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Todd Phillips Said A Planned 'The Hangover Part III' Would End The Franchise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 10:32 AM
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Also Defends Rehashing Original Film's Story: "Since When Have Comedies Been About Plot?""Bridesmaids" might have captured the nation's hearts and minds for the moment, taking in a surprising hefty box-office take over the weekend, but next week brings what's all-but-certain to be the biggest comedy of the summer: "The Hangover Part II," the speedy sequel to 2009's surprise hit. And we were initially looking forward to the film: the first was good fun, if not the comic behemoth that its box office take might suggest, and we even enjoyed Todd Phillips mean-spirited fall comedy "Due Date," even if no one else did.

Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt & More Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 9:35 AM
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This business moves fast. We'd barely finished hitting 'publish' on a post about "Community" star Gillian Jacobs joining the Steve Carell/Keira Knightley comedy-drama "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," and our inbox pinged with a press release from Focus Features, who recently acquired the film. As it turns out, Jacobs wasn't the only actor to come on board the film recently.

Oversaturated? New 'X-Men: First Class' Clip & Gajillion New Photos Makes Us Feel X-Hausted

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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Earlier this year, right as the first trailer was about to be released, and or just after, this site, and hell, this writer, spoke on behalf of this site and said the #1 comic book movie we were looking forward to this summer was Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class."

EW Debut First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen In 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 7:31 AM
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Our prayers have been answered, and the daily casting updates for "The Hunger Games," for the most part announcing nobodies who'll barely be in the film, seem to have dried up, with the film's 'tributes' -- those competing in the dystopian blood sports of the title -- now fully cast. Does that mean that things will be quiet until the film debuts its first trailer? Don't be stupid.

Synopsis For Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’ Mostly Reveals Main Character's 'Waverly Prep' Book

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 7:20 AM
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Since his 2005 debut, "Thank You For Smoking," director Jason Reitman ( "Up In the Air," "Juno") has been releasing a film, almost like clockwork, every two years. The next one, written by Diablo Cody, who obviously wrote "Juno," is essentially complete and stars Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser.

Watch: Three New Clips From Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Skin I Live In'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 7:05 AM
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Plus 5 New PhotosCannes might be starting to draw to a close, but some of the most anticipated films of the festival are still to come; foremost among them Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In," which screens tomorrow morning. We're always excited to see something new from the Spanish director. But considering his latest is not only something of a break from his comfort zone, a horror-tinged revenge tale, but it also marks his reunion with megastar Antonio Banderas for the first time since 1990's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!," our anticipation levels are even higher than usual.

Intern Gets To Design Teaser-Sale Promo Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson's Untitled New Project

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 6:44 AM
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Wouldn't it be better if Paul Thomas Anderson named his new upcoming movie "Master of Puppets" and scored it with Metallica? Ok, maybe that wouldn't work so much.

Jonny Lee Miller Joins Ensemble Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows,' Filming Gets Underway This Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been talking about teaming up for an adaptation of 1960s vampire soap "Dark Shadows" for years now, but for a while, it was unclear if the always-busy megastar would find room in his schedule for the film. But if "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" taught us anything in the last few years, it's that if the pair are attached to a VFX-heavy, production design-reliant project that plays right into their comfort zones, it'll happen sooner or later. And indeed, "Dark Shadows" begins production in the U.K. this week.

Britta For The Win: 'Community''s Gillian Jacobs Joins 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 5:26 AM
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Castmate Danny Pudi Will Appear In Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy 'My Mother's Curse'Picking the MVP on NBC's excellent sitcom "Community" is a near-impossible task -- the tremendous ensemble cast, which includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, turn in top-notch work week on week, and each episode tends to show new strengths for a different character. But if we had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Britta, the politically conscious drop-out played by Gillian Jacobs.

New Restoration Of Nicholas Ray's 'We Can't Go Home Again' To Premiere At Venice & New York Fests

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 4:36 AM
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Nicholas Ray is a truly fascinating figure. The filmmaker, who was born 100 years ago this year, directed a series of hugely influential pictures in the 1940s and 1950s, most notably "Johnny Guitar" and "Rebel Without a Cause," but never quite got the respect he was due in the States (although the Cahiers du Cinema crowd were obsessed with him), and spent much of his life in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction, working on difficult, experimental projects.

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