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Watch: Trailer For William Friedkin's NC-17 Rated 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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While we're not even halfway through the cinematic year, we can pretty much guarantee that few movies will have a finale as brazen, bizarre, absurd and thrilling as William Friedkin's black as coal comedy/thriller "Killer Joe." But then again, there are few movies out there like it. Stamped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA (likely due to that climatic scene), LD Entertainment is bravely soldiering on with a theatrical release (good for them) and the trailer has now arrived.

Exclusive: New Trailer For Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Starring Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 12:00 PM
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Todd Solondz returns this summer with a brand new film, and while it looks like the director behind behind such controversial fare as "Welcome To The Dollhouse," "Happiness" and "Storytelling" is going a bit more mainstream, don't be fooled. Containing his usual wry observational wit and incisive viewpoint, "Dark Horse" finds him once again exploring some fascinating characters trying to find their place in the world. And we've got the exclusive premiere of the trailer to give a taste of what's in store.

‘Savages’ & ‘The Town’ Writers Don Winslow & Chuck Hogan Team Up For Crime Script

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 8, 2012 11:44 AM
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How great was that first trailer for Oliver Stone's “Savages”? It promised that the star-studded cast of the film may have rejuvenated its flailing helmer, who’s become more associated with titles like “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “World Trade Center” as of late, over his far more diverting and controversial fare like "JFK," “Platoon,” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” Stone worked on the screenplay for the film with author Don Winslow, who also wrote the book on which it is based, and now Winslow seems to be carrying some of the cachet he may be earning from “Savages” to his next project.

'Scary Movie 5' To Mainly Be A Parody Of 'Black Swan,' Anna Faris Not Returning

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 8, 2012 11:22 AM
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Spoof movies have never been particularly well regarded. When they’re good, like the original 1980 “Airplane,” they deftly satirize many tropes of your favorite films while also creating laughs derived from their own comedic situations. When they’re bad, they’re most likely directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the title ends with the word “Movie,” and they spend most their time recreating your favorite scenes from films in an exacting manner infused with Carmen Electra and potty humor. The “Scary Movie” films have always fallen somewhere between the highs and lows of that spectrum, with the franchise's early releases hitting at a time when the horror market was ripe with films containing casts that consisted mostly of The WB alumni, with titles like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reaching the point of franchise exhaustion. There was plenty of material to work with, and, admittedly, the brothers Damon and Marlon Wayans actually gave audiences a raunchy good time at the movies with the first installment in 2000.

Producer Ben Smith Talks 'The Bourne Legacy' & The Status Of Robert Ludlum Adaptations In Development

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 11:02 AM
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While the works of Robert Ludlum inspired a handful of movies through the '70s, '80s and '90s, it was the 'Bourne' series of films that truly brought his books to life on the big screen in a vital way. Jason Bourne has already become the basis for a certain kind of hero or thriller, and the trilogy of films starring Matt Damon have made an indelible mark on the action movie landscape. However, when Universal, Greengrass and Damon parted ways during the development of a planned 'Bourne 4,' the future of the franchise was a question mark. Enter Ben Smith. A former agent who represented the Ludlum estate, and a producer at Captivate Entertainment, he helped get 'Bourne' back on its feet, and the result is Tony Gilroy's upcoming "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner. The film arrives later this summer, adding a new chapter to the series Ludlum birthed.

Ethan Hawke Reteams With Spierig Brothers For 'Predestination'; India Eisley Is Young Angelina Jolie In 'Maleficent'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2012 10:36 AM
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An actor proven to be versatile and eclectic with his role choices, there seems to be only one constant in Ethan Hawke's career: directors. The actor has re-teamed with several helmers over the years, including fellow Texan Richard Linklater, Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Brooklyn's Finest") and Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "Lord Of War"), and has a reunion with "The Woman In The Fifth" director Pawel Pawlikowski in the works. Hawke is now set to get together with "Daybreakers" directors Peter and Michael Spierig once more.

'Catfish' Directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman Take On 'The Monkey Wrench Gang'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 8, 2012 10:17 AM
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Two years on and we're still none the wiser about whether Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's debut film "Catfish" was in fact a documentary or not. Regardless, few would argue that it’s anything but a compelling watch, and that’s more than you can say for their follow up -- “Paranormal Activity 3” -– despite their best efforts. Thanks to the mammoth box office haul of the latter, however, they were invited back to direct the fourth entry in the franchise (which is currently in pre-production) and that should keep them busy until its release around Halloween later this year.

Watch: Trailer For Ben Affleck's '70s Set Thriller 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 10:03 AM
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So, Ben Affleck has made a movie about making a movie. Kind of. Part period drama, part thriller, part comedy, and all based on a wild true story, there are a lot of elements at play in "Argo." With the first trailer now landing, it looks like yet another solid flick from the actor turned director.

R.I.P. 'Where The Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 8, 2012 9:41 AM
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Only a few days after the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, more sad news has arrived today, with The New York Times reporting that Maurice Sendak, author of beloved children's classics "Where The Wild Things Are" (which was turned into an acclaimed 2009 film by Spike Jonze) and "In The Night Kitchen," among others, has passed away at the age of 83.

Alice Braga, Abbie Cornish, Ben Mendelsohn & Sullivan Stapleton Lead 'Wolf Creek' Helmer Greg Mclean's 'Kill Me Three Times'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2012 9:24 AM
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Greg Mclean didn't exactly replicate the success of his break-out horror flick "Wolf Creek" with croc-thriller follow-up "Rogue." And while it seemed he was set to shoot a sequel to "Wolf Creek" early this year, legal troubles have since delayed the production, with no end in sight. The delay, however, might just be a blessing in disguise, with the helmer now set to tackle a new Australian thriller with an exciting cast in tow.

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