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First Look At Tom Hanks & Newcomer Thomas Horn In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 5:36 AM
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Plus Gwyenth Paltrow In 'Contagion' And Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele In 'New Year's Eve'A few bits and pieces of candy for your eyeballs as Warner Bros. has released new pics from some of their upcoming films. Let's get to it.

New Posters For 'The Adventures Of Tintin' & 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 4:20 AM
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Yeah, we know, in terms of pairing two movies together for one story you can't get much more polar opposite than these two films, but they both share long titles so we'll use that as the connecting link. Or whatever.

Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Returning For 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 3:34 AM
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Sienna Guillory Won't Be BackWe may not understand the love the "Resident Evil" franchise has, but money doesn't lie. Now four films strong, each entry in the series has made more than the last (not unlike the "Final Destination" franchise) with last year's 3D effort "Resident Evil: Afterlife" taking in nearly $300 million worldwide, pretty much doubling the $147 million haul of "Resident Evil: Extinction." That's the kind of numbers that makes studio executives tingle. Anyway, it wasn't much of a surprise that a sequel was greenlit and stamped with a 2012 release date last fall, and this bit of news is even less of a stunner.

Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 3:03 AM
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"...but what I really want to do is direct" is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It's a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry. But as folks like Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, George Clooney and more have shown, the leap can be made and done very successfully, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on Keanu Reeves.

Watch: Welcome To Heartbreak; Full Trailer for Sundance Hit 'Like Crazy' Lands

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:55 AM
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Arriving barely a week after the teaser trailer, a full-length spot has arrived for Sundance hit "Like Crazy." The long-distance romantic drama stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence and it struck a nerve with audiences at Park City earlier this year, taking home the Grand Jury Prize for director Drake Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones. This writer saw the film back in January and thought it was easily one of the best of the fest. The film was mostly improvised and manages to capture that suffocating feeling of being in a long-distance relationship delivering a few moments that are truly crushing.

Guillermo Del Toro Says PG-13 Is The Refuge Of Cowards

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:46 AM
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How The Weinsteins Messed With 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More From The Filmmakers On The Horror RemakeOn Monday night, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center hosted a screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as part of their Film Comment Selects series. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV film about a young couple being pursued by malevolent creatures in a spooky old house they’ve inherited. The new version swaps in Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as interior decorators renovating an old house and gives Pearce’s character an 11-year-old daughter, Bailee Madison (“Brothers”), who ends up the subject of most of the torment.

Dakota Johnson & Nicholas Braun To Star In Chris Nelson's High School Comedy 'Gay Dude'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 10, 2011 2:20 AM
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Rising thesps Dakota Johnson and Nicholas Braun are set to lead Chris Nelson's upcoming high-school comedy "Gay Dude" with Hunter Cope and Dreama Walker ("The Sitter") rounding out the cast.

Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 2:04 AM
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There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happy. But that said, we don't think we've ever seen him personally get involved in promoting a film like has here.

Watch: Cross-Dressing, Line Dancing & Lizzy Caplan In 'Queens Of Country' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 1:46 AM
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Lizzy Caplan wasn't kidding when earlier this year she told us that the forthcoming indie comedy, "Queens of Country," was "a super strange, really funny movie." The trailer that has landed certainly confirms the "strange" part, but as for the "funny," we'll let you decide.

Bruce Willis Spins The Casting Wheel Again, Lands On 'G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2011 1:26 AM
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There are certain actors for whom any attempt to follow the logic or reason in their career choices can only end in failure. What drives Al Pacino to follow playing himself in Adam Sandler comedy "Jack & Jill" with a Phil Spector biopic? How does Samuel L. Jackson film both Cormac McCarthy adaptation "The Sunset Limited" and direct-to-video actioner "Arena" in the same year? At least Nicolas Cage owes the government millions in taxes, but some of these elder statesman seem to delight in veering between the sublime and the ridiculous, and one of the greatest offenders is Bruce Willis.

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