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Watch: Documentary About Modest Mouse's Second Album 'The Lonesome Crowded West'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 3:46 PM
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Long before Modest Mouse became guest stars on "The O.C." (remember that?) and best-selling Grammy nominees, they were just another Northwest indie rock band. But they showed tremendous promise from the start. And their second album, the sprawling double LP The Lonesome Crowded West, was an early highlight with the ambition (The Moon And Antarctica) and sharp songwriting (Good News For People Who Love Bad News) they would show on subsequent albums. It's hard to believe that it's been fifteen years since the album dropped on the tiny indie shingle Up Records.

Aaron Eckhart Joins 'White House Down' Rival 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 2:57 PM
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So, concept is simple: the White House comes under attack and a Secret Service agent (or a former Secret Service agent) needs to come in, knock heads and save the day. And it seems this idea was good enough to spawn two rival movies that are racing to win audiences: "White House Down" and "Olympus Has Fallen." White House Exhausted yet?

In Theaters: 'Abraham Lincoln' Is 'Brave' While 'Seeking A Friend' Is Better Off Sent 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 22, 2012 2:01 PM
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Hello hello! We hope you’re in the mood for love, because it’s definitely in the popcorn-and-butter-infused theater air this weekend. From an attempt at arranged marriage to a relationship forged at the moment of the apocalypse to romance in Rome (perhaps the romance capital itself, if you don’t count Paris, and, anyway, Woody Allen’s already been there), there’s a wide range of love stories to choose from. And if you prefer vampire flicks, well then you’ll absolutely adore the monster movie take on American history that’s hitting the cinemas. Either way, sneak champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries past the ticket attendants and enjoy Valentine’s Day, Part Deux!

Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska & Zoe Aggeliki In The Mix For Johanna Mason In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 1:50 PM
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While much of the casting chatter in recent weeks surrounding "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has been around who will play Finnick Odair in the highly anticipated sequel, there are still more key characters to be cast. And some names are beginning to emerge for who might take the crucial role of Johanna Mason in the film.

Ivan Reitman Gets Ready For 'Draft Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 12:41 PM
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Question: has Ivan Reitman made a good movie since the '90s? While "Kindergarten Cop" is a guilty pleasure, it's fair to say that since "Dave" (which has its fans, we guess) Reitman has pretty much delivered one mediocrity after another with "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" marking a particular low, and last year's "No Strings Attached" not being much better. In fact, one could say he's never really been that great of a director, with "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes" (probably still the two movies he's best known for) arguably succeeding because of the talent in front of the camera, not necessarily behind. All this is to say that Reitman is going to be making another movie.

Robin Rumors Circulate 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Harvey Dent Becomes The Focus Of Ongoing Viral Campaign

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 12:22 PM
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So, believe it or not, Forbes is covering geek news now. Guess the 1% likes their comic books, either that or they realize more people read geek news online than what's happening with the Asian stock markets. In any event, some guy has penned a pretty elaborate argument on how Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in "The Dark Knight Rises" -- John Blake, a cop assigned to cover Bruce Wayne -- could possibly be Robin aka Dick Grayson, and uses a few clues to put it together.

Watch: The Fight Scenes In Keanu Reeves' 'Man Of Tai Chi' Might Look Like This

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 11:38 AM
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Keanu Reeves has emerged as something of a tech nut. He recently used his extensive Rolodex to get an amazing array of filmmakers on camera to talk analog vs. digital in his very well-received documentary "Side By Side" (read our review here) and now it seems he's looking to change the game a bit on his directorial debut, "Man Of Tai Chi." In case you forget, lensing has already begun on the martial arts flick, in which he will star alongside Tiger Hu Chen, one of the stuntmen on "The Matrix" films, in the English- and Mandarin-language movie that Reeves has been promising will deliver high caliber action. And he's hoping to showcase the hand-to-hand combat in a wholly different way.

Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry & Amanda Peet Go 'The Way, Way Back'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 11:16 AM
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Things are certainly looking up for “The Descendants” screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash following their Oscar wins for adapting Kaui Kurt Hemmings’ novel into the excellent Alexander Payne film. They’ve got a few big projects brewing in an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig, another collaboration with Payne, and their directorial debut in the dramedy “The Way, Way Back” – which continues to build an impressive ensemble cast.

BAMcinemaFest Kicks Off Its Opening Night With A Celebration Of Brooklyn Featuring Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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On Wednesday night the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off its 4th annual BAMcinemaFest, a 10-day showcase of independent films culled from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, and other festivals from around the world. Highlights from this year’s line-up include Sundance sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” controversial true crime story “Compliance,” found-footage horror anthology “V/H/S,” psychosexual comedy “Nobody Walks” and many, many more. Check out the full line-up here. While some might have guessed ‘Beasts’ to be an obvious choice to open the fest as it's the film coming off the festival circuit with the most deafening buzz, BAM instead selected Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk With Me.” After seeing the film, which set and filmed in Brooklyn, it was clear that it was the perfect choice. Based on Birbiglia’s autobiographical one-man show, the story follows Matt Pandamiglio, (a proxy for the comedian), a struggling stand-up who moves in with his long term girlfriend and develops a sleeping disorder that causes him to act out his dreams. Both hilarious and surprisingly sincere, the film is a triumph for Birbiglia who directed, co-wrote and stars in the film.

Crack At The Bat: Casey Affleck To Direct Biopic Of Addict Ballplayer Josh Hamilton

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 10:38 AM
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While we’re all eagerly anticipating the next Ben Affleck acting-directing effort in this fall’s “Argo,” there was a time where the idea of Affleck helming a film would have been conceived as a joke. His career kicked off on an upswing with breakout hits like “Good Will Hunting” and “Chasing Amy,” all before going all Hollywood with fare like “Daredevil,” “Pearl Harbor,” and most famously, the Jennifer Lopez co-starring disaster “Gigli." Thankfully, the talented Affleck resurrected his career as an accomplished multi-hyphenate with 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone,” then really announced his return with 2010’s crime thriller “The Town,” and now it looks as if his younger brother is following in his footsteps.

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