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Watch: New Trailer For Anime Adaptation 'Kite' Starring Samuel L. Jackson Plus Over 20 New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 1:54 PM
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Kite
Boasting an R-rating and the looming presence of Samuel L. Jackson, you would think there might there a bigger roar behind the anime adaptation "Kite." And while the buzz may still be a bit muted, a new trailer has arrived today to hopefully increase the noise around this one.

The Hottest Day Of Summer: Spike Lee's Landmark 'Do The Right Thing' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 26, 2014 4:24 PM
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25 years ago this coming Monday, for the first time, audiences watched Mookie put a trashcan through the window of his place of work, Sal’s Famous Pizzeria. In the film this is the culmination of a day of ratcheting tension, simmering and seething in the rising temperature of the hottest day of summer, the kind of day during which a trivial lunchtime altercation about celebrity photos on the wall can escalate toward a senseless death by teatime and a riot by nightfall. But outside the story of the film too, it’s hard not to read it on a metaphorical level. With “Do The Right Thing” Spike Lee, seemingly with pre-planned calculation, smashed up the existing edifice of the independent film industry, dazzling many, but sending some prognosticators screaming for the hills-- some of whom straight-out accused Lee of irresponsibility in directly inciting race violence. Jack Kroll, for instance, writing for Newsweek asked "in this long hot summer, how will young urban audiences—black and white—react to the film's climactic explosion of interracial violence? ... this movie is dynamite under every seat."

Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Reportedly Shooting In November With Cast Of Live Read Starring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 3:55 PM
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From a project he vowed never to make after an early version of the script being leaked, to something that he's now honed with a subsequent draft and directed a live read from, it looks like Quentin Tarantino is getting back in the, uh, saddle, with "The Hateful Eight." It looks like the movie is back on with plans to shoot the movie before the end of the year.

Watch: First Trailer For Matthew Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Starring Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2014 1:03 PM
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Kingsman: The Secret Service
The works of Mark Millar on the big screen have been a mixed bag. "Wanted" was a big hit, "Kick-Ass" a modest one, while no one bothered with "Kick-Ass 2." So it leaves the fate of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" a bit up in the air. Will it be too niche for a mainstream audience, or will it have crossover appeal? We'll soon see when the first trailer drops this week, but first, a handful of new images have arrived to introduce you to the film's world.

Review: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Roars To Life Onstage With Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern & Many More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 20, 2014 9:36 AM
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For those entering the sold out live read of Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” last night expecting a funerary sendoff, they were instead met straight away with a correction: the event, held at Downtown L.A.’s stunningly renovated Ace Hotel, was simply a public work-in-progress.

Samuel L. Jackson Reteams With Quentin Tarantino For 'The Hateful Eight' Live Read

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 3:29 PM
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Pulp Fiction
Finding a role for him in five of his movies to date, the partnership between director Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson has been steady over the years, with the actor taking roles both big and small. Whenever QT has called, Jackson has pretty much been there. So who better for Tarantino to ring up than his old pal when it's time to do a live read of his leaked script, "The Hateful Eight"?

Rumor: 'Die Hard 6' Being Developed As A Possible Reteam Between 'Vengeance' Stars Bruce Willis & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 15, 2014 2:04 PM
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Die Hard 3
When “A Good Day to Die Hard” came out early last year, it was easily the least successful film of the franchise. The movie was critically reviled and only raked in $67 million in the U.S. box office. You would think 20th Century Fox would take this as a sign that they should finally put this franchise to rest, but “A Good Day to Die Hard” somehow managed to become an international hit with $237 million alone. So, of course, that means we’re getting a sixth “Die Hard” film.

Director Jonathan Glazer: His 10 Best Commercials

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 31, 2014 2:22 PM
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Jonathan Glazer  10 Best Commercials
So it feels like a long time that we’ve been talking, (and sighing and gasping and puzzling) about “Under the Skin,” which finally arrives for your viewing (and sighing and gasping and puzzling) pleasure this weekend. Only the third feature from director Jonathan Glazer, after the feted “Sexy Beast” and the hugely underrated “Birth,” we first reviewed it (warmly) out of Telluride, and then our man in Venice was so taken with it that we listed a further 5 reasons to put it at the top of your to-see list.

Review: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & Robert Redford

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2014 4:05 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
He might not be a space Viking or a talking raccoon, but Captain America was almost as tricky a character to bring to the screen in the 21st century as some of his Marvel contemporaries — standing for sincerity and purity in an age of grittiness and irony, and wearing the stars-and-stripes in an age when international box-office is key. As such, the character's first appearance in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," is probably best described as a modest success, both critically (an enjoyably retro first half giving way to a flatter, more formless second), and commercially — at $370 million, it's the second lowest-grossing of the Marvel pictures so far.

Watch: 2 New Clips From 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' Directors Working On Story For Part 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 1:11 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel already knows "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is going to be a success, and back in January, they started development on the inevitable third movie, rehiring directors Anthony and Joe Russo for "Captain America 3." And as you might expect, with press rounds beginning for 'The Winter Soldier,' the sibling directors will be asked about the next installment, but anyone looking for details might be disappointed as they're still figuring it all out.

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