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Brad Pitt Brings 'Paper' To HBO, Says He'd Love To Reteam With David Fincher For '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 30, 2012 10:02 AM
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Though basic cable networks like FX and AMC, as well as streaming giant Netflix, are trying their hand at the type of programming that made HBO famous, the cable company isn’t yielding an inch. Variety is reporting that the venerated cable channel is developing the new series “Paper” with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

Jon Hamm Eyes An 'Epic Fail'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 30, 2012 9:59 AM
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Despite being the lead of one of the most critically-acclaimed -- and arguably the best -- drama on TV right now and being the kind of handsome they don’t make anymore, Jon Hamm hasn’t yet invaded the silver screen -- outside of “The Town” and "Friends With Kids" -- in a big way. But he's working to change that, with the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" among some other percolating projects, and now a project that would see him using his toolbox of funny.

New 'Jack Reacher' Featurette Makes Comparison To James Bond & Jason Bourne, Violence Cut For U.K. Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 9:19 AM
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"Jack Reacher" is coming, and the millions of fans of the excellent book series around the world are both eager and perhaps a bit wary about Tom Cruise stepping into the lead role of the bruising ex-military investigator turned drifter. There has been lots of concern about the actor not being the right physical build of Reacher, but for author Lee Child, he wouldn't have it any other way.

4 Serious New Pictures From The Not Serious 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 8:56 AM
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"It's not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony," Marvel honcho Kevin Feige recently said. But if these new pics are anything to go by, it's more like "Emo Man 3" than "Iron Man 3" amirite? And combined with the very furrowed brow trailer, we're wondering when wise-crackin' Tony Starks is going to show up.

Review: 'Silent Night' Is Like Getting A Blood-Splattered Lump Of Coal In Your Stocking

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2012 8:55 PM
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The "holiday horror" subgenre is a weird one indeed, requiring a fine tonal balancing act that involves wedding jolly Christmas cheer with bloody visceral scares. There's something about the phony brightness holidays that brings out some really fucked-up shit, and it's a well that many films have attempted, among them the sardonic "Christmas Evil" (one of John Waters' favorite films); the inky "Black Christmas," directed by Bob Clark (who also did "A Christmas Story"); and an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" that Robert Zemeckis directed about an escaped lunatic dressed like Santa Claus. (The less said about the Bill Goldberg-starring "Santa's Slay," the better.) One of the more straightforward holiday horror entries was 1984's "Silent Night, Deadly Night," an easily forgettable slasher film wrapped in Christmas lights and tinsel. Well, that film has been given the remake treatment, re-titled "Silent Night," and shoved into theaters and home video (a perfect stocking stuffer!) just in time for the yuletide spirit to melt your skull with a homemade flamethrower. Ho ho no.

Review: 'King Kelly' Is A Scabrous Look At A Generation's Narcissism

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 29, 2012 8:02 PM
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The early moments of “King Kelly,” a new found-footage movie shot entirely on the iPhone, announces it’s intentions and attitudes right off the bat. The first images are of a crowded, low-rent internet chat-room, where we’re confronted with the sight of a half-nude nubile blonde who vacuously pleads for “tips” as she masturbates. We’re trapped, and the audience is going to have to watch her show, watch her pleasure herself for her gain, your satisfaction being entirely secondary. This is King Kelly, and she’ll be the first to tell you that she’s the voice of this generation.

CBS Orders Steven Spielberg/Brian K. Vaughan Stephen King Adaptation 'Under The Dome' To Series for Summer 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2012 7:32 PM
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Somewhat surprisingly, CBS has bypassed the usual pilot song-and-dance and gone ahead and ordered thirteen episodes of "Under the Dome," an adaptation of Stephen King's beloved doorstop-sized novel, adapted by comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series should begin airing/scaring the crap out of audiences next summer.

Review: German Rom-Com 'What A Man' Feels Like A Remake Of A Terrible '90s American Movie That Never Happened

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 29, 2012 7:02 PM
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Fetishize it all you want: foreign audiences aren’t that much more selective than American ones. Box office trends have cemented this: garbage like the “Twilight” series steadily earned more internationally than stateside, a pattern mimicked by most generic blockbusters, particularly with the overseas embrace of the tacky 3D format. Of course, one could argue that “Twilight” is an American brand corrupting the world, but it would neglect homegrown offal like “What A Man,” a German time-waster brought to our shores by Fox International, one that reflects that the cheap seats are the same in any language.
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Review: 'California Solo' Mixes Authentic Drama With Artificial Filler

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 29, 2012 5:57 PM
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Sometimes a life has to wash its hands of its best attributes in order to move on. So it goes for Lachlan (Robert Carlyle), the protagonist of “California Solo.” Doing modest work for a farmer’s market slightly off the grid, Lachlan’s youthful good looks have abandoned him, his wiry frame now dedicated to lifting barrels of radishes instead of strumming guitars. The days of starring in Brit-rock band The Cranks have been left behind, and Lachlan now nurses mysterious wounds from a career that ended in tragedy. When invited to celebrate his band’s legacy, he says, “I don’t do anything like that anymore.” Prompted further, he tersely says, “Anything interesting.”

Nick Hornby To Adapt Memoir 'Wild' For Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 5:53 PM
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We'll say this -- Reese Witherspoon sure knows how to choose 'em. Earlier this year writer/director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") told us that she would be writing and directing an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail" for producer Reese Witherspoon. Well, it seems the Cholodenko is no longer involved, but another strong writer is now set to tackle the material.

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