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Watch: Audrey Hepburn Is Back From The Dead & Selling Chocolate Bars In New Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 5:42 PM
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Ever since Gene Kelly came boogie-woogie-ing back from the dead to shill for Volkswagen, the issue of whether or not the image/likeness of classic cinema stars should be used from beyond the grave to pimp products has been brought into the spotlight. While we haven't quite had a deluge (yet), it seems the estates of these icons need to find new revenue streams, and with visual effects moving in leaps and bounds, the folks collecting checks for Audrey Hepburn have been moving swiftly.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? '21 And Over,' 'Jack The Giant Slayer' & 'The Last Exorcism' Lead The Charge

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 1, 2013 4:58 PM
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In Theaters: Jack The Giant Killer, 21 And Over, The Last Exorcism Part II,
Lots to look at this week! Unfortunately, the big studio pictures are a bit disappointing, featuring well-worn stories that aren't particularly innovative or entertaining. Popular critical opinion recommends ordering "The Hangover" or "Das Boot" from Netflix rather than paying for the direct descendants playing on the big screen. Lucky for multiplex owners, the institution of public film exhibition and us, a handful of international films, documentaries, and American independent pictures pick up the slack. So -- in the ongoing battle between the private DVD player and the theater projector -- what will it be: the couch or the cinema? Let us know in the comments below!

David Lynch Takes Role In Daughter Jennifer Lynch’s New Film 'A Fall From Grace'

  • By India Ross
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  • March 1, 2013 4:34 PM
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Behind the camera, David Lynch is a certified phenomenon. In front of it, he remains a little more enigmatic. His cameo credits (“Louie," “The Cleveland Show” and that time they appeared to run out of cast members in “Twin Peaks”) are pretty incongruous with his usual brand of provocative art, and lend a further wacky dimension to his already surreal public persona.

Review: ‘Welcome To Pine Hill’ Is An Admirably Quiet & Introspective Look At Mortality & Redemption

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 1, 2013 4:26 PM
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Shannon, or Abu, as he sometimes goes by, is a man caught in time. Haunted by his past of selling drugs, crime and various illegal activities, the 20-something black man is trying to cultivate a future while doing his best to stay on the correct side of what's right. But trying to stay on the righteous path isn't always easy. He comes across a white man in his Brooklyn neighborhood walking his lost dog (which he seemed to only marginally care for) and he gently warns the man to do what he thinks is the right thing: give back the dog or pay him the $200 he paid for it, reminding him that back in the day, he'd just take both and that would be the end of it. Abu's trying to make good.

'Sinister' Will Scare You Again As Sequel Brews

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 4:07 PM
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You gotta hand it to producer Jason Blum; he knows how to spend a little and make a lot. Between the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, "Insidious" and "Sinister," he's proven he can take a million bucks or so and make that back dozens of times over. And while the found footage movie is now a bonafide franchise, the latter two films are going down that path too. "Insidious 2" arrives later this year and now "Sinister" will be coming to freak you out all over again.
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'Mistaken For Strangers,' Documentary On Band The National, Will Open The Tribeca Film Festival

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 1, 2013 3:40 PM
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Recent years have seen a rise in high-profile music documentaries, from ones that focus on a swath of history like Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” or ones that focus on a specific band or artist, like last year’s LCD Soundsystem swan song “Shut Up And Play The Hits.” Now, another New York band will be immortalized on the big screen; The National will help launch this spring's Tribeca Film Festival as the focus of a brand new movie.

Watch: 2 Clips From Neil LaBute-Penned 'Some Girl(s)' Starring Adam Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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Neil LaBute is back. Kind of. The writer/director who came storming out of the gate with his acidic takes on the relationship between men and women in films like "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" has strayed from that kind of material in recent years, doing things as disparate as the thin race relations thriller "Lakeview Terrance" and the broad comedy "Death At A Funeral." But some new material penned by LaBute is being brought to the big screen in the form of "Some Girl(s)" and two clips have arrived.

10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In March

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 2:54 PM
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It's been a long, dark couple of months at the start of 2013, with not all that much that's been worth seeing, bar a few bright spots like "Side Effects" and "No." But as the days start to get sunnier and warmer (we hope so, at least, or we're going to jump off something tall fairly soon), the prospects at movie theaters are improving a bit too.

Brett Ratner Bringing Unreleased Roman Polanski-Produced Racing Doc ‘Weekend Of A Champion’ To Netflix

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 1, 2013 2:24 PM
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With the success of “House of Cards” and the upcoming release of the fabled new season of “Arrested Development,” Netflix is taking dead aim at cable networks. While so far they've stuck with developing series, the streaming company has completed a deal with Brett Ratner -- a man with a questionable filmography and cinephile taste (he's produced docs on Woody Allen and John Cazale, FYI) -- to bring interesting documentaries to a larger audience. The first movie to be part of the deal is the 1971 Roman Polanski-helmed documentary “Weekend Of A Champion.”

Watch: The Internet Will Ruin Your Life In Trailer For 'Disconnect' With Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 1:54 PM
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Ah, the internet/hacker/computer movie. "The Net," "Hackers," "Firewall," "Swimfan," "FearDotCom"...for every "The Social Network" there are about five of those kinds of movies that leadenly and obviously point out the perils of going online. And thus, "Disconnect."

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