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Joss Whedon Compiled A 1998 Mixtape? 'The Avengers' Soundtrack Features Evanescence, Papa Roach, Soundgarden, Bush & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 4:57 PM
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For the most part, comic book movies have never had great soundtracks, and generally, they tend to bring together a generic mass of rawk music, the kind of stuff that studio suits think that the steretypical 14 year-old boys watching the film would really be into. But the rest of the movie world has realized that a) girls listen to music too and b) corporate rock is out, indie rock is in (please see the shift towards Pitchfork approved bands on those "Twilight" soundtracks). But for the folks at Marvel, it's still 1998.

'On The Road,' 'Cosmopolis' & 'Cogan's Trade' Appear Headed To Cannes, So Who Else Will Walk The Red Carpet?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 4:44 PM
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If you've kept up with us since we dropped our intial Cannes Film Festival piece back in February, a lot has changed and the field is becoming narrower and more clear in terms of what films and filmmakers are headed to the south of France. It requires a bit of moving puzzle pieces, and putting together bits and bobs of information, but the writing on the wall is beginning to appear, and today, the one moving the pen is The Hollywood Reporter. The trade has likely made a few phone calls of their own and been watching the landscape and today they reveal that "On The Road" and "Cosmopolis" -- two movies already widely expected to hit the fest -- are pretty much locks, while The Weinstein Company's "Cogan's Trade" (aka "Killing Me Softly") is "expected to be on hand." So what else can we expect? 

Watch: Charming Trailer For Time-Travel Comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Starring Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:57 PM
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"The world is mostly full of jankholes," says time traveler Kenneth in the trailer for the Sundance hit "Safety Not Guaranteed." And watching some of the ugly side of humanity come out during this political season (and in the Trayvon Martin saga), we get exactly where he's coming from.

Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse' Will Land On June 14, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:27 PM
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The end is coming...and it's going to be hilarious. It seems that the end of the world just isn't the domain for ponderous filmmakers with comedies now taking a crack at the demise of humanity. This summer, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley will face the unknown in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," an ensemble crew including Anna Kendrick, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer and Craig Robinson are facing "Rapturepalooza," and now, one more film has a firm date as Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel's "The Apocalypse" has been stamped with a June 14, 2013 release date.

Watch: Trailer For Oscar Winner William Joyce's 'Rise Of The Guardians' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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Today the trailer for "Rise of the Guardians," DreamWorks Animation's big holiday 2012 animated movie, quietly debuted online (courtesy of Hey U Guys). The movie features the voice talents of Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law, and centers around an elite group of childhood fantasy characters (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost) who must band together to save the world. It's based on a book series co-authored and illustrated by beloved artist William Joyce, who also co-directs the animated feature. (Joyce just won an Oscar for his charming animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.")

Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Poehler To Star In 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 1:48 PM
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Brewing for a while, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner's feature film debut has been through a few different incarnations. Way, back in 2009 Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis were the first names to line up for the movie that was in very advance planning to shoot last year. But in the fall of 2010, new names cropped up with Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renée Zellweger all being eyed. But riding off the heat of the massive season five opener for "Mad Men," Weiner is building up his cast again and it's pretty strong.

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.

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