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Ben Barnes Replaces Sam Clafin In 'Seventh Son' With Jeff Bridges & Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 9:23 AM
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How quickly things change. Almost four months after rising star Sam Clafin landed the lead role in "The Seventh Son" Variety reports that talks fell apart, and now a new name with a bit more tentpole experience has arrived to save the day.

'Fight Club' Writer Jim Uhls To Pen Trent Reznor's HBO Miniseries 'Year Zero'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 9:07 AM
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Don't worry if you forgot about this entirely -- we kinda did -- but last year, before he became on Oscar winner, Trent Reznor struck a deal with HBO and BBC for a mini-series adaptation of Nine Inch Nail's 2007 dystopian concept album Year Zero. Not much has been heard about it since then, but for such a, high concept effort, it looks like they've tapped the right man to do the job.

'Spy Kids: All The Time In The World 4D' Will Be Brought To You In Aromascope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 8:00 AM
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Since 3D is a hit (sort of), why not bring back another gimmicky device that will also serve to act as yet another distraction to actually watching the movie you paid $13 to see?

Lily Cole Joins 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 7:19 AM
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Sam Spruell Also Board The Film"Snow White And The Huntman" isn't done casting yet. Following the recent casting of the dwarves in the film, two more actors have joined the film which is gearing up to go in front of cameras very soon.

In Theaters: 'Cars 2' Races 'Bad Teacher' To The Finish Line

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 24, 2011 6:59 AM
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The box office arms race of 2011 continues this weekend, as we all recover from the sight of Ryan Reynolds' green CGI suit. This weekend, two contenders enter the ring. In one corner, we have the tried-and-true bread and butter, the consistent money maker, loaded with high end talent and a brand to back it up, not to mention merchandising out the wazoo-- yes, it's Pixar's "Cars 2." And in the other corner, we have the underdog, the newcomer with a loud-ass bark and still questionable bite, the promising but not yet proven genre, the raunchy lady comedy, "Bad Teacher." Two will enter, and one will exit with its tail between its legs, the shattered dreams of unproduced scripts fluttering sadly about its ankles. No pressure or anything, Cammie!

R.I.P. Peter Falk (1927-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 6:45 AM
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"Just one more thing...."

L.A. Film Fest Reviews: Herzog-ian 'Family Instinct' & The Quiet Tragedy Of 'The Salesman'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 24, 2011 6:03 AM
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"Family Instinct" Director Andris Gauja seems to be taking a page out of Werner Herzog's "ecstatic truth" playbook with "Family Instinct," a film about Zanda, a Latvian woman waiting for her husband and father of her children to come home from prison. But he's only in prison because she told the police of the abuse she and her children were receiving. Still, she says she'll let him back and be happy if he behaves. After all he is her husband. And her brother.
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'Black Swan' Writer Mark Heyman Pens Facebook Thriller 'XOXO'; Darren Aronofsky Will Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 5:43 AM
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Two of the biggest talking points around last year's awards race centered on the psychological, sexually tinged thriller "Black Swan" and sober interwebs drama "The Social Network." So why not mash those two things up into a new movie?

Review: 'A Better Life' Is Uneven, But A Well-Intentioned & Modest Human Story

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 24, 2011 4:58 AM
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Sincerely rendered, modest and at times, a little too simplistic, Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," is neverthless a labor of love and a quiet, well-intentioned examination of family, father-son relationships and immigration issues in the U.S. Chalk it up to guilt. No, not white guilt, franchise guilt. After delivering two back-to-back rather bankrupt genre tentpoles (the polar bear coke commercial, anti-religion campaign "The Golden Compass" and the vacuous "Twilight: New Moon") director Weitz pulls a full 180 with his small-scale humanist drama, and he's a better man (and filmmaker) for it. If only every empty and tentpole obsessed director felt as though they needed to make similar amends. Not that atonement washes away all sins nor creates a perfect movie, but at the very least, even if it misfires ocassionally, which is does, the intent is pure -- and that's a start.

New Look At Gary Oldman In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 4:19 AM
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Will this be the year the Academy finally gives Gary Oldman his due? It seems that those anticipating Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" think that this could be the film that finally sees the actor holding the Oscar gold. And even if it isn't, with a fantastic cast in place and some great source material to work with, this promises to be one of the highlights of the fall movie season.

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