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Sam Rockwell Negotiating To Star In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 15, 2011 12:13 PM
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Well, you knew something had to break. After his Best Acting Oscar nomination for "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner's stock in the star market rose astronomically and he attached himself to several tentpoles ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" being the biggest) and even flirted with the first iteration of Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology project. But something in his schedule had to give and that's become an indie called “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

NYAFF '11 Reviews: 'Vengeance Can Wait,' 'Love And Treachery' & 'Raw Force'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 15, 2011 11:05 AM
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"Vengeance Can Wait"You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.
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'Reno 911!' & 'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 10:35 AM
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The upcoming big screen pregnancy movie keeps growing, with a cast that is getting bigger and a plot that is getting wackier.

'The Descendants' Moves To November 23rd; 'Five Year Engagement' Set For April 27, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 9:52 AM
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'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Moves To October 21stYou know the drill, so bust your day planner out because you're gonna have to move some things around.

'Bridesmaids' Co-Writer Annie Mumolo & Robert Smigel Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 9:09 AM
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Judd Apatow continues to keep it in the family as the ensemble cast for his "Knocked Up" spinoff just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with two more names who have worked with the writer/director/producer board his new film.

Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Identification Of A Woman' Leads Criterion's October Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 8:41 AM
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It's the middle of the month, which means the good folks over at the Criterion Collection have lifted the veil on a new batch of releases that are set to hit in October. For those purists of the label who have been decrying some of their more contemporary and/or "populist" choices of late, they will have nothing to complain about as this month is all about the oldies.

'Inglourious Basterds' Star Daniel Brühl Circling Niki Lauda Role In Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 7:57 AM
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Before he came known to film fans on this side of the ocean for his turn as Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," savvy cinema lovers already knew that Brühl was an actor of incredible talent. He broke out with the one-two punch of "Goodbye Lenin!" and "The Edukators." He followed that up with a solid turn in the WWII drama "Joyeux Noel" and in the indie "2 Days In Paris," but Hollywood finally came calling, as he landed a role in "The Bourne Ultimatum." But the actor doesn't seem to be in any rush, nor particularly interested, in bagging roles in U.S. just for the sake of it, but when Ron Howard comes calling with a project as tantalizing as "Rush," you take the call and check your calendar.

Get To Know Your Rabbit: Animator Eric Goldberg On Creating 'Winnie the Pooh's Sidekick

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 15, 2011 7:14 AM
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Of the myriad of pleasures to be hand from this weekend's outstanding "Winnie the Pooh" is to see the classic characters that you've grown to know and love, living and breathing once more – in traditional, hand-drawn animation, no less! Since computer animated films have taken over the multiplexes (keep in mind that Walt Disney Animation shuttered its hand-drawn animation division for five whole years in the mid-aughts), the crews making these films are smaller but completely star-studded – every character in "Winnie the Pooh" is brought to life by a certifiable legend.

In Theaters: Bid Adieu To Harry & Pals In 'Deathly Hallows Part 2' Or Take A 'Pooh'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 15, 2011 6:27 AM
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Break out your wands and Gryffindor scarves, people! It's time to bid adieu to Harry Potter and pals in the conclusion of this eight film series this weekend. I don't care that it's the dead heat of July, put your damn wizarding cloaks on and get thee to a theatre right quick. Beat back those feisty little tweens and crack a butter beer for your fallen homies. Also opening this weekend: a few docs, some indie fare and a childhood revisited with "Winnie the Pooh."

Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' Will End The World With Sadness On November 11th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 6:17 AM
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With Lars Von Trier going all Mel Gibson (kind of but not really, but his big mouth is his own worst enemy) at Cannes in May, you'll be forgiven for forgetting that he was there to present his latest effort, the epic tale of sadness and apocalypse "Melancholia." The film was picked up by Magnolia long before Cannes but a release date has now been set: it will hit theaters starting November 11th.

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