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Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, very-R-rated comedy that riffs on the esoteric spate of sword-and-sorcery movies from the 1980s (like Playlist favorite "Krull"). In short: it could have been truly, eye-rollingly awful.

Joe Wright Says He Tried To Call Paul Greengrass For Advice On How To Shoot Action For 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:42 AM
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At first glance, it's hard to believe that the upcoming teenage assassin flick "Hanna" is from the same director who brought you "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Soloist." Brimming with beautifully choreographed set pieces, you might think it was directed by a seasoned action director, not a helmer giving it a whirl on his first time out. We caught up with director Joe Wright at WonderCon over the weekend and he admitted that he tried to reach out to one of the most influential action directors for the past few years for some tips, but couldn't get past his voicemail.

Lena Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:18 AM
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'Certified Copy' Considered "Minor Kiarostami," Errol Morris Docs & Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Pic 'Pina' RumoredLena Dunham arrived in a huge way when her debut feature film -- which she wrote, directed and starred in -- premiered at SXSW last year to strong buzz and reviews. While not everyone was head over heels for the film -- our man on the ground at IFFBoston sort of hated it -- Dunham quickly got the attention of Hollywood. She's teaming with comedy producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow on a comedy series for HBO, while Scott Rudin has tasked her with adapting "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares." So huge things are on the horizon for Dunham, who now appears to be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and The Criterion Collection seem to agree.

Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Saoirse Ronan Stays Coy On 'Hobbit' Casting, Says 'Violet & Daisy' A "Black Comedy" Unlike 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 3:19 AM
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Irish Actress Seems To Agree With Joe Wright About 'Sucker Punch's Empowerment StanceWith the film set to hit theaters this weekend, Focus Features brought “Hanna” director Joe Wright and star Saoirse Ronan to WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend to talk about their wild-child adventure. We caught up with the actress as she did rounds with press talking about their kinetic action thriller.

Watch/Listen: Trailer For Kings Of Leon Doc, Lonely Island Return & Ben Gibbard Sings For 'Arthur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:30 AM
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A little bit of music and movie roundup to start off your day.

‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Bret McKenzie Joins ‘The Hobbit’ As Lindir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It looks like Bret McKenzie is getting ready to head back to Middle Earth but not as Figwit, as his character was dubbed -- after a fan said “Frodo is great ... who is that?” -- following his fleeting appearance in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He later appeared again, ever so briefly, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” As was reported last week, McKenzie was being sought out to return to the franchise and it looks like everything is signed, sealed and delivered, but he won't be a Figwit this time around.

Richard Curtis To Write 'Trash' For Stephen Daldry To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:05 AM
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With the names Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Four Weddings And A Funeral") and Stephen Daldry ("The Hours," "Billy Elliot") attached, you might think this is automatic Oscar bait, but what they're cooking up together looks like more of an adventure film with some serious cred behind it.

'Will & Grace' Star Sean Hayes To Play Larry In 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:04 AM
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Here's the thing about shortlist stories -- sometimes they're wrong, sometimes they are just refined wishlists and sometimes they simply leave people off. While Will Sasso landed the part of Curly in "The Three Stooges" movie, he was initially listed as Moe and now, the second member of the comedy trio to be added wasn't on any of those lists to begin with.

Universal Pulls A 'Bait And Switch' For Mark Wahlberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 1:44 AM
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Universal Pictures seem to have found a new BFF in Mark Wahlberg. The actor/producer currently has two films in the work for the studio -- the action/thriller "Contraband" and the comedy "Ted" -- and they have now picked up another vehicle to be developed for the star.

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