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Show Me The Money: Tom Hanks Says 'Toy Story 4' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 2:48 AM
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Welcome to the new Pixar. With "Cars 2" driving its way to nearly $70 million in ticket sales this weekend, with a strong foreign haul expected, the worst-reviewed film in Pixar's history is on track to become studio’s tenth $200 million domestic grosser and more importantly, will keep selling related merchandise, which has already soared into the billions of dollars. And while last year's "Toy Story 3" seemingly brought that franchise to a poignant close, it looks like Buzz and Woody are going to be gearing up for yet another adventure.

L.A. Film Fest: ‘Terri' A Genuine Slice Of The Awkward Life

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 27, 2011 2:38 AM
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Also We Have Some Red Carpet Yuks Care Of The CastWe won’t write out a full review of "Terri" as, well, we already have (twice), though honestly, this writer liked it quite a bit more than some of our fellow Playlisters -- particularly Jacob Wysocki as the titular high school student, who brings to the character a roundness and enthusiasm that is unexpected.
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Watch: Full 30-Minute Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire Collaboration 'Scenes From The Suburbs'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 2:19 AM
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A nice bit of good news to start your week: as long promised, MUBI has premiered the latest short film from Spike Jonze, the director of "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Where The Wild Things Are," his long-awaited collaboration with one of the biggest bands in the world, Arcade Fire. The film, entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs," is inspired by the band's most recent album, the Grammy-winning "The Suburbs," and is co-written by frontman Win Butler, and his brother Will, following a group of kids in a world where suburbs are continually at war with one another.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Immortals' A Tidal Wave Of Yelling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 1:58 AM
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So, you want to premiere a trailer for a movie about a bunch of greased-up ripped dudes from mythology who do battle with mystical bows and arrows and can fly and stuff. Why not give it to...Ryan Seacrest?

This Will Go Over Well, We're Sure: Michael Bay Writes To Theater Projectionists

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:56 AM
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We'd always assumed the humble projectionist had next-to-no contact with the people who actually made the movies, but recent weeks have shown that that's not true at all; the recent disclosure that Terrence Malick had personally written to theaters across the country with certain specifications for "The Tree of Life" has unleashed a sea of similar memos, including Stanley Kubrick on "Barry Lyndon" and David Lynch on "Mulholland Drive." And it's not surprising, considering that all filmmakers worth their salt would want their film to be displayed in the best possible manner. The latest to join them? Michael Bay.

Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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After many years of worthy, middlebrow would-be-Oscar pictures and my-daughter-is-in-peril films, it finally seems like Jodie Foster is ready to have fun again. Playing a character described as "a magnificent c**t" in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" seems to have loosened the Oscar-winning actress up a bit, with subsequent roles including kids' flick "Nim's Island," voicing Maggie Simpson, and trading barbs in Roman Polanski's upcoming "Carnage."

Warner Bros. Goes All In On Superheroes, Plans 'Green Lantern 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 27, 2011 1:23 AM
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"Green Lantern," which "reportedly" cost $300 million to make and market, opened to a soft $53 million last weekend, before plummeting 65% in weekend two amidst bad buzz from critics, audiences and the general press. Sounds like it's time for a sequel!

Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer , Aimee Teegarden & More Go 'AWOL' In Vietnam War Drama

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 26, 2011 11:50 AM
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After taking on the role of Gale Hawthorne in the wildly-anticipated film adaptation of "The Hunger Games," Variety has announced that Liam Hemsworth will appear in the indie drama "AWOL" for first-time director Danny Mooney. Written by Jim Burnstein and Garrett Schiff, the film is based on a true story of a soldier (Austin Stowell) in Vietnam who is dumped by his girlfriend (Aimee Teegarden). Hemsworth will play the best friend who joins the the soldier in going AWOL ("Absent Without Leave") in order to return to the states to get her back. The story's action will be set against the backdrop of an anti-war movement at the University of Michigan. Fast-rising actress Teresa Palmer -- seen this year in "I Am Number Four" and "Take Me Home Tonight" -- is also among the cast, though her role is not yet known. Chris Lowell ("Private Practice") and Max Adler ("Glee") will round out the cast.

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.

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