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Matt Walsh & Lizzy Caplan Talk The Improv Comedy Of 'High Road'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 3:04 AM
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Getting your first feature film off the ground is no easy feat, but that task is made a bit easier when your friends include people like Rob Riggle, James Pumphrey, Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliot, Joe LoTruglio, Rich Fulcher, Horatio Sanz, Dylan Obrien, Zach Woods, Matt Jones, Ed Helms and Kyle Gass. For actor and now director Matt Walsh, those are the stars he brought on board for his directorial debut, the improv comedy "High Road." The film follows a weed dealer split between a pregnant girlfriend, a gestating rock opera and his illegal job which pays the bills. Things go from bad to worse when a deal goes wrong and he’s forced to go on the run with a teenager he’s mentoring, thus allowing for the rich cast of characters to come into play. We recently spoke to director Matt Walsh and actress Lizzy Caplan about their work on the film and how they approached the film, from both in front of and behind the camera.

Review: 'The Robber' Is A Relentless, Character-Based Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2011 2:46 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 New York Film Festival.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Adds 'Cry Macho' To List Of Potential Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 2:25 AM
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Hollywood wants Arnie (whether the rest of us do or not remains to be seen) and the former Governator (who turned that moniker into an animated series) has his pick of projects. A new "Terminator" film is currently out at the studios looking for a buyer, and earlier in the year, he was linked to Ji-Woon Kim’s “Last Stand” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Tomb” as possible new projects. Well, you can add one more.

Review: Takashi Miike's Samurai Picture '13 Assassins' Is His Most Entertaining & Accessible

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 29, 2011 1:58 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 Vancouver Film Festival
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Dwayne Johnson To Produce & Star In Biopic About Black Country Music Legend Charley Pride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 1:43 AM
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Dwayne Johnson's acting career has pretty much vacillated between two opposite poles: his skull cracking ways that you can check out this weekend in "Fast Five" and his softer, more family friendly persona that he's displayed in films like "The Tooth Fairy" and "The Game Plan." But we have to admit, this news threw us for a loop and actually, is a pretty big gear change for the muscle heavy star and we're kind of rooting for him to nail it.

Oscar Winning 'Inside Job' Director Charles Ferguson To Direct HBO's Julian Assange Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 1:20 AM
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Alex Gibney Already Four Months In On His Assange Project For UniversalWhile he may have fallen off the front page of newspapers around the world -- at least for now -- there hasn't been a character as fascinating as Julian Assange in quite a while. The man behind Wikileaks has singlehandedly caused government leaders to sweat by leaking classified cables and documents that in many cases have shown politicians bending the truth, lying or covering up facts about a number of diplomatic issues. Hardly surprising. But in an era when fewer journalists seem willing to kick down doors and more complacent to simply report what's handed to them by Washington PR teams, the actions were a severe wake up call. The fact that as a personality, Assange is equally as interesting certainly didn't hurt and as the heat around the shadowy figure grew, so did Hollywood executives' interest, with a number of competing projects now in the works. And two of them are now pulling ahead with documentary filmmakers at the helm.

New Posters For 'Bridesmaids,' 'Green Lantern,' 'X-Men: First Class' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 12:57 PM
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Also 'Swinging With The Finkels' & 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'A batch of posters to get your day started, so let's get right to these then shall we?

'The Skin I Live In' Gets Official Synopsis & November Release; 'Take Shelter' Set for October 7th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 12:10 PM
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Aside from a series of increasingly creepy stills not much is known about Pedro Almodóvar‘s “The Skin I Live In” except that it's based on a pretty intense book by crime novelist Thierry Jonque‘s 2005 book, “Tarantula.” The film has a competition slot at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and with buzz continuing to build, Sony Pictures Classics set the film a rather plum and perhaps Oscar baiting release in November (an exact date hasn't been specified).

'Jack Ryan' Reboot Film, 'Moscow,' Getting David Koepp Rewrite (How Many Writers Has This Had Now?)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 28, 2011 11:41 AM
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Jesus, how many screenwriters does it take to screw in a lightbulb, errr, get a screenplay to a proper place that studio and stars are happy with? In the case of the Jack Ryan reboot -- you remember that franchise, "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "The Sum Of All Fears," that saw Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and less successfully, Ben Affleck play CIA agent Jack Ryan as written by Tom Clancy -- it evidently takes a lot of writers.

Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' Pulled Out Of MGM Mire By Lionsgate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 11:33 AM
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While "Red Dawn" goes through some drastic changes to the point of who exactly the villains are in the film, another film stuck on the MGM bankruptcy shelf is "Cabin In The Woods," the horror flick co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard -- whose geek cred between them boasts "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Cloverfield" -- and directed by Goddard, is now being saved.

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