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Watch: Elizabeth Banks Takes A Naughty 'Walk Of Shame' In New Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 3:18 PM
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Walk Of Shame
Ah yes, the walk of shame — the post-coital ritual that we've all experienced, leaving someone's place in the morning smelling of fluids, with sex hair matted to improbably angles. And that concept takes a whole other turn in "Walk Of Shame," with the comedy getting a red band trailer.

Review: 'The Lego Movie' Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2014 3:04 PM
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It's easy to view "The Lego Movie" with a degree of skepticism, if not outright suspicion. This is, after all, a movie that is based on a popular line of building block toys, and one that, unlike big screen adaptations of things like "Transformers" or "Battleship," actually retain the original toy's childlike designs. In fact, "The Lego Movie" goes out of its way to remind you of the tiny plastic construction toys that you grew up and probably manipulated in some unwholesome ways. So a degree of cynicism is probably warranted, considering just how closely the movie could resemble a feature-length commercial (and to be sure, whole aisles of toy stores are currently being flooded by the stuff). But it turns out that "The Lego Movie" is an absolute blast—a whip-smart, surprisingly emotional family film where the toy property is seen less as a concrete template than a tool for seemingly limitless potential.

Elizabeth Banks Will Direct 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'A Most Violent Year' Casting & More News

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2014 4:41 PM
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Pitch Perfect
One of the big sleeper hits of 2010, the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect,” grossed $115 million worldwide off a small $17 million dollar budget, so the Hollywood law of averages dictates a sequel must be made (even though the movie was a perfectly enjoyable, self-contained story that really needed no second chapter).

Watch: Get Connected With 9 Clips From 'The Lego Movie' Plus Over 30 New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 10:24 AM
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"Everything is awesome!" goes the official theme song to "The Lego Movie," and while critics will eventually decide if that's actually the case, it's had to deny that spirit that's powering the Warner Bros. flick. Even though the entire movie is built around one of the most popular toys of all time, there's a weird innocent sweetness permeating from "The Lego Movie," which is certainly a nice change from the usual crass commercialism these kinds of movies project.

Watch: Elizabeth Banks Takes The 'Walk Of Shame' In First Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 9:18 PM
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Walk Of Shame
The infamous walk of shame, the always awkward getaway from a random hookup, has been seen in more than a few movies over the years. But in the upcoming and appropriately titled "Walk Of Shame," that morning after exit is just the start of what turns out to be a helluva trip for one woman.

The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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Catching Fire, feature
Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 12, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Francis Lawrence is a filmmaker I typically associate with bland proficiency, but “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – which honestly required nothing more than that to be considered successful -- is something truly remarkable. Easily the most sophisticated and thoughtful franchise film of 2013, Lawrence’s adaptation of the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ young adult series is all-things-to-all-people entertainment, a follow-up that intensifies the first film’s thrills while simultaneously developing its characters, and even more crucially, expanding its themes. The rare sequel that surpasses its predecessor, “Catching Fire” tackles head-on the repercussions of the events of “Hunger Games,” deepening Collins’ cinematic mythology even as it proves that teen-lit is more than capable of tackling complex ideas.

Elizabeth Banks & Chloe Sevigny Have 'Little Accidents'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 3:40 PM
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The Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs have played an instrumental part in guiding all kinds of talent over the past years. And if you need any evidence, look no further than this weekend's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which was developed up in Park City, before shooting last year. And now, another movie is getting going, boasting stars, indie spirit and a Sundance badge of honor. And thus it'll be one we keep an eye on....

Elizabeth Banks & Paul Giamatti Join Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 3:16 PM
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If you're going to tell the story of one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time, you'd better bring it, and credit to producer/director Bill Pohlad for bringing some solid talent to his Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy." John Cusack and Paul Dano are slated to play the older and younger versions of the Beach Boys frontman respectively, and the past couple weeks have seen two more nice additions to the cast.

Robert Duvall Will Go In Front Of 'The Judge' With Robert Downey Jr.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2013 3:24 PM
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Okay, so it's not quite Jack Nicholson who the filmmakers were hoping for last fall, but a movie with Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles, still sounds pretty good us.

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