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Beefs & Brotherhood: Michael Rappaport Calls A Tribe Called Quest Dynamic "Emotionally Complex"

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  • June 22, 2011 7:17 AM
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Director Says Hip-Hop Group's Relationship Is Complicated Both Off And On The ScreenIf you're one of the lucky few that has seen the hip-hop documentary "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," perhaps at either the Sundance or Tribeca film festivals, you know the film is a knock-out: a deeply insightful journey into the history of the seminal '90s rap group, their contextual legacy, that ventures very personally and intimately on the personal fissures and fractures that led to their break-up; lingering emotional issues that still cling to this day.

First Poster For Pixar's 'Brave' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 7:04 AM
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For those bemoaning Pixar's unfortunate swing into sequel-dom with last year's "Toy Story 3," this year's "Cars 2" and the upcoming "Monsters University," the good news is they've got some original content in the pipeline. The studio just set a 2013 date for a mysterious new project, but before that, we'll get "Brave."

Watch: Green Band '30 Minutes Or Less' Trailer Still Delivers Big Laughs Without Red Band Raunch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 6:44 AM
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Yes, this new trailer for "30 Minutes or Less" is pretty much the same deal as the red band version but it has enough new bits to make it worth your while, and certainly it's just as funny as its raunchier counterpart.

Spike Lee Heads To HBO For 'Da Brick,' A Drama Series Based On The Life Of Mike Tyson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 6:29 AM
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It seems HBO is desperate to find something, anything to stand in the place of "Entourage" after the final season airs this year. Last year, they launched "How To Make It In America," a show that copies the same basic format but swaps out Hollywood for the fashion industry (though, to be fair, it's pretty entertaining). And now, they are going to get in the ring with another on-the-rise style series, but instead of movies or clothing, it will center on boxing.

Todd Haynes & 'Meek's Cutoff' Writer Jon Raymond Working On Film About "Conservative Politics"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 5:42 AM
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As far as movie CVs go, writer Jon Raymond has a fairly impeccable record thus far. Having worked with Kelly Reichardt on "Old Joy," "Wendy & Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff" as well as with Todd Haynes (who produced Reichardt's film) on the first three parts of "Mildred Pierce," he's notched some impressive work under his belt. And he certainly seems to have made an impression on Haynes as the director is set to work with him again an upcoming project.

New Poster For 'This Must Be The Place' Reminds Us Why We Still Want To See This Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 5:06 AM
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Granted, the reviews out of Cannes for "This Must Be The Place" were not good -- our man in the field James Rocchi called it "rambling and ragged" -- but other reviews were far less kind and overall word was that it was a disappointment if not a complete misfire. But regardless, it does have Sean Penn channeling Robert Smith and we'll watch that any day of week.

The Amazing Race: How Soon Is Too Soon To Talk About The Oscars?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 4:06 AM
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This week marks the start of a new regular column here at The Playlist, focusing on the awards season. It'll be intermittent at the present, and more regular once the season really gets going come September or so.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' The Best PETA Ad Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:42 AM
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A longer version of the international teaser for "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" has arrived and it's basically the most expensive PETA ad ever produced.

Watch: Japanese Trailer For 'Real Steel' Gets In The Ring With New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:31 AM
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While we have to wait for Hugh Jackman to sharpen his adamantium claws in "The Wolverine," he's got another metal alloy based movie on the way this fall in the way of the robot-boxing movie "Real Steel." A new Japanese trailer for the film (don't worry, it's mostly in English with some Japanese voice-over) has dropped, with plenty of new footage to make it worth your while during your next coffee break.

Jennifer Lopez Circles Jason Statham's 'Parker' & 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:28 AM
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Jennifer Lopez is at a bizarre crossroads in her career, where she's currently famous for formerly being a superstar, because at any rate, no one wants to see her in movies or listen to her music. Her last few efforts on the big screen -- "The Back-Up Plan," "El cantate" and "Bordertown" -- were outright duds. While on the music fromt, despite having a hit single with "On The Floor," no one bought her album "Love?" with only 183,000 copies sold to date a far cry from her previous effort "Brave" (650,000 copies) and leagues away from the era when she was moving units in the millions. But that being said, she's still a brand, an "American Idol" host and a hugely influential and popular figure in the Latino community and above all, there is still a curiosity factor about Jenny from the block that for whatever reason piques the pop culture mind. But movie execs are dumb, and while Lopez is getting another shot at a couple of upcoming movies, she will not be toplining as she did back in her "Maid In Manhattan"/"The Wedding Planner" days.

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