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New Pics Of 'Cedar Rapids' & 'Kung Fu Panda 2'; First Look At Berman/Pulcini's 'Cinema Verite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 7:36 AM
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Also A Look At The Vibrator Comedy 'Hysteria' & Tommy Lee Jones' Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Sunset Limited'A few pics of some upcoming films for you from the pages of Entertainment Weekly (pics aren't yet online), focusing mostly on some indie titles that should be picking up steam in the months to come.

Peter Weir Shunned Stanley Kubrick, Made 'Green Card' Out Of Depression & 10 Things Learned...

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 11, 2011 7:26 AM
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...About The Filmmaker's Career: Venerable Australian Director Discusses His Oeuvre At The Film Society of Lincoln CenterWhen Australian filmmaker Peter Weir talks, we listen, and so should you. The veteran director, responsible for the unimpeachable arty '70s classics, "Picnic At Hanging Rock" and "The Last Wave"; the across-the-board successful "The Truman Show," "Witness," and "Dead Poets Society"; and the arty-intelligent epics "Master And Commander" and fresh-faced "The Way Back" -- his latest, prison escape drama starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan -- was revered in a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center that ran this past weekend in New York.

Yay: Quentin Tarantino Wins First Critics Choice Music+Film Award Nay: Maroon 5 Will Play Tribute

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 5:41 AM
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The Broadcast Film Critics Association have created a new honor, the Critics' Choice Music+Film Award, that will be handed to a filmmaker who finds the sweet spot between music and film. Ok, that's pretty cool and no surprise really that Quentin Tarantino, a man who knows how to curate a soundtrack, has been selected to be the first recipient of the award. Pretty much everyone in the '90s had the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack and in all of his subsequent films, Tarantino has shown a smart and clever ear for song choices and placement in his films. So this all makes sense, sounds right and it seems like this new award is getting started right. Almost.

Soundtrack For 'Wretches & Jabberers' Features Norah Jones, Vincent Gallo, Antony & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 5:12 AM
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While the film itself has been flying completely under the radar, the forthcoming autism documentary "Wretches & Jabberers" by Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg, has attracted an incredible lineup of talent for the soundtrack.

James Cameron Sinks 'Battleship,' Says It "Degrades" Cinema

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 4:33 AM
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While we've taken our fair share of jabs at Universal's $200 million board-game-turned-alien-invasion-movie "Battleship," leave it to James Cameron, Lord and Commander of all things 3D and blockbuster-driven to deliver the most caustic zinger yet against the film.

Evan Goldberg: 'Green Hornet' Sequel Already Mapped Out; Sony Said "Never" To Gondry At First

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 11, 2011 4:01 AM
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"Green Hornet" hits theaters this weekend, Friday January 14, so we thought we'd re-run some great interviews we conducted with writer Evan Goldberg ("Superbad," "Pineapple Express") last year.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'; Eyes Morgan Spurlock's Latest Doc

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:50 AM
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Another year, another Woody Allen film. And say what you will about his more recent output, for this writer at least, the yearly Woody Allen movie is a comfort, like an old friend returning for a visit and a pleasant entry on our film calendar.

Charlize Theron Passes On 'J. Edgar,' Eyes 'Alien' Prequel; Naomi Watts & Amy Adams For Open Role?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:48 AM
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Ed Westwick Joins 'J. Edgar'Looks like some folks at William Morris Endeavor are going to need to be apologizing and sending Charlize Theron some flowers. Vulture reports the actress, who even Clint Eastwood believed would be joining his upcoming biopic "J. Edgar," wasn't as keen as everybody thought she was in joining the film and has backed away and set a big budget franchise in her sights.

Brendan Fraser & Kristin Scott Thomas Join Neil LaBute's 'Seconds Of Pleasure'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:09 AM
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Colin Firth & Ed Harris Offered RolesWhat the hell happened to Neil LaBute? Once considered a bold new emerging cinematic voice after delivering two caustic, blistering and hilarious films "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" the director unwisely started taking on projects not based on his own writing. This led to the films like "Nurse Betty" and "Posession" and though he rebounded with the underrated "The Shape Of Things," matters got considerably worse with a trifecta of awful including "The Wicker Man" (man gets attacked by bees), "Lakeview Terrace" (man gets attacked by Samuel L. Jackson) and "Death At A Funeral" (man gets attacked by a midget). Which brings us to Brendan Fraser, who has made a career out of second-rate blockbusters, nauseating family films with the odd drama that no one ever watches thrown in for good measure.

Contest Giveaway: 'Somewhere' Prize Packs Including Signed Poster & 'Lost In Translation' BluRay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:07 AM
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Update: Contest is closed. Winners will be contacted via email.

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