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Watch: Lovely Trailer For SXSW Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award Winning 'Short Term 12' Starring Brie Larson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 3:59 PM
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Short Term 12, Brie Larson
Here's yet another reminder that this summer, there are more things beyond the supersized jumbo popcorn, slushy and nachos offerings at the multiplex. Looking for something with a bit nuance, a little bit of heart, with some real characters and story? Look no further than "Short Term 12," the tender dramedy starring Brie Larson. And yes, we are quoted within so take it as extra stamp of approval for this picture.

Contest: Win A 'Before Midnight' Poster Signed By Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy & Richard Linklater And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 3:43 PM
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Before Midnight
It's June, the long hazy days of summer are here and it's the perfect time to catch up with Celine and Jesse. The continental romance that started in "Before Sunrise," and grew in "Before Sunset" continues in "Before Midnight," the latest collaboration between stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater. Its another winning entry in the series, a movie that we called a "challenging, funny, painful, very present and alive depiction of relationships at 40," "so honest and real that we wouldn't have it any other way." Now with the movie set expand to even more theaters, we have a prize to give away for some lucky readers.

Al Pacino Reveals Why He Turned Down Playing Han Solo In 'Star Wars'; Leonard Nimoy Thinks Spock Can Crossover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 3:12 PM
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While Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher formed the core that would go on to create one of the biggest sci-fi franchise in history with "Star Wars," things could have played out much, much differently. Sissy Spacek or Cindy Williams could have been Princess Leia, while a gallery of tough dudes like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Walken were all in the running for Han Solo. Another actor in the mix? Al Pacino. Yes really.

6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

'Men In Black 4' Might Have To Erase The Memory Of Will Smith

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 3, 2013 2:07 PM
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When the “Men in Black” franchise proved that it still had legs after a strong third outing, it seemed inevitable that Sony would set their eyes on a fourth movie. In fact, a writer was tasked with gig of writing "Men In Black 4" last month. The only real question was who would be returning?

Benicio Del Toro Takes Lead & 'Doctor Who' Star Karen Gillan Is The Villain In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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  • June 3, 2013 1:31 PM
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While the DC comic book universes have remained largely standalone thus far, and only the most tentative of hints dropped during the recent “Man of Steel” junket, Marvel has clicked into overdrive with the notion, tapping franchise upon franchise to have their turn. But naturally, more characters means more actors, and now two of the upcoming Phase 2 films have found a few new additions.

James Gray On 'The Immigrant,' 'The Gray Man,' 'The Lost City Of Z' And More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 3, 2013 1:15 PM
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Last week, we ran an excerpt from our Cannes Film Festival interview with director James Gray in which he spoke at length about his upcoming sci-fi project. But of course the reason he was there, and the reason we were talking at all, was to present his new film, “The Immigrant,” which premiered in competition and stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner (you can read our review here).

Teresa Palmer Talks "Torpedo"-ing Christian Bale On Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 12:48 PM
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As you know, there are approximately five thousand actors who have walked onto the set and in front of a camera for Terrence Malick's next effort "Knight Of Cups," a drama set against the backdrop of the movie industry, one of two features he's prepping along with a still untitled flick that takes place amongst the Austin music scene. And one of the talents that got to spend some time with Malick on 'Cups' was rising Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who was last seen onscreen in the zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies" and features in the upcoming thriller "Wish You Were Here." And like many who have collaborated with the press shy filmmaker, she wholeheartedly enjoyed the experience.

Zack Snyder Reveals Superhero Easter Egg In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 12:11 PM
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Man of Steel, Snyder, Kevin Costner
Needless to say, there are going to be spoilers in this post. Don't read beyond this point if you don't want to know about any easter eggs or teasers in "Man Of Steel" and don't come crying if you go on and feel that something got ruined. You have been warned.

Listen: David Lynch's New Song With Lykke Li From His Upcoming Album 'The Big Dream'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 11:50 AM
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So a bit of good news/bad news for David Lynch fans. The good news is that he's got something new to share with you, the bad news is that it isn't a new movie. Nope, the director has instead cranked out another album, this time called The Big Dream, which is far less of a Lynch-ian name than his previous effort, Crazy Clown Time. But as usual, he's got some surprises up his sleeve.

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