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Watch: Trailer For Indie Dramedy 'A Little Help' Featuring 'The Office' Star Jenna Fischer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 2:43 AM
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Despite being one of the funniest shows on television (okay, the last couple of seasons have been wildly uneven) outside of Steve Carell and Ed Helms, the other members of "The Office" cast haven't quite been able to make the big screen leap. John Krasinski, seemingly the most obvious candidate for an easy transition into the movies, has appeared in a series of middling efforts including "Leatherheads," "It's Complicated," "Away We Go" and this spring's "Something Borrowed." As for his onscreen better half Jenna Fischer, she too has wallowed in thankless roles in "Walk Hard," "The Promotion" and "Hall Pass" but she hopes to change that with her new indie effort.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Gets Law & Religion Thanks To Brett Cullen & Chris Ellis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 2:38 AM
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Burp! Fart! Hey, it's that guy!

'Transformers 3' Soundtrack To Ruin Your Ears With Linkin Park, Paramore, My Chemical Romance & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 2:19 AM
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What year is this? Seriously. Because looking at the tracklisting for Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" soundtrack it feels like we've been whipped mercilessly back a least a decade or more. Somebody needs to update Bay's iPod.

R-Rated Extended Cut Of Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' Lands On BluRay On June 28th With 18 More Mins.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 2:05 AM
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Worst film of the year so far? Zack Snyder's massively wrongheaded and overstuffed faux feminist folly is certainly up there, but the film does have its defenders and the debate will start all over again when "Sucker Punch" hits BluRay next month with a longer extended cut which will add 18 minutes to the already overly long movie.

Shane Meadows Planning Biopic Of Cyclist Tom Simpson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 24, 2011 1:48 AM
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It feels like a long time since we had a major film from Shane Meadows. It's not that the director hasn't been busy, it's just that his work's either been somewhat slight -- the lovely, but lightweight "Somers Town," and the low-fi mockumentary "Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee" -- or on television, like last year's four-part "This Is England '86." That series, which picked up a BAFTA for actress Vicky McClure on Sunday, has a follow-up currently in production, "This Is England '88," but it also looks like Meadows is finally making a return to some bigger-scale cinematic work.

Vincent Cassel To Get His Crime On Again In Belated Sequel 'Dobermann 2: Arm Wrestle'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 24, 2011 1:25 AM
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No country loves the crime genre quite as much as the French. Sure, it might have been derived from the States, but it was the French who really took it to their hearts, giving directors like Sam Fuller and Alfred Hitchcock the critical respect they craved, and reinventing it with the likes of "À bout de souffle" and "Rififi," while many of the best recent examples, like Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "A Prophet," came from France. And if the French crime picture has one actor firmly associated with the genre, their Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, it's Vincent Cassel.

Watch: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear & Jennifer Connelly In Trailer For 'Salvation Boulevard'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 24, 2011 1:04 AM
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The next few months might be dominated by summer blockbusters, but we're also starting to get the festival hits from the last six months: acclaimed indies from Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, films like "Submarine," "Beginners," "The Trip" and "Page One," all land in the next while and a trailer has just debuted for one of the starrier offerings from Park City this year.

Academy Award Winner Alan Menken To Score 'Lidsville' For DreamWorks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 11:05 AM
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If you don't know the name Alan Menken, you certainly know his music. The nine-time Academy Award nominee has won four times for composing the instantly identifiable music to the Disney hit films "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Beauty & The Beast" and "Pocahontas." His most recent nom was for the surprise hit "Tangled" last year but for his next project will find him moving away from the mouse house for the first time in his career.

Poster For Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Starring George Clooney Unveiled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 10:12 AM
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Believe it or not, it's been a staggering seven years since Alexander Payne's last feature film, the smash hit "Sideways." In the interim he's been developing a few projects, producing "Hung" for HBO, as well as the recent comedy "Cedar Rapids," and he even contributed what is arguably the best short of the omnibus "Paris je t'aime" the closing segment "14e arrondissement," starring the excellent Margo Martindale. Well, Payne is finally coming back with a new feature and it looks primed to be another critical favorite.

'Country Strong' Director Shana Feste Swims To A New Trend, Will Direct 'Mermaid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 9:28 AM
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Here's how Hollywood works. If an idea is really good and works one time, it means it will be repeated endlessly in a never-ending hope to match that first glory. So, when Jeff Bridges and "Crazy Heart" stormed the award season in 2009, it was no surprise that a transparent attempt was made to do that again and thus "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow and "My Own Love Song" with Renée Zellweger were foisted upon a movie-going audience that had been there and done that. Shana Feste directed the former and while at point (far in the distance) it was viewed as potential awards bait, as the season actually got underway, it never got much more than cursory nods for the music which even now is pretty forgettable. But try, try again and Feste has now seen that fairy tales are all the rage so she'll try her hand at that.

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