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Don't Worry, Blake Lively Won't Be In ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:18 AM
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And the list of actresses who have better things to do than star in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" continues to grow.

Will Blake Lively Dress Up For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 3:45 AM
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  • 11 Comments
Here we go again. Despite names like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska all being tossed around as potential leads for the forever-gestating "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" the film is yet to find an Elizabeth, and today, yet another contender has emerged.

TIFF '11 Review: Chloe Moretz Is Trapped In The Unclean, Clammy Coming-Of-Age Indie 'Hick'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 14, 2011 2:15 AM
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  • 29 Comments
Later, there will be a brief discussion of how literature is not film and how some actions and themes do not survive translation from the page to the big screen because our mind can better deal with envisioning them than it can with actually seeing them Before that, though I feel I have to pause and note that "Hick," adapting Andrea Portes' novel for the screen under the direction of Derick Martini ("Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire," "Lymelife"), is one of the most unclean and clammy films I've ever had to endure at a film festival. Not because it was incompetent and not because it deals with violent and sexual material but, rather, because it is both incompetent in general and even more incompetent specifically when it is concerned with violent and sexual material. We're supposed to be watching the cross-country adventures of 13-year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz, who clearly needs to fire both her management and her parents) as she sets out for Las Vegas and leaves her drunkard parents behind in Nebraska. What we get is a chronicle of physical abuse, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault all involving a minor, which then tries to lighten the mood with cutaways to Luli's sketches and a jaunty score with pedal steel guitar accents.

New Clips From TIFF-Bound Duo Of Derick Martini's 'Hick' & Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, clips have now been unveiled for two of the premiering films hoping to make an impact: Derick Martini's adaptation of Andrea Portes’ coming-of-age novel "Hick" and Marc Forster's take on the real-life story of a criminal-turned-do-gooder "Machine Gun Preacher."

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively & More Testing For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 6:45 AM
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Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde & Possibly Jennifer Lawrence All In The MixSo what happens when your last film earns seven Oscar nominations and two wins for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress? You get your pick of the lot when it comes to rounding up the cast for your next film.

Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2011 2:16 AM
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  • 27 Comments
Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

John Travolta & Uma Thurman Join Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Blake Lively Confirmed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 3:40 AM
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While Oliver Stone has been fumbling with last few films, treading water with stuff like "World Trade Center," "W," and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" he's putting together what is sounding like his most exciting project in years and he's assembling a killer cast to tell the tale.

Blake Lively First Choice For Oliver Stone's 'Savages,' But Also Eyeing 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 12, 2011 2:08 AM
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Despite Jennifer Lawrence dropping out last month in favor of Gary Ross' tentpole adaptation of "The Hunger Games," Oliver Stone isn't wasting any time recasting her role in his upcoming adaptation of Don Winslow's drug cartel novel "Savages."

'Green Lantern' WonderCon Footage Impresses; New Posters Released Too

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 2, 2011 5:59 AM
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  • 12 Comments
Last night, Ryan Reynolds may have said he's reached his super hero film quota with "Green Lantern" already completed and "Deadpool," plus the genre-y graphic novel, "R.I.P.D.," but he may be getting ahead of himself, since none of these pictures has been released. We've been pretty skeptical of "Green Lantern" so far, and more importantly, so has the vocal movie geek community who the movie is aimed at. Early trailers looked like lame SyFy channel tele-movies and even Warner Bros. admitted that all the early footage was weak.

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