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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.

Oscar Isaac Replaces Javier Bardem In 'A Most Violent Year,' Zach Galifianakis Teams With Owen Wilson & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 3, 2013 12:54 PM
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After working with Nicolas Winding Refn, Ridley Scott, Zack Snyder, Steven Soderbergh and hell, even Madonna, you would think that plenty of doors are already open for Oscar Isaac. Well, we're sure teaming with the Coen Brothers for "Inside Llewyn Davis" (and knocking it out of the park) kicked down a few more.

Review: 'Escape Plan' Starring Sylvester Stallone And Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Escape Plan
If this were 1988, the world would stop for “Escape Plan,” which finally pairs Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as above-the-title talents. The duo haven’t been able to keep themselves from looking backwards in recent films: both seem in denial of their advanced ages, with Schwarzenegger taking on roles fit for someone two decades younger, and Stallone content to play his greatest hits, sometimes in duet form with the “Expendables” movies. Appropriately, “Escape Plan” also doesn’t feel as if it’s made for this era, but amusingly seems like a relic of the early aughts, when Stallone was fronting dubious direct-to-video schlock, Schwarzenegger was a declining attraction, and getting 50 Cent in a supporting role seemed like a major coup.

Watch: 2 Clips, B-Roll & Lots Of New Pics From 'Escape Plan' With Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 3, 2013 10:39 AM
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Seeing as how both their solo movies (“The Last Stand,” “Bullet to the Head”) fizzled at the box office earlier this year, it’s only natural that Stallone and Schwarzenegger would try to team up for an action movie. They've done just that in the upcoming “Escape Plan” and it’s the action pairing we always wanted… 25 years ago. Even so, maybe putting them together when they’re pushing 70 could actually be fun? It can be our generation’s “Grumpy Old Men,” but set in prison and with much more violence. How fitting. Still, the question remains, can a Stallone-Schwarzenegger pairing be enough to get the audiences’ butts in the seats or will they only find success in the action hero ensemble 'Expendables' franchise? Perhaps a few more clips from “Escape Plan” can help people decide.

Review: 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Preaches To The Converted

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 28, 2013 2:44 PM
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Under certain circumstances, selling drugs to earn a living becomes a choice for many. Humans are nothing if not survivors, eking out a living by any means necessary to put food on the table, pay bills, and stay afloat. Beyond teaching viewers the correct way to pronounce sheeeeit, "The Wire" gracefully portrayed the lack of options for many people, proving the drug game isn't everything, it's the only thing. But what if we could actually choose what we want to do with our lives, and the moral quandary wasn't an issue? Just like Sonny told the "The Godfather," "There's a lot of money in that white powder."

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel & 50 Cent's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Parody 'Zero Dark Fiddy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 4:41 PM
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Perhaps more evidence that Jimmy Kimmel is the right guy to host the Oscars? Anyway, it's more to add to the things that would've made the Oscar telecast bearable, following the much better James Bond montage earlier today and "We Saw Your Junk," the parody song answer to "We Saw Your Boobs."  While Kimmel already dropped his comical "Movie: The Movie 2V" it seems he had one more satirical jab at the movies up his sleeve.

William Friedkin To Direct Nicolas Cage In Thriller 'I Am Wrath'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 2:35 PM
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Update 10/01: Deadline confirms this is really, and truly, happening

Watch: Trailer For 'Fire With Fire' With 50 Cent, Bruce Willis & Rosario Dawson Is Predictably Awful; 8 Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 5:58 PM
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50 Cent keeps churning 'em out, and what the fuck does he care if these movies are direct-to-DVD style drivel? Dude makes bank on these things so screw the haterz.

Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, 50 Cent & Vinnie Jones Join Stallone & Schwarzenegger In 'The Tomb'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 8:57 AM
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If you removed Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger from the equation, the cast lining up for "The Tomb" seems like something that would fit a straight-to-DVD potboiler, instead of a teamup between two aging action icons. Either way, "The Tomb" is gonna be...weird.

Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

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