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Review: Tender Is The Night In 'The Myth of the American Sleepover'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 21, 2011 5:01 AM
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When you’re a teenager, the last days of summer take on a kind of sanctified status – responsibilities loom ahead and the dog days are behind you. David Robert Mitchell’s tender, observant debut feature "The Myth Of The American Sleepover" follows several young souls in a listless suburban town that seems to stretch on for miles and miles of pale blue roads and identical picket fence houses. Over the course of a single night, a substantial (and almost uniformly Caucasian) cast of non-professional actors spills out across town to a host of sleepovers, hangouts by the lake and whatever soul searching they manage to salvage.
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Peter Jackson Says 'The Hobbit' Will Be More Humorous Than The 'Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 21, 2011 4:28 AM
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And Five More Minor 'Hobbit' Revelations From The New Issue Of EmpireComic-Con 2011 is descending upon us like a dark cloud of Sauron forces, but instead of rushing out early to appease the insatiable nerds, studios are wisely taking an approach of caution. Andrew Stanton realizes he'll "gain nothing" from showing unfinished footage of "John Carter" (though, what they couldn't have held that recently unveiled trailer for a few days?), Warner Bros. is not hocking "The Dark Knight Rises" or "Man Of Steel," and Marvel is seemingly saving everything for Disney's D3 since the studio is now under the corporate Mickey Mouse umbrella.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

'Twilight' Actress Toni Trucks Joins Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'He Loves Me'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 21, 2011 3:33 AM
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With five years elapsed since their last directorial effort, "Little Miss Sunshine," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are certainly coming back in a big way. The duo have teamed with real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan to bring a script by Kazan to the screen, assembling a terrific ensemble to tell the Charlie Kaufman-esque story of a writer (Dano) who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. As the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block, he ends up willing her into existence.

Dane DeHaan Joins Derek Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond The Pines' As The Son Of Gosling & Mendes

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 21, 2011 3:07 AM
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A typically strong indicator of an inexperienced up-and-comer going places is landing a role in a high-profile film. It was something that happened with Mia Wasikowska a couple of years ago when the former "In Treatment" actress burst onto the scene with a trifecta of films, "Alice In Wonderland," "Restless" and "The Kids Are All Right."

Watch: New Trailer & Clip From Joe Cornish's Inventive Alien Invasion Pic 'Attack The Block'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 2:50 AM
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Even if you've been only half paying attention, you should already know by now that Joe Cornish's feature film debut "Attack The Block" is already something of a cult classic and it hasn't even hit theaters in the U.S. yet. Making its world premiere and playing to rave reviews at SXSW (where we first caught up with it) the film has continued to build its buzz with numerous advance screenings and festival appearances (we recently saw it again at Fantasia) and in case you have any doubt, we're here to tell you: Yes, it is that good.

New Looks At Literary 'The Raven,' Sepia-Toned 'Immortals' & Nature Channel Horror 'Shark Night 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 2:50 AM
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Forgive the quips, but we're tired and Comic-Con hasn't even started yet. With San Diego -- a whale's vagina -- set to become nerd heaven for next few days, there will posters, pics and more. So pour some Red Bull into your eyeballs, because the first batch starts here with Relativity dropping some visual bombs to kick things off.

A Throughly Dull Teaser Poster For 'The Avengers' Is Assembled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 2:27 AM
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This weekend the thoroughly serviceable, enjoyable though not quite remarkable "Captain America: The First Avenger" will hit theaters and as usual Marvel will be promoting the next movie in the comic universe with a post-credits scene. But unlike previous films where Samuel L. Jackson or Clark Gregg show up for two seconds broadly winking at the audience, fans are in for a real treat this weekend as a teaser trailer for "The Avengers" will be unveiled and for those of you who managed a peek at the leaked footage, which features pretty much every member of the superhero team, it's a pretty nifty little spot.

Jennifer Lawrence Becomes The Top Contender For David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 2:11 AM
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...and then there was one. With Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lawrence all vying and testing for the coveted female lead role in David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook," one name has risen above the others. Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence seems to have impressed the director where the others have failed, taking the frontrunner position according to Deadline.

Joss Whedon's Long-Delayed 'Cabin In The Woods' Finally Glimpses Light, Hits Theaters April 13, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 21, 2011 2:04 AM
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When MGM went bankrupt, it was a major headache for some of the film industry's biggest figures and properties. "The Hobbit" was delayed for a year, causing Guillermo Del Toro to leave the production, and Peter Jackson to take over, while Sam Mendes also had to significantly delay his entry into the James Bond series, the longest running franchise around. But there are two films that were most adversely affected by the situation, the last two productions at the studio: "Red Dawn," the remake of the fondly-remembered Commie-bashing classic, and "The Cabin in the Woods," a post-modern horror flick written and produced by geek deity Joss Whedon, and directed by "Cloverfield" scribe Drew Goddard.

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