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Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Pic 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:17 AM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Adds Phyllis SomervilleA couple of casting updates on two highly anticipated projects from acclaimed international helmers. Firstly, character actor Clifton Collins Jr. has joined the growing cast of Guillermo Del Toro's monster-pic "Pacific Rim" in an unnamed role. The actor joins Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Max Martini for the Travis Beacham-scripted tale set in Japan which will see the cast members form the human resistance against a series of devastating monster attacks.

TIFF Rounds Out Slate With Films From Dardennes, Aki Kaurismäki, Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant, More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 12:47 PM
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TIFF has finalized their already impressive slate for 2011, and if you didn't get a chance to hit the Croisette this year, you can catch the highlights in Toronto.

'The Artist' Gets An Appropriately Elegant Poster; Shepard Fairey Designs One Sheet For 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 10:41 AM
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Uninspired by boring blockbuster movie posters all summer? Well here's some classy work that should chase those blues away.

Dude! Alex Winter From 'Bill & Ted's' Directing A Documentary About Napster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 9:59 AM
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While we all know what happened to Keanu Reeves after the "Bill & Ted's" movies, what happened to Bill S. Preston, Esq (Alex Winter)? Well, he soldiered on behind the camera, helming a couple of features -- the thriller "Fever" and the comedy "Freaked" -- and since staked out a career mostly as a director of television shows and commercials. But as with nearly everyone in Hollywood, Winter has a had a long gestating project that's he been trying to get off the ground and it looks like it finally will, albeit in a different shape than he intended.

Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 23, 2011 8:57 AM
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If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone make an engrossing experience, the filmmaker instead finds the guys responsible for discovering Ray and Peter and delves into the history surrounding the craze, while also dissecting the moral ambiguities associated with these precious tapes.

Clive Barker Thought That 'Hellraiser: Revelations' Trailer Sucked Too

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 8:03 AM
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So here's the long and short of it, in order for Dimension to keep the rights to the "Hellraiser" franchise, they need to make something fast. And so they did. And the resulting "Hellraiser: Revelations" as you can see below looks every bit like the cheap rights-retaining production it set out to be. Marking the first time Doug Bradley isn't portraying the iconic Pinhead -- some guy named Jay Gillespie steps in instead -- the franchise is now scraping the bottom of the barrel with the cheapie sequel specialist Víctor García ("Mirrors 2," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") being given $75 and an empty warehouse to shoot the found footage film that reveals the only thing that fits the Dimension Extreme label it's being released under is how extraordinarily shitacular it looks. And it looks like someone showed it to series creator Clive Barker. And he's not happy.

Ben Affleck Aims First Person Shooter Style 'Line Of Sight' As Next Directing/Starring Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 7:13 AM
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Even as Ben Affleck is heading into production on his next film, "Argo," everyone still wants a piece of "The Town" director. He's been eyeing a handful of potential projects, with "American Bullshit" crossing his desk earlier this year, the sci-fi project "Replay" (which he has since moved on from), and he's still got the New York Yankee wife swap tale "The Trade" somewhere in development. Just a couple of months ago he signed on to direct the long gestating American remake of "Tell No One," but now a new project looks to be in line as followup to "Argo," and it's certainly the most tentpole-esque piece of material Affleck has been associated with (at least in the director's chair).

Watch: Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Excellent 'Le Havre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 6:44 AM
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For those familiar with the oeuvre of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, you'll know that his deadpan films aren't quite made to be cut into a conventional trailer. We preface this post in such a way because this writer has seen -- and adored -- "Le Havre" and while this new trailer for the film serves as a pleasant reminder of the film's numerous low key joys, if you don't get the tone of it right away, don't let that put you off seeing the film.

Review: 'Swinging With The Finkels' A Conservative Sex Comedy With Less Laughs Than That Implies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 23, 2011 6:10 AM
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There’s no way around this, there’s no kind way to preface this, there’s no purpose to side-step it: “Swinging With The Finkels” is one of the worst, cheapest, dumbest and most dishonest films of the year. The film has the same tin-ear for its material that student films usually sport, often when they’re about retirement, hitmen, or a litany of subjects young people tackle despite clearly having no experience in the field. 'Swinging,' in theory, would be a film oblivious to the matters of sex and intimacy, but, in fact, it’s merely alien to any and all human behavior. The only 2011 film with this level of understanding regarding our basic humanity was Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch,” but at least that picture has the fallback of a heightened science fiction story.

Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To 'The Killing'

  • By The Playlist
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  • August 23, 2011 5:46 AM
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And 10 Things Learned From The Criterion Collection's Release Of The Classic Film NoirLast week, the Criterion Collection released, "The Killing," Stanley Kubrick's ambitious 1956 classic film noir. While it was technically his third feature-length effort ("Fear and Desire" he disavowed as an amateur work and "Killer's Kiss" was so low-budget it was shot without sound and the actors dubbed in their lines later), "The Killing" was arguably Kubrick's first real picture with a budget and real cast. Produced by James B. Harris (he would also produce "Paths of Glory" and "Lolita"), "The Killing" was written by Kubrick and pulp crime author Jim Thompson ("The Killer Inside Me") and based on the novel "Clean Break" by American crime novelist Lionel White ("Obsession" was also adapted by Jean-Luc Godard as the basis for 1965's, "Pierrot le fou").

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