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Tommy Lee Jones May Join Meryl Streep & Steve Carell In 'Great Hope Springs'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 1:39 AM
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The 1990s saw Tommy Lee Jones suddenly become one of the more unlikely A-listers out there. His Oscar-winning antagonist in "The Fugitive" placed the actor firmly in demand in big budget projects such as "Men in Black," "Volcano" and "Batman Forever," as well as a series of not-particularly good procedural programmers like "Double Jeopardy," "Rules of Engagement" and "The Hunted." But the humiliation of 2005's cheerleader comedy "Man of the House," which would be a nadir of anyone's career, let alone someone with fine work stretching back 40-odd years, seemed to change things.

Jennifer Lawrence Finally Locked In For 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 1:20 AM
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The process of casting a high-profile, much sought-after role in a major would-be franchise is a complex one, with the advent of movie blogs such as ourselves. Every stage of the process is now as public as it could be, save some kind of weekly reality show documenting it, and it has the side effect of making the casting process seem endless. It's only six weeks or so since rumors of any kind started flying around regarding Gary Ross' adaptation of immensely popular young adult novel trilogy "The Hunger Games," but it's dominated the news to the extent that we're nothing but delighted that a decision's finally been made on the casting of Katniss, the central role.

Netflix Enters Original Content World By Backing David Fincher/Kevin Spacey Series 'House of Cards'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:58 PM
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The term 'game-changer' gets bandied around a lot, but rarely accurately. "The Matrix Revolutions," for instance, was billed as such. So was "Tron: Legacy," and neither seem to have changed any games, as such. "Avatar" has the most claim to the title, seeing as how it immediately encouraged every other film in town to go 3D, but it was also pretty much a once-in-a-generation phenomenon: "Mars Needs Moms" proved only this weekend that 3D and motion capture in no way ensures any kind of box office success.

Update: Liam Neeson Confirmed For 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:12 PM
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Update: Well that was fast. Deadline reports Liam Neeson and Luc Besson have made nice and the actor is closing a deal to reprise his role.

SXSW Review: 'Kill List' Is A Shocking, Emotionally Resonant & Horrific Ride

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 16, 2011 10:56 AM
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Few movies have scarred and emotionally terrorized people (including some on the Playlist staff) more than this year's SXSW Film Festival entry "Kill List," the sophomore feature from Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace"). With its intriguing mixture of kitchen-sink domestic drama, hit man thriller, and creepy mysticism, it's the rare horror film -- which isn't really a "horror film" per se, but includes psychological, emotional and physically horrifying moments -- that doesn't play into any conventions of the genre. Every time you think you've pegged it neatly into one of the aforementioned genres, it'll swing around and surprise you again, and the film concludes with an unexpected wallop that packs a visceral and psychically emotional punch that will leave you gasping for air and reeling on the floor. "Saw 3D" it's not.

Exclusive: Ti West's Next Feature Will Be The Sci-Fi Film, 'The Side Effects'

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 16, 2011 10:01 AM
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Director Ti West was rolling through Austin this week, unveiling his latest horror flick "The Innkeepers" at SXSW where it made its world premiere. We caught up with the director for an interview and naturally, talk turned to what he might do next and while he's trying to keep it under wraps and is cagey about what details he can drop, he did give us a title and a taste of what the picture will be about.

Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs & Eugene Levy Sign Up For 'American Reunion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2011 8:45 AM
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This One Time, At Band Camp....AgainListen, we know, somebody out there is renting/buying/watching those "American Pie" spinoff straight-to-video sequels in big enough quantities that Universal is getting the old gang back together. Either that, or they're hoping to squeeze the last bit of bucks out of an aging franchise with the added bonus that most of the cast is still going to come cheap. It's probably somewhere in the middle.

Review: 'Limitless' Expands The Boundaries of Bradley Cooper's Charm

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 16, 2011 8:20 AM
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Originally (and enigmatically) titled “Dark Fields,” Neil Burger’s latest film now bears the bland moniker “Limitless,” making it sound like a film scraped together from D.C. Comics’ dregs. But rather than being another entry in the seemingly neverending superhero genre, “Limitless” is a sci-fi-inflected thriller that never quite lives up to its premise or its lead actor.

SXSW Review: We Aren't Buying Morgan Spurlock's 'Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 16, 2011 8:05 AM
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"POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" (yeah, that's actually the full title), Morgan Spurlock's new takedown of product placement in television shows and movies, starts out cleverly enough, with a sharp analysis of all the ways in which major corporations, in their limitless, greedy quest for the almighty dollar, wedge advertising into other aspects of entertainment. Hilarious clips from major motion pictures and television series are shown, including a snapshot of "90210," in which characters earnestly bicker while discussing (and prominently displaying) a can of Dr. Pepper.

SXSW: Miranda July Says 'The Future' Is Her Version Of A Horror Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 7:39 AM
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And More We Learned About Her New FilmFew working filmmakers are as divisive as Miranda July. Her first film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was to some, one of the best films of the last decade, but to others was barely watchable insufferable hipster bait. We're firmly in the former camp, and as such have been keenly anticipating her sophomore feature, "The Future," for some years. Our man at Sundance suggested that great things had again emerged from the polymathic helmer, and we were delighted to discover at SXSW that the wait had been worthwhile; "The Future" is less immediate than its predecessor, but just as rewarding.

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