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Casting: Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips To Reteam For 'Mack Bolan,' Keanu Reeves Gets Wet In 'Rain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan.

Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning And Sharlto Copley

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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Maleficent
Walt Disney's original 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty" is notable for several reasons, but most remember it for two things: its outrageously intricate design style, medieval-inspired artwork combined with an angularly modern sensibility and Maleficent, the self-described "Mistress of All Evil." Voiced with velvety viciousness by Eleanor Audley, Maleficent was the wicked sorceress who curses the Princess Aurora with an eternal slumber. Between her now iconic look and the fact that she turned into a frickin’ dragon in the movie's last act, Maleficent was a character that inspired both awe and loathing. Antagonist movies aside (never easy to pull off), it's easy to see why Disney would want to devote an entire movie to the perspective of this embittered and potentially complex character. But the resulting film, entitled "Maleficent," doesn't seem worthy of the immortal villainess. It is, in fact, a largely flavorless snooze.

Watch: New Trailer For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Bestows A Curse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 1:45 PM
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Yeah, we know. It feels like there's been about fifteen trailers for "Maleficent" already, and Disney has dropped yet another, but instead of essentially playing like an extended TV spot, this is a legit full length spot with lots of new footage, magical stuff and bellowing. So let's take a gander, shall we?

Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 2:41 PM
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Oldboy
Wook’s 2003 original, and also one reason from many why an American adaptation should have remained a “what-if” scenario. At least Lee occasionally knows which battles to pick: when an eight-armed mollusk does appear—clung to the side of a water tank in a dingy Chinese restaurant—it stays there. As a visual in-joke it works, but we quickly realize the “Inside Man” director is more keen on those filmgoers without a grasp on its significance, blind to the film’s later aberrant twists which, judging from the audible groans of disgust in our auditorium, may number beyond a few.

Watch: Josh Brolin Wields A Knife In New Clip From Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:22 PM
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We all know that "Oldboy" is famous for it's rather brutal action scenes with nothing more than a man and his hammer, but that doesn't mean other implements can't be just as harmful. And sometimes you just have to use what's close by to get the job done, as Josh Brolin's character tries to do in this new clip from Spike Lee's remake.

Watch: Sharlto Copley Has A Nasty Wake Up Call In Trailer For Horror 'Open Grave'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 31, 2013 2:22 PM
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Sharlto Copley, antagonist of the recent “Elysium” and South Africa's finest sayer of the word “fuck,” is a man who most likely first came to your attention soaked in a variety of mysterious bodily gunk and viscera, playing the transmogrifying Wikus in Neill Blomkamp's clever sci-fi flick “District 9.” Well, here he is again, covered in blood and unsure of who he is: but at least this time the blood is human (we think?).

First Look At Sharlto Copley In New Pics From 'Oldboy' Plus 20 Years Of Captivity In Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 1:37 PM
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There's probably some kind of award handed out for movie marketing, and if there is, we really hope someone is campaigning for "Oldboy." While the jury is still out on Spike Lee's remake, full credit to FilmDistrict for truly embracing the the twisted story, and having some fun with it.

Robots, Spaceships & Jodie Foster: The Good, The Bad, And The Wildly Uneven Of 'Elysium'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 12, 2013 4:37 PM
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Elysium
Few summer movies in 2013 were as highly anticipated as "Elysium" and few were as divisive. Perhaps it was because the promise of something meatier on the bone than the occasionally entertaining, but all too often disposable summer blockbusters. "Elysium" had the potential to hit all our sweet spot: brains, heart and brawn, and not just spectacle and scale. While the film topped the box office this past weekend with more than $30 million (a decent number, but not a great one considering its cost), it was less successful critically, earning a somewhat limp 60 on aggregator Metacritic and more than a few seesawing hands from the nation's top critics (you can read our review here). Set in the not-too-distant future, "Elysium" tells a zeitgeisty dystopian tale of a world with have and have nots; Earth is overpopulated, diseased, polluted and resource drained so the rich have moved up to their gated community in the sky while the 99% are stuck down on the garbage can that is the planet.

Watch: Kruger Comes Out In New Clip, TV Spot & 2 Featurettes For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 4:01 PM
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Last month the drum was banging pretty hard in some quarters for everyone to show support for Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim," as it was that increasingly rare beast; a summer movie not based on a pre-existing property. But where is the nerd choir for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium"? More inventive, enjoyable and accomplished than Del Toro's smash fest, the movie is due in just a few days as the last blockbuster hurrah of the season. Granted, it doesn't seem to be the formulaic slam dunk of Del Toro's movie so perhaps that's why the enthusiasm is a bit more muted, but Sony's marketing team is hoping to rally the troops.

Review: 'Europa Report' Starring Sharlto Copley

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 2, 2013 3:00 PM
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With the pressure to deliver on big time thrills and eye-popping CGI set pieces, multiplex sci-fi offerings frequently appear nearly brainless. While Sebastián Cordero’s “Europa Report” is far from flawless, this contained sci-fi thriller is shot through with a devotion to realism and a sense of wonder largely missing in films that overshadow it in terms of scale. Smartly utilizing found footage, here broadcast by a team of astronauts who’ve landed on Europa, one of the moons orbiting Jupiter, the film includes talking heads that hint ominously at the mission having gone wrong. Stemming from a discovery of water below the icy surface of the moon, the privately funded enterprise sees the team blast off to where no man has gone in hopes of uncovering basic forms of extraterrestrial life. However, when communications go out and strand the crew on a frozen rock with no earthly guidance, the initial search for life grows far more complex as environmental conditions and evidence of alien life present a mystery and a threat.

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