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Check The MPAA-Banned Poster For Terry Gilliam's ‘The Zero Theorem’ That Won’t Be Seen In Theaters

Zero Theorem, alternate poster, crop
We’ve got our hands on a new “alternate version” of the poster for Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem” starring Christoph Waltz and featuring Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon in supporting roles both big and small. You won’t see this version of the one sheet in theaters…well because, maybe it’s that butt centered right in the middle, but you could also call it a “leaked” poster if you like. Read More »

Review: Predictable And Lukewarm 'Begin Again' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 6:16 PM
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Begin Again
Though the music industry has undergone a sea change over the last decade, the goal for both major studios and artists remains the same: musicians want to write great songs and put them out into the world, and record labels want to make some money by helping them do it. That being said, these days, the line is sharply drawn between genuine songwriters and visionaries and corporate processed pop stars. Moreover, solo acts or groups no longer need the crumbling machine of the industry to get their work out there and recognized. The internet has more than enough avenues to turn overnight bedroom performers into the next blogosphere buzz act. A&R scouts are a dying breed. But for argument's sake, you'll need to pretend that world of major label nurturing, and the hunt for the next great thing still exists for "Begin Again."

'Community' Saved At 11th Hour, Season Six Ordered By Yahoo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 5:55 PM
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Today was do or die for "Community." June 30th marked the final day Sony Pictures Television had options on the cast members for the cult-loved show, and the prospects of continuing the series looked dire after NBC canceled it after five seasons. Meanwhile, Hulu toyed with but eventually abandoned the idea of picking it up, leaving Sony about one week to try and put together a deal for the show. And they did.

Check Out The Poster For Bruce Springsteen's Directorial Debut 'Hunter Of Invisible Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 5:33 PM
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Hunter Of Invisible Game Poster Header
Is there anything Bruce Springsteen can't do? At 64 years old, dude can still fill arenas and deliver anthemic, spirit raising, life changing concerts with more energy and heart than anybody half his age. And while he's got all kinds of hardware to back up his accomplishments — twenty Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Oscar — his authenticity is his currency. You know going into anything Bruce is involved in, that he won't be half-assing it and using his name to prop it up. Dude gives as good as he gets. And so, this bit of news is intriguing.

Watch: Full 1976 TV Movie 'The Tenth Level' Starring William Shatner Before Kellan Lutz Stars In Sort Of Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 5:02 PM
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Kellan Lutz The Tenth Level
Kellan Lutz! Emmett Cullen from "Twilight" has arguably maintained a better movie career than Taylor Lautner, which we wouldn't really have guessed back at the height of Twihard mania. He's managed to star in a string of indies, was even given a shot at his own sorta tentpole with "The Legend Of Hercules," and — God bless his agent — he has a role in this summer's "The Expendables 3." And now, in a move we can only call Lutz-ian at this point, he'll be playing William Shatner because of course he is.

Will Bryan Singer Be Back For The X-Men Director’s Chair? Filmmaker Tweets Out ‘Apocalypse’ Tease

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 30, 2014 4:35 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
As scandals go, Bryan Singer seems to have weathered the sexual abuse allegations aimed at him from earlier this year, rather well. In fact, because there’s been little movement on the case, most of that controversy has been forgotten. At least for now. It probably doesn’t hurt that his “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” is now the highest grossing movie of 2014 worldwide ($712 million), having surpassed “Captain America The Winter Soldier” this past weekend (and it has $11 million to go to unseat “X-Men: The Last Stand” as the highest grossing film in the series domestically). The narrative is fully on the side of all things positive. But in April, when the sex-abuse allegations were in full swing, multiple lawsuits filed and negative media attention swirling, things weren’t looking so bright for the filmmaker.

First Look: Henry Cavill As Clark Kent In 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 4:25 PM
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Henry Cavill Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
The folks behind "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" are determined to keep fans salivating. Earlier this spring, Zack Snyder and co. revealed the first look at Ben Affleck as Batman...in monochrome, and from a safe enough distance that not too many details about the new suit and vehicle would be revealed. And now comes another new image, which will provide more questions at the moment than answers...

The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2014 3:48 PM
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2014: Fall Film Festival wishlist
So while the rest of the world, (pretty much literally, it seems) goes to see “Transformers: Abandon Hope” our choice is either to kvetch and moan and rend our clothes about the Death of Culture and People These Days, or to retreat into our nice comfy wheelhouse/padded cell, humming gently to ourselves, catching the odd fly and pretending the moviegoing public has not just awarded $300 million in 3 days to the worst tentpole of the year. And right now, the cowardly but sanity-protecting latter path is the one we’re going to pursue (though we reserve the right to kvetch etc. elsewhere). With June at its end and the days getting shorter, we’re looking down the road, beyond the unstoppable, all-devouring toy franchise behemoth that’s probably about to blot out the sun, toward the fall festival season, and the films that we expect, hope or surmise we might see at the big trio of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, or the lower-profile NYFF or AFI Fest in the unlikely event of us surviving the Summer.

Critics Go Ape In First Reviews For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 2:39 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Sequels are a tricky thing, particularly with a new director coming on board. How do you match the success of the preceding movie, take it into new territory, which putting your own mark on the material? It was a big job Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield," "Let Me In") had ahead of him in tackling "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," but it looks like he's hit it out of the park.

Todd Phillips Appears For Rare Screening Of Early Documentary ‘Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies’

  • By Eloise Banting
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  • June 30, 2014 2:12 PM
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Todd Phillips, GG Allin doc
It’s been approximately 11 years since the release of the infamous documentary about the arguable rock god GG Allin, “Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies,” but that didn’t stop the Nitethawk in New York City from screening a rare print late last week to a sold out audience. To top it off, the director of the doc, Todd Phillips, known for such hits as “Old School,” “The Hangover,” and “Due Date,” to name a few, was present for a little Q&A.

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