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Review: SXSW Hit 'Surrogate Valentine' Charms At A Low Frequency

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 30, 2011 2:14 AM
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Singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura stars in “Surrogate Valentine” as a thinly veiled version of himself, a struggling West Coast musician with a wry deadpan humour and a gentle spirit. His open face suggests an innate patience with the fools that surround him as he soldiers thanklessly through underpaid gigs, perfecting his genuine brand of shadow-drenched shoegaze from city to city. His work may make ends meet, but he continues to haggle with distributors who won’t release his material in indie record stores.
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Watch: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Doesn't Know Who To Trust In New Clip From 'The Thing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 1:58 AM
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What's worse than having a job in the icy, forbidding wastelands of Antarctica? Finding out that there is a shapeshifting monster out there picking off your colleagues.

Watch: Trailer For Indie Drama 'Norman' With Soundtrack By Andrew Bird

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 1:42 AM
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Hear The Song "Hospital" From The Score BelowFor his sophomore feature film, director Jonathan Segal has rounded up quite the array of talent both in front of and behind the camera. To help tell the story penned by Talton Wingate, he's got veterans Richard Jenkins and Adam Goldberg to slot into supporting roles around his young leads Dan Byrd ("Cougar Town") and Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters") and to power it all, none other than Andrew Bird has written an original score. The result is "Norman" and it promises to be a quietly affecting drama about the pain of adolescence.

Watch: Promising Trailer For Alt WW2 Drama 'Resistance' With Michael Sheen & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 1:23 AM
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What if the Germans had won the war? It's a question that's plagued hacky science-fiction and historical novel writers since...well, the Germans didn't win the war, but that doesn't mean it can't be the source of compelling fiction. Philip K Dick's masterpiece "The Man In The High Castle" is a good example, or Robert Harris' gripping thriller "Fatherland," while the cinematic high watermark is probably the underseen 1966 British film "It Happened Here." It's been a while since the sub-genre made it to screens, but The Guardian yesterday brought us a trailer for a new example from the U.K., the thriller "Resistance."

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Surprise TIFF Audience Winner 'Where Do We Go Now?'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 29, 2011 12:48 PM
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Lebanese actor/director Nadine Labaki came out of nowhere recently and took home the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at TIFF for her comedy "Where Do We Go Now?" While the film was without a U.S. distributor at the time, a big, unexpected win like that meant someone would swoop down in no time and that's indeed the case as Sony Pictures Classics is reuniting with Pathe Pictures to acquire the pic for North America.

'Half Nelson' & 'Sugar' Duo Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden Will Get 'Hate Mail'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 11:43 AM
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Oh man, well this is eerie. Just yesterday we were chatting around The Playlist water color discussing our recent interview with Anthony Mackie in which he discussed what working with Ryan Gosling was like. The pair of course are starring in the current filming "Gangster Squad" but before that, they squared off in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's remarkable debut film "Half Nelson." Talking amongst ourselves, we noted how much we really liked their scenes together (particularly the one below) and moreover, how we hoped that we'd soon be hearing of a new project from the directing pair. Well, here we are.

Woody Harrelson Is Going To Pull Some Jedi Mind Tricks In 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
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While Woody Harrelson has earned acclaimed for his post-"Cheers" dramatic work, the actor still likes to have some fun. In fact, prior to the TIFF premiere of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," Harrelson did everything from the raunchy comedy "Friends With Benefits" to the disaster movie "2012" to low-fi superhero pic "Defendor." And while those films are certainly a mixed bag, his next turn could see the actor taking part in some high class genre fare.

'Homeland' Star Diego Klattenhoff Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 10:06 AM
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Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. You might recall that back this spring "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff was reported to be taking a role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." As these things sometimes go, the scheduling couldn't be worked out and he didn't wind up doing the film, but fall is here and the actor has bounced back with a part in another mega movie.

Watch: Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe & Thomas Jane Get Wasted In Red Band 'I Melt With You' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 9:47 AM
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Here's a midlife crisis gone so awry that no amount of hugging it out with your bros is gonna solve it.

That 'Mortal Kombat' Reboot You've Been Waiting For Is Happening From The Guy Who Remade 'Fame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 9:06 AM
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The geeks have spoken and Warner Bros. has listened. Remember last summer when Kevin Tancharoen (the guy who did the "Fame" remake that no one cared about and the "Glee" 3D concert movie no one went to go see (how is this dude still getting work?) directed a ridiculous po-faced "Mortal Kombat" promo trailer to try and get traction for a new full-length movie going? Well, apparently enough people with bad taste were impressed because Deadline reports that WB are getting a reboot of the video game movie going. Hooray.

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