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Lee Pace Joins 'The Hobbit' As Elven King Thranduil, Dean O'Gorman Replaces Rob Kazinsky As Fili

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 1:48 AM
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Considering its long, troubled pre-production beset by delays, a change of director, and even health problems for Peter Jackson, we're glad that filming on "The Hobbit" has now commenced and things seem to be running fairly smoothly. With one exception, that is: last weekend, it was announced that British actor Rob Kazinsky had dropped out of the film. Kazinsky had been cast as Fili, one of the 13 dwarves that accompany Bilbo Baggins on his quest, but withdrew due to "health issues," although it's worth noting that Jackson has recast on his films before, replacing Stuart Townsend with Viggo Mortensen on "Lord of the Rings," and Ryan Gosling with Mark Wahlberg on "The Lovely Bones."

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Latest Addition To Randomly Assembled Cast For 'Rock of Ages'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 1:24 AM
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Justin Theroux Rewriting Script With Director Adam ShankmanIt's always satisfying when someone finds success later in life, having worked quietly for years, and we're delighted that the latest actor to follow that path is Bryan Cranston. The 55-year-old has credits stretching back 30 years, and achieved relative fame as the father in long-running sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," but he demonstrated a range far beyond a sitcom dad with his turn as the cancer-riddled, meth-dealing chemistry teacher at the center of AMC's "Breaking Bad," which has seen the veteran win three Emmys on the trot.

Tribeca Review: 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Is A Good New-Fashioned Slob Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 1, 2011 6:20 AM
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The slob comedy, an invention of the American counterculture of the sixties and seventies that tore down movies’ perception of onscreen propriety, has miraculously survived in various forms since Bill Murray and his “Saturday Night Live” cronies started smirking on the big screen. Every time someone thinks that the influence of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” can no longer be felt, a film like “The Hangover” emerges, tapping into the zeitgeist and pulling in record-breaking numbers, further establishing the modern onscreen male as proprietor of snark, juvenile tomfoolery, and general bad behavior.

Weekend Box Office: 'Fast Five' Starts Off Summer With $83 Million Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 1, 2011 5:21 AM
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Hooray for Hollywood, or something. The 2011 box office finally snapped out of its doldrums with more reheated crap, “Fast Five” opening to a spectacular-for-Universal $83 million. The car blockbuster’s weekend surpasses “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” as the biggest opening weekend in Universal history, and with spectacular overseas results, the film is poised to do upwards of $400-$500 million globally, topping the $353 worldwide take of “Fast And Furious,” the last film in the series.

IFFBoston Review: 'Dragonslayer' A Fantastic Portrayal Of Modern Skateboarding Man

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 1, 2011 4:24 AM
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Though many haven’t seen Tristan Patterson’s documentary “Dragonslayer” yet, there’s a high probability that it will be one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, much like last year’s “Catfish” or “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” The film follows West Coast skateboarder Josh “Skreech” Sandoval in his daily life as he searches for empty swimming pools, smokes a lot of weed and comes to terms with life after fatherhood.

Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 24-May 1st

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 1, 2011 3:57 AM
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This week, we celebrated the latest from prolific filmmaker Werner Herzog, while bemoaning Jeremy Renner's new busy work and talking hot teen material like Zac Efron, "Twilight" and "Atlas Shrugged"!

Quentin Tarantino's Next Film Titled 'Django Unchained,' Christoph Waltz Confirmed To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2011 9:13 AM
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Film Will Shoot Late Summer Or Early Fall; Synopsis Revealed?A whirlwind of info about Quentin Tarantino's next film has been flying around for the past twenty-four hours, so let's get right to it, shall we?

Anthony Mackie Courted For 'World War Z' & 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2011 4:37 AM
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If Anthony Mackie isn't a household name yet, that's likely soon to change. The actor has been putting in solid work for years, first popping onto the radar with fine turns in "Million Dollar Baby" and "Half Nelson," before having a helluva year in 2008 with the double whammy of "Notorious" where he memorably played Tupac Shakur and of course, "The Hurt Locker." That latter film, naturally, opened some big doors. He was already seen earlier this year in the surprisingly solid "The Adjustment Bureau" and he's got two more films on deck: he'll flex his comic muscles in the Anna Faris vehicle "What's Your Number" and then he'll star opposite Hugh Jackman in the robot boxing flick "Real Steel." This isn't even mentioning the films slated for next year already: "Ten Year" and the thriller "Man On A Ledge" (recently announced for a January 13, 2012 bow). And if that doesn't prove just how in-demand this rising actor is, this next bit should convince you.

Cliff Martinez Talks Scoring 'Lincoln Lawyer' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2011 4:16 AM
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Says He Loved Alexandre Desplat's 'The King's Speech' Score & Was Hoping It Would Take The OscarFor years Cliff Martinez has been producing brilliant, but often times below-the-radar, scores, doing a lot of work for Steven Soderbergh. His first score was Soderbergh’s first film -- “sex, lies, and videotape” -- and from there the two have collaborated on a number of projects, including “Solaris,” "Kafka," "The Limey" and “Traffic.” That relationship is still going strong as they will be reteaming once again, on this fall’s virus thriller “Contagion.” On the occasion that Martinez does work for another filmmaker, the results are usually just as compelling (particularly his score for Joe Carnahan’s “Narc”). We recently spoke to Martinez about his work on the legal drama and sleeper box office hit “The Lincoln Lawyer,” his process, and about what he has in store for us with his work on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes-bound “Drive.”

Mark Ruffalo Talks The Music & Method Of Making 'Sympathy For Delicious'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2011 3:51 AM
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Reveals The Flaming Lips & At The Drive-In Inspired The Sound Of The Band In The FilmMark Ruffalo is the kind of unbeatable character actor that there are too few of in Hollywood these days, free of pretentions and able to totally immerse himself in any character he takes on. His choices on camera have been as varied as they have been excellent appearing in films like "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "Shutter Island," "You Can Count On Me" and of course, last year's acclaimed "The Kids Are All Right."

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