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Crime Thriller 'Cities Of Refuge' Finds A Citizen In Charlize Theron

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 10:26 AM
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It looks like Charlize Theron is on the comeback trail. After a string of films that either underperformed or just weren't worthy of her talents -- "Battle In Seattle," "In the Valley of Elah," "The Burning Plain," "Hancock," "The Road" -- the actress has lined up a formidable slate of projects. Next year she'll be starring in two major tentpoles, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," and before the end of the year we may be hearing Oscar talk for her turn in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." So when we hear the words "crime thriller" associated with Theron, we can't help but be a bit excited given the momentum she has right now.

Retro 'Dirty Girl' Soundtrack Features Pat Benatar, Melissa Manchester, Bow Wow Wow & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 9:41 AM
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While we're curious to see how the Harvey Weinstein edit of "Dirty Girl" plays -- the movie was chopped down from 109 minutes to 90 minutes in order to "broaden its appeal" -- we will say this: anyone needing a good '80s fix will be well served by the soundtrack.

Watch: It's 'Taken' With Wolves In Trailer For Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' Starring Liam Neeson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 9:15 AM
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Okay, so maybe we're being flippant, but with Liam Neeson imposing a serious voiceover as he tries to stay alive in frigid conditions while fighting off kidnappers identity thieves wolves, we can't help but be reminded of the Luc Besson produced thriller. But that said, once you take away the hokey emotional stuff? "The Grey" looks like it could be pretty fun.
More: Films, The Grey

Sorry John Singleton, N.W.A. Biopic Might Go To Craig Brewer, F. Gary Gray Or Peter Berg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 8:28 AM
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Hollywood moves fast and literally days after director John Singleton told us he was in some early discussions about making a biopic about seminal gangsta rappers N.W.A. the tide appears to be shifting. But first let's rewind a moment.

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Sean Penn's Goth Holocaust Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 7:57 AM
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Lionsgate Nabs Midnight Madness Horror Flick 'You're Next'The biggest WTF movie so far this year has been Paolo Sorrentino's followup to his acclaimed "Il Divo," the Sean Penn starring "This Must Be Place." Premiering to a very mixed reception at Cannes this spring (that's sort of putting it kindly), the story follows a (seemingly) barely functioning goth rocker (Penn doing his best Robert Smith impression) who finds out his father he hasn’t seen in 30 years is dead and then goes on a road trip to find the SS Officer who made his life hell when he was imprisoned at Auschwitz. No, really, that's the plot. But it seems the Weinsteins know a challenge (or a bargain) when they see one, picking up the North American rights to the film.

Watch: Trailer For 'Urbanized' Gary Hustwit's Followup To 'Helvetica' & 'Objectified'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 7:22 AM
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Who would've thought a documentary about a font could be interesting? Leave it to director Gary Hustwit, who with his 2007 debut feature film "Helvetica" not only made a typeface seem thrilling, he also delivered one of the finest documentaries of that year. Following a similar path, he followed up that film with "Objectified," a look at industrial design that again took a premise that seemed bone dry but turned into something compelling. Well, design fans take note because Hustwit has one more for you.

Review: 'Toast' With Freddie Highmore Is Burnt, Charred & Flavorless

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 21, 2011 6:53 AM
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To adapt a story into a movie is to lionize the subject, say some critics. It’s the same school of thought that believes you can’t ever make an anti-war movie. To that end, some would say, in a Warholian manner, that every person deserves their own movie, for such a designation would suggest a humanist approach to the narrative of a single person from within the global culture.

Watch: First Clip From 'Batman: Year One' Sort Of Reminds Us Of McBain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 6:25 AM
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There is perhaps no entry in the Batman comics canon more beloved or influential than Frank Miller‘s “Batman: Year One.” As the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and tracks the young crimefighter’s first steps into becoming the masked superhero. Darren Aronofsky famously tried to crack the nut of getting a feature film version off the ground to no avail, but the folks over at Warnes Bros. Animation -- who have ben doing a steady run of solid feature films based on DC Comics' properties -- are getting set to release their take on the tale.

Paula Patton Has A 'Disconnect' & 'Prison Break' Star Robert Knepper Gets 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 6:00 AM
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A couple of casting updates for you, for some films that are getting to roll or are already underway.

Great Poster For Janus Films' Re-Release Of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Weekend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 5:22 AM
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With French New Wave legend Jean Luc-Godard spending the latter part of his career making interesting curiosities like "Film Socialisme" that are pretty much only appreciated by his small, but diehard fanbase, it's easy to forget that one point, his name alone would have lineups forming around the block at arthouses nationwide. And coming right at the end of his 1960s run that included what arguably his best and most influential films including "2 or 3 Things I Know About Her," "Masculin Féminin," "Pierrot le fou," "Band of Outsiders," "Contempt," "Vivre Sa Vie," "A Woman Is a Woman" and of course "Breathless" was none other than "Weekend."

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