Li, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, St. Vincent and Death Cab For Cutie, 'Breaking Dawn' is considerably underachieving.

Watch: New Footage From 'The Adventures Of Tintin' In German TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 6:45 AM
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'J. Edgar' Gets A Pretty Solid TV Spot As WellIt's coming up sooner than we thought, but in just a matter of weeks, European audiences will be the first to experience the big screen outing between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson with "The Adventures Of Tintin" and a new German TV spot has a sneak peek of at a handful of new, exciting looking set pieces.

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