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Review: 'Submarine’ Is A Smart & Sharp Coming-Of-Age Comedy & A Promising Debut

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 2, 2011 7:34 AM
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One of the best films at this year's Sundance Film Festival was one that actually had its debut at last year’s TIFF. Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, inventive visual wit and great performances. Adapted by Ayoade from a 2008 coming-of-age novel by Joe Dunthorne, the film follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (a perfectly cast Craig Roberts), a somewhat delusional teenager who believes himself to be a literary genius, (he reads Nietzsche and searches the dictionary for new words), but in actuality is a social outcast who gets bullied at school and doesn’t know how to talk to girls. Oliver develops a crush on classmate Jordana (a wickedly good Yasmin Paige), an emotionally guarded pyromaniac, who initially agrees to go out with him only to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Ewan McGregor Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 6:42 AM
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After spending much of the last decade in some of the worst theatrically-released movies around ("Cassandra's Dream?" "Stay?" "Incendiary?" "Deception?" "Amelia?" "Angels & Demons?"), Mike Mills' "Beginners" seems to be the start of a new phase of Ewan McGregor's career. Not only is the film terrific, one of the years' best (read our review here), but McGregor's great in it, the best he's been in years.

Watch: Kick It With The Trailer For 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 6:15 AM
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Do we even have to tell you how how vital, important and mostly, great A Tribe Called Quest were? If we do, you need to get schooled son, but for the rest of you a documentary is on the way about legendary hip hop group, and trust us, it's essential.

The Importance Of Dogs To The Writing Process & More We Learned About Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 6:12 AM
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As big fans of music video veteran Mike Mills' debut feature "Thumbsucker," we've been keenly awaiting a sophomore film from the director ever since, and when that film, "Beginners," premiered at Toronto last year, the word was comfortingly strong. But even that didn't quite prepare us for the experience of actually seeing it -- when we caught up with it for ourselves at SXSW, it immediately became one of our favorite films of the year thus far; our review said "it makes you sigh and swoon in equal measure."

So There's Going To Be A 'Tarzan' Trilogy Now; Craig Brewer Hired By Warner Bros. To Write

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 5:47 AM
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Or perhaps, the mighty weren't such hot shit to begin with. Craig Brewer inexplicably got Oscar love for the overrated "Hustle & Flow," with a nomination going to Terrence Howard and a win for the wretched song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Three Six Mafia. Anyway, Brewer followed that film up with the laughably terrible "Black Snake Moan" and is now reduced to directing the "Footloose" remake which comes out later this year. But he's hoping a big new franchise project can get him back on his feet.

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directed Revlon Ad Starring Jessica Biel & Pharrell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 4:55 AM
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After shaking himself free from "The Wolverine," and as he figures out what his next movie will be, director Darren Aronofsky is taking things a bit easy and has shot a new Revlon commercial.

NSFW U.S. Poster For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 4:45 AM
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After a bootlegged red band teaser, a official green band trailer, a some international posters, the marketing push continues for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" with the official U.S. one sheet landing for the film.

Behind-The-Scenes Look At Isaiah Mustafa's Leaked ‘Luke Cage’ Teaser; Actual Clip Is 3 Mins Long

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 3:55 AM
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Isaiah Mustafa -- aka The Old Spice Guy -- really, really wants to be Luke Cage in a big screen adaptation of the comic character. Just a few days ago, the actor dropped his own self-financed promo/pitch for the gig on the internet in the form of a trailer showing that he has the physique and presence to pull off the character. But little did we know, that the footage that was leaked to the web is only the smaller part of a much longer clip that was created.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf Directed Video For Kid Cudi's 'Marijuana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 3:22 AM
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It appears that when Shia LaBeouf isn't running from robots, he's directing music videos. A couple of years ago he helmed the spot for "I Never Knew You" by Cage and now, he's gotten behind the camera for the latest by rapper (and now rocker) Kid Cudi.

Paul Greengrass Mulling Hostage Drama 'Maersk Alabama' With Tom Hanks & Formula One Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 2:59 AM
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Also Apparently Has A Mystery Project In The WorksIt's been a year since "Green Zone" and a bit longer since the whole "Bourne" fiasco that has resulted in both Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon temporarily leaving the franchise while it reboots/spinoffs with Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy." Since then, Greengrass has flirted with a number of projects, saw two fall apart -- his Jimi Hendrix biopic which was turned down by the musician's estate and "Memphis" which didn't have the approval of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family -- but it looks like a couple more options are crossing the filmmaker's desk.

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