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Is Naomie Harris Headed To 'James Bond 23'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 5:20 AM
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After breaking through in 2002 in Danny Boyle‘s “28 Days Later," Naomie Harris seems poised for big things. She's landed roles in a number of Hollywood movies including a couple "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, “Miami Vice,” “Street Kings,” "Ninja Assassin" and most recently (and notably), had a role in the critically acclaimed "The First Grader." Earlier this year, she was briefly rumored for a part in the currently delayed "The Dark Tower" mega franchise but another blockbuster series appears to be interested in the actress.

‘The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)’ Banned In The U.K.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 4:38 AM
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In probably the best piece of marketing "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" could receive, Empire reveals that the BBFC -- British Board of Film Classification -- has rejected the sequel to the cult film, effectively barring any screenings or DVD release for the film in the country.

Brooklyn Film Festival Review: 'Amy George' Nails The Innocent & Free Feeling Of Childhood

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 6, 2011 4:19 AM
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With all of the children-centric movies that populate the cinema landscape, why do so few of them actually feel like adolescence? For the most part (obviously depending on how and where you grew up), childhood represents the ultimate freedom. The heavy responsibilities of life have yet to strangle all the glorious fun out of the being; one has all the time in the world and it's spent trying to figure out what amusement will come next. Unfortunately, movies tend to bog down all of that with plot points, character arcs, etc, actively destroying the genuine feeling of being a wee lad or lady, naive and innocent. If any kind of person (in this case, character) should just "be," it should be the youth, possibly the most illogical of us all. In "Amy George," the very competent indie debut outing by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas (C & Y), the filmmakers refrain from even the lightest story devices, fully embracing the essence of being young without relying on contrived incidents to fall back on.

Italian Actors Riccardo Scamarcio, Isabella Ferrari & Sergio Rubini Join 'Bop Decameron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:43 AM
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While "Midnight In Paris" is still rolling out in theaters across the country, Woody Allen is already at work on his next film set to shoot this summer in Rome, continuing his diligent one-movie-per-year work ethic that has persisted for four decades. With Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis and Maricel Álvarez already on board, some Italian thesps have now joined the picture.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Fright Night' Gives A Better Look At Peter Vincent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:29 AM
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Is it just us or is "Fright Night" shaping up to be the biggest surprise of the summer? While we've been bombarded with marketing for superhero movies, "Fright Night" has been playing it cool, slowly building up word. The first trailer was surprisingly more substantial than we thought the remake would be, Colin Farrell impressed us in the first clip, and now a new spot that debuted at the MTV Movie Awards last night has hit the web and continues the very promising run of promos for the film.

Brett Ratner Quietly Fights Back On Twitter After Matthew Vaughn Trashes 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:23 AM
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Update: Snarky or sincere? Brett Ratner tweeted today, "I was the first one on line to see X Men First Class and I loved it.. I thought Matthew. Vaughn did a briliant job!! Congrats." Please note, the avant garde punctuation is all Ratner.

J.J. Abrams Says 'Star Trek 2' Might Not Be Able To Make Its June 29, 2012 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:14 AM
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With at least fifteen sequels already planned for release in 2012, the biggest question mark of them all remains "Star Trek 2." Currently, the film is still pegged with a June 29, 2012 release date but with J.J. Abrams not yet signed on, everything else -- including further script work -- is on hold until until the helmer makes a decision, and its looking unlikely for the sequel to make its target date. In fact, it was only a couple of weeks ago that reports surfaced that the film would be pushed to a winter 2012 release date. J.J. Abrams spoke with press today in advance of Friday's release of "Super 8," and Playlist writer Leah Zak was on hand and the director himself was quite candid about the chances of the "Star Trek 2" making it to your local multiplex next summer.

Watch: New Clips From 'Harry Potter 7.5,' 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' & 'The Help'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:05 AM
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Like the Super Bowl, The MTV Movie Awards is less about who wins what than the spectacle of the event which brings music and movie stars together in one place and lets them party. It's also a marketing machine with many studios using the opportunity to pimp their summer movies and with "Super 8" and "Breaking Dawn" walking away with the most-talked-about trailers last night, these other clips from forthcoming releases were a bit overshadowed, so in case you missed them, here they are.

David Arquette Casts Sister Patricia In 'Glutton'

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 6, 2011 2:44 AM
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It worked for the Fondas with "On Golden Pond", so why not for the Arquettes with, er, the “psychological thriller” “Glutton”? Variety reports that the awkward youngest sibling David is intent on getting the band back together, as a case of mutually-beneficial Hollywood nepotism wins the day again. Casting his older sister Patricia in his second full-length feature as director, not only gives her flagging/non-existent movie career a leg-up, it’s also balances the karma after David’s stint directing three episodes of her lamentably dull TV show “Medium” which somehow managed to stay on the air for seven whole years before being cancelled last December.

Review: 'Bobby Fischer Against The World' An Intriguing Portrait Of Genius & Madness

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 2:22 AM
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It's hard to believe, but at one time chess was a national obsession and that was all due to one man: Bobby Fischer. A genius, enigma, egotist and sensitive recluse all rolled into one, Fischer's dynamic and unparalleled performance with chess pieces was matched by his notably eccentric personality when out in the real world. His tragic story -- from a beloved American icon to an embarrassing, blowhard bigot -- is already well documented, but director Liz Garbus breathes new life into it with "Bobby Fischer Against The World," the most compelling chess documentary you're ever likely to see.
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