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Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz & John C. Reilly Unleash Verbal 'Carnage' In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 4:22 AM
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Yes, Roman Polanski's "Carnage" is indeed a comedy (with some drama) and if you had any doubt, this trailer should more than drive that point home.
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Watch: There Is Nothing That Humanity & A Bazooka Can't Solve In The 'Machine Gun Preacher' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 3:51 AM
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So, there has been a lot of talk around the "The Help" by folks in certain quarters about how it's an offensive and possibly racist look at civil rights because it uses a white woman as a pinwheel around which black stories are told. This writer disagrees somewhat and after watching the trailer for "Machine Gun Preacher," this movie comes off far more patronizing and condescending, if not outright ridiculous.

Bill Hader Calls The 'To-Do List' A Raunchy 'Sixteen Candles' & Talks 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:41 AM
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Comedian Says 'House Of Joel' Might Be Dead; Says Josh Brolin Is "Scary Good" In 'MIB3'Among the sea of comedic actors currently working in Hollywood, one of our favorites is Bill Hader, if not for his uncanny talent and savvy mimicry skills, then for his desire to strike out as a multi-hyphenate comic talent. Logging big time minutes in “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” "Paul" and even “A Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian,” Hader’s developed a solid rep as a guy who can bring the funny in some of the biggest blockbusters around.

Renny Harlin Talks The Politics Of '5 Days Of War,' Says He Wants To Make 'Long Kiss Goodnight 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:27 AM
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It’s been quite a journey for Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin. Once the director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ” (the highest-grossing entry in the series at the time) he moved on to the back-to-back onslaught of “The Adventures Of Ford Farlaine” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” that cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top action directors, a designation he carried all the way to the snakebitten “Cutthroat Island,” one of the biggest bombs in box office history.

Read The 15 Rules Of ‘Dogtooth’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ New Film ‘Alps’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 3:01 AM
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Film Tagline: "When The End Is Here, The Alps Are Near"For the most part, press notes for a film are usually a dull affair. A bunch of stapled pages with rehearsed quotes from everyone involved, a synopsis and maybe a few images from the flick. They are a handy tool, but ask anyone who comes back from TIFF or Cannes, almost 90% will end up in the recycling bin. However, every now and then there will be something that will you will want to hang on to. Last year's hardback book for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives" was a standout, but even something with striking imagery or a memorable presentation will be enough for us to file it away. Which brings us to "Dogtooth" director Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film "Alps." With a premiere in Venice and TIFF just around the corner, attendees will once again be overloaded with marketing material for the films hitting the Lido but they may want to hang on to the pages for "Alps."

Riley Keough Apparently Beats Out Lindsay Lohan For Role In Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 2:23 AM
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Another day, another bit of casting is revealed for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper pic "Magic Mike," but this one comes with a twist.

Review: 'A Horrible Way To Die' And Not Much Of A Way To Live

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 2:17 AM
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“A Horrible Way To Die” tells two parallel stories. One of them is rooted in the fear of the mundane, following Sarah (Amy Seimetz), a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together. Her alcoholic past can directly be attributed to an abusive relationship, one that had borderline stripped her of her identity. She may have a job, a car, and a house, but Sarah is a ghost, invisible to those around her, floating through life without vice, but also without virtue. And why would there be either? Director Adam Wingard takes a vampiric attention to detail, featuring a world of almost constant nighttime or downshifted cloudiness. The walls of her home are drenched in shadow, her AA meetings are in barren basements. The outdoor world seems to exist only to provide empty parking lots. You’d be forgiven for expecting a twist that reveals she’s been dead this whole time.
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'Fright Night' Writer Marti Noxon On The Influence Of 'Near Dark' & Differences From 'True Blood'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 19, 2011 2:03 AM
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Plus Her Work On 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' & More“Fright Night” screenwriter Marti Noxon knows a thing or two about vampires. As a writer and executive producer for Joss Whedon’s much beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” she oversaw all manner of things that go bump in the night. She returns to similarly funny/scary terrain for this weekend's "Fright Night" remake, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Anton Yelchin as a high school kid who suspects that Jerry (Colin Farrell), the dark-haired stranger that moved in next door, might be a vampire.

'War Horse' Author Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful' Heading To Big Screen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 19, 2011 1:45 AM
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Rising Stars Jack O'Connell, George MacKay & Alexandra Roach Lead Cast, Mark Knopfler To Write ScoreIt's not out until Christmas, but already "War Horse" is widely seen as an awards front-runner: it is, after all, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on a beloved novel, follows hot on the heels of a much-praised stage version that's been a smash hit both in London and on Broadway, and combines both a gruelling war tale and a touching journey to track down an animal, so it will have to be a real disaster to not leave audiences teary-eyed at the end. And it looks like people are banking on its success, as another novel with a World War One setting by Michael Morpurgo, writer of the original book, is heading to the big screen.

Tracklist For 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Soundtrack Plus First Listen To 'Crown Of Thorns'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 19, 2011 1:20 AM
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In celebration of the band's 20th anniversary (yes, it's been that long, you're old), Cameron Crowe's documentary, "Pearl Jam Twenty" is right around the corner. Making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, of course it wouldn't be a Pearl Jam film without a soundtrack. Comprised of live cuts and demos, the two-disc soundtrack will arrive on September 20th, to coincide with the doc, and will include 29 unreleased tracks. Highlights include "Black" from their still unreleased 1992 MTV Unplugged appearance, a Mother Love Bone cover of "Crown Of Thorns" during their 10th Anniversary tribute to deceased singer Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone was a precursor band to PJ), and a Temple Of The Dog cover (another early PJ offshoot with members of Soundgarden). The disc will also include a 36-page booklet with liner notes written by Cameron Crowe packaged in a hard-bound book. There's also a 384-page book that arrives on September 13th if you're keen on stocking up on your PJ wares.

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