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New Look At 'Thor,' Yep He's Still Got A Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 7:02 AM
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So, a new look at "Thor" has hit the web from pages of the latest Entertainment Weekly (via ComingSoon) and well, unlike the first look of "Spider-Man" which had nerds zooming in on various parts of the pic, this one won't create the same fervor. It's, well, Thor. He's got a hammer, he's hanging out in his Dad's church organ rockin' his long hair and beard. Woo.

Watch: Trailer For Gregg Araki's Trippy 'Kaboom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 6:47 AM
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When we saw Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" at TIFF we said that it was like "Saved By The Bell" meets "Lost Highway" on ecstasy. Sounds fucking great, right? Well, not really.

The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 1

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 14, 2011 6:22 AM
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The Answer Is Probably Not, But Hey, What The Hell...Our exhausting coverage of the films coming out in 2011 continues and yes, we're tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We used to call this our Least Anticipated Films feature, but this year our New Year's resolution was to be a tiny bit more positive. Frankly, the sentiment applies, but this is also the leftover films of 2011 we just don't know what to do with. Many of them look abysmal, some of us glass-half-full Playlist types (yes, there are a few among us) think, "hey, that picture might not be so bad," while other members of the group stare in shock that such an idea could be possibly floated. So yes, basically these are the films that we don't hold out too much hope, the ones we think look downright cheap and dreadful, made only to turn a buck and the occasional few that look half-decent (and may just not have fit in the character count of our Escapist Features, sue us) --- though before you bombard our comments section, please actually read what we have to say about these films before assuming we're completely writing them off. Also, while it wasn't intentional, some of us do find it amusing that most of the cast of "Twilight" fill these halls. Another trend we just realized? Leighton Meester pretty much means box-office poison (poor cute, "Gossip Girl"). Also, Hollywood seems to be banking on the mostly unknown Alex Pettyfer, but he truly looks like a charisma-free zone of blandness. Onwards to 2011, though, not necessarily upwards in this case....

'Submarine' Helmer Richard Ayoade’s Next Pic May Be Blacklist Script, 'Apostles Of Infinite Love'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2011 6:01 AM
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Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films ProducingUpdate: This project will no longer be known as "Apostles Of Infinite Love" and will be developed as "The Untitled Victoria Strouse Project" for now.

In Theaters: 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma,' 'Barney's Version,' 'Ong Bak 3'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 14, 2011 5:31 AM
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Screw Serious Cinema, It's Time for Some Laffs 'n Action Ah January, what a curious moviegoing month you are. You're the dumping ground for the studio dreck (long live Nic Cage's Festival of Wigs) because it's a time of AWARDS fever, with noms and screeners and Hollywood Foreign Press luncheons (and YOU get a Blu-Ray player, and YOU get a Blu-ray player!) up the wazoo. Hence the highly mixed bag of new releases we get every week. Some of these may benefit from the relative lack of competition, but it's pretty much a giant risk! The wide releases gambling this weekend are two comedies for those fans who are just SO tired of serious movies about heartbreak and family problems 'n shit. Seth Rogen's action comedy "The Green Hornet" hits screens after much speculation, skepticism, and a revolving door of talent (Cage's Jamaican accent NEVER FORGET), while Vince Vaughn and Kevin James bring the pain (and offensive jokes!) in the Ron Howard comedy, "The Dilemma." More serious minded comedy fans can catch "Barney's Version" in limited release and the true actionheads can geek out over Tony Jaa's sick moves in "Ong Bak 3."

James Gray To Direct Assassin Thriller 'The Gray Man,' Plans Unique Approach In Shooting The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 5:08 AM
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As 2010 came to a close, things looked a little bleak for director James Gray. The long-gestating adaptation of "The Lost City Of Z" with Brad Pitt attached to star fell apart when the actor left the project (there should be a support group started for directors burned by Pitt leaving their projects) and rumors swirled that Gray had butted heads with Paramount over how much he should be paid. Well, Gray has put that all behind him and is forging ahead in 2011 with a brand new project, one that is far cry from the familial tales for brotherhood in "The Yards" and "We Own The Night" and European flavor of "Two Lovers."

Tom Cruise Not Quite Set For 'Mountains Of Madness'; Slowly Inching Forward To 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2011 4:52 AM
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Cruise Not Officially Signed On To Either Project Yet; Seth Rogen Denies His Musical InvolvementOK quickly, two things. While Tom Cruise will probably sign on to star in the musical "Rock of Ages" eventually, the man is notoriously picky so he must be asking for the script to be tweaked slightly or something because he's been in discussions to take a supporting part in Adam Shankman's new film for what feels like more than six months now (OK, it's more like four).

Johnny Depp Talks Keith Richards Doc, Says More Filming To Go, Norah Jones & Patti Smith Guest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 4:19 AM
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Film Is Described As A Cross Between 'The Godfather' & CaravaggioLast year, it was reported by that Johnny Depp was starting work on a documentary about the legendary Keith Richards, one of his inspirations for Captain Jack Sparrow and current franchise co-star and total bud. Obviously, that sounds very exciting but speaking with EW recently, Depp reveals that the project has really just begun with more filming due to take place whenever he or Richards find time in their schedules.

Review: 'Petition' An Interesting Look At The Journey To Find Justice

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 14, 2011 3:45 AM
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Since 1996, Chinese director Zhao Liang has been documenting a large community of petitioners, ones that have been wronged by their local government and have camped outside of the law office to debate their troubles. These commoners are then forced to fill out paper work and await a hearing for seemingly as long as this office see fit, with most either given the run-around or forced out by thugs ("retrievers") that intercept these complaints and threaten with murder. The make-shift neighborhood consist of people who won't stop until they get the justice they so rightly deserve, whether that takes a few days or a decade is none of their concern. Food is found on the ground, shelter ranges from the interiors of a train station to the bottom area of a bridge.
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'Pirates of the Caribbean' Franchise Stalwart Terry Rossio Returns for 'Pirates 5'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 14, 2011 3:30 AM
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Apparently Johnny Depp isn't the only one down for another swashbuckling go-around in the enchanted waters of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Deadline is reporting that screenwriter Terry Rossio, who has co-scripted all of the previous films (including this summer's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), has officially signed on to pen the fifth installment. Deadline notes that this will be the first 'Pirates' adventure he's written without his longtime writing partner Ted Elliott, which indeed is intriguing.

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