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Exclusive: Jon Heder & Nick Peterson Talk 'Drained' An Animated Short They're Funding On Kickstarter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 4:32 AM
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Here's a bit of trivia we bet you didn't know: Jon Heder ("Napolean Dynamite," "Blades Of Glory") recently earned his BFA in Animation. Yep, it's true he recently completed the last credits he needed, and now he's putting that degree to good use, putting his producing powers into play and teaming with writer and director Nick Petersen on an ambitious short film that will mix live-action and animation. Adding to the unique nature of the project, the duo are looking to finance the project through the crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter.

Review: 'Red Riding Hood' A Brooding Tweenage Fairy Tale

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2011 4:13 AM
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Catherine Hardwicke, for better or worse, has largely defined what we have experienced, cinematically, for the past couple of years. Her influence might get lost in the shuffle, since every subsequent film has been helmed by a different director, but with the look and feel of the first "Twilight"' movie, she set the stage for a whole bunch of copycats and wannabes, which makes it all the more startling that she's returning to remarkably similar (hallowed) ground, with a revisionist take on "Red Riding Hood."

Sony Pictures Classics Kicks It With 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 3:50 AM
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Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wong Kar-Wai, Mike Leigh, Charlie Kaufman and....A Tribe Called Quest? Yep, it might seem like a strange fit but Sony Pictures Classics, usually home to decidedly arthouse fare, has picked up actor Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest."

'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Back On The Market With Matthew McConaughey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 3:17 AM
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Credit where credit is due; it appears that Matthew McConaughey is done starring in mediocre paycheck fare. After spending years taking off his shirt and smirking through films like "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past," "Fool's Gold," "Surfer Dude" and "Failure To Launch" (while failing to launch a franchise in "Sahara" and doing forgettable dramas like "Two For The Money"), the actor is striking out in some new directions. His upcoming flick, "The Lincoln Lawyer" seems to be getting better than expected advance buzz and he's lent his name to a couple of bold upcoming comedies, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Richard Linklater's "Bernie." And now, the actor is circling a strong drama that has been stuck in development hell for years.

Review: 'Mars Needs Moms' A Dead-Eyed Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2011 3:15 AM
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Robert Zemeckis has spent the past few years, since 2004's uncanny valley-crossing "The Polar Express," trying to convince the movie-going public of the validity of his brand of motion capture animation. For the most part, audiences have resisted, but he still keeps plugging away. And even a new deal with Disney to distribute his animated wonders wasn't enough to guarantee its success; it was quietly shuttered this year.

Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' Gets June 3rd Date; Seth Rogen's 'My Mother's Curse' Hits Spring 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 2:55 AM
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Some new release dates have arrived for a couple of promising titles, so you might want to get your calendars out.

Watch: Green Band Trailer For 'Bad Teacher' Is Actually Pretty Good

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 2:32 AM
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Kudos to Sony for playing it smart. A couple of weeks ago they dropped the red-band trailer first for "Bad Teacher," presenting the film as we'll see it in theaters, will all the gleefully foul language in place. But movie marketing can't live on filthy trailers alone, and the standard trailer for the film has now landed, and you know what? It still manages to be pretty funny.

Review: 'Battle: Los Angeles' Is A Cynical, Soulless, Noisy Video Game Of A Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 10, 2011 2:28 AM
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Film is dead.

CBS Films Picks Up Coens-Scripted 'Gambit' Remake With Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 2:13 AM
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It's not the easiest thing, in a business dominated by multi-billion-dollar behemoths that have been running for the best part of a century such as Paramount, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, to establish a new film studio and distributor from scratch. Summit has been making a good fist of it in the past few years, with both a Best Picture Oscar winner in "The Hurt Locker" and a highly profitable mega-franchise in the "Twilight" series, but CBS Films, established around the some time, hasn't had the same success.

'Men In Black 3' Starting To Sound Like A $200 Million Train Wreck

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 1:55 AM
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Film Greenlit With Only One Act Of The Script Ready; New Writer David Koepp Refusing To Talk To Producer Walter Parkes Considering how tricky the genre is to pull off, the original "Men in Black" still stands as one of the more successful stabs at the sci-fi comedy. It's no "Galaxy Quest" or anything, and it derails a bit in the third act, but for the most part it was inventive, genuinely funny and starred a central pair with perfect chemistry. 2002's sequel? Not so much; a bloated, unfunny mess that failed to capture pretty much any of what worked in the original. A third film is, belatedly, on the way, but a fascinating look at the behind the scenes shenanigans suggests it's going to land much nearer the second installment than the first.

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