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The Cast Of 'Larry Crowne' Weighs In On Tom Hanks & This Summer's Anti-Tentpole

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 28, 2011 4:26 AM
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Co-written, directed by and starring Tom Hanks, "Larry Crowne" is an upbeat look at a life completely rebuilt. Despite the timely plotline -- a man fired from his job must completely reverse his life direction -- the film itself is filled with good-natured laughs, a beautiful setting in Southern California, an odd performance from George Takei and a lot of hope. In fact, one of the primary questions we were left with was, where's the conflict? But while these characters certainly face challenges, the tone remains rather light, which, according to the filmmakers, was what they intended. As Hanks' co-writer on the film, Nia Vardalos explained, "This is not a downer movie, this is an uplifting movie and yet it is not out of the realm of ordinary."

'Pacific Rim' Gets July 12, 2013 Date; Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion' Moves Up To September 9th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 4:07 AM
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Better get out that red marker and maybe an eraser, as the movie calendar has an addition and an amendment to be made.

Alice Cooper May Cameo In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 3:42 AM
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A couple of things we didn't know about Alice Cooper: he still has a pretty big fanbase even though he hasn't released anything musically relevant in decades (nor has he been culturally relevant in that same span of time) and he's sponsored by Mac cosmetics. Huh. Anyway, the musician and born again Christian may make a ghoulish appearance in Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows."

Jaume Collet-Serra & Noam Murro Final Contenders To Direct '300: Battle Of Artemisia' (aka 'Xerxes')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 3:21 AM
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That Other Title Was BetterEarlier this spring, Marc Canton, producer of the upcoming "300" sequel "Xerxes" said that a script had been delivered by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, adding “I feel like it’s gonna happen and we’re close.” Well, they're nearly there and it has a new title.

Carey Mulligan Joining Director Gary Ross For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Outback'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 28, 2011 3:19 AM
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26 year old British actress Carey Mulligan may want to think about getting a second home down under. The "Never Let Me Go" and "An Education" actress is already set to start filming Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" in Australia later this summer and now she's boarded another picture that will take her down to Oz.

Thomas Jane Confirms He Was Fired From 'Headshot' For Being Too White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 3:10 AM
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Suggests His Penis Might Be Bigger Than Sylvester Stallone'sWe'd understand if you haven't been keeping up with all the internecine workings of the forthcoming Walter Hill directed, Sylvester Stallone starring "Headshot" but here's the quick rundown. First, Wayne Kramer was going to direct before he was bounced for Hill and then back in April, Thomas Jane was cast in the co-starring role in the film. However, a couple of months later, Sung Kang was suddenly announced as the new actor who would be playing opposite Stallone, amid rumors that new producer Joel Silver was giving the film a racial makeover. Turns out that was true.

Contest Giveaway: 'Raging Bull' Photo Signed By Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:58 AM
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We've got a great prize to give to one lucky reader today, guaranteed to make your July 4th weekend a bit happier. One reader will receive a signed copy of a beautiful, off camera, 20 x 30 photo of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the boxing ring during the filming of "Raging Bull." Four runners-up will receive a DVD copy of either "Raging Bull" or "Shutter Island."

David Strathairn To Play William Seward In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:52 AM
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Philip Kaufman, Paul Greengrass, Wong Kar Wai, George Clooney, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson, Taylor Hackford, Sydney Pollack, Mike Nichols -- there is a reason why outstanding character actor David Strathairn has drawn top tier filmmakers like moths to a flame, and he's about to add the biggest name yet to his CV.

Kaya Scodelario Joins Dakota Fanning & Jeremy Irvine In 'Now Is Good'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 28, 2011 2:40 AM
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Here's a girl who's going places. After breaking out on popular British series "Skins," Kaya Scodelario already has the leading role in Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic "Wuthering Heights" on the horizon which, if all the attention Katie Jarvis got for "Fish Tank" is anything to go by, will surely bring her further into the spotlight when it finally premieres sometime this fall.

Ben Affleck Casts Ben Affleck In 'Argo' Directed By Ben Affleck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 2:30 AM
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Directing isn't easy. It's a lot of little decisions and delegating jobs to other people who you hope can execute the vision you have in mind down to the last detail. It's communicating with actors and crew and hoping that you can bring everybody together under one unified, specific goal and sometimes, you just have to take on a little more to get the job done right.
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