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Will Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Follow-Up 'This Is 40' Break New Ground Or Go Over Old Territory?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 17, 2012 12:57 PM
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Most of the big fall pictures we've looked at the potential pros and cons of so far have been more serious in nature -- unsurprising, considering that films at this time of year tend to be targeting the Oscars. Sure, there's the light-hearted animation "Wreck-It Ralph," but we've also had "Lincoln," "Skyfall," "Flight," "Django Unchained," and "Les Miserables," most of which are likely to be relatively light on laughs (though will probably turn out to be funnier than some of the upcoming so-called comedies like "Playing For Keeps" and "Parental Guidance").

Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross: The 10 Most Awful Movie Poster Taglines

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 17, 2012 12:16 PM
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This week marks the less-than-eagerly awaited release of "Alex Cross," which sees inexplicably popular drag artist Tyler Perry take up the mantle of the titular police psychologist played by Morgan Freeman in "Kiss The Girls" and "Along Came A Spider." There are many amusing/baffling things about the film, but perhaps first among them is the poster tagline: "Don't Ever Cross Alex Cross." Presumably thought up by a frazzled intern during a toilet break after alternatives like 'Don't Make Alex Cross Cross," "You're Across From A. Cross" and "Cross Alex Cross Alex Cross Cross Cross," it'll be impressive if anything dumber appears on a movie poster this year.

Looking Back On 20 Years Of 'Candyman': What's Blood If Not For Spilling?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2012 1:23 PM
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Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman. One silly sounding word repeated five times into a mirror, which unleashes all kinds of mayhem -- and, as it happens, one of the more original horror creations of the last few decades. The hook-handed son of a slave (as embodied by Tony Todd) summoned by the chanting of his name, created by horror legend Clive Barker (along with writer/director Bernard Rose), he's appeared in three films to date. And while the substandard sequels saw the character lose his luster, it doesn't change the fact that the original "Candyman," which was released twenty years ago today on October 16th, 1992, is a fairly superior and unusually intelligent horror flick.

Will Critics & Audiences Sing For 'Les Misérables'?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 16, 2012 12:05 PM
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As the fall movie season has heated up, we've examined a number of the high profile titles of the next few months, taking a look so far at "Lincoln," 'Skyfall," "Flight," "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Django Unchained," with verdicts on the first three having already come in (you can now read our reviews of the Spielberg, the Bond and the Zemeckis). With November's movies present and accounted for, we're now looking a little further into the future, with one of the Christmas Day releases -- "Les Misérables."

NYFF Wrap: The 4 Best Films, Plus Our Complete Coverage Of The Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 15, 2012 3:58 PM
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There are many reasons we like the New York Film Festival, held by the Film Society of Lincoln Center annually for the past 50 years, but among them is that, as most of our contributors are based in NYC, the whole thing is pretty much in our back garden. But even beyond that, it's always been one of the most carefully curated festivals around with a line-up that cherry picks the best from Cannes, TIFF, Venice and elsewhere, and brings them all to the Big Apple.

What's Not To Like? Will Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Bring In The Bounty?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 15, 2012 3:07 PM
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As we begin a new week of examining of the possible pros and cons of this fall's award-contending pictures (following "Lincoln," "Flight," "Skyfall" and "Wreck-It Ralph"), it seems like the next natural choice is to go with "Django Unchained," which is sure to be one of the most controversial movies of the season.

Oscars: Can Mary Elizabeth Winstead Sneak Into The Best Actress Field For 'Smashed'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 15, 2012 11:59 AM
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We've been looking in detail at the acting categories in recent weeks, and this week, we figured it made sense to examine Best Actress, given that one potential contender has her film arriving in theaters. Today sees the release of "Smashed," which sees "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a schoolteacher who comes to realize that she has a serious drinking problem, and sets about kicking the habit, even as it puts her marriage to her equally sozzled husband (Aaron Paul) at risk.

5 Projects That Kickstarter Helped Get Off The Ground Featuring Talent Such As Paul Schrader, Charlie Kaufman, Jeremy Renner & More

  • By Leah Zak
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  • October 12, 2012 2:00 PM
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While risky or unconventional films have always had their share of challenges making their way to theatres, it seems that lately, the well has run dry for studios that were at one time willing to bet on a project with less mainstream appeal. And thus the rise of crowd-funding and the growing popularity of websites like Kickstarter as a way to fund the production and distribution of new independent films. Those of us watching such a trend, however, have been surprised to discover the pedigree of filmmakers popping up on the site in the past year, from names like Paul Schrader to Charlie Kaufman to Barry Mendel -- directors and producers who have spent most of their Hollywood career on the fringes are embracing a new found freedom in funding that doesn’t come with a barrage of studio notes, re-edits and the risk of creative compromise.

Ridley Scott Talks 'Prometheus' & 'Blade Runner' Sequels; Reminds Audiences He Doesn't Understand Power Of Mystery

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 12, 2012 12:38 PM
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Ridley Scott is frustrating more than a few times over. The filmmaker, while well-respected and considered one of the greatest living directors in some corners of the world, he arguably has an impressive but uneven career (see our retrospective for that argument), and only a few unimpeachable touchstones to his name. "Alien" and "Blade Runner" are obviously two of them and having already fumbled pretty hard with his not-a-prequel "Alien" prequel "Prometheus," Scott is attempting to pull off a sequel to "Blade Runner."

Ben Affleck Has Options: 5 Of His In-Development Projects That He Could Do Next (Sorry, 'Justice League')

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 12:15 PM
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This time a decade ago, Ben Affleck was approaching the nadir of his career. 2002 might have seen him star in two well-regarded hits, "The Sum of All Fears" and "Changing Lanes," but the following year saw him headline three disappointments, "Daredevil," "Gigli" and "Paycheck," followed up the next year by the equally dreadful "Jersey Girl" and "Surviving Christmas."

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