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Review: 'Take Me Home Tonight' Travels To The '80s But Doesn't Bring Back The Laughs

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 3:16 AM
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Maybe going into "Take Me Home Tonight" expecting something like a John Hughes movie was completely delusional, but when your 80s-set movie is less "Just One of the Guys" allure and more like the second-rate "Can't Hardly Wait" wannabes that flooded the late-90s/early-00s, well, we can't help but call bullshit. If you're gonna set your comedy in that decade, it's gotta have certain characteristics, not just video tapes and poofy hair -- here its something akin to a downloadable "skin" for an MP3 player. A period piece isn't just costumes and clever art design, it has to feel like that moment through in writing, acting, direction, etc -- it especially can't feel like some pretty people playing dress up. That just feels cheap.

Ryan Reynolds Says 'Deadpool Is "Still In The Works" But Admits Scheduling Is A Problem

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 2:51 AM
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So after what feels like multiple attempts at becoming a superhero -- he was originally pegged to play "The Flash," in its first development iteration -- Ryan Reynolds will finally become a man in tights on June 17 when "Green Lantern" hits screens. But what about the super villain role he already played in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and its intended spin-off film, "Deadpool," aka the merc with the mouth over at 20th Century Fox?

Luke Evans & Robert Carlyle To Star In London Cop Thriller 'Dogs Of Law'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 4, 2011 2:34 AM
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Director Declan O'Dwyer Also Working On 'Noir Western' "Broken Cove"As we mentioned yesterday, we have a bit of a soft-spot for corrupt cop thrillers, even if the vast majority of entries to the genre are closer to "Pride and Glory" than to "Serpico." But for various reasons, it's never really crossed the Atlantic -- while the UK is stuffed with gangster flicks, both great and terrible, the fact that British officers are, generally speaking, unarmed seems to make them less enticing for filmmakers, "Hot Fuzz" aside.

David Fincher & Kevin Spacey Teaming For TV Remake Of British Series 'House of Cards'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 4, 2011 2:18 AM
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There have been some interesting debates in the last few weeks as to whether TV has surpassed film as the natural home for grown-up, dramatic storytelling. Scott Rudin told GQ as much a few weeks back, telling Mark Harris that "...for all those people who spent years trying to get movies made at all the companies that are now gone, there's now one place to work where you can get respectfully treated and fairly judged... HBO."

Andrew Garfield & Ewan McGregor May Star In Rival Bank Robber Flicks 'The Robber' & 'Electric Slide'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 4, 2011 1:59 AM
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For over a century now, bank robbers have been an eternally popular choice of protagonists for film-makers: as we saw when we looked at the genre last year, countless great pictures have been made centering around heists, and the success of Ben Affleck's "The Town" proved that audiences still love to see armed robbery on their screens. There's more caper pictures in the works -- most notably Brett Ratner's comedy "Tower Heist," with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and now two rival projects based around bank robbing look to be on the way.

Trent Renzor In Talks To Score & Star In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 12:42 AM
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We'll be honest, we're still getting over Trent Reznor being an Oscar-winning composer -- he deserved it, we just never figured the Academy would be that progressive -- but it looks like the Nine Inch Nails frontman has found himself a very lucrative and prestigious gig scoring movies and what the hell, why not start taking roles in the them too?

Chris Pratt Joins Jason Segel & Emily Blunt In 'Five Year Engagement'; Rhys Ifans In Talks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 12:05 AM
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The last time we saw the names Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Nicholas Stoller all together, it was for absolutely wretched "Gulliver's Travels." That said, the talent lining up for the Segel and Stoller-penned "Five Year Engagement" is proving to be promising, and if it lands anywhere in the ballpark of their previous collaborative efforts like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," we'll be pleased as punch.

George Miller Says 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Will Shoot In January 2012 (Weather Permitting)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 11:34 AM
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Teresa Palmer Says She's No Longer Involved With The Film"Rain rain go away, Come again another day. Little Johnny wants to play; Rain, rain, go to Spain, Never show your face again!"

George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Arrives On October 14th; 'Resident Evil 5' Hits Sept 14, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 11:12 AM
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With shooting already underway on George Clooney's political drama "The Ides of March," Sony already has Oscar in their eyes (and are avoiding a potential marketing hiccup) by moving the film from the previously scheduled December 2011 bow to an October 14, 2011 release. In what we imagine will be a platform release (and pretty much guaranteeing a TIFF premiere for the film), the movie will run up against some major heavyweights that weekend including "The Big Year" with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, the remakes of "Footloose" and "The Thing," as well as the 3D swashbuckler "The Three Musketeers." The move out of December will also allow Sony to put all their energy in November and December in what will likely be an insane press run up for David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Judd Apatow Says 'Knocked Up' Spin-Off May Include Members Of The Original Cast If Schedules Permit

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2011 11:05 AM
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Filmmaker/Writer Also Talks Pee-Wee Herman Film He's ProducingDoing the rounds of press for the recent Blu-ray release of the 1996 dark satire "The Cable Guy" (thanks for including us guys), triple threat writer/producer/director Judd Apatow naturally fielded questions about the currently untitled "Knocked Up" spin-off that isn't a spin-off, but well, actually kinda sort of is (sorry Universal protesting). As you've heard, the film focuses on the other (and married) couple from "Knocked Up," Pete and Debbie, otherwise known as Apatow's wife Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, and it will catch up with their relationship four or five years since the events of the preceding film.

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