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Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer' With Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn't work out. So this past January at Sundance, "Ping Pong Summer" just didn't make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we'll see this thing.

Watch: Melissa McCarthy Is 'Tammy' In First Trailer For Road Trip Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 8:19 PM
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Tammy, Melisa McCarthy
As the most Redbox rented woman in America, it's safe to say that Melissa McCarthy's popularity is unassailable. And even if the results of "Identity Thief" and "The Heat" may be have been mixed (at best), who cares what critics think as long as audiences keep showing up? And Warner Bros. is banking on those fans once again coming out this summer.

Tom Tykwer Directing His First TV Series, Channing Tatum Brings Sitcom To CBS & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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After the massive undertaking that was "Cloud Atlas," what's next for Tom Tykwer? Well, first he'll shoot "A Hologram For A King" with Tom Hanks, and once that's done, he'll tackle a 12-part, German language TV series entitled "Babylon Berlin." Screendaily reveals it will based on the books of Volker Kutscher, and focus "on the figure of Inspector Gereon Rath who hails from Cologne and arrives in the Berlin of 1920s, the epicentre of political and social changes of those years." The initial batch of episodes will focus on Kutscher's first two books, with Tykwer adapting them alongside screenwriters Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, with producers hoping it the final result will sit along TV greats like "The Wire," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire."

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."

Mark Duplass & Susan Sarandon Say Hi To Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 21, 2013 7:28 PM
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Melissa McCarthy certainly seems to be building her career the right way. She first impressed in a big way on the small screen for many years in a supporting role on “Gilmore Girls,” and that eventually paid off with a lead role on a network sitcom with “Mike & Molly.” She’s paid her dues on the big screen too, with a slew of supporting roles eventually leading to “Bridesmaids” and after scoring a hit as a co-lead alongside Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief” she’s ready to go it alone.

Kevin Kline Is Errol Flynn In 'The Last Of Robin Hood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 5:16 PM
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Given his eventful life both on the screen and off, it's no surprise that Errol Flynn has already been portrayed by the likes of Jude Law ("The Aviator") and Guy Pearce ("Flynn"). But it looks like the screen legend is getting another go 'round on the big screen, and an equally capable actor is taking him on.

TIFF Review: Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep' Is An Unconvincing Bit Of Agitprop

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 9, 2012 8:43 PM
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The third film in Robert Redford’s recent series of stillborn, bleeding heart dramas, "The Company You Keep" is a busy but inert civic-minded thriller. As a director, Redford has yet to break his recent habit of using hackneyed dialogue to talk down to his audience with Aaron Sorkin-esque dialogue that authoritatively spells out his talking points. But unlike "Lions for Lambs," an impressively incensed civics lesson that thinks it’s a drama, "The Company You Keep" is too cool of a film to be admired for its creator’s chutzpah alone. In fact, it’s probably the most frustrating of Redford’s recent films because it has a pseudo-contemplative atmosphere to it, one that superficially begs viewers to reflect upon how far they would go for their convictions. Political apathy is the real enemy in "The Company You Keep," making it pitiably ironic that Redford’s latest is as unmoving as it is.

4 New Images From 'Cloud Atlas'; Test Screening Reactions Hit The Web

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 2:06 PM
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Of the many big-name films unspooling at TIFF in September, perhaps the crown jewel is the world premiere of The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The star-studded, sprawling, ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel will be unveiled before hitting theaters in October, but it looks Warner Bros. is still gauging audience reactions to this thing.

Watch: Utterly Painful & Unfunny Trailer For 'The Big Wedding' With Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 2:16 PM
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Hollywood is a weird place. While it can be known for being forward-thinking or progressive in its politics, willing to adapt to social changes and put new stories on the big screen, like the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right" that offers a refreshing and modern look at families, on the other hand, it can be strangely conservative. And so, we'll forgive you if when watching the trailer for "The Big Wedding" you might think it was exhumed from a previous decade (or two).

Our Lives Are Not Our Own: Deconstructing The 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 3:29 PM
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A pleasant surprise arrived today in the form of a lengthy trailer for "Cloud Atlas," the much-anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Anyone who's read the book -- a sprawling, genre-hopping, puzzle-box of a story -- will know it's a tough nut to crack, but the clip, now available in HD at Apple, suggests that the filmmakers have managed to handle the diversity of the visuals even if it's yet to be seen if the film works as a whole.

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