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Ethan Hawke Reteams With 'Hamlet' Director Michael Almereyda For 'Cymbeline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 2:36 PM
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Though he doesn't get nearly the same blowback as James Franco, Ethan Hawke is also something a multi-hyphenate as a writer/actor/director/author and he also knows his way around Shakespeare too. He ushered in the new millenium with "Hamlet," teaming with director Michael Almereyda for a contemporary retelling that kept the language and brought in a pretty decent bunch of actors—Bill Murray, Sam Shepard, Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Steve Zah, Jeffrey Wright, Casey Affleck, Tim Blake Nelson—to tell the Bard's most famous tale. Now Hawke and Almereyda are going old school again, although with a story that hasn't really been brought to the big screen.

Watch: Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For Butt-Tastic Horror Comedy 'Bad Milo' Starring Ken Marino

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 31, 2013 2:22 PM
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Bad milo
“It’s about a guy who’s stressed out and monster comes out of his ass and kills the things that are stressing him out and goes back up his ass,” Ken Marino told us about his new upcoming horror comedy, “Bad Milo” at SXSW 2013. “It’s good clean, butt fun.” Hmm, how can you go wrong there? Directed by Jacob Vaughn (an short filmmaker and assistant editor on the Duplass Brothers' "Cyrus" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home"), “Bad Milo" co-stars Gillian Jacob (“Community”), Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place and Patrick Warburton, and it’s about exactly what Marino said it was: a monster living up a dude’s butt.

Brie Larson Won't Be Returning For '22 Jump Street'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2013 1:59 PM
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21 Jump Street Brie Larson Jonah Hill
A few months ago we ran into Brie Larson and asked her if she'd be returning for the hotly anticipated sequel to last year's surprise breakthrough "21 Jump Street." She sounded totally in and was looking forward to returning to the lighter world of big budget studio fare after spending a lean year making thought-provoking independent features (like this summer's amazing "The Spectacular Now" and "Short Term 12"). Apparently, this is no longer the case, as she recently told ScreenCrush that she would not be back for another round of R-rated hilarity alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

Watch: Abigail Breslin Faces A 'Haunter' In Trailer For New Film From 'Splice' Director Vincenzo Natali

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 12:48 PM
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In certain horror circles, Vincenzo Natali has built up a lot of goodwill thanks to cult faves like "Cube," "Cypher," and the chiller "Splice." But can he keep up the inventive low budget scares for his latest feature, "Haunter"? Well, the first trailer is here to tease out what he has in store.

Exclusive: Poster For 'The Pervert's Guide To Ideology' Featuring Slavoj Žižek Plus New Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 12:28 PM
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It's not often that a philosopher and cultural critic gains something resembling celebrity status, but then again, there are few philosophers and cultural critics as magnetic as Slavoj Žižek. He has certainly transcended academic borders and his infectious personality played a bit part in the success of "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema," his 2006 outing with documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, that investigated the very language of cinema itself. And now they've teamed up to tackle cinema once more time from a different angle.

Watch: New Extended Trailer & Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 11:53 AM
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Elysium
If you've been wondering who wins out when a director would prefer to keep things under wrap versus a studio who wants to make sure people show up in theaters....let this new nearly four minute long extended trailer for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" answer that question.

'Metallica Through The Never' Soundtrack Brings Out The Hits With "Ride The Lightning," "Master Of Puppets" & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 31, 2013 11:40 AM
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Metallica Through The Never
It seems slightly redundant for Billboard to refer to Metallica's plans for their forthcoming album “Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)” as “old school”: surely everything that Metallica do is old school? Simply by waking up every morning and continuing to rock, just months before his 50th birthday, Lars Ulrich is old school.

Madonna's Next Movie? Material Girl Picks Up Rights To 'The Impossible Lives Of Greta Wells'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 11:20 AM
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The Impossible Lives Of Greta Wells Madonna
While Madonna has become a titan of the pop music world, and (at one point, anyway) successfully navigated an acting career, her attempts at directing haven't quite hit the mark. The debut was the scruffy "Filth & Wisdom," which was followed up by 2011's roundly derided fable "W.E." But haters gonna hate, and it's not the first time Madonna has faced criticism and it seems she may have another project on the horizon for a third kick at the can directing.

Watch: 90-Minute Conversation With The Creator & Cast Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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After five years as one of the most acclaimed dramas on television, on August 11th "Breaking Bad" will return for the first in its final batch of eight episodes. To celebrate the occasion creator Vince Gilligan and the cast have been taking one last victory lap to connect with the fans who helped to keep the show on the air despite modest ratings. In NYC this week alone, Film Linc is doing a week long marathon of every season of the show (topped off with special cast Q&As for their favorite episodes), Gilligan sat for an extended Q&A at the Museum of the Moving Image (which has also just opened an exhibit of props and artifacts from the show titled "From Mr. Chips To Scarface: Walter White's Transformation In Breaking Bad" which will run through October) and Gilligan and some of the cast stopped by the Apple Store in Soho before Gilligan and the entire principal cast (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk) landed at the Times Center last night for an extended conversation with NY Times columnist Dave Itzkoff.

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