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The Top 10 Films To See In July

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We, and we suspect you, have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

5 Stars Who Could Be In The Running To Play Tom Cruise's Next Wife

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 2, 2012 10:20 AM
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Some surprising news broke late Friday night which has had Hollywood abuzz all weekend. No, not another big-budget movie cancellation or high-profile reshoots, but instead a major high-profile bit of recasting. For the past five years, Katie Holmes has been playing the role of Tom Cruise's wife,' one of the most widely sought-after parts in Hollywood. Her 5-year contract was up, and while a renewal was widely expected, negotiations appear to have fallen apart at the last minute, with Holmes, like previous incumbents Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, exiting the part at the age of 33.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 8:31 AM
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On a weekend where record temperatures were being recorded in New York City, and elsewhere in the U.S., it's appropriate that two of the best films in theaters, "Magic Mike" and "Take This Waltz," both revolve around long, hot summers. And it's doubly appropriate that Saturday also marked the anniversary of perhaps the definitive heatwave movie: Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." Of course, Lee's masterpiece isn't just a look at Brooklyn over a boiling hot summer day, it's also one of the greatest American films in the history of the medium, one whose critical reputation has only grown since Kim Basinger's protestation on stage at the Oscars the following year that it was the best film of 1989, and yet hadn't been nominated (although Danny Aiello got a nod, as did Lee's screenplay).

Noah Baumbach Talks ‘Kicking And Screaming’ On The Eve Of BAMcinemaFest 17th Anniversary Screening

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  • June 29, 2012 4:41 PM
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That internet movie legend is false: filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s debut feature, “Kicking And Screaming,” was never almost accepted to the Cannes Film Festival and then rejected because the director refused to cut fifteen minutes from the film as requested.

5 Directors Who Could Helm Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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After much speculation, it seems that we now know the identity of Marvel's secret film that's been long targeted for a May 2014 release. And it's not "Ant-Man," or "Black Panther," or "Runaways," or "Doctor Strange." It's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," the cosmic adventure that was a favorite in the 1970s before being revived recently.

15 Great Films About Failing Relationships

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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After doing the rounds on VoD for a few weeks, where many of you will have seen it, Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" starts to roll out in theaters from tomorrow, and we can't recommend it enough; it's a messy, sometimes frustrating film, but a deeply felt, beautifully made and wonderfully acted one, and we named it last week as one of the best of the year so far. It is not, however, recommended as a date movie, fitting into a long cinematic tradition of painful examinations of broken, decaying, collapsing or dead relationships.

There's More Than Just 'Ted': The Top 5 Animated Teddy Bears In Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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With "Ted," Seth MacFarlane's tale of a grown man and his anthropomorphic, foul-mouthed teddy bear, opening this weekend (and for the most part proving to be foul-mouthed fun; look for our review very soon), we got to thinking about the childhood playthings of our (cinematic) past. Considering what a truly influential and fundamental part of childhood having a teddy bear is, it's kind of astounding that there aren't more memorable teddy bears on the big or small screen out there.
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The Essentials: 5 Key Nora Ephron Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2012 9:56 AM
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It's been touching to see the outpouring of love for Nora Ephron since the journalist, novelist, screenwriter and director passed away last night. Ephron's films have never really been particularly trendy; you're not going to find many hip young filmmakers naming her as an influence. But it's clear from the last twelve hours or so that there are few cinephiles that don't hold a few of her films close to their hearts. Ephron wasn't just the writer, and sometimes director, behind as string of classics, but she was also one of the most important women in the film industry across the last twenty years, and one of the most insightful writers of female characters that Hollywood has ever had.

The Crime Genre Is Still Alive & Original Says Writer/Director Michael Roskam Of The Oscar Nominated 'Bullhead'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 26, 2012 2:50 PM
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The crime film is ever evolving. As in all genres, however, plots and characters have been repeated and copied throughout the history of cinema in this ubiquitous mainstay, but it’s the gifted filmmaker that finds a new way to tell a familiar story. History tells us that European art house directors, or really any auteur from outside the States, have typically been the most adept at re-working tired formulas in the gangster milieu. With that in mind, we are currently experiencing something of a golden age in crime cinema.

Discuss: Where Has The Sense Of Fun Gone From Most Modern Blockbusters?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 26, 2012 1:25 PM
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This past weekend, a film named "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" opened. And there were a number of surprising things about the movie: it wasn't an elaborate practical joke; it was greenlit with the expectation that people would want to see it and it seems the smart and capable cast and crew members didn't have anything better to do. But most surpising of all is the way in which a film with the words Abraham, Lincoln, Vampire and Hunter, in that order, in the title, is executed in such a relentlessly grim, humorless manner. Decades ago, it would have been the stuff of B-movies, and yet writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov play it almost entirely with a straight face.

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