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Casting: Upon Realizing He Was Voicing 'Paddington' Colin Firth Drops Out & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 4:03 PM
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Paddington
It always seemed a bit like an odd fit when Colin Firth signed up to voice the beloved bear "Paddington," and it seems he finally realized too, dropping out of the project, which already has a November 28th release date and has released a couple of trailers. But at least as far as PR goes, everyone is totes cool with it.

Watch: First Trailer For ‘Happy Christmas’ Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber & Lena Dunham

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 20, 2014 3:21 PM
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Happy Christmas
Don’t be fooled by the pristine-looking image above (hell, it’s “new” so we thought we’d use it). “Happy Christmas” is not the feel-good family comedy of the year. Hell, it’s not very shiny, slick and happy like that image would suggest. “Happy Christmas” is really a lo-fi, down and dirty family dramedy by filmmaker Joe Swanberg.

John Krasinski To Direct Anna Kendrick In 'The Hollars,' Monica Bellucci Joins 'Ville-Marie' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 6, 2014 11:34 AM
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John Krasinski seemed poised to break out back when “The Office” was in its heyday. He’s starred in movies directed by George Clooney, Sam Mendes, and Gus Van Sant; he even tried his hand at directing back in 2009 with “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” Unfortunately, none of these movies managed to gain much of an audience. Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” which Krasinski co-wrote with Matt Damon, was completely ignored during awards season two years ago.

Rachel Weisz & Paul Dano Join Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth,’ Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick Team For 'Mr. Right' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 12:35 PM
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With an Oscar under his arm for "The Great Beauty," Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is using that momentum to line up Hollywood stars for his next effort, "Youth" (aka "In The Future"), which already has Michael Caine slated to star.

Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell & More Join Joe Swanberg's New Film ‘Digging For Fire’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2014 5:35 PM
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Drinking Buddies
For the uninitiated, indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s career kind of runs like this (reductively of course): 8 bazillion indies, about 10 a year, from 2005 to 2012 (ok, maybe more like 13 features in seven years with a bunch of shorts thrown in for good measure). They are… ok. But the SXSW Film Festival loves them, dubs them mumblecore and his positioned as the next great white hope for indie filmmaking. People like Noah Baumbach throw some endorsements (and exec-produce a film), but as the heir apparent of anything, well, buzz is always impractical anyhow.

Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons Join 'Black Mass,' Sam Worthington And Anna Kendrick Eat 'Cake' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 3:52 PM
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Afternoon Delight
Anytime Johnny Depp is making a movie that doesn't require feathers or gaudy makeup we're interested, and thus "Black Mass" has our full attention. And the cast for Scott Cooper's film just keeps getting better and better.

As Expected, Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson Are Officially Back For 'Pitch Perfect 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 8:56 PM
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Pitch Perfect
How could you make a "Pitch Perfect" sequel, with its two main stars? That would be likel making a "Bring It On" sequel without Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku....oh wait.... Well, not to fear. Universal Pictures won't be making that kind of mistake again.

Sundance Review: Zombie Rom Com 'Life After Beth' Starring Aubrey Plaza & Dane DeHaan

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 21, 2014 10:21 AM
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Life After Beth, Aubrey Plaza
In the last decade, left-of-center zombies have become so ubiquitous that we’re bordering on critical mass, with as many spoofs being released as straight-ahead horror renditions. As with anything reaching its cultural saturation point, it’s the singer, not the song, as the results have been all over the spectrum, from the brilliant (“Shaun of the Dead”) to the forgettable (“Warm Bodies”). Despite some fine talent both behind and in front of the camera, “Life After Beth” has trouble distinguishing itself from the army of flesh-eating peers. The film starts promisingly, opening with a foreboding shot of a girl wandering through Griffith Park, scored with ominous guitar squalls courtesy of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, who compose the film’s atmospheric score. As brief an introduction as it may be, it sets the tone for a film much weirder and more interesting than the one that follows.

Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas' Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey & Lena Dunham

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2014 2:22 PM
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Happy Christmas
As perhaps the poster boy for independent cinema in the last seven to eight years, it’s crazy to realize that lo-fi filmmaker Joe Swanberg has never been in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before. While two of his films have played in Park City previously (though one was a short segment in “V/H/S”), Swanberg and his zeitgeist-defining mumblecore movement (read: indie filmmaking with a cute name and perhaps even lower budgets than audiences were used to at the time), were actually embraced by the SXSW Film Festival and not the indie-defining organizers in Utah.

Sundance Review: ‘The Voices’ Starring Ryan Reynolds Wrings Dark Comedy From Candy-Colored Carnage

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 20, 2014 9:06 AM
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The Voices
The fourth film from director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis," "Chicken with Plums"), "The Voices" navigates the line between the gruesome and the goofy with a step as nimble as a tight-rope walker going over a sea of broken glass. It’s an extraordinarily warm and funny movie about a likable schizophrenic murderer; it’s candy-colored and meticulously composed and yet also shiny with fresh wet blood. It’s weird and funny and perfectly-pitched, and to cap off its catalog of rare feats, it also features an immensely likable performance from Ryan Reynolds.

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