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'Friends With Benefits' Director Will Gluck To Helm Action/Comedy 'Skyjack'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 14, 2012 10:25 AM
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After properly announcing himself with the excellent Emma Stone vehicle “Easy A,” and then following that up with another surprisingly decent comedy in the form of “Friends With Benefits," Will Gluck marked himself as a director to watch. We’d totally tell you what we think about his debut film, “Fired Up!,” but this writer has to admit to not having seen it. He currently has an action-comedy (“Secretaries Day”), an adaptation of “About Last Night…”, a comedy caper (“Sex On The Moon”), a potential re-team with Emma Stone, and a remake of a Swiss drama (“How to Disappear Completely”) on his to-do list. He’s one helluva busy man, and now it looks like he’s lined up another project.

New Photos From Benh Zeitlin's Sundance & Cannes Sensation 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 9:44 AM
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We get one every year; an indie darling that rises from anonymity to award season contender. This year, it looks like that film may very well be Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," which, after debuting in Park City to ravishing acclaim and a Grand Jury prize, recently went on to impress at Cannes (where it earned FIPRESCI honors as well).

'For A Good Time, Call...' Gets A Red Band Trailer & Poster

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 14, 2012 9:21 AM
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If you think that "The Five-Year Engagement" and this weekend's tedious "That's My Boy" is all the comedy summer has to offer in 2012, there's one more film that hopes to make you laugh before the season is over.

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo Scoring David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2012 9:00 AM
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One of the most intriguing movies of the year seems to have arrived out of thin air. Last week it was revealed that David Gordon Green had teamed up with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and shot a movie completely under the radar. "Prince Avalanche," a remake of the Icelandic film "Either Way" ("Á annan veg"), follows two highway maintenance men who work together in the barren wilderness, and chronicles their evolving friendship. We figured this might be just a low-key indie that Green will get out there before starting work this fall on his "Suspiria" remake, but now there's an exciting new twist.

Jacques Audiard's 'Rust And Bone' Hits On Nov. 16th; Peter Jackson's 'West Of Mempis' Arrives On Dec. 28th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 10:11 PM
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Two films, picked up by Sony Pictures Classics circa the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, have now been slated for awards season contending release dates, and it's fair to say both could have a shot at some kind of Oscar recognition.

Will Smith's Not That Interested In 'I Am Legend 2,' Explains Why He Bailed On Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2012 5:53 PM
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Back in 2007, "I Am Legend" grossed $585 million worldwide for Warner Bros. Costing only $150 million -- kinda modest for a major tentpole these days -- the Will Smith-starring post-apocalyptic actioner also grossed $126.2 million in DVD revenue, making it the sixth best-selling DVD of 2008. Not too shabby, right? Plus, the film plays on cable all the time and those rights must have also cost a pretty penny. So in the logical, brand-obsessed bean-counting world of Hollywood, a sequel would seem like a natural move.

Butts, Thongs & A Really Big Penis: 2 Red Band TV Spots For 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 5:37 PM
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While the summer season in 2012 features a lot of men dressing up in tights, the dudes in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" flip the script by taking off their clothes instead. But they're not going out to fight crime. Instead, they're melting hearts and making some fast money at the same time. And if you want to know how wild this movie might get, two red band TV spots are here to give you a taste.

Ethan Hawke Says 'Before Sunrise'/ 'Before Sunset' Followup Shoots This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 5:18 PM
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It's rare for two films as perfectly pitched and utterly delightful as "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" to come along, but can Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater three-peat? That's going to be the big question as news of the proposed followup has once again reared its head, and should it actually turn out to be fact, we could be seeing it very soon.

Amy Ryan & Dane DeHaan To Tie 'The Devil's Knot'; Bill Paxton Draws '2 Guns'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 4:58 PM
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From a based-on-a-true-story drama to an action vehicle... Nothing really brings these two movies together, other than the solid talent being added, so let's get right to it...

Spike Lee Talks About Making Documentary On Michael Jackson's 'Bad', 'Go Brazil Go'; 'Oldboy' Is Still Waiting For A Green Light

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2012 4:11 PM
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For every "Girl 6," "She Hate Me" or "Miracle at St. Anna" in filmmaker Spike Lee's oeuvre there's not only a great feature to offset it ("25th Hour," "He Got Game," "Inside Man"), but several, fantastic documentaries ("4 Little Girls," "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise") as well. One could even argue if Lee's feature career got a little uneven later in the game (which is still very debatable), his documentaries -- some of them his best work, period -- never faltered.

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