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Watch: Santa Gets Shot In The Face In Trailer For 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 1:58 AM
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When "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" first arrived it was a blast of fresh air. It was an R-rated comedy with two non-white leads with the entire plot centered around two very stoned guys who get the munchies and go on a quest for some sliders. Simple, stupid and very successful. But whatever unique flavor that film had was immediately traded in for just being another run-of-the-mill raunch fest, as the unfunny, nearly unwatchable sequel "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" just tried to go for extreme gross-out gags with one as unfunny as the last. Which brings us to the latest effort, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," which pretty much plays as yet another sub-"The Hangover" stab at being provocatively funny.

'Harry Brown' Helmer Daniel Barber To Direct 'Strangers On A Train'-Esque Thriller 'Substitution'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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As far as Hollywood calling cards go for British directors, Daniel Barber has a pretty good one. Not only did he pick up an Oscar nomination for his short "The Tonto Woman," but he then made his feature debut with the Michael Caine vehicle "Harry Brown," a slick, violent vigilante thriller that, if you overlook its questionable "Death Wish"-esque politics, had much to recommend it -- from a technical standpoint at least. So far, however, Barber hasn't had the same overnight success that, say, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt managed -- he's attached to direct the Russian mafia thriller "Devotchka," which made last year's Brit List, but hasn't had much activity otherwise.

Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Seal 6 Film Is Not A Nefarious Plot To Get President Obama Re-Elected

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 11, 2011 1:39 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Refute Charges Made Against ThemKathryn Bigelow's upcoming project about the takedown of Osama bin Laden has been the subject of much speculation. Originally set to be based on a true story about an unspecified military black ops mission, the film was shaken up by the surprise news of Osama bin Laden's death this spring, with reports quickly following that the Bigelow film would include the 40-minute firefight that killed bin Laden, with screenwriter Mark Boal -- a former investigative journalist -- using his research and resources to build out that portion of the film. And apparently, his sourcing is making folks in high places uncomfortable.

Eddie Murphy Still Making Crap, Will Voice Title Character In 'Hong Kong Phooey'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2011 1:26 AM
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We can't help but feel that, decades from now, the early career of Eddie Murphy will be a trivia question. "Which star of terrible children's movies was once was an edgy, ground-breaking stand-up comedian, and star of comedy classics like '48 Hours' and 'Trading Places'?" Since the mid 1980s or so, Murphy has seemingly gone out of his way to make absolute shit, with only the occasional glimmer of hope -- "Bowfinger" was pretty good, "Life" is underrated, and we suppose he was fun in the original "Shrek," although subsequent sequels have run that one into the ground by now.

Dermot Mulroney Joins Park Chan-wook's English-Language Debut 'Stoker'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 11, 2011 1:14 AM
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Dermot Mulroney is the latest addition to the already talent-packed cast of Park Chan-wook's upcoming English-language debut, an adaptation of the Wentworth Miller-penned "Stoker."

Watch: Epic U.K. Trailer For Ralph Fiennes' Contemporary Adaptation Of Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 10, 2011 12:38 PM
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With an Oscar-geared release already set for December 2nd, Ralph Fiennes' ambitious directorial debut of a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" now has an intense, epic trailer to hype up its end-of-year unveiling.

Review: 'Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow' A Tarkovskian Study Of Ambitious Modern Art

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 10, 2011 10:08 AM
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Even those that find modern art to be unbearable and pretentious must concur: paving roads, digging out caverns, and building houses as part of your art installation on the grounds of an abandoned silk factory is bad-ass. That said, detractors are likely to question the amount of money used for this that didn't go to something else, but let's remember that art, when given the chance, can affect us profoundly and in ways that we sometimes can't comprehend immediately. Also, let's not derail towards a time-consuming and bitter brannigan.
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James Franco Is Making A Documentary About Porn Site Kink Because He's James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 9:14 AM
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So, what do you do when you have the number one movie in America? If you're most actors, you bask in the glory and use that momentum to land another payday gig. If you're James Franco, you go and announce that you're making a documentary about a porn site.

Morgan Freeman Will Reveal Magician Secrets In 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 8:42 AM
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Granted, we're not always fond of Morgan Freeman's career choices -- "Dolphin Tale"? narrating every commercial ever? -- but give the guy even a halfway decent script and he'll kill it every time. Which makes us even more excited that he's lining up a fantastic sounding project with a great array of talent to bounce against in the kind of role we don't see often enough from the actor.

Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' Hits On January 27, 2012 Though Oscar Run Considered For Liam Neeson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 8:17 AM
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So, a few adjustments to the release plans for Joe Carnahan's upcoming thriller "The Grey." When the film was picked up last month by Open Road for a cool $8 million -- in addition to a $25 million commitment for marketing -- it was expected to do a fall festival run before arriving in theaters by the end of the year. Well, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and "The Grey" is nowhere to be seen and the film won't arrive this year either with a January 27, 2012 now pegged. So what's up?

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