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Steve Jablonsky, Christophe Beck & John Debney Score 'Battleship,' 'Tower Heist' & 'Dream House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 10:01 AM
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A little bit of movie score news to close out the week, courtesy of the good folks over at Film Music Reporter.

Benjamin From 'Breaking Dawn' aka Rami Malek Joins Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 9:09 AM
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What is this, "The Hunger Games"? We kid, we kid. Frankly, if there is any movie we're happy to see moving forward with more casting it's Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming untitled Scientology flick, aka "The Master." So let's get to it shall we?

Too Much Timberlake: New Clips From 'Bad Teacher' & 'Friends With Benefits'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 8:50 AM
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Actually, we've got no beef with the dude, but it seems like Justin Timberlake is going to be everywhere this summer, or more accurately, in two movies within two months.

'Beginners' Star Mélanie Laurent Talks Working With Ewan McGregor, Mike Mills & A Hateful Dog

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 3, 2011 8:21 AM
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One of the purest delights of this year's South by Southwest Film Festival was stumbling into Mike Mills' "Beginners," not knowing anything about it (this writer hadn't even seen its artful trailer) and being blown away by its mix of humor, sadness, manageable meet-cute twee and romanticism.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall To Star In HBO Mini-Series 'Parade's End'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 8:00 AM
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As we reported earlier today, Benedict Cumberbatch had to bow out of Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," but believe us, he has a good reason for what sounds like yet another first rate television project.

Watch: Rachel McAdams Forgets She's Married To Channing Tatum In Trailer For 'The Vow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 7:02 AM
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And We Don't Blame HerHey guys, guess what movie you're getting dragged to next Valentine's Day. We can already feel our testicles shriveling up inside our bodies.
More: Films, The Vow

Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About 'X-Men First Class'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2011 6:47 AM
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"X" marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and "X-Men: First Class" has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the 'X-Men' series ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men: First Class," is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer's much beloved "X2" (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. 'First Class' was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture -- also considering the myriad story threads -- is not only a major comfort, it's a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of "X-Men: First Class," but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn't cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film's arrival is good news to everyone.

Steve Carell's 'Burt Wonderstone' Finds A New Director In Don Scardino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 5:24 AM
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Well, the tears have been shed and are now dry as Steve Carell officially exited "The Office" just a few weeks ago leaving the door open for a new boss to step in (this writer hopes the scene-stealing James Spader will do it but it will never happen -- but watch this, it's amazing). The actor is wasting too much time mourning his stint on the show as he's already moving full steam ahead on a number of projects. He's currently shooting "Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World" with Keira Knightley and later this summer he'll go toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep in "Great Hope Springs." But one project in particular has been in the works for a while now, with Carell keeping it near the top of his every growing list of options for his next movies.

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.

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