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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.

Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 22, 2011 10:59 AM
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Originally written back in 1998 for Miramax, “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” has had quite a long road to the big screen. Scribes Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins (“Mimic,” “Dragonslayer”) adapted the film from a 1973 made-for-TV movie as a vehicle for del Toro to direct but the project was shelved after numerous rewrites failed to satisfy the studio. Del Toro moved on to direct “Mimic” for Miramax instead which ended up being a disastrous clash of egos between the filmmaker and Bob Weinstein. The producer demanded so many changes that del Toro eventually disowned the film.

Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 22, 2011 9:59 AM
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Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

Caleb Landry Jones (aka Banshee) Joins Neil Jordan's Vampire Film 'Byzantium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 9:29 AM
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No, "Byzantium" is not a sequel or something to Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" but it's the name of ancient Greek city which just happens to also be the title of Neil Jordan's next film, and the director has just settled on his male lead for.

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