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Watch: Trailer For Elizabeth Olsen Horror 'Silent House' Delivers Few Creeps Or Scares

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 6, 2012 11:15 AM
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While the awards season race hasn't quite built up around "Martha Marcy May Marlene" the way many predicted, the key role in that film was played wonderfully by Elizabeth Olsen, has the been the subject of much praise from critics and audiences alike, and marked a helluva breakout feature for the the actress. Olsen may not quite have caught on in the way other breakthrough actresses like Jessica Chastain have this year, but her name is still a popular one around Hollywood, and not just because she’s the kid sister of the “Full House” wonder twins.

Gus Van Sant Steps In To Helm Matt Damon’s Former Directorial Debut

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 6, 2012 10:14 AM
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Sleeping on a story to see where it develops will get you burned. Case in point: yesterday’s story on Matt Damon walking away from his untitled directorial debut, which had been co-written by the Academy Award-winning writer (“Good Will Hunting”) and his pal John Krasinski, whom he hit it off with while filming “The Adjustment Bureau” in which Damon co-starred with Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt (Krasinski is also set to appear in the upcoming film).

Watch: Alice Eve, Brian Geraghty & Josh Peck Get Stuck In First Trailer For 'ATM'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 9:42 AM
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If you're looking to make your first film, a single-location thriller seems to be a pretty good way of doing it; a small cast, a manageable shoot, and a simple canvas on which to show off your direction (indeed, not so long ago, we ran a list of some of the best of the genre). That's the approach David Brooks has taken with his debut "ATM," which comes from the pen of Chris Sparling, a man who knows a thing or two about single-locations, having written the Ryan Reynolds vehicle "Buried," which was set, entirely, in a coffin.

Dane DeHann & Michael Pitt Were Finalists To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'; '300: Battle Of Artemisia' Also Under Scrutiny At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2012 9:22 AM
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It’s looking more and more dire for the creatively bankrupt producers behind Warner Bros.’ big-budget American version of “Akira.” Yesterday brought word that the studio was shutting down production offices, and now Deadline reports that this orphans two actors who were competing to play the important role of Tetsuo.

New Pics From 'The Hobbit,' 'Prometheus' & 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 8:57 AM
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Screw in your eyeballs folks. While the end of 2011 meant lots of best-of-the-year lists, 2012 ushers in "most anticipated" rundowns (including our own) and over at USA Today, they've dropped a dozen movies they've highlighted on their calendar along with a few new stills to go with it. So let's get started.

First Look At Jeremy Renner As Aaron Cross In 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 8:06 PM
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We were excited when Jeremy Renner landed a role in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" because we figured it would be his first big prime tentpole, in a movie that would let him show off both his acting chops and action adventure skills. Well, that's only have true. We should have realized that the 'Mission' movies are the Tom Cruise Show, and especially in 'Ghost Protocol,' pretty much the entire supporting cast spends the movie listening to Ethan Hunt. Renner doesn't say much and doesn't do much either in the movie. But, he'll get another swing at the pinata in "The Bourne Legacy."

Joel Edgerton Locked For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'; Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez & Mark Strong Also Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 5:51 PM
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Well, here's a piece of good news. Attached way back last spring for Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming untitled Seal Team 6 movie (aka "Kill Bin Laden"), we began to get worried about Joel Edgerton's involvement when the project began further casting this fall -- adding Jason Clarke -- and his name remained conspicuously absent.

New Clip, Trailer, Poster & Pic From Teen Superhero Film 'Chronicle' Continues To Intrigue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 5:27 PM
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Hitting theaters in just under a month, not much is known about "Chronicle." The film's pretty nifty trailer took the web by surprise last fall, promising something much more involving than the found-footage-superhero-movie logline that was being thrown around suggested. The film takes a familiar genre trope -- teens discover they have superpowers, yawn -- and actually twists it just enough to make it feel new. Far from being emo-sad about how estranged they are, these teens are initially thrilled to be blessed with unexpected powers. But then, of course, things take a turn for the dark.
More: Chronicle

See Oliver Stone's 'Savages' On September 28th & Then Go To The Bookstore And Read The Prequel 'The Kings Of Cool'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 4:36 PM
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Yes, Oliver Stone's forthcoming thriller "Savages" is one of our most anticipated movies of the year, and it looks like there is going to be even more story to devour come September. 
More: Savages

'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Reveals Plot Details For 'Freak Shift,' Has Director's Cut Of 'Sightseers' Ready To Show Edgar Wright

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 5, 2012 3:57 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: One genre movie that electrified almost all of us at The Playlist last year was "Kill List," from writer/director Ben Wheatley. A kind of domestic drama/hitman thriller/suburban comedy/horror movie, it wowed us when we first got a gander of it at South by Southwest, and then tickled even more of us at the Empire Big Screen festival in its native U.K. Well, it's finally about to be released in the United States, and while we'll have more from our interview with Wheatley before "Kill List" hits theaters, we first wanted to offer some updates on various projects the filmmaker has in the works, including the Edgar Wright-produced "Sightseers," his Nick Frost vehicle "I, Macrobane," and the very cool-sounding monsters versus cops movie called "Freak Shift."

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