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Review: 'Skateland' With Ashley Greene & Shiloh Fernandez Spins Its Wheels; Doesn't Get Very Far

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 3:15 AM
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“Skateland,” opening this Friday, is not to be confused with “Stake Land,” the horror picture released in April. Though both pictures do share one story element: both take place in desolate lands of no purchase, with protagonists trying to fight the hopelessness and malaise of their surroundings. Instead of a mutated vampiric wasteland, the setting is small-town Texas, circa 1980’s. Instead of vampires, there are asshole townies who have nothing better to occupy their time than to make life miserable for others. Instead of stakes, there are sk- oh, wait, that’s there in the title.

Zoe Saldana & Dennis Quaid Join 'The Words' With Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 12, 2011 2:54 AM
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Word had gone quiet for a few months on "The Words," a Black List script that picked up Bradley Cooper as its star, with Jeremy Irons in negotiations, back in February. With Cooper proving himself a bona-fide movie star with the surprise success of "Limitless," and attaching himself to everything from "The Crow" and "Paradise Lost" to, more excitingly, Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" follow-up "Place Beyond The Pines," we'd wondered if the project was still on the cards for the actor.

Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Also In Talks For 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2011 2:30 AM
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While they transformed the landscape with the game-changing "Matrix" film, the Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) have truly failed, at least outside their hardcore constituents, to live up to their initial promise. Their follow-up films, "Speed Racer," the last two "Matrix" movies and most of the films they've produced ("Ninja Assassin," "The Invasion") during the aughts were major disappointments. Likewise, German filmmaker Tom Tykwer took the international film world by storm in 1998 with "Run Lola Run," but has failed to connect with audiences or critics with his subsequent films ("Heaven," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The International").

Today In Unexpected Pairings: Jack Black & Michael Winterbottom Teaming For Comedy 'Bailout'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 2:00 AM
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Nothing quite gives a movie star a kick up the ass like two high-profile critically-eviscerated box office flops in a row, and the diminishing returns in Jack Black's career since "School of Rock," aside from the occasional gem like "Margot at the Wedding" and "Tropic Thunder," seemed to reach a trough in the last couple of years with "Year One" and "Gulliver's Travels." Fortunately, the actor seems to have taken stock -- birdwatching comedy-drama "The Big Year," with Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, is faintly promising, and he's reteamed with Richard Linklater on the dark comedy "Bernie," opposite Shirley MacLaine and fellow comeback-kid Matthew McConaughey.

Indecisive Ape Spotlighted In Riveting New Photo From 'Rise Of The Planet of The Apes'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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And that indecisive ape would be Caesar, as performance-captured by Andy Serkis, in this brand new shot from "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." Caesar appears to be having a hard time deciding whether he wants his beverage to taste great, or to be less filling. He could just ask a human but - oh, crap, no he totally can't because that would just be another attempt for the human to undermine him and his kind. Less filling, you flesh-hogging two-legged miscreants!

Watch: Trailer For First Big Cannes Sale, Silent Film 'The Artist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 1:00 AM
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On Tuesday, The Weinstein Company kicked off what's sure to be a hectic buyer's market at Cannes with their purchase of late festival entry "The Artist." The film tells the story of the last great silent movie star and his relationship with an extra who slowly becomes one to watch on the talkie circuit. It's another collaboration between leading man Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius, who previously worked together on the absolutely hysterical "OSS 117" films, which do everything the "Austin Powers" franchise tried and failed.

Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives' Adds Vithaya Pansringarm And Pop-Star Yaya Ying

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 11, 2011 12:58 PM
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Project Goes In Front Of Cameras This DecemberActor Vithaya Pansringarm and popstar Yaya Ying have joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" presumably playing local characters in the Danish helmer's Thai-set crime-thriller which will now shoot in December.

A Whole Bunch Of New Images From 'The Hangover Part II' Basically Gives The Entire Movie Away

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 12:36 PM
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To Be Fair: We All Know What's Gonna HappenHere's a fun game, for you students of narrative structure out there. This post includes three-dozen or so images from the imminent comedy sequel blockbuster. Print them off, stick them on index cards, and see if you can come up with a plot for what you'd put the Wolf Pack through in Bangkok. If your pitch ends up being more entertaining than Todd Phillips' finished product (and considering the buzz from early screenings, it may not be hard), then congratulations! You've won the chance to write "The Hangover Part III." Or, at least a direct-to-video sequel to "Hot Tub Time Machine" or something.

Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki Scores Role Of Jordan Baker In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 11, 2011 12:31 PM
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Fresh drama school graduate Elizabeth Debicki has scored the debut role of a lifetime and will play Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming (probably 3D) adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard & Steve Coogan To Star in 'What Maisie Knew'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 12:12 PM
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Scott McGehee and David Siegel are a curious directing pair. With a mere four films across over fifteen years, they've made consistently interesting work without ever quite knocking one out of the park. Their noirish racial-identity debut "Suture" is arguably their best -- championed by Steven Soderbergh, and with a terrific turn by Dennis Haysbert, it still holds up well today. Their long-awaited follow up "The Deep End" had another storming central performance, from Tilda Swinton, but had a more straightforward take on the genre, while kabbalistic spelling oddity "Bee Season," with Richard Gere, didn't really work, and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt indie "Uncertainty" never got much traction with audiences or critics.

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