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Terrence Malick Punched Out A Producer & 10 Other Things We Learned About 'Badlands'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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It has been almost four decades since Terrence Malick's debut feature film "Badlands" and if you haven't seen the film in a little while, it's just as good you remembered it. Starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, "Badlands" sounds about as un-Malick-esque as you can get. Loosely based on the true story of Charlie Starkweather and his 14-year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate who went on a two-month road trip through Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958 and stacked up eleven murders, Malick re-imagines them as Kit and Holly, but this isn't your standard "Bonnie & Clyde" styled flick. Lyrical, enigmatic and pastoral, frame-by-frame the style and tone that Malick would become famous for makes its presence known. In fact, revisiting the film, one can almost see thematic parallels between "Badlands" and "The Tree of Life." Arguably, Kit and Holly represent "nature and grace" in their own way; Malick's penchant for nature as an unspoken force is definitely felt and more superficially, Jessica Chastain looks disarmingly like a young Sissy Spacek.

Wayne Kramer To Direct Futuristic 'Ecstasia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 4:26 AM
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Wayne Kramer: overrated or underrated? Depends who you ask. He made a name for himself with the indie "The Cooler" and followed it up with post-Tarantino multi-strand Paul Walker thriller "Running Scared" which in this writer's opinion doesn't deserve the cult following the film has. After that, Kramer switched it up again with the political drama "Crossing Over" which found him battling with the Weinsteins who ultimately buried the film. Earlier this year, Kramer was tapped to direct the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Headshots" but later bowed out over "creative differences" with word that he had his another project brewing that was close to getting financed. Well, it has.

In Theaters: 'X-Men: First Class' Bullies 'Submarine' & 'Beginners' At The Box Office

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 3, 2011 4:03 AM
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What up, my mutants? It's time for another summer comic book tentpole! Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" hits theaters with its stacked line up of stars. If 'splosions n' laser beams n' shape shifting aren't your thing, you are in luck, as not one but two charming indie dramas also start their roll out: "Submarine," the debut feature from Richard Ayoade, and Mike Mills' sophomore effort "Beginners." There's also a host of smaller projects on screens, so let's get started, shall we?

'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron Gets 'Wicked Lovely'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 3:34 AM
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Mary Harron came into the film world in a blaze of glory. With a one-two punch of the colorful "I Shot Andy Warhol" followed up with the contemporary classic "American Psycho," it seemed that the director was a vibrant, exciting new voice, but her subsequent efforts failed to live up to that promise. "The Notorious Betty Page" was a sturdy, if not particularly memorable biopic and since then she's padded out her television directing CV and has a Canadian vampire flick, "The Moth Diaries," in post-production right now. But it looks like Harron is going to get her first taste of potential franchise fare.

Review: The Drug Kingpin As Academic In 'Mr. Nice'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 3, 2011 3:18 AM
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Movies, and society as a whole, have struggled with how to portray drug dealers. The default showcase is the bloodthirsty villain, the person who is so one-dimensional as to think he knows what he’s doing is wrong, but does so anyway. But the cinema isn’t afraid to glamorize the profession either, showcasing the supplier as paradigm-busting rock star -- the best cars, the best planes, the best fashion, with a sex partner on each arm. Few opportunities have been taken to redefine the drug dealer as someone with a job, someone who isn’t desperately obsessed with his rise and fall, or the media circus that may relate to his surroundings. Then again, the argument could be that there haven’t been any on-screen kingpins quite like Howard Marks, the renaissance man at the heart of “Mr. Nice.”

Is The George Lucas-Produced WWII Film 'Red Tails' Coming In January 2012?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 2:59 AM
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With production beginning in the spring of 2009, it's now two years since the George Lucas produced WWII film "Red Tails" first started rolling but it now appears to be headed to the finish line. Last week it was revealed that Terrence Blanchard had been hired to score the film and now a release date appears to be on the horizon.

Ryan Gosling Is Too Busy To Direct & Star In 'The Idolmaker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 2:54 AM
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When you're hot, you're hot and sometimes you gotta make some hard choices and for Ryan Gosling, he'll have to put those plans on directing on hold for now.

Review: 'Turkey Bowl' Successfully Portrays A Fractured Group Of Friends...And Football!

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 3, 2011 2:42 AM
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As we grow older, a number of unavoidable sad truths smack us square in the face. Many of them are probably things we swore would never happen to us -- and hey, wouldn't you know it, they did. One of these is the deterioration of a group of friends either due to distance, change in interests, or lack of convenience. In terms of mortality and the fragility of life they're not so dire, but there's still something very defeating about losing touch with people that, at one point, we had very substantial bonds with. Even the occasional get-togethers have a lingering "It's not what it used to be" sentiment for somebody, even if it's better to not hold the past up on a pedestal and just enjoy the moment. None of it is easy to shake and its something you can't understand until it's experienced. This heavy, draining thought pervades the film "Turkey Bowl," a cheapie first feature by Kyle Smith that rings with authentic emotion and tense discomfort.

Andrea Riseborough, Matthew Macfadyen & Olivia Williams Join Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 2:22 AM
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Benedict Cumberbatch Out, Choosing To Do Brit WWI-era Mini-seriesIt's been a while since we've heard anything on Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" -- mostly because the press rounds for "Hanna" have ended -- but today comes a fresh bit of casting news about the film. But before we get to that, let's just re-cap for a second shall we? Last fall, came first word that Keira Knightley would re-team with her "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" director for the film. Then, this spring, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson came aboard with Joe Wright later saying that Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the film, and that he was waiting on Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy to confirm.

Shia LaBeouf Claims Megan Fox's 'Spice Girl Strength' Got Her Fired From New 'Transformers' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 3, 2011 1:59 AM
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You can argue that we live in a different era that holds up movie stars to a different type of scrutiny. With the constant media crush of desperate updates regarding our favorite and least-favorite celebrities, there are simply more opportunities for actors to open their mouths and reveal just how oblivious, uneducated and unpleasant they really are. So the latest comments by Shia LaBeouf regarding former co-star Megan Fox, and the asinine “Transformers” franchise as a whole, shouldn’t be a surprise. Note that this does not make them amusing in their odiousness.

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