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Paul Weitz Talks The Title Change Of 'Being Flynn,' How Robert De Niro's Character Evokes Travis Bickle & More

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Deconstructing the career of director Paul Weitz can be difficult, as he's never moved in a singular direction, going from comedies ("American Pie," "Little Fockers") to satire ("American Dreamz") to dramedy ("In Good Company," "About A Boy") to fantasy ("Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assisant"). His latest is the drama "Being Flynn," an adaptation of the celebrated memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" by Nick Flynn, that centers on a young man (Paul Dano) who works at various homeless shelters in Boston, and spots his estranged father (Robert De Niro) seeking a bed one night, leading him to face his past.

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' Sequel Gets Title, New Look At 'Smurfs 2' Gives Away Film's Setting

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 1, 2012 9:42 AM
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Well, we guess they had to call it something. We already reported that Sony is moving full-steam ahead on a sequel to their 2009 adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett's children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," but would not utilize the storyline from the book's sequel, "Pickles to Pittsburgh." Hot shit "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to write the script and while original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have moved on to live action (they directed next month's terrifically cartoony "21 Jump Street"), Sony substituted them with two story artists from the first film – Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. What it was going to be called remained a mystery… Until now. Thanks to a promo image provided to Coming Soon, everyone can now say hello to "Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers." Evocative.

William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch Gets NC-17 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 9:21 AM
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It seems the MPAA is still getting under everyone's skin. With controvery over the R-rating for The Weinstein Company's documentary "Bully" still brewing, the ratings board has dropped another eyebrow raising decision, stamping William Friedkin's deliciously dark "Killer Joe" with the dreaded NC-17 rating. 
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'Napolean Dynamite' Helmer Jared Hess To Direct 'The Pet' For Producer Scott Rudin

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 1, 2012 9:01 AM
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Jared Hess, remember him? Well back in 2004 he was one of the hottest young directors on the block after the success of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which achieved almost instantaneous cult status and spawned a generation of kids who became inseperable from their "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. His next project looked set to be a sure fire hit – a similarly quirky comedy, “Nacho Libre” -- only instead of the unknown Jon Heder, he had comedy titan Jack Black still riding the crest of the wave of success from “School of Rock” and “King Kong.” But the film opened to poor reviews, and despite a solid enough showing at the domestic box office, it flopped internationally. Following that up with “Gentleman Broncos” did him no good at all, and eventually Hess found himself back where he started – creating “Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series.”

First Look At Ryan Gosling In 'Only God Forgives'; The Weinsteins VOD Label Radius Pick Up Rights To The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 10:20 PM
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Riding high off the fumes of "Drive" which had just one Best Director at Cannes, last summer FilmDistrict was set to re-up with Nicolas Winding Refn for his next film, "Only God Forgives" reteaming him with his totally brotastic bud, Ryan Gosling. Well, it seems the winds have changed somewhat dramatically.

Watch: Trailer For Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey

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  • February 29, 2012 9:29 PM
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A Renaissance man, a community leader, and a mortician who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow that leads to fatal consequences: this is the premise to Richard Linklater's latest, a black comedy called "Bernie." Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and the great Shirley MacLaine, "Bernie" is Linklater's first feature-length effort since 2009's "Me & Orson Welles."

Watch: 4 Clips From Single Take Horror Flick 'Silent House' Starring Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 5:59 PM
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Back in January 2011, Elizabeth Olsen came out of nowhere at the Sundance Film Festival, earning rave reviews for her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and riding a huge wave of buzz all year culminating in awards season attention and a Spirit Awards nomination. However, the actress starred in another movie at Park City at the same time, one that drew less notice -- the single take horror film "Silent House." And wisely, the team behind that decided to wait until the post-'Marcy' buzz before releasing it into theaters.

'Welcome To People' Lands On June 29th; 'Hick' Hits VOD & Theaters In May & 'For A Good Time Call' Dials Up On September 14th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 5:29 PM
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Get out your marker and dry erase board of upcoming movies, because you'll have to add a few more dates to the calendar.

Gerard Butler Replaces Eric Bana In Diamond Heist Pic 'Brilliant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 4:37 PM
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Fresh out of rehab, and looking dapper hitting the Oscar parties over the weekend, Gerard Butler is wisely putting whatever troubles he had to overcome, putting his head down, and getting back to work.

Win Passes For Advance Screenings Of 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' In Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, Philadelphia & San Francisco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 4:05 PM
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Oscar season is over, which means it's going to largely be tentpoles from now until the end of the summer. But if you're craving something without CGI or explosions and that has real characters, you'll still have a few options on hand. One of them will be Lasse Hallström's "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," and with the film opening in just over a week, we want to send some lucky readers to advance screenings around the country.

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