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'Evil Dead' Star Jane Levy Will Keep Scaring 'In A Dark Place'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 6, 2013 9:41 AM
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When ABC’s sitcom “Suburgatory” debuted in the fall of 2011, the show’s star, Jane Levy, immediately caught our eye. Last year, she was on our list of ten actresses destined for the big time and she has yet to disappoint thus far. She plays the lead role in the upcoming “Evil Dead” remake, which comes out in April, and now she’s got another big role to add to her plate.

Watch: Jude Law Wants To Know What Happened In New Clip From 'Side Effects'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 6, 2013 9:22 AM
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First Look At Henry Selick's Newly Revived 'The Shadow King'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 9:02 AM
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One of the more interesting stories in the world of animation last year was the very public collapse of the Henry Selick's newest movie he was working on for Disney, something that was supposed to be the beginning of a very long and fruitful relationship for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" director and the studio. But, alas, the film that was at one point designed to be Pixar's first stop motion feature, completely fell apart after Selick continued to lock horns with the Pixar Brain Trust (whose story-comes-first mandate ruffled Selick) and Disney execs over the tone of the movie and its lack of narrative clarity. After building the animators a new studio and paying for a large chunk of the production budget, the project formerly known as "Shademaker" was indefinitely canceled Now comes word that the movie, now entitled "The Shadow King," is up and running again, this time produced by "Beasts of the Southern Wild" principle Josh Penn, with funding by K5 International.

First Official Image Arrives From Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2013 5:33 AM
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It's getting on two years since Lars Von Trier made headlines around the world with his ill-advised comments at the Cannes Film Festival, while promoting his film 'Melancholia," comments which saw Von Trier deemed 'persona non grata' at the festival in future. Von Trier's been relatively quiet ever since (even swearing off press altogether), but that's surely about to change, with his two-part new film "Nymphomaniac" on the way before the year is out.

Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut, Because What Else Did You Think Was Going To Happen?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 10:43 PM
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After pairing up as colleagues in the upcoming "The Place Beyond The Pines," and off screen as the most enviable couple in Hollywood, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are taking their relationship to the next level. And don't worry ladies, we're not talking marriage.

Sorry Timothy Olyphant, Video Game Franchise 'Hitman' Gets Rebooted With Paul Walker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 10:19 PM
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According to Wikipedia, in the videogame series "Hitman," the nameless Agent 47 is marked by the following characteristics: 47 is an introverted character who almost always speaks without emotion in a calm, formal manner (with what might be considered a muted or blunt affect). His lack of empathy, emotion or excitement while committing acts of murder are defining characteristics of the character. Basically, he's an unfeeling, expressionless drone. So who better than Paul Walker to take on the character?

Review: 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III' Displays The Flair & Flaws Of Roman Coppola's Approach

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 5, 2013 6:59 PM
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Roman Coppola may only be on his second directorial feature, but as a music video and commercials director, and as a writer and frequent Wes Anderson collaborator -- not to mention handling the second unit on various films from his famous family members -- he has certainly amassed a wealth of filmic experience. All of which he brings to bear on "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." Destined to be a crowd-pleaser because of its many celebrity cameos, quirky and apropos Liam Hayes music, and lovingly detailed 70s-influenced stylization, the film affords many glossy, knowing pleasures, and we found ourselves really wanting to love it. But that deeper level of engagement just didn't kick in for us for two main reasons: the lack of a strong narrative through line and the lack of dimensionality to the central titular character. The film delivers on its title, but it turns out we need more than just a glimpse.

Göteborg Review: Volker Schlöndorff’s ‘Calm At Sea’ Is A Wrenching WWII Tale Told In Capable But Old-Fashioned Style

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 5, 2013 6:02 PM
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A story that is apparently very famous all over France -- that of Guy Moquet, a 17 year-old boy executed by the Nazis as part of a reprisal for the assassination of one of their officers -- forms the heart of veteran German director Volker Schlondorff’s latest film, which screened at the Göteborg International Film Festival last week. Titled “Calm at Sea” and based on primary source documents from the period (the letters, diaries and reports left by the participants, the writing of which often forms part of the onscreen action), the film is a solid piece of historical reconstruction, that despite never quite reaching any heights of inspiration, nonetheless builds to a surprisingly moving finale.

Ralph Ziman Takes Over ‘Kite’ From The Late David R. Ellis; India Eisley & Callan McAuliffe Join Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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Almost one month ago, the news hit that director David R. Ellis (“The Final Destination,” “Snakes On A Plane”) had been found dead in his Johannesburg hotel room where he was staying while working on “Kite,” a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was set to star Samuel L. Jackson. Now, rest assured that while Ellis is no more, his project will live on.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Confirms 'Star Wars' Character Stand Alone Movies, But Not Part Of The Overall Saga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 5:20 PM
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So, remember that rumor from earlier today about how Disney was possibly planning a Yoda stand alone as part of their expansive "Star Wars" plans? Well, it just got a bit more weight from someone pretty high up the food chain.

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