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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."

Jackie Earle Haley To Play Pro-Slavery Confederate Alexander Stephens In 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 4:49 AM
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The story of Jackie Earle Haley is a pretty amazing one. The actor found modest success as a child actor and continued with his career into the mid '80s with appearances on both television and the big screen before moving behind the camera for the next couple of decades as a modest producer and director of commercials. But he returned to the big screen with a vengeance with a memorable turn as a pedophile in Todd Field's "Little Children" and from there, he's seen an amazing resurgence. With stints in "Watchmen," "Shutter Island," "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and in Tim Burton's forthcoming "Dark Shadows," Haley has established himself as one of the best character actors going and he's adding another big name director and project to his impressive resume.

Review: Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Is A Rousing, Wonderfully Atypical Rock Doc

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 21, 2011 4:27 AM
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If it's not completely obvious, "Pearl Jam Twenty" is the name of the new retrospective documentary about the first twenty years of influential Seattle rock band Pearl Jam. But, as directed by Cameron Crowe, whose mind operates on another level of meta-textual cross-indexed pop cultural awareness, it's also a nod to the name of the first Pearl Jam album, Ten (the number of former New Jersey Nets point guard Mookie Blaylock, who the band was originally named after). In a weird way, the title is also evocative of the way the movie has been put together – unlike most standard rock band documentaries, its full of personal detail (Crowe was in Seattle at the time as a young music journalist) and wonderfully atypical shifts in tone and style. Those fearful of a feature-length "Behind the Music" can table those anxieties. This is the real deal with lots of surprising texture.

John Singleton Says He Showed 'North By Northwest' To The Young Cast Of 'Abduction'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 21, 2011 4:06 AM
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The Director Talks About His Evolution From 'Boyz N Tha Hood' To Contemporary Action ThrillersIf you’re ever in danger of running out of superlatives when describing John Singleton, thankfully the director can provide plenty of his own; maybe he was just feeling confident on the morning after the Los Angeles premiere for “Abduction,” where “Twilight” fans transferred their “Team Jacob” fantasies onto Taylor Lautner’s new action thriller. Singleton certainly didn’t spare any modesty when describing his work on the film when we sat down to talk with him. “If you look at that film, or the action pictures that I make, they’re totally different from what anybody else would do with them."

Ti West's 'The Innkeepers' Gets Picked Up By Magnet Releasing, Goes VOD On December 30th

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 21, 2011 3:43 AM
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Magnet, the genre arm of Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures, has been quite busy acquiring titles that have been playing the festival circuit to mostly positive response this fall. With Bobcat Goldthwait's Diablo Cody-bashing "God Bless America" already in tow, Magnet now has horror auteur Ti West's "The Innkeepers" looking to creep out audiences later this year.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Will Get 'Smashed'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 21, 2011 3:25 AM
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'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul, 'The Help' Breakout Actress Octavia Spencer & Nick Offerman Also On BoardSince Mary Elizabeth Winstead is done battling awful CGI-rendered aliens in "The Thing" prequel, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul and Nick Offerman aka Ron Swanson from "Parks & Recreation" have a break from their shows' respective seasons, it would appear as if it's time to shoot a feature.

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