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'Apollo 18' Launch Delayed To April 22; 'Warrior' Gets In The Ring On September 9

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 7:13 AM
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A couple of release date changes and announcements for you, so get your red pencil and your calendar.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins 'A Late Quartet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 6:53 AM
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Exclusive: With filming set to begin imminently on Yaron Zilberman's indie-drama "A Late Quartet," casting is beginning to get firmed up.

The Escapist & Potentially Entertaining Films Of 2011

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  • January 6, 2011 6:07 AM
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Tentpoles That Hopefully Are Fun, Indies That May Or May Not Be Quality, Etc.You could see our annual three sets of anticipated film features like this: the Most Anticipated is an earnest example of the films we're truly looking forward to the most in that year, with a few caveats listed within if you read closely (i.e., we're looking forward to it, but the writing might be on the wall). Then our Escapist, Popcorn piece is more like: these are the fun, entertaining films of the year that may or may not be good. For us and our taste, it's always a bit of a toss up and history shows that we're generally on the money in terms of how we'll feel about the eventual product (not because we're biased, but because we know our own taste, blah, blah, blah). That said, we always try and remain as positive as possible. Frankly, if you're going to make super-hero films, sci-fi action films, fantasy/adventure films, etc. we want them to be good as touchstones such as "The Dark Knight," "The Lord Of The Rings," "Inception," etc., but obviously those films set the bar a little higher than what your average film from these genres generally aim for.

Watch: Trailer For Hilary Swank's 'The Resident' Will Make Single Women Change The Locks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 6:05 AM
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So, we now have a trailer for Hilary Swank's straight-to-DVD Hammer horror film "The Resident" and well, there's a reason it won't be showing up at a multiplex near you.

Paul Haggis Prepping Tell-All Exposé About His Years In Scientology

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 5:00 AM
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Gives Up Dream To Ever Work With Tom CruiseAfter 35 years as a devoted follower to wacky fake religion/cult Scientology, director Paul Haggis left in a blaze of glory in 2009. Following the group's inaction after a San Diego branch supported Prop 8, Haggis penned an angry screed that ended up online, denouncing the group for their empty promises in dealing with the situation. And it looks like Haggis isn't quite done taking down his former faith just yet.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Christopher Bell

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 6, 2011 4:47 AM
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I'm going to put it bluntly: If The Playlist didn't take me on as a contributor I would have never seen as many movies as I had, and nearly half of my list would probably be sitting in my Netflix queue well into 2011. So without being sappy (and yes, in being totally public about it), I appreciate the whole thing more than I could possibly describe. That's the family, the readership, everything -- even "dude" -- thanks for having me.

Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise' To Feature A 3D Sequence?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 4:02 AM
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This is interesting, though for anyone who has followed the career of Francis Ford Coppola, not particularly surprising. Granted, there aren't any direct quotes or confirmation on this one so leave it as a bit speculation for now, but the intro to an interview the director did with 99% (via Bleeding Cool) we're given this little nugget about his upcoming film "Twixt Now And Sunrise": "The film even features the latest 3-D technology – but as a brief dramatic segment that serves the story, rather than the typical two-hour, multiplex gimmick."

Robert De Niro To Head 64th Cannes Film Festival Jury

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 3:22 AM
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By most accounts, last year's Cannes Film Festival was one of the worst in years. The lineup was fairly tepid, and overall, there was a considerable lack of buzz on the Croisette. From most colleagues we talked to at the fest, it was widely regarded as one of poorer showings in quite some time. Well, if 2010 was a disappointment, 2011 is gearing up to be one helluva show. Robert De Niro has just been announced as the President of the Jury for the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Nice.

How Do You Like That? Terrence Malick Gave Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Notes On 'Good Will Hunting'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2011 3:12 AM
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Plus Barry Pepper Talks The Untitled Malick DramaThe renaissance of Ben Affleck continues apace. After some impressive supporting roles in the likes of "Hollywoodland" and "Extract" and a burgeoning directorial career, the actor -- whose career was not so long ago in severe trouble -- booked a role in Terrence Malick's untitled new drama. It's a part any actor dreams of having, and as it turns out, Affleck and Malick aren't complete strangers.

Kevin Macdonald's Crowdsourced YouTube Doc 'Life In A Day' To Stream For Free On Jan. 27

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 2:29 AM
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With his big budget medieval pic "The Eagle" set to debut next month, it's easy to forget that director Kevin Macdonald got his start in documentary film, with the excellent "Kindertransport," "One Day In September" and "Touching the Void" under his belt. Earlier this summer it was revealed he was teaming with Ridley Scott's Scott Free production company on a rather ambitious project, "Life In A Day." The idea was simple if somewhat of a logistical challenge: On July 24th YouTube users uploaded footage from around with the idea of telling future generations of what life was like on the planet on that single day. Against All Odds Productions joined the production to make sure that cameras were provided in even the remotest areas of the Earth and the result was 4500 hours of footage from 192 countries. We weep for the editors.

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