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Douglas Booth Will Play Romeo Across From Hailee Steinfeld As Juliet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 8:49 AM
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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Well, he's over in the U.K.

Way To Go Everybody: 'On Stranger Tides' Now One Of The Top Ten Worldwide Earners Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 8:23 AM
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As much we like to bemoan the lack of originality in Hollywood, and the increasingly dull and safe choices that Johnny Depp continues to make, it's news like this that is a sober reminder that there is a whole other legion of people who go to the movies who could give two shits about artistic integrity or being spoonfed the same tripe over and over. And it's pretty much the reason why the fourth water-logged entry in a tiring franchise is making history.

David Dobkin To Direct Contemporary 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 7:35 AM
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After doing the indie thing with "Clay Pigeons," getting a taste of Hollywood with "Shanghai Knights," and breaking out with "Wedding Crashers," David Dobkin is getting ready to change gears a bit. While "Fred Claus" was an embarrassment, his forthcoming Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman comedy "The Change-Up" looks to find the director back in stride and it seems Warner Bros. is ready to allow him to take a chance on something big.

Nia Vardalos Talks Keeping Things Light With 'Larry Crowne'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 21, 2011 7:14 AM
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The Writer/Actress Also Hints At What She'll Be Doing Next The Tom Hanks vehicle (he starred, directed and co-wrote the film) “Larry Crowne” won’t scoot into theatres until July 1st, but we’re already rolling out a peek of our coverage, as we recently had the opportunity to sit in on a press conference with the film’s other writer, Nia Vardalos. Perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed debut “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – which her 'Crowne' cohort, Hanks, produced – Vardalos weighed in on the value of a hard day’s work, what she has coming up, as well as keeping ‘Crowne’ uplifting in a time when the story has become all too relevant.

Schumacher's 'Trespass,' Niccol's 'The Host' & Hackford's 'Parker' All Find Homes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 6:59 AM
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It seems that these days, major studios aren't interested in making or distributing a movie unless it can be franchised or easily sold to the movie-buying public. So no surprise that three new projects with stars attached have found their way to smaller shingles.

Michael Bay Loves 'West Side Story' & Scarlett Johansson Calls Him "Surprisingly Sensitive"?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 21, 2011 6:01 AM
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10 Things We Learned From The Recent GQ Profile About The Mega-DirectorIs solaris-sized blockbuster director Michael Bay the antichrist? This is sort of the posit brought up by GQ's most recent self-explanatory titled article "Blow Up: The Oral History Of Michael Bay." While whether he is a blight on cinema or not is something the Playlist is going to examine closer to the release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," there are plenty of high-profile defenders of his style in said GQ piece (not all of it is online, but the new Megan Fox "controversy" naturally has appeared here).

Watch: Erotically Charged Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 5:10 AM
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After a pretty crap bootleg briefly appeared on the web, the first proper trailer for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" has arrived and yes, it looks pretty damn good.

Contest Giveaway: 'Drawings From The Film Beginners By Mike Mills' Book & Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 4:20 AM
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Easily one of favorite films of the year, Mike Mills' "Beginners" stars Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer, and is a winning tale of love, life and grief with sweet compassionate heart that explores the humanity that allows the heart to mend. Needless to say, we loved it. And we're happy to share our enthusiasm about the film as we've got one grand prize of the book, "Drawings From the Film Beginners By Mike Mills," and the excellent soundtrack to the film to give to one lucky reader. Three runners-up will also a receive a copy of the soundtrack.

The Best Films Of 2011...So Far

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 4:05 AM
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Well, today is the first day of summer, more or less the midpoint of the year, and looking back over the the first six months of 2011, it’s definitely been a bit more of a scattershot movie year compared to the arthouse heavy start of 2010. We'll be honest, compiling this list wasn't exactly easy, the year has been uneven so far, but that said, it's certainly not without highlights: Terrence Malick finally delivered his long awaited film, Woody Allen flexed some of the old magic we love him for, and Michael Winterbottom found life and heart from a familiar comic pairing, while Joe Wright moved completely in a new, exciting direction. Over at the multiplex, big summer entertainment has already made that overpriced, greasy bag of popcorn worth the price with J.J. Abrams proving that genre thrills don't have to be empty, while one of the year’s best efforts unfolded beautifully on the small screen.

'Lost' Star Daniel Dae Kim Was Going To Be Comic Relief In 'The Adjustment Bureau'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 3:40 AM
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And 4 More Things We Learned From Director George NolfiOne of the sleeper surprises of the spring was George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau." A unique concoction of sci-fi and romance, and based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, the film stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as a politician and a ballerina who are caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse when they discover that the world they know is not quite what it seems and is controlled by a mysterious group who pull the strings behind the scenes. Determined to fight for their love rather than be pulled apart by the forces that control their destinies, the two go on the run to try and right a universe that has them programmed to never spend another moment together. A tough sell right? Well, as usual, Hollywood underestimated that adults are also looking for entertainment and the film pulled in over $120 million worldwide, earning solid reviews and good word-of-mouth along the way.

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