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Brian Geraghty Will Co-Pilot With Denzel Washington In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2011 2:02 AM
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It might have taken a little time (18 months passed between the film's premiere in Venice and its Oscar victory), but basically everyone came out of "The Hurt Locker" with a ton of heat behind them. Directing and writing pair Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal attracted the attention of most of the A-list for their thriller "Triple Frontier," before switching streams to head to the unexpectedly timely "Kill Bin Laden," which is gearing up to go next. Jeremy Renner has become the most sought-after leading man in town, with lead roles in "The Avengers," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "The Bourne Legacy," while Anthony Mackie has done equally well, cropping up in everything from the imminent "Real Steel" to the upcoming "Gangster Squad."

Watch: 'Human Centipede 2' Trailer Is Still Gross & Disturbing In Black & White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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We have to admit, despite the minor hoopla surrounding Tom Six's upcoming "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)," we had no idea the film was in black-and-white until we caught up with it ourselves, but the limited color palette didn't prevent us from saying the film "almost reaches the all-time gross-out pantheon." Indeed, when you witness twelve people getting stitched up ass-to-mouth, you're bound to get a bit queasy.

Watch: Jennifer Garner Campaigns For Her 'Butter' In Clip From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 1:23 AM
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Well, this is a bit surprising. Even though it was reported just a couple of weeks ago that The Weinstein Company were going to give "Butter" a one-week Oscar qualifying run in October before a wide release in 2012, the sudden launch of a website for the film, complete with a clip from the movie (below via ComingSoon) and an accompanying viral Twitter account, perhaps point to a bigger release than previously intended. Or maybe a much more concerted Oscar or Golden Globes push. Either way, it's our biggest look at the film yet, and it seems perfectly primed for the build-up to next year's presidential election.
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Jessica Chastain Joins Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' Alongside Tom Cruise

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 27, 2011 1:22 AM
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Up-And-Coming Actress Will Play One Of Two Female Leads In Now Untitled Sci-Fi FlickOn the last episode of Wheel of Shortlist Casting Future, five actresses were vying for the two lead roles opposite Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinki's untitled sci-fi picture formerly known as "Oblivion" and "Horizons." The quintet, who had all tested for the role, included Brit Marling (Sundance indie-darling of "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice"), Olivia Wilde ("Cowboys & Aliens," "TRON: Legacy"), Noomi Rapace (the original "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") & Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum Of Solace") and "Tree Of Life" co-star Jessica Chastain.

Is 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' About To Become A Franchise? Announcement Allegedly Imminent

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 26, 2011 12:56 PM
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Gary Oldman Says Sequel Could Be A Composite Of 'The Honourable Schoolboy' And 'Smiley's People'It's hard to say that the spy genre doesn't love a franchise. The longest running franchise in cinema history is, of course, the James Bond series, Jason Bourne is Universal's biggest tentpole, and from Harry Palmer to Jack Ryan, if audiences show even a sniff on interest in a character, executives will happily bring them back for future installments, which is why we've had to suffer through things like "xXx2" and "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" over the years.

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.

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