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It Keeps Getting Better: Ray Liotta Joins 'A Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 26, 2011 11:36 AM
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If you weren't already pumped for "A Place Beyond the Pines," director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine," you'd better be now. Variety reports that Ray Liotta, one of the most manic and entertaining actors working today, will be joining 'Pines' which already includes "Blue Valentine" star Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Greta Gerwig. Cianfrance, who co-wrote the film with Ben Coccio, has compared the tone of the film to "The Godfather" and "The Deer Hunter" (Holy crap!). Sidney Kimmel, Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell and Alex Orlovsky are on board as producers.

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

'Jupiter Rising': Do The Wachowskis Have A New Secret Project Moving Forward At Warner Bros?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 26, 2011 4:24 AM
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As this writer posited a few months ago, there's an argument to be made that the co-directing Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana lost their mojo after "The Matrix" and the spark that once made them special has faded. Their follow-up films have been lackluster: “Speed Racer,” the last two “Matrix” movies and most of the films they’ve produced (”Ninja Assassin,” “The Invasion”) during the aughts were straight up duds or major disappointments. But there's plenty of options that could bring redemption.

L.A. Film Festival: Eric Wareheim's 'Kewl Vids' A Great Look Back At His Music Videos

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 26, 2011 2:28 AM
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Plus A First Look At The Trailer For 'Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie'Of the curated programs we've seen this week at Los Angeles Film Festival is a retrospective of the music video work from Eric Wareheim that also included an uncensored version of his short film with Tim Heidecker, “The Terrys.” The actor/director was on hand for the event this past Thursday, so not only did we have the chance to see his eye-popping videos projected on the big screen, but we got to hear him speak afterward about his directing process, making it on MTV and his latest endeavor, a feature film.

Watch: Leaked 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Trailer Still Looks Awesome In French

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2011 1:53 AM
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In just a couple of days, "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" will swoop over multiplexes worldwide delivering loads of robot smashing fury, but for us, the most anticipated moment of that film will happen even before it begins. The trailer for the franchise sequel/refresh of sorts "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" will be unveiled in front of the Michael Bay film, and if this (curiously well shot) bootleg of the French version is anything to go by, it looks pretty damn great.

L.A. Film Fest Reviews: Songs by Animal Collective & Bon Iver Can't Save 'The Dynamiter'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 25, 2011 12:58 PM
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Plus Iranian Indie 'Please Do Not Disturb'"The Dynamiter" opens in the fields of the South with two young brothers (one fourteen, one eight) throwing sharpened sticks they've made at a pile of hay. We keep seeing wannabe Malick-like cuts and shots as the older brother is telling a joke, the sky is an amazing blue, and "Banshee Beat" by Animal Collective plays in the background. This sets the tone for the rest of the film; one of shallow cliches, disingenuous nostalgia, and a coldly calculated style.
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Rewind: Beatty, Tarantino, Cronenberg & More In The Week In Movies, June 19th-June 25th

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 25, 2011 6:03 AM
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It was a rowdy week at The Playlist. In addition to gaining a clearer picture of Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-tinged slavery drama, "Django Unchained," we saw the return of Warren Beatty, while we checked out the Oscar race, brought you new trailers and said goodbye to a living legend.

The Coen Brothers Next Film Will Take On The '60s New York City Folk Scene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2011 3:51 AM
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Will Be Loosely Based On The Life Of Dave Van Ronk; Will They Shoot On 16mm?It wasn't too long ago that we got our first morsel of info on what the Coen Brothers might be following up their adaptation of "True Grit" with. We sat in on a conversation the sibling directors had with Noah Baumbach at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center earlier in the month and they revealed they were at work on a music-based project. While they were mum on most of the details, they said it was “kind of like ‘Margot At The Wedding,’ ” Baumbach’s 2007 film, in which during the immediate opening of the film, the audience is just dropped into a scene already in progress without any setup or establishing shots or narration to let them know what’s going on. Joel Coen also suggested that the music in the mystery film would be "pretty much all performed live, single instrument." Well, there is now a much more complete picture of where the Coens will be venturing next.

Lucy Punch Says Her Character In 'Bad Teacher' Was Inspired By Sarah Palin

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 25, 2011 1:19 AM
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Dry Humping, Vomit, Boobs & More We Things Learned About From The Cast Of The FilmWhen you get a group of people together who are as funny as the motley crew in "Bad Teacher," things not only get outrageous onscreen but offscreen as well. Such was the case a few days ago in Manhattan, when we joined the press to visit Lucy Punch, Thomas Lennon, Phyllis Smith and the radiant Cameron Diaz to talk about the film.

He Just Wasn't Made For These Times: 'The Messenger' Scribe Oren Moverman Pens Brian Wilson Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 24, 2011 12:56 PM
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Diablo Cody? You might want to sit down, we've got some bad news. Only at the start of the week, the "Juno" Oscar-winner told a panel at the L.A. Film Festival that her dream project was to write a biopic of legendary, troubled Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson. Unfortunately for Cody, it seems that the project is moving forward, but she's nowhere to be seen, with another Oscar-nominee getting the scripting job instead.

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