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Bradley Cooper Takes Aim At 'American Sniper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 4:41 PM
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Bradley Cooper had a bit of a rough 2011, seeing two tentpoles -- "The Crow" and "Paradise Lost" -- slip through the net, but the actor has some great things on the horizon. He's currently shooting the Depression-era drama "Serena" with Jennifer Lawrence, directed by Susanne Bier; he also features with Lawrence in David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" which had a flashy showing for press in Cannes; he's got "The Place Beyond The Pines" with Ryan Gosling around the corner; he's up for a role in Woody Allen's next film, and he's shooting "The Hangover III" later this year. So in short, things are looking very good. And now Cooper is taking the next step in his career.

Robert Pattinson Says He'll Be Starring In A Movie About Seminal Rockers The Band

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 4:16 PM
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Even though he won't be walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival until tomorrow (#shakingandcrying), Robert Pattinson has been busy stacking up projects over the past few weeks. The little vampire that could has lined up the Saddam Hussein hunting drama "Mission: Blacklist," joined "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover" and plans to reunited with his "Cosmopolis" helmer David Cronenberg for an unspecified future project. And it appears, that's not all.

"There's Freedom In Bondage": 12 Things Learned At Cannes About 'Moonrise Kingdom' & Wes Anderson's Hyper-Controlled Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2012 3:21 PM
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Having received some of his best reviews in years, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" made a grand debut opening the Cannes Film Festival in style last week. By all accounts (including one very positive review of our own), Anderson's latest picture and first live-action film in five years, is a pleasant, charming and enchanting return to form that's both nostalgic for those early pre-teen years and emotional in its exploration of adolescent angst and early love. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward with an excellent supporting cast featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, Playlist contributor Aaron Hillis got a chance to sit down with some of the cast at the press conference in Cannes.

Anthony Hopkins Sought For 'Red 2' Villain But Will Depend On His Schedule For 'Thor 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 2:55 PM
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There was time when the idea of writing up a story about Anthony Hopkins being caught between two sequels would've seemed laughable. But welcome to 2012, where if you want keep the lights on and maintain some profile in Hollywood, you whore your soul to Marvel or sign up for a big franchise.

New Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Provide New Images Of The Lizard, Destruction & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 2:37 PM
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Superhero movies have been split down a pretty clear line when it comes to villains. There are the reality based baddies like we've seen in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies (Bane, The Joker), the more fantastical sort of antagonists like Loki or Red Skull in the Marvel movies, or just plain bizarre like that bad times vibe cloud in "Green Lantern." Marc Webb seems to be straddling the real and fantastical with "The Amazing Spider-Man," the franchise reboot that will see Rhys Ifans move from wife-stealing professor in "The Five-Year Engagement" to scientist-turned-CGI thingy villain.

Watch: Quentin Dupieux's 14-Minute Short 'Wrong Cops' Starring Marilyn Manson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 1:51 PM
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While for many, the Cannes Film Festival means reading about it from afar, wishing all the buzzworthy films would arrive in theaters near you soon. But there's at least one entry this year that won't be exclusive to those on the Croisette. Edgy filmmaker Quentin Dupieux has ventured to the Directors' Fortnight sidebar with his short film "Wrong Cops," and just as it premiered in theaters there today, it landed online at the same time. How 2012.

Watch: It's Old Timey 'True Blood' In Red Band Trailer For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 12:48 PM
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So is this the summer's nuts 'n gum, "Jonah Hex"-style mess or a stylish take on the vampire genre? Or both? Frankly, it looks like it's a bit of everything in the red band trailer for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a movie that we keep forgetting is coming out next month just a couple of weeks after "Prometheus." And it seems 20th Century Fox has had their attention mostly on Ridley Scott's baby as well, but with that film screening for press next week before it opens internationally, it looks like they can now put their attention on the Timur Bekmambetov-directed, Tim Burton-produced movie.

Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, Emmylou Harris, Velvet Underground Covers & More: All The Music Featured In 'Lawless'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 24, 2012 12:24 PM
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Perhaps consider this a bit of a spoiler post, at least musically. So if you want to go in blind to John Hillcoat's prohibition drama "Lawless," we suggest you divert your eyes now. For the rest of you still with us, man, the soundtrack to "Lawless" is just one more reason to get excited for the film which lands on August 29th. By now you know it boasts an incredible cast including Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke. You also know that the score was written by longtime Hillcoat collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who wrote the haunting scores for "The Proposition," "The Road" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (the multi-hyphenate Cave, an author, also wrote the "Lawless" screenplay).

'The Hunger Games' Hits Blu-Ray/DVD On August 18th With Over 3 Hours Of Bonus Features; Soundtrack Goes Gold

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 24, 2012 11:25 AM
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Boasting the box office spotlight before the “The Avengers” behemoth came along, “The Hunger Games” nonetheless found a worthy adaptation in director Gary Ross' hands, mixing a stellar performance by Jennifer Lawrence with an effectively gripping tone throughout. After an IMAX victory lap following its general release, Lionsgate is eager to keep the money train rolling, announcing that the two-disc Blu-ray/DVD and digital download versions of the film will be released this summer.

Nobody Tells Tom Hardy Anything: 'Mad Max 4' Starts Filming In A Week, Says Charlize Theron

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 24, 2012 10:39 AM
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Poor Tom Hardy. First the actor is forced to grow an unwieldy beard as prep for his starring role in the upcoming “Mad Max” reboot, only to have the start date pushed back countless times. Then, while in Cannes this week helping to promote John Hillcoat's “Lawless,” Hardy confessed he still had no clue when shooting began. However, it seems Hardy was either off trimming his beard when news struck, or co-star Charlize Theron is just more aware of these things, because the actress today revealed the film is set to shoot very soon, as in next week.

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