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Tom Everett Scott To Hook Up With Marisa Tomei In 'Us & Them' With Billy Crystal & Bette Midler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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It has been nearly a decade since funnyman Billy Crystal has appeared on screen in a movie (and we'll overlook his cameo in "The Tooth Fairy"), seemingly perfectly content to just do voice work ("Cars," "Howl's Moving Castle") or appear in viral videos. But there is only so long you can keep somebody like Crystal away from a movie set. He's set to cameo in "The Muppets" later this year, he apparently pops up in Jonas Åkerlund's "Small Apartments" and, of course, he'll be bringing Mike Wazowski back to life in "Monsters University." But his first big starring role since "Analyze That" will be in "Us & Them" with Bette Midler and Bailee Madison, and now a couple more folks are along for the ride.

Fantastic Fest Review: 'Sleepless Night' A Deceptively Simple Thriller That Packs A Punch

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 29, 2011 3:59 AM
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Containment thrillers can often be limited by the landscape of their locale, but in the French film “Sleepless Night,” the nightclub where corrupt cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley) races to rescue his son is expansive enough to make it seem like a mini-mall. Writer-director Frederic Jardin somehow manages to squeeze every last drop of claustrophobia from the massive, multilevel building, even after he’s filled it wall-to-wall with clubgoers, diners, socialites, and especially the odd assortment of cops and crooks who all have a stake in Vincent’s future. Although it’s quite deservedly scheduled for an American remake via the folks at Warner Brothers, “Sleepless Night” is the kind of entertainment that requires little translation to succeed, as its characters and story are so cleanly and cleverly designed that they would work in virtually any language.

Like Father, Like Son: Lil' Eazy E Says He'll Play His Father In N.W.A. Biopic

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 29, 2011 3:38 AM
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Brandon Cronenberg, Son Of David, Set For Feature Directorial Debut 'Antiviral'While the director's chair has yet to be filled for "Straight Outta' Compton," the biopic on the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A., it sounds like casting for the project might be already creating a stir, particularly in the hip hop world.

Callan McAuliffe, Young Leo DiCaprio In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' Joins 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Star Diego Boneta Looked At To Play 'Adam'Hollywood is about to get Old Testament on this shit. Having presumably exhausted comic books, fairy tales and board games as sources of inspiration for their tentpoles, the big studios are going Biblical in search of the next big thing. Francis Lawrence is working on a futuristic take on "Samson and Delilah," Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner are looking to face off as David & Goliath, there are a pair of films about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee in the works, one of which is from Mel Gibson, and overnight it appeared that Warner Bros is trying to court Steven Spielberg to direct Moses flick "Gods and Kings."

Review: 'Take Shelter' A Naturalistic, Novelistic Portrayal Of Madness & Apocalypse

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 29, 2011 3:01 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Sundance.

Dominic Cooper Takes A Ride To 'Motor City' With Albert Hughes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 3:00 AM
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After playing the quip-filled Howard Stark in "Captain America: The First Avenger" and appearing in pretty much every single scene in "The Devil's Double" where he played two characters with equal panache, it looks like Dominic Cooper is ready to give his mouth a break.

Shawn Levy Says He's Still Trying To Crack The Script On 'Hardy Boys'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 29, 2011 2:45 AM
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Says 'Frankenstein' Will Chronicle Victor & Igor In Their '20s Shawn Levy's name might not pop into your head when you think of the most successful directors of recent years, but his track record speaks for itself. While even Levy admits earlier projects like “Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen” had their faults, his back catalogue of box offices successes is almost unmatched in the current crop of directors. He's currently riding off three smash hits in a row, with the "Night At The Museum" films and last year's "Date Night." His ability to turn out engaging, popcorn entertainment that is a cut above the usual standard is the reason why Levy seems to be linked to just about every project under the sun. And while he can't direct everything, he continues to develop projects that interest him under his production banner 21 Laps Entertainment. After discussing "Fantastic Voyage" and the "Real Steel" sequel last week, The Playlist caught up with Levy again this week to discuss a few more projects he has in the pipeline.

Rooney Mara Reportedly Eyed For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 2:44 AM
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Could the girl with the dragon tattoo move from one twisted tale right into another? According to Twitch, Mandate Pictures and director Spike Lee are hoping the answer to that question is yes, as Rooney Mara is being sought to take the pivotal female lead role in the "Oldboy" remake.

Mission IMAXible: Tom Cruise Spy Sequel To Hit Large-Format Screens Five Days Early On Dec 16th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 2:19 AM
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Plus 'Inception,' 'Star Trek' & 'Fast Five' To Get IMAX Re-ReleasesThough overruled when it came to our fall preview last week -- too many other staff members have been burned by mediocre franchise installments in the past -- this writer is really kind of excited about "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," the fourth installment in the Tom Cruise-led spy franchise. J.J. Abrams, who got closest to getting it right with "Mission Impossible III" (which has great moments, but doesn't quite hang together), has returned to produce, there's an intriguing, eclectic cast, including Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Tom Wilkinson, Josh Holloway, Lea Seydoux, Michael Nyqvist and Anil Kapoor, and some of the best below-the-line talent around, including "There Will Be Blood" lenser Robert Elswit and composer Michael Giacchino.

9/11! U2! Tom Hanks! Sandra Bullock! It's The Trailer For ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 2:19 AM
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Geez, can you tell this one is looking for Oscars? The first trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” has arrived and before we're even halfway through, we get an infamous image of the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11 and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name." Did the person cutting this have no shame?

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