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A New, Slightly Different, But Much Improved Poster For David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 5:11 AM
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Sex, psychology, spanking, Cronenberg..."A Dangerous Method" has it all and we'll see soon if the film will build sufficient buzz to take it through the awards season as a contender.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Luc Besson's Drama 'The Lady' Starring Michelle Yeoh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 4:29 AM
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So, Luc Besson has directed a political drama. We're not kidding. The hugely successful producer behind action fare like “The Transporter,” “Taken,” and “District 13” and the director of “The Fifth Element” and “The Professional” has gone ahead and made a movie about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi titled "The Lady." Perhaps he's trying to make some kind of karmic amends for making us endure so much schlock? Either way, we're fascinated and if this first teaser trailer is anything to go by, Besson is preparing something somewhat majestic in scope.

John le Carré Makes A Cameo In 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 4:22 AM
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The anticipation for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was building long before any of the exciting trailers for the film had arrived, and the reason is pretty clear. With "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson tackling John le Carré's classic novel with an insanely great cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke, how is it possible not to be anticipating the film? With its Venice premiere just around the corner, and U.K. release following shortly thereafter, it looks like the man whose novel served as the source material is receiving some big screen recognition.

Watch: NSFW Trailer For Frederick Wiseman's Latest Documentary 'Crazy Horse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 3:51 AM
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No one takes their cabaret shows more seriously than the French -- taking off your clothes is pretty much an artform in the nation -- but documentaries about the subject seem to be few and far between. Enter master documentarian Frederick Wiseman whose unobstrusive, fly-on-the-wall approach now seems to be singular in a genre where some filmmakers have become the celebrities in their own non-fiction films. Continuing his tireless work ethic, the filmmaker is back with "Crazy Horse" and the first French trailer for the film has arrived.

Review: 'Our Idiot Brother' A Breezy, But Uneven Attempt To Replicate The Judd Apatow Touch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:53 AM
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Judd Apatow's smash hits of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" (not to mention the countless other successful comedies stamped with his producer tag) have spawned a good handful of imitators but few ever get the formula right. What Apatow does so well -- evidenced as far back as "Freaks & Geeks" and "Undeclared" -- is effortlessly find true character moments in the midst of even the raunchiest gags. For example, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" when Andy returns home after his "bag of sand" gaffe and walks around his house yelling in frustration, it's both hilarious and true -- we've all had those moments where we've said or done something completely mortifying that we can't change. And Apatow excels at building his stories in a way that makes the usually large ensemble of players feel effortlessly real, with their choices and reactions organically born from situations that arise. That influence is clearly stamped on Jesse Peretz's "Our Idiot Brother" a film that takes an Apatow regular in Paul Rudd, surrounds him with a great ensemble, and strives admirably but unevenly to replicate the comedic and dramatic tones Apatow does so well.

'The Raven' Teaser Poster Drips Blood; 'Straw Dogs' Characters Get Their Own One Sheets

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:35 AM
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Update: "The Raven" poster removed at the request of Relativity Media.

Alexander Skarsgård Headed To Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:28 AM
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Swede Alexander Skarsgård first made his talent known on this side of the ocean as Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert in HBO's "Generation Kill" but these days he's better known as the devilishly handsome Eric Northman on "True Blood." Though he's yet to make a major presence on the big screen, he's got a few projects hitting theaters in the next little while that should bring more attention to the actor from those who don't watch the vampire series. Next month he'll be one of the main antagonists in the "Straw Dogs" remake and later this fall, he'll appear opposite Kirsten Dunst in a brief role in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" while next summer he'll yell "H5!" (or something) in the bloated blockbuster "Battleship." And while he's trying to get the viking pic "The Vanguard" off the ground over at Warner Bros. he's making a smart play for his next movie role.

'Transformers' Wants More Money, 'Dark Of The Moon' Returns For 2 Week IMAX Re-Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 2:06 AM
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So the dust is beginning to settle on the summer movie season and for better or worse, the world has voted with its dollars, and made "Transformers: The Dark The Of The Moon" a $1.1 billion success. [Slow clap]. Way to go everybody. But apparently, there is even more money to milked out of the movie so get ready, the Autobots and Decepticons are coming back and getting ready to rumble.

Oh Great, Someone Just Got The Remake Rights To 69 Kurosawa Movies, Including 19 Unmade Scripts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 1:38 AM
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Well, if this is proof of anything, it's that the remake/reboot phenomenon knows absolutely no boundaries.

Will Donnie Yen Join 'The Expendables 2'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 1:02 AM
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As "The Expendables 2" keeps moving toward a start date, the rumored casting for the elderly action flick continues unabated. It was just about a month ago that we got our last look at the proposed assembled team with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis set to appear, and John Travolta and Chuck Norris as the supposed new names. However, curiously missing was Jet Li who played the somewhat offensively named Yin Yang, easily the most energetic member of the cast who was mostly squandered as the butt of the joke in the film. So it looks like Sly and co. are trying to find another familiar martial arts face to step in.

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