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New Looks At Keira Knightley, Steve Carell & More In 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 12:52 PM
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While we're waiting to see just what's in store with the high concept comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the cast can't seem to stop raving about it. When we spoke to Keira Knightley at the beginning of the year, she said: "It's a very, very dark comedy. It's also weirdly for its subject matter incredibly optimistic and sort of life-affirming. I thought it was one of the best scripts I've read, really." And when we chatted with Patton Oswalt earlier this month prior to SXSW, he was even more effusive in his praise.

'Think Like A Man' Soundtrack Features John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 12:15 PM
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While "Think Like A Man" doesn't usually fall into our regular wheelhouse, we'll likely track this down for one reason -- another chance to see Kevin Hart and Romany Malco trade words. The comic duo last featured together in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in a sequence that still remains highly quoted around the Playlist office. So here's hoping they are least bring some of that same energy to their scenes here.
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Darren Aronofsky Is NOT Directing The Judy Garland Biopic With Anne Hathaway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 11:59 AM
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This kind of seemed a bit bogus when it hit the web yesterday, but put the words Darren Aronofsky, Anne Hathaway and Judy Garland together and watch the internet react. Anyway, word circulated that the "Black Swan" helmer was going to be directing the actress in the long-developing biopic of the Hollywood icon, with no one really bothering to double check, and as we figured, it's not true.

Watch: Teaser For ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Featuring Adam Sandler & Andy Samberg Is Less Exciting In English

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 28, 2012 11:46 AM
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Last week we reported on the new teaser trailer for “Hotel Transylvania.” The only problem was that it was in Russian, although we did wonder whether that was possibly the only way you can make Adam Sandler tolerable these days.

'The Avengers' To Close The Tribeca Film Festival; Soundgarden Will Drop Their First New Music In 15 Years On The Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 11:19 AM
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Early April Fools? Or is Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" more arthouse than funhouse? Either way, it's with some surprise and shock that this morning we hear the Tribeca Film Festival has announced that the Marvel mega movie will be their closing night film on Saturday April 28th. Take that, Joe Swanberg!

Jeff Bridges or Michael Douglas Sought To Play A 'Dirty Grandpa'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 28, 2012 10:36 AM
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Over the course of cinema history, there’s been a long lineage of characters with whom audiences fall in love, even though they’re of the more unscrupulous variety. Whether they’re leading a ragtag group of baseball underdogs like Walter Matthau did as Coach Buttermaker in “The Bad News Bears” or Billy Bob Thornton as Willie spreading yuletide cheer in the like-minded “Bad Santa” – these characters continue to work onscreen despite their flaws.

Aussie Actor Callan Mulvey Books Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' & '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2012 10:24 AM
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After years on Australian television, actor Callan Mulvey is making a move into the American film market. The actor has come into his own over the last few years, starring in the small-screen police-actioner "Rush" and it seems like the weekly exhibition of his action chops must have caught the right eyes somewhere as he's now scored roles in two big films in the works this year.

Tom Hardy Apparently Eyed For Gareth Thomas Biopic, But Mickey Rourke Still Wants The Job

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 28, 2012 9:38 AM
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The story of rugby player Gareth Thomas is a fascinating one. The Welsh rugby legend represented his country on 100 occasions, scoring 40 tries and becoming one of the greatest to ever play the game. He had a brief swansong representing Welsh club side Celtic Crusaders, before making a foray into reality television with an appearance on "Celebrity Big Brother" earlier this year. But the remarkable part of the story is that in 2009, after finalizing his divorce from his childhood sweetheart, Thomas announced publicly that he was gay. That made him the first openly gay rugby player, and easily the most high-profile gay athlete in Britain.

Thomas Beatty's Dark Comedy 'Teddy Bears' Adds David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Gillian Jacobs & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2012 9:22 AM
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With his father Ned Beatty in tow, you'd be inclined to think Thomas Beatty could have called in a few more favours for his directorial debut, but it looks like the writer-director is keeping things small-scale with the microbudget, dark comedy "Teddy Bears," co-helmed by his wife, photographer Rebecca Fishman.

'Talk To Me' & 'Eve's Bayou' Helmer Kasi Lemmons To Adapt Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2012 8:58 AM
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Unless you're up on your British literary phenomenons, you're in the McSweeney's crowd, or you're studying fiction at NYU, the name Zadie Smith might not be terribly familiar. Her first novel, the multi-cultural epic "White Teeth" caused a bidding war on the basis of an extract when the writer was only 22, and became an instant best-seller in 2000, a fate followed by her next two books, 2002's "The Autograph Man" and 2005's "On Beauty," the latter of which was nominated for the Booker Prize, the U.K.'s most prestigious literary award. But aside from a British TV miniseries version of "White Teeth," which showcased early turns from Naomie Harris and James McAvoy among others, Smith, who is currently a tenured professor of fiction at NYU, is yet to have a big-screen film made of one of her works.

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