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Watch: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Feels Like Tweeting In 'Kick-Ass 2' Clip Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 5:11 PM
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Kick-Ass 2
At this point you've likely already made a decision about "Kick-Ass 2"; you're either stoked to see the followup to the modest hit film or you could take it or leave it at this point. Capturing that lightning in a bottle twice is no easy feat but Universal is certainly trying.

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

Interview: Brian De Palma Talks 'Passion,' Digital Vs. Film, Psychosexual Thrillers & The Abandoned Ending Of 'Snake Eyes'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 4:09 PM
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This week one of the most hotly anticipated movies is coming not to a theater near you, but to your favorite On Demand service (and the iTunes music store). "Passion" is modern master of suspense Brian De Palma's first movie since 2007's controversial Iraq War drama "Redacted" and marks a return to the kind of psychosexual thriller that defined his golden period (movies like "Body Double," "Dressed to Kill" and "Obsession"). It's certainly not a movie for everyone (debate rages around The Playlist water cooler about its perceived plusses and minuses), but if you're a DePalma die hard it's certainly worth the stream or download.

Watch: Trask Industries Viral Teases 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Plus First Look At Peter Dinklage As Bolivar Trask

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 3:44 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Bolivar Trask
Well "The Wolverine" has come and gone and with poor domestic numbers making it one of the worst performing of any of the X-Men movies (opening lower than "X-Men Origins: The Wolverine") all eyes are already on the next X-adventure. No matter what you thought of the movie (we weighed in on the good and bad here), it's hard to argue that the most exciting portion of the movie was actually the mid-credits tease with (spoiler alert!) Magneto and Charles Xavier meeting Logan in an airport, with a Trask industries logo not so subtly presented. Yes, they're building bridges to next spring's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" and few more morsels have arrived today.

Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan! Watch 20-Minute 'Charlie Rose' Episode With The Director For 'Batman Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 2:57 PM
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It would seem that Christopher Nolan is one of the few top-tier directors to have made nary a misstep in his career. While our retrospective from about a year ago, perhaps controversially, argues that his weakest films were "Following" and "Batman Begins," even in those cases they weren't outright failures and still offered many of the techniques, motifs and trademarks that he has established consistently across a strong brace of films. Up next for the director is his secretive (naturally) sci-fi "Interstellar," but before he starts work on that next month he's got one thing to get out of the way first. Blowing out his birthday candles.

Watch: 40-Minute Master Class With Sylvester Stallone From The 2008 Zurich Film Festival

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 2:42 PM
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At the Zurich Film Festival back in 2008, they had muscle-bound multi-hyphenate Sylvester Stallone as special guest to talk about his career as an actor, writer and director. After a couple of seconds of cheesy photo-ops (with Stallone striking some Rocky-esque) poses, it becomes a thoughtful look at his career and about the filmmaking process in general, with the host, claiming that Stallone exists in a small fraternity of writer/director/actors who have had as long and varied a career (among them Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier).

Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 30, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Canyons James Deen Lindsay Lohan
Director Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons” opens up with images of what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world for cinema. Cameras glide over ghost towns of dilapidated, dying and dead movie theaters, backed by a haunted and menacing electro score. The suggestion implied is that cinema is coming to an end. Though what that has to do with vapid Angelinos in a sexual jealousy drama that transforms into an erotic thriller is anyone’s guess, apart from the filmmaker’s overt nod at his own attempts to subvert the production and distribution paradigm of movies (“The Canyons” was financed by crowdsourcing instead of traditional studio funding means). While the film is about decaying, deadened people who peripherally work in the world of movies, the connections still seem rather tenuous. What does the death of cinema have to do with these characters? Not a whole lot in the end (or in the beginning or middle), and that’s perhaps the first sign that “The Canyons” is on uneven territory from the start.

Spike Lee Talks 'School Daze' Sequel, Paul Schrader Offers To Write Clarence Thomas Biopic For Lee To Direct

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 30, 2013 1:42 PM
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Spike Lee, a man with his finger on multiple pulses, is the latest big-name, big-brain, sometime-Hollywood director to throw up his hands at the current state of the industry and decide that he might as well get his money from somewhere else: in this case, as in many others, Kickstarter where he's been supported by arguably the figurehead of the emerging ex-industry malcontents, Steven Soderbergh.

Producer Hopes 'The Legend Of Conan' With Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Kickstart A New Trilogy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 1:13 PM
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Fredrik Malmberg, the CEO of Paradox Entertainment, a company that currently holds the rights to the "Conan the Barbarian" franchise (originally created by pulp author Robert E. Howard), claims that the new 'Conan' movie, which is slated to star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the iconic role he made famous back in 1982, will actually/hopefully be the first part of a new trilogy. Good lord that's a lot of Conan!

The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 12:43 PM
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John Carpenter Essentials
This week, "The Fog," filmmaker John Carpenter's 1980 chiller about a fog that rolls into a sleepy seaside community carrying with it ghostly visitors, will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout Factory, complete with a host of all new special features (including a wonderful, retrospective conversation with Jamie Lee Curtis that doesn't just cover her collaborations with Carpenter but goes on to include a frank discussion of most of her genre work from that period). With its pristine picture quality and sound, it goes a long way in reminding you what a skilled technician and artist Carpenter truly is, able to conjure forth visions of nightmarish clarity, nearly out of thin air. This is a director capable of keeping you up at night, but one who isn't interested in a cheap scare. When asked to give advice to young filmmakers, he said, simply, "Play for history if possible." That's certainly what Carpenter has tried to do; and to celebrate this recent release we've decided to run down seven of his most essential films. Frequent collaborator Kurt Russell has said of his friend that he "sees the world slightly askew." As a Russell character in a John Carpenter movie would say: no shit.

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