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Casting: Mark Wahlberg Joins 'Deepwater Horizon,' Johnny Depp Flexes For Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 3:00 PM
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Transformer: Age of Extinction
Still no sign of J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" on the fall festival slate, but while we wait to see where the film pops up (*cough* Telluride *cough*), the director is keeping busy with the lineup for his next, "Deepwater Horizon," landing none other than Mark Wahlberg for the lead role. The movie is based on a true story and will find the actor playing the "No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig" in the movie that "revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public." Production starts next year.

Watch: Behind The Scenes Preview Of Whit Stillman’s Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 8:15 PM
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The Cosmopolitans
While he's never really been part of the studio system to begin with, it's meaningful that even Whit Stillman is headed to TV with his next project. Later this month, his pilot for "The Cosmopolitans" will be available courtesy of Amazon Studios via Amazon.com's Buy Everything Here service, along with a handful of other new shows where fans will upvote which ones will be expanded into full series. Does this one have what it takes?

Tribeca Review: 'Life Partners' Starring Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester And Adam Brody

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 19, 2014 10:25 AM
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Life Partners
There are two types of intolerable people, and they're both present in “Life Partners.” This comedy depicts a friendship between two grown women, both of whom find themselves shifting in different directions. Responsible Paige (Gillian Jacobs) has a regular 9-to-5 position at a law firm and social gadfly Sasha (Leighton Meester) toils away at a thankless receptionist job, and while neither of these jobs should define these characters, they inevitably do. This shorthand complicates a potentially fine source of drama, because Paige is straight and Sasha is gay.

Watch: First Trailer For Comedy Sequel 'Think Like A Man Too' Starring Kevin Hart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2014 9:05 AM
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Think Like A Man Too
In case you haven't been paying attention, Kevin Hart is now a box office star. Last year's comedy special "Let Me Explain" solidified his rising star status, while this year's "Ride Along" — his first $100 million dollar earning movie — cemented it. So what's the next logical career? A big, summer comedy sequel.

Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Comedy In The Face In Trailer & 2 Clips For ‘Welcome To The Jungle’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 12:46 PM
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Welcome To The Jungle Jean-Claude Van Damme
By now you’ve likely seen the splits-tastic Jean-Claude Van Damme Volvo spot and the just-as-amusing Channing Tatum parody that it inspired. However, one matter that may have come up while watching is simply Van Damme’s varied cinematic output. Recently, “JCVD” and “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” have shown a performer willing to reach for some fantastically bizarre, self-aware moments, but now a new film hopes to take that self-parody to a new level, and we’ve got the trailer and a few clips to gauge its early promise.

Watch: See James Franco's Hugh Hefner & Adam Brody's "Dick Long" In 2 New 'Lovelace' Clips; Plus Bounty Of New Photos

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 7, 2013 2:34 PM
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Lovelace
Do you appreciate a biopic cataloguing the trials and tribulations of fame: abusive relationships, drugs, exploitation, etc.? Are you a closeted connoisseur (or not-so-closeted) of vintage porn, particularly prime 1970s skin flicks? Whether either or both (they're not mutually exclusive), you're in luck this Friday when the Linda Lovelace biopic "Lovelace" hits theaters. (Check out our Berlin review here.)

Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 28, 2013 4:55 PM
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Some Girl(s)
For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil LaBute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” LaBute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While LaBute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.

Olivia Wilde & Mark Duplass Have A 'Reawakening,' Hailee Steinfeld Joins Sam Worthington In 'For The Dogs'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • May 14, 2013 3:33 PM
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With the summer tentpoles already beginning to reach theaters, many actors are now nabbing jobs to secure themselves through the end of the year and into the next. Here's a rundown of the upcoming roles that have been inked in the last couple of days.

Watch: 2 Clips From Neil LaBute-Penned 'Some Girl(s)' Starring Adam Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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Neil LaBute is back. Kind of. The writer/director who came storming out of the gate with his acidic takes on the relationship between men and women in films like "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" has strayed from that kind of material in recent years, doing things as disparate as the thin race relations thriller "Lakeview Terrance" and the broad comedy "Death At A Funeral." But some new material penned by LaBute is being brought to the big screen in the form of "Some Girl(s)" and two clips have arrived.

Something Will 'Haunt' Jacki Weaver, 'Non-Stop' Flight Gets Filled & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 19, 2012 6:04 PM
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An Oscar nominee last year for her performance in the excellent crime flick “Animal Kingdom” and soon to appear in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Australian actress Jacki Weaver has landed a role in Mac Carter’s debut feature, “Haunt.” Weaver joins Liana Liberato (who was pretty great in David Schwimmer’s “Trust”) and newcomer Harrison Gilbertson in the original horror film about a family who moves into “a new home with a dark past.” Weaver will play a former resident of the house who has suffered a family tragedy, in what sounds like a less bat-shit crazy version of “American Horror Story.”

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