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Lizzy Caplan Talks The Curious Link Between The Upcoming 'Frankie Go Boom' & 'Queens Of Country'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 3:32 AM
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It's only a matter of time before the talented and funny Lizzy Caplan finds the role that will finally break her out in a big way. We recently placed her on our 15 Actresses On The Rise list, saying that she's "a new spin on the Diane Keaton type." But for those who have been paying attention, they've already noticed her talents in "Cloverfield," "Mean Girls" and more recently on the two season run of "Party Down." Not content to sit and wait for Hollywood to come calling, Caplan has three low-budget, but high concepts flicks on her slate: the improv comedy "High Road" directed by Matt Walsh; the wacky music comedy "Queens Of Country" and the equally ambitious "Frankie Goes Boom."

Gangster Flicks Are The New Fairy Tale Movies, Apparently: Duelling Capone Films In Development

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 28, 2011 3:18 AM
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Once every six months or so, the Hollywood Elders, the shadowy collection of media moguls, Freemasons, Jewish lizardmen and Warren Beatty that control the film industry, don their robes, gather in their secret chamber under the Hollywood sign and plot out their agenda. Sometimes, it's elevating a particular actor or actress for no apparent reason -- Alex Pettyfer was a homeless 37-year-old drifter until they surgically re-sculpted him into the hottest young actor in Hollywood (though he's on his way to torpedoing that all by himself). Sometimes it's pushing technological breakthroughs -- 48 FPS cameras? Developed in their lair. And sometimes it's just deciding what sub-genre of films will suddenly be everywhere.

SFIFF Review: Hong Sang-soo's 'Hahaha' Has Some Pleasant Memories, But Not Much More

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • April 28, 2011 2:56 AM
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The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival is currently in full swing with 190 films from around the world. Featured amongst the international films at SFIFF is last year’s Un Certain Regard winner “Hahaha,” writer/director Hong Sang-soo’s (“Like You Know It All,” “Night and Day”) 10th feature film starring Kim Sangkyung (“A Tale of Cinema”) and Yu Junsang (“Wide Awake”), both alums of the director’s previous work.
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Mark Ruffalo Talks His Next Directorial Effort 'My Monster' & How He Temporarily Quit Acting

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2011 2:32 AM
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"But what I really want to do is direct," is a common sentiment among actors and producers, but it's few who have the stones (or the opportunity) to follow through and go behind the camera. However, for Mark Ruffalo it was a natural next step borne out of a project he had been shepherding for years. "Sympathy For Delicious" made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and will make it's way to theaters this weekend but it took a decade to get here. Ruffalo first got the script -- about a paralyzed DJ who discovers he has the power of faith healing -- from actor/writer Christopher Thornton ten years ago and in the ensuing time, worked with the writer in refining it into the film that finally got made. However, balancing an acting career while trying to get a directorial debut off the ground is no easy feat and, speaking to Ruffalo recently, he told us that he briefly gave up his day job to put his sole focus on directing.

Tribeca Review: 'The High Cost Of Living' Can't Afford A Better Plot

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 28, 2011 2:16 AM
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Just how out of touch are some filmmakers? There's a small trend of plots in which the main character commits a truly horrible crime of violent nature (which may even go as far as murder), usually by mistake, and their ultimate next move is to spy on the victim, befriend them, and pretend like nothing ever happened. This premise isn't just borderline offensive (a character tricking their victim for some weird personal catharsis? A writer composing such an artificial scenario just to tug viciously at our hearts?), its banality and self-righteousness basically paints the writer/director as someone who has never had anything remotely similar happened to them. Of course we all have our imaginations and we're all entitled to use them, but this kind of overdramatic falseness is rearing its head a bit too often (see Sundance hit "Another Earth," there's a slight variation in Andrea Arnold's "Red Road") to be given a pass. Deborah Chow's debut feature "The High Cost of Living" commits the same crime, banking on the misery of one person and the unbelievably low intellect of another.

Watch: It All Ends With The Trailer For 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 2:14 AM
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The Harry Potter phenomenon ends this summer but for fans worldwide, this final entry in the series, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2" will be like Christmas arriving six months early.

New 'Breaking Dawn' Pics Reveal Edward & Bella Like Having Eggs After Sex

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 1:53 AM
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"Breaking Dawn" marks a momentous occasion in the "Twilight" series because after so many movies of brooding looks, Edward and Bella are finally going to take it off and get it on. DAYUM.

Release Date Shuffle: 'Final Destination 5' Moves Up Two Weeks To Aug 12th, 'Apollo 18' Replaces It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 28, 2011 1:39 AM
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'Our Idiot Brother' Likely Looking For A New SlotThe term "Release Date Shuffle" can refer to a number of things. For instance, there was the 1971 single by Nikki and the Noise, a Phil Spector-produced girl band whose lead singer bears a striking resemblance to a certain reclusive movie blogger. The song, in which the girls lamented the wait for their baby to be released from prison, is regarded as something of a lost classic by Spector aficionados, but it was swiftly buried when, in a cruel twist of fate, one of the group's members was murdered by their boyfriend on his release from jail. Further back, the Release Date Shuffle was also a Victorian medical practice, designed to induce late pregnancies.

New Pics From 'One Day,' 'Transformers 3,' 'Intruders' With Clive Owen & 'Three Musketeers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 1:19 AM
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First we had some posters, now some pics -- we're starting things off slowly this morning -- so sit back with a cup of coffee and drink it in.

WTF: Justin Bieber & Mark Wahlberg To Star In Gritty Street Basketball Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 1:02 AM
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What is the deal with Justin Bieber? Seriously. Listen, we get that we're not the demographic for this kid, but we'd understand the hoopla around him if there was some kind of talent or charisma. Obviously, he appeals to the tweenage set who scream and mob city streets just catch a glimpse of that stupid haircut but for everyone else? If you're over twenty and listen to Justin Bieber in earnest, you need assistance. But hey, we'll acknowledge that his concert film "Never Say Never" nearly brought $100 million worldwide so clearly there is an audience for this guy. But for whatever reason, he's now being packaged as a serious actor.

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