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'The Inbetweeners' Soundtrack Features New Music By The Streets, Tunes From Ke$ha, The Vines & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It's hard enough to keep up with TV shows on this side of the pond, so you'll to forgive us not catching up with the Brit comedy "The Inbetweeners," a popular sitcom that follows the juvenile exploits of four hapless adolescents in their last two years of high school, usually involving them trying to get laid in some capacity. And while the show -- according our U.K. writers -- is a pleasant enough blend of raunch and heart, the trailer for the upcoming big screen version certainly plays its hand a bit more broadly, so we've been a bit wary. That said, we do have another interest in the film, namely the soundtrack.

Today In Unexpected Pairings: Kevin James & Emily Watson Star In Indie 'Little Boy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:59 AM
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Plus Will The Portly Comedian Appear In Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank & Francis'?We may be about to be stripped of our snark cred, but we don't hate Kevin James. He's a decent enough actor, has some comic timing, and is a firmly likable screen presence. We do, however, hate virtually every film he's made: a cynical string of fatty-fall-over gags tied to the loosest possible plot you could think of. But with "The Zookeeper" failing to meet box office expectations (taking half of the gross of James' last vehicle "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"), the chubby funnyman may be heading for a change of tack, with the news that he's teaming up with Oscar nominee Emily Watson for an indie family drama.

First Images & Official Synopsis From 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos' New Film 'Alps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 1:43 AM
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It was a bit of a shocker when Yorgos Lanthimos' provocative "Dogtooth" landed on the Best Foreign Film nominations at the Oscars earlier this year, if only because it's exactly the kind nervy, unique filmmaking that the Academy typically shies away from, particularly in that usually very conservative category. But the recognition spoke to the power of Lanthimos' film, one that shocked, thrilled and disturbed audiences around the world, took home honors from a variety film festivals (including the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes) and put the Greek filmmaker on the map. Well, Lanthimos is back and and will surely be pushing buttons again with "Alps" which will premiere in Venice in a few short weeks, playing in competition.

'Monsters' Star Scoot McNairy Latest On Board Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:23 AM
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Scoot McNairy is having a pretty good twelve months. The actor had a minor indie hit a few years back with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss," but it was his turn in last year's lo-fi genre smash "Monsters" that really started to turn heads. The film was a big hit on the festival circuit last year, and McNairy was courted for a number of massive films, including "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," before taking something far more interesting: a lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik's eagerly-anticipated crime flick "Cogan's Trade." Oh, and he managed to find time to marry "Monsters" co-star Whitney Able as well.

Mark Ruffalo & Amanda Seyfried Join Increasingly-Awesome 'Now You See Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 5, 2011 1:10 AM
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It looks like magicians are coming back into fashion again. Back in 2007 Christopher Nolan and Neil Burger ("Limitless") had competing magician films in "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" (though for our money Nolan's film is far and away the victor there) and more recently Darren Aronofsky signed on to direct the pilot for HBO's "Hobgoblin," about a group of magicians and con men fighting Hitler in WWII. Back in February we broke the news that there would be another film joining the ranks, this one a heist-thriller from "The Transporter" director Louis Leterrier. The film follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and showers the profits on to their audiences.

Geek Dream-Team: Jesse Eisenberg To Star In Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' Follow-Up 'The Double'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:04 AM
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Considering we'd worried about his potential range earlier in his career, and the fact that he doesn't always seem that enamored of the idea of being a movie star in interviews, we continue to be impressed by the choices that Jesse Eisenberg has been making. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" was always going to be a tricky role to escape from the shadow of, but he's already had a big animated hit since with "Rio," he's in theaters next week in the R-rated comedy "30 Minutes or Less," and he's got some impressive and diverse projects lined up, including Woody Allen's "Bop Decameron," the Louis Leterrier heist comedy "Now You See Me" with Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried, and a possible reteam with 'Social Network' producer Scott Rudin on a biopic of youthful anti-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.

'Game Of Thrones' & 'Boardwalk Empire' Helmer Brian Kirk May Take The Hammer Of 'Thor 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 12:19 PM
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Over the years, Marvel has attracted a pretty decent roster of filmmakers to take on their comic franchises with folks like Jon Favreau, Louis Leterrier, Matthew Vaughn, Joe Johnston and more recently Joss Whedon and Shane Black getting behind the camera. However, Marvel is also known for being very...careful with money...and with Kenneth Branagh moving on from the "Thor" franchise they've decided to save a few bucks on his replacement.

Kenneth Branagh To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 10:56 AM
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Yeah, They're Gonna Have To Change That TitleWith Kenneth Branagh delivering a hammer-sized hit with "Thor" this spring, it appears he's proved whatever he needed to with the comic franchise, turning down the chance to work on "Thor 2." He's spent the last little while attaching himself to a variety of potential projects including an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" in addition to a film about the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team. Well, he's adding one more to his plate, and no, it has nothing to do with Shakespeare.

Nick Nolte Joins Jason Statham's 'Parker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 10:15 AM
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...and then there's Nick Nolte, the two-time Academy Award nominee who seemed to be in every movie in the '90s and then hit a weird patch in the aughts where he was less in demand (even though 2002's "The Good Thief" features one of his finest performances), but seems to be be back to his ever-busy ways. While we'll ignore the fact that he was in "Arthur" and "The Zookeeper" this year, he's got the hotly buzzed "Warrior" and the highly anticipated Michael Mann/HBO series "Luck" on the horizon and he recently came aboard the Robert Redford/Shia LaBeouf vehicle "The Company You Keep." And while we may not approve too highly of his next move, his grizzled technique is only sure to elevate the proceedings.

Brendon Gleeson Says Michael Fassbender Was Cast In 'Swim-Two-Birds' A Year Ago & No One Noticed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 4, 2011 9:51 AM
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Says The Complex Meta-Adaptation Will Include "Three Separate Worlds"One of the more anticipated films around these parts, likely not hitting theaters until 2012 or even 2013, is Brendon Gleeson's directorial debut, “At Swim-Two-Birds.” No, we don't run a Gleeson fanclub, nor are we obsessive fans of Flann O’Brien‘s classic 1939 Irish novel, but the all-Irish cast circling this is too great to ignore.

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