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Jesse Eisenberg Has Doubts About 'Zombieland 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 6:52 AM
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Back in the fall of 2009, a little film called "Zombieland" starring an unlikely and at the time, certainly unbankable trio of leads in Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, hit theaters with low expectations and wound up taking in over $100 million at the box office. It was a massive that most were not expecting and it wasn't long for sequel talk to follow. Throughout much of last year various rumors surfaced, culminating in talk last fall of new celebrity cameos which co-writer Rhett Reese quickly debunked. And ever since, word has gone quiet. Earlier this year, Harrelson was cagey about the prospect of a sequel saying, “I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do.” And it looks like his fellow co-star shares his reservations.

Rodrigo Santoro Will Be J. Lo's Husband In 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 6:12 AM
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Even though he broke out in Zack Snyder's "300" as the memorable Xerxes, Rodrigo Santoro has had a hard time snowballing that exposure into anything substantial. For every solid turn like Raúl Castro in Steven Soderbergh's "Che" or Jimmy in "I Love You Phillip Morris" there's something like "Post Grad" or even "Lost" where he played one half of Nikki and Paulo, the most hated couple to ever appear on that show. On the horizon he's got the HBO film "Hemingway & Gellhorn" with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen but that will be countered by yet another gig that's beneath him.

The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 6, 2011 5:24 AM
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The great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman famously intoned in his 1987 autobiography, “The Magic Lantern,” that discovering Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s work was, “A miracle. Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

The Horror! New Pics From 'Cabin In The Woods,' 'Fright Night' & 'Shark Night 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 5:02 AM
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Plus 'Final Destination 5' Poster & '11-11-11' TrailerReady for updates on some scare movies coming up in the next little while? Well, ready or not, here we go.

Review: 'The Ledge' Takes Hesitant But Significant Steps Toward Acknowledging Atheism

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 6, 2011 4:16 AM
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Matthew Chapman’s “The Ledge” is sure to provoke plenty of ire. The film, Chapman’s first directorial outing since 1988’s “Heart of Midnight,” opens as a fairly conventional thriller – Gavin (Charlie Hunnam), stands out on a ledge and threatens to jump while detective Hollis (Terrence Howard) plays negotiator. As Hollis pieces together that Gavin’s not up here by choice, we jump into a series of flashbacks that explore a forbidden romance that takes root between Gavin and Shana (Liv Tyler), the wife of Joe (Patrick Wilson). Here’s the particular draw of “The Ledge” (and a marketing plot that’s been too heavily leaned on) – Gavin is a pronounced atheist, and Joe is a fundamentalist Christian. Their beliefs heavily motivate how the events of the film play out and several scenes are imparted to impassioned debate between the two. Depending on which side of that debate the viewer is on, they may balk at Gavin's aggressive tearing down of any and all religion or Joe's faith-based homophobia and general "holier-than-thou" demeanor.

David Schwimmer Working On Adaptation Of 'The Jungle' By 'There Will Be Blood' Author Upton Sinclair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 3:53 AM
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Aside from Jennifer Aniston, of all the "Friends" alumni, David Schwimmer seems to have best utilized the career boost he received thanks to the long-running hit sitcom. He has used the opportunity of opened doors to take a chance behind the camera, and while the results have been mixed at best -- "Run Fatboy Run" managed to make Simon Pegg unfunny while internet scare drama "Trust" has its defenders; he's also been behind six episodes of "Little Britain USA" -- his ambition certainly isn't lacking and his project may be his grandest yet.

'Goblet Of Fire' & 'Thor' Composer Patrick Doyle Scoring Pixar's 'Brave'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 3:15 AM
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It seems almost everything about Pixar's "Brave" is a shift in direction for the famed animation studio. Featuring a female protagonist for the first time in their history, the film is a fantasy-like fable that seems more in the wheelhouse of Disney during their heyday than in Pixar's much more contemporary catalog to date. But in keeping with the idea of shaking things up, the studio has enlisted a new name to score the movie, one that has never worked with Pixar before (sorry, Randy Newman).

'Our Idiot Brother' Soundtrack Will Rock Out To Fruit Bats, Nathan Larson, Willie Nelson & More

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 6, 2011 3:07 AM
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Paul Rudd's new comedy "Our Idiot Brother" won't hit theaters until the end of the summer, but the trailer for the film, which has been described as "Apatovian," looks funny as hell. Rudd stars as Ned, the loser brother of Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel. When not getting in trouble with the law, Ned is busy not being busy and making life unbearable for his sisters. The film is packed with hilarious talent which will also include Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott and T.J. Miller.

Review: Catherine Breillat's 'Sleeping Beauty' Tackles Fairy Tales Through The Prism Of Sex & Class

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 6, 2011 2:58 AM
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A little girl who dreams of being a boy. A boy who wishes to be seduced by an Ice Queen. High fantasy and tangled sexuality dovetail in “The Sleeping Beauty,” a fantastical retelling of the popular folklore involving the little girl brought to an eternal slumber. Like the original Brothers Grimm fairytale, this version differs sharply from the public’s greater awareness of the Disney-fied version. But where it takes the familiar-seeming tale differs greatly from the source, as it emerges from the fertile mind of French provacateur Catherine Breillat.
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'Dragon Tattoo' Director Niels Arden Oplev Ready To Delve Into 'Game Theory'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 2:39 AM
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While Noomi Rapace has quickly capitalized on the success of the Swedish language "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" films, with roles in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" and "Prometheus" on the way, director Niels Arden Oplev's steps into Hollywood have been a bit more tentative. Last fall he was attached to direct the thriller "The Keep" for CBS Films though there hasn't been much movement since; he's also potentially got the Afghan war drama "The Last Photograph" with Christian Bale and possibly Sean Penn in the lead roles and he's also stepped over to television, directing the pilot episode of "The Rememberer" (yes, that's the name) a CBS procedural that sounds terrible. Well, one more project has been stacked up as his possible U.S. debut.

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