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Future Scares: Ben Wheatley's 'Kill List' & Elizabeth Olsen's 'Silent House' Get 2012 Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 4:17 AM
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So, looking for some scares that don't involve some footage shot for about $10 and then cobbled together with some jump scares? (That's right we're looking at you "Paranormal Activity 3"). Well, you might have to wait until 2012 but the early part of the year should satisfy your thirst for cinematic thrills.

LFF '11 Review: Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Is Flawed, But Also Kind Of A Blast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2011 3:49 AM
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It might seem ingracious to complain, but film festivals can sometimes be something of a slog. For every transcendent piece of cinema, there are two or three well-meaning, firmly mediocre pictures clogged with mental illness, child abuse and miserable sex. Which is exactly why most film festivals mix it up a little, with a midnight genre strand, or just introducing something a little more...fun into the mix.

Peter Jackson Says He'll Direct The Sequel To 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Right After 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 3:24 AM
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Steven Spielberg Reveals Script For ‘Prisoners Of The Sun’ Is Already FinishedRiding on a big wave of positive reviews, the Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced "The Adventures Of Tintin" begins opening internationally tomorrow and Sony and Paramount will be watching the ticket sales closely. The motion-capture-fueled project was always planned as a trilogy, with plan being that Spielberg would direct the first film, Jackson the second film with the duties on the final installment still not quite mapped out. However, while audiences overseas are familiar with Hergé's animated hero, he's less well known stateside and it will take a strong showing at the box-office to get the followup moving. However, if the early word is any indication, whether you grew up following Tintin in the comics or are brand new to the cowlick haired adventurer, Spielberg and Jackson's film is a pure delight and we called it "one of the best times at the movies we’ve had in a long while." So undoubtedly, the filmmakers are confident that "The Adventures Of Tintin" will connect with audiences as the sequel is already on the horizon.

'Captain America' Writer Stephen McFeely Says Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Is Like 'Fargo'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 25, 2011 3:06 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen McFeely, co-writer of "Captain America: The First Avenger" and its upcoming sequel, told The Playlist that he and his partner Christopher Markus are optimistic that Michael Bay’s next project will be directing “Pain and Gain,” a black comedy they wrote about a real-life crime. “He’s headed in that direction,” McFeely said last week during a telephone interview for the home video release of “Captain America.” “There’s been more public comments from him, so it’s nice. But it seems more realistic than it did two years ago when it seemed a little more realistic than it did two years before that, so we’re cautiously optimistic.”

'Motorcycle Diaries' & 'On The Road' Scribe Jose Rivera To Make Directorial Debut With 'Celestina'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 25, 2011 2:46 AM
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Project To Star Rivera's Wife Sona Tatoyan & Bill PullmanWhile the release date of the Jose Rivera-scripted, Walter Salles-helmed adaptation of "On The Road" remains up in the air, it looks like the writer is set follow in the footsteps of his counterpart revealing to O Globo that he'll soon embark on his feature-length directorial debut with the female-led road-film "Celestina."

Michelle Williams Sings On 'My Week With Marilyn' Soundtrack; Also Dean Martin, Nat King Cole & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 2:22 AM
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Not only has Michelle Williams put on the platinum blonde hair to play to the legendary (and curvaceous) Marilyn Monroe, she's trying out her singing voice as well in the upcoming "My Week With Marilyn." As you already know, the movie centers around the actress' trying time on the set of Laurence Olivier's "The Prince And The Showgirl" and in addition to singing "I Found A Dream" that was featured in the movie, Williams tries Monroe's breathy voice on in a few other selections as well.

Review: 'The Green' A Too Familiar & Predictable Tale Of A Couple Facing Crisis

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 25, 2011 2:01 AM
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No matter how “evolved” we may be as a society, there’s always the off-chance that someone, in some culture, is completely flummoxed by the evidence of progress with which others have grown familiar. So the fact that “The Green” centers on a reasonably attractive gay male couple isn’t really worth a second glance for most of us, but there must be acceptance as to those who might find this, at worst, an odd, intriguing novelty of sorts.
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'The Dark Knight Rises' 6 Minute Preview Confirmed, But Only On 70mm Capable IMAX Screens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Not In Those Tiny, Digital IMAX TheatersLast week word spread like wildfire around the interwebs that a lengthy, six-minute prologue from “The Dark Knight Rises” would be unspooled in front of screenings for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” While the news seemed legit, we had our doubts and wondered why Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were putting a massive teaser for easily the biggest film of next summer in front of a rival studio's film. But it turns out there is a big caveat for those who want to see it which may mean buying your tickets well in advance and scouring to find out which theater in particular near you will even be capable of showing it.

Watch: Another Chucklesome Trailer For Aardman Animations's 'The Pirates! Band Of Misfits'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2011 1:42 AM
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In the era of Disney's multi-billion dollar "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, it's easy to forget that, for most of the 20th century, the idea of a film revolving around swashbucklers and sea dogs was pretty much box office poison. Sure, Errol Flynn might have brought them in in droves in the early years of the talkies in "Captain Blood," but since then, disaster followed disaster, with the likes of Roman Polanski's "Pirates" and Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island" entering the all-time hall of train wrecks.

Mikael Blomkvist Gets Inside Lisbeth Salander's Head In New 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 1:33 AM
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The campaign for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been moving steadily along. Last week, when some vintage footage of the accident that kicks of the story landed online, savvy viewers picked up some clues hidden within that led to a viral site What Is Hidden In Snow which has been slowly revealing geographic locations where fans can track down a framed flower like this -- just like the ones Henrik Vanger receives in the book/film -- with a signed card from Fincher. And tonight, another treat courtesy of MouthTapedShut.

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