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Exclusive Clip: Chuck D Discusses Race, Music & The Importance Of 1978's R&B-Powered 'Stony Island'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 11:00 AM
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Before he directed smash-hit action films like "The Fugitive," "Under Siege" and "Collateral Damage," director Andrew Davis got his start with something quite different, making his debut with the raw and real 1978 R&B-powered musical drama "Stony Island."

Watch: Maggie Grace Gets A Whole New Look From Guy Pearce In 2 New Clips From 'Lockout'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 3, 2012 10:19 AM
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We’ve long passed the point where Luc Besson’s name attached to a thriller could get us excited, and we suspect that “Lockout” won’t be the film that causes us to reconsider that particular standpoint. Starring Guy Pearce as a wrongly accused convict, and Maggie Grace as the President’s daughter who gets kidnapped (AGAIN!!!), Pearce must free Grace from a futuristic space prison that has been overrun by the inmates if he is to clear his name.

Cannes Film Festival Head Thierry Fremaux Confirms Too Good To Be True Lineup Leak Is A Fake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 10:14 AM
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It seems April Fool's Day tricked a lot more people than usual this year. With stories about James Cameron directing "Prometheus 2" and Daniel Craig skydiving into the London Olympics opening ceremony getting picked up by news organizations as fact from folks ranging from Deadline to the Guardian, another story made the rounds that also seemed slightly dubious. 

Emma Thompson To Reprise Role Of Lawyer Gareth Peirce From 'In The Name Of The Father' In New Pic 'The Secret Evidence'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 3, 2012 9:39 AM
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Back in 1993, Emma Thompson was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father,” ultimately losing out (famously) to an 11-year-old Anna Paquin for “The Piano.” Nearly two decades later, Emma Thompson will once again portray the lawyer who famously turned down a CBE, and has worked alongside clients ranging from the family of Jean Charles de Menezes to the Birmingham Six and Julian Assange. Thompson will revisit the character in the international thriller, “The Secret Evidence.”

Oscilloscope Pick Up LCD Soundsystem Doc 'Shut Up And Play The Hits,' Netflix Buy David Tennant Soccer Drama 'United'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 3, 2012 9:17 AM
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Few thought that when Beastie Boy Adam Yauch set up distribution label Oscilloscope Laboratories to put out his 2008 directorial debut "Gunning For That #1 Spot," it would turn out to be anything other than a vanity side-project. But in fact, the company has evolved over the past four years to become one of the most forward-thinking indie distributors around, having released films like "Dear Zachary," "Wendy And Lucy," "Treeless Mountain," "The Exploding Girl," "Howl," "The Unloved," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Bellflower," "The Messenger," "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and "If A Tree Falls," the latter three all turning out to win Oscar nominations for their trouble.

Watch: Phenomenal Time-Lapse Single-Shot Reworking Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 3, 2012 9:02 AM
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Alfred Hitchock seems to hold a certain particular appeal for artists. From Douglas Gordon's "24 Hour Psycho," which sees the director's masterpiece slowed down to a one-day timespan, to a current exhibition themed around the filmmaker at Gallery 1988 in Santa Monica, visual and video artists seem to love deconstructing and recreating the iconography of the great director's films.

'A Star Is Born' Scribe Will Fetters Says His Male Lead Is Pretty Much A 50-Year-Old Kurt Cobain

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 3, 2012 8:46 AM
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Over the years, there's been no less than three versions of "A Star is Born," with the two lead characters reinvented on each occasion: James Mason and Judy Garland, Janet Graynor and Fredic March, then Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. With R&B star Beyonce on board, we're getting yet another iteration of the story in Clint Eastwood's gestating project, with scribe Will Fetters now revealing an intriguing grunge icon as his personal inspiration for the story.

Watch: Ray Winstone & Rapper Plan B Do Things Their Own Way In Teaser Trailer For 'The Sweeney'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 3, 2012 8:20 AM
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After years in development, last year saw the resurfacing of the film adaptation of seminal British cop series "The Sweeney" by Vertigo Films, with "The Football Factory" helmer Nick Love directing. Well, the first teaser trailer for the movie has now been unveiled, and it's more or less what you'd expect from a buddy cop pic starring regular badass Ray Winstone and rapper Plan B, also known as Ben Drew.

'Suits' Star Tom Lipinski To Play Younger Version Of Josh Brolin In Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 10:59 PM
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First, we have a question: Does anyone watch USA network's "Suits"? If so, is it any good? While we wait for answer, it seems Jason Reitman is a fan, casting actor Tom Lipinski in his upcoming film "Labor Day." The twist here is that he'll be playing the younger version of Josh Brolin (who himself plays the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones in "Men In Black III" -- this will all make a good movie trivia question some day).

Roland Emmerich Looks To Blow Up The White House Again With Action Pic 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 10:32 PM
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He already blew up the White House once in "Independence Day" so why not make it the setting for an action film?

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