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Artwork For Adele's 'Skyfall' Single Revealed Plus New Videoblog From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 1:22 PM
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A couple of weeks ago it was pretty much confirmed that Brit sensation Adele would be lending her impressive pipes to "Skyfall." But now it's officially official as artwork and details for the song -- also called "Skyfall" -- have arrived.
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NYFF Review: 'Barbara' A Fresh Look Into 1980s Germany, Focusing On Life & Love

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 1, 2012 12:58 PM
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Though maybe a bit too stiff and straight-laced, "Barbara" is a frequently subtle, moderately interesting character study set in a grievous East Germany during the 1980s. What are especially nice are the painstaking ways that director Christian Petzold ("Jerichow," "Dreileben: Beats Being Dead") avoids obvious nods to the time period -- forget drenching the film in some kind of filter as a signifier (a la the once-abused-now-Instagram-friendly sepiatone), the filmmaker even refuses simple explanatory title cards and instead dresses the environment appropriately, offering hints of the current year in the background set pieces and radio programs. This kind of understated nature runs the entire feature; in fact, one of the most intriguing aspects of "Barbara" is the lack of narrative hand-holding, with the lead's main intent remaining a mystery for a good chunk of the movie. There are no twists to spoil, but admittedly, much of the film's pull anchors on its masterful use of low-key storytelling -- take a gander at the next paragraph at your own risk.

Exclusive: Clip From Lost Ozploitation Flick 'Wake In Fright'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 12:45 PM
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Every now and then, the cinematic gods smile upon devoted cinephiles and a lost treasure is unearthed from the depths of time. And while we'll forever hope that in someone's attic sits the original ending to Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons," if we have to watch the 1971 Aussie flick "Wake In Fright" in the meantime, that's just fine by us.

Surprise: Seth MacFarlane Selected To Host The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 12:19 PM
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Wow, we didn't expect this. After a brief flirtation with Jimmy Fallon, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences seem to have found the sweet spot with a presenter who will skew to younger crowds, while keeping ABC happy in getting someone who isn't a direct rival to their late-night talent. And that man is Seth MacFarlane.

First Pic Of Viggo Mortensen & Kirsten Dunst In 'The Two Faces Of January'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 12:04 PM
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Jesus, that was fast. With production beginning today on "The Two Faces Of January," the filmmakers haven't wasted any time in getting the buzz going around the film, with the first pic of the two leads Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen arriving.

David Gordon Green To Direct 'Little House On The Prairie' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 11:47 AM
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"I wish he'd make more films like 'George Washington' again," seems to be the common cry of a particular segment of David Gordon Green fans who still haven't realized he's moved on from his early filmmaking days. And while his recent output has had some peaks and valleys, it's clear the filmmaker moves to the beat of his own drum. Following last year's "The Sitter," he shot lo-fi indie "Prince Avalanche" starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch on the sly, put the pieces together on his "Suspiria" remake (though it looks to be delayed), and will spend the fall shooting the gritty southern drama "Joe" with Nicolas Cage. And next? "Little House On The Prairie." No, we're not kidding.

'Wreck-It-Ralph' Soundtrack Features Songs by Skrillex, Rihanna, Owl City & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 1, 2012 11:45 AM
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Though initially low-profile on the Disney Animation release slate while ambitious in its scope, “Wreck-It Ralph” has slowly become one of the more interesting offerings on show this holiday season. Featuring a meta-video game narrative with 70+ characters shown, as well as a vibrant aesthetic that snaps attention to the screen, another compelling aspect remains the Skrillex-involved soundtrack, the details of which have just been released.

First Photos Of Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Emma Stone & More From Comedy Omnibus 'Movie 43'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 11:21 AM
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When you're pulling together a comedy omnibus with shorts directed by Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Mike Judge, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Baker, Damon Escot and more, starring folks like Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Leslie Bibb, Jimmy Bennett, Kate Bosworth, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Pratt, Jason Sudeikis, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi and Bobby Cannavale....you might understand that few deadlines might be missed. But after a couple of release date bumps, "Movie 43" is coming to theaters and some peeks have arrived.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'The Master' & 'Looper'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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The podcast returns this week after a long absence. We apologize for the lack of shows, but obviously we've been hella busy. This week, host Erik McClanahan is joined by regular guests Kevin Jagernauth and Rodrigo Perez for reviews of two films from American writer/directors garnering a ton of attention at the moment: "The Master" from Paul Thomas Anderson, and the latest from Rian Johnson, "Looper." 

Watch: UK Trailer + New Pics For Sly Stallone Action Flick 'Bullet To The Head'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 1, 2012 10:42 AM
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With the news late last week that director Walter Hill's remake of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” has found financing, that now makes two recent project yearning for better days. Gearing up for release next year, the Sylvester Stallone actioner “Bullet To The Head” has already shown via a first trailer that the film's has an uphill battle, but now a second look is hoping to reverse that perspective.

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