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Rupert Grint & Jonathan Pryce To Star In WW2 Soccer Drama 'Wartime Wanderers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 2:00 AM
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Considering how hard it is to make a decent sports movie at all (boxing and baseball seem to fare best, but even then there's plenty of dross focusing on both pastimes), it's not surprising, considering the general American apathy towards the game, that soccer, or football as the rest of us call it, hasn't had much success on the big-screen, bar Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric" and Tom Hooper's mostly strong "The Damned United" a couple of years back. "Escape to Victory?" No. "Kicking and Screaming?" Not so much. "When Saturday Comes?" Definitely not.

Watch: First Clip From '30 Minutes Or Less'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 1:36 AM
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If the trailer for "30 Minutes Or Less" didn’t get you excited about what will likely be one of the funniest movies of the summer, this clip from the film will. Jesse Eisenberg plays Nick, a stoner pizza delivery guy who gets a bomb strapped to his chest by two wannabe criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who tell him to rob a bank in nine hours or the bomb will explode. Freaked out by the threat of being blown up, Nick goes to the worst place possible: an elementary school to see his best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari).

Terrence Malick’s Next Film Includes ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Charles Baker (aka Skinny Pete)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 1:16 AM
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Though most audiences are waiting to see Terrence Malick’s latest film "The Tree of Life" as it continues to roll out across the country, the filmmaker’s most loyal fans can’t wait to hear details about what he is working on next. In the midst of a Fort Worth Weekly feature on Texas filmmaker and producer James Johnston, it's revealed that, Charles Baker, who plays the recurring character Skinny Pete on AMC’s "Breaking Bad," will appear in Malick’s next, as-yet-untitled film. Baker has a varied CV to date, but Malick's film will definitely be his biggest gig to date and may help bring "Breaking Bad" fans into the ever-growing fold of Malick obsessives.

Weekend Box Office: $56 Million 'First Class' Opening Isn't X-actly What Fox Had In Mind

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 5, 2011 5:16 AM
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As the only major opening of the week, it was not a surprise to see “X-Men: First Class” reign with a $56 million total. For those keeping track at home (why are you doing this?), this is the lowest-scoring opening weekend for any of the four films in the “X-Men” series save for the eleven-year old first entry, and not a particularly impressive start for the only new wide release in town. This isn’t even taking into account a summer that has seen the fifth and fourth installments of the “Fast And The Furious” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean” achieve great success.

Denzel Washington To Take 'Flight' With Robert Zemeckis This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2011 4:15 AM
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'Roger Rabbit' Sequel 'The Animated American' Remains On The BackburnerWith his planned "Yellow Submarine" film was axed by Disney earlier this year, director Robert Zemeckis has been circling a few projects, but it appears his next effort will be his first live action feature in over a decade.

Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 29th-June 4th

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 4, 2011 7:45 AM
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This week, big rumors about "Django Unchained," big news about "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and big debate over "The Hangover Part II." OH DRAMA.

Exclusive: Clip From Award-Winning Indie Film 'Homecoming'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2011 4:49 AM
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There are many up-and-coming independent movies that strive to make an impression upon the filmmaking community, but only a few actually do stand out from the pack. Writer and director Sean Hackett has been working in the industry for a little while now. He's paid his dues working on a few high-profile features over the past couple of years, including "Zodiac" and "Cyrus" as an intern and an assistant respectively, and now he's looking to break out big with his directorial debut film entitled "Homecoming."

Madisen Beaty Finds Religion With Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2011 3:06 AM
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Yes, it's more casting on Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled Scientology flick aka "The Master" but don't tell us you don't want to hear every drip of info you can about this film.

Jim Carrey Wants To Be 'Bruce Almighty' And/Or 'Dumb And Dumber' Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 4, 2011 2:54 AM
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There's merit to the idea of stars aging and eventually losing sight of what their fans want. Which is why Arnold Schwarzenegger opted for "The Governator" and "Cry Macho" as potential comeback projects, or Sean Connery signing on to something like "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" despite claiming to not understand a single word of the script. While Jim Carrey might not be as old as these people, he is threatening to take the path of Harrison Ford, which is to do a bunch of indifferent middlebrow studio films that no one cares for, and then return to a beloved character decades too late. With Ford "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" paid off, but we aren't expecting the same fortune to smile on another tired Jim Carrey sequel.

Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • June 4, 2011 2:34 AM
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This article originally ran during the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival in April, but is a great overview of Mike Mills' wonderful drama "Beginners" and is worth revisiting.

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