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Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' To Close SXSW Film Festival; 'The Spectacular Now' Also Added To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 3:00 PM
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It looks like SXSW is going to be a bit of Sundance South in 2013. With Park City premieres like "Don Jon's Addiction," "Computer Chess," "Prince Avalanche," "Before Midnight" and "Upstream Color" all headed to Austin, one more movie that unspooled at the festival is making its way to the city of BBQ.

Watch: Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson Enter The Mental Hunger Games In Trailer For 'The Internship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 2:44 PM
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There are times, on this very site, when we cry out for originality, for Hollywood to stop lazily packaging movies and shoveling them into the marketplace. This is not one of those times. Yes, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have made this movie a half dozen times already, but whatever, we'll gladly watch one more.

Hugh Laurie Heads To 'Tomorrowland' As The Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 1:59 PM
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While we're probably not going to know what exactly writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird have cooking up with the mysterious "Tomorrowland" until they're good and ready to lift the curtain, there are already some pretty elaborate theories floating out there. But one thing we do know is that the movie won't have a shortage of star power.

Relativity Nabs U.S. Rights To 'District 13' Remake 'Brick Mansions' With Paul Walker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 1:37 PM
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There was a time when "A Luc Besson Film" meant something. Now it's just shorthand for low-to-mid budget actioners, cranked out, packaged and set upon a marketplace that somehow eats up the high calorie filler. Seriously people, "Taken 2" was awful, yet it was a smash hit. Anyway, it looks like that remake of "District 13" that was developing two years ago is not only still happening, it's moving forward. Parkour is back, y'all!

Survive Hard: All The Times John McClane Should Have Died In The ‘Die Hard’ Series

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 13, 2013 12:58 PM
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In 1988, when the first "Die Hard" was released, Bruce Willis' everyday action hero John McClane was something of an anomaly. This was the era of the invincible action superstar – people like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who would waltz through action movies firing machine guns, surviving explosions with the casualness of someone doing laundry or putting up wallpaper. With "Die Hard," McClane was a new kind of hero -- a New York City cop who is afraid of flying, who's deeply insecure about his marriage and who, once bank-robbing terrorists seize a Los Angeles skyscraper, forgets his shoes, embodied by an actor most knew from a primetime comedy. And while there are plenty of instances where he survives against all odds, he also gets cut, bleeds, and screws up – things that these Reagan-era he-men rarely (if ever) did. As the series progressed, things became more and more cartoon-y for John McClane, until, by the fourth film, he was just as undefeatable as the heroes he was once such a refreshing antithesis to.

William Shatner Calls J.J. Abrams "A Pig" For Taking On Both 'Star Trek' & 'Star Wars' Franchises

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 12:42 PM
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Walt Disney's decision to hire J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" still has people talking, and rightly so. With one foot already in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, many wonder if he can make a distinctive enough "Star Wars" movie so that it isn't one mass Abrams-y sci-fi blob. Still others wish Disney would've selected any number of other talented people to kick off the next three sequels. And then there's William Shatner, whose feelings on the matter are made plain and clear.

Don Cheadle Is Iron Patriot In New Poster For 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 12:12 PM
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America! With Tony Stark looking more emo than ever in everything we've seen so far in "Iron Man 3," we could use a bit of fist-pumping heroics, and it looks like Don Cheadle is here to provide it.

Watch: Battles Rage In 2 Clips From 'Jack The Giant Slayer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 11:36 AM
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March will be be a bit of a testing ground for fairy tale movies, as two major tentpole movies re-imagining familiar tales will hit the multiplex in all their CGI glory. And in 3D too, no less. Having lived through two tepid Snow White movies last year, will audiences be more wary of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "Jack The Giant Slayer"? We'll soon find out, but a couple of clips from Bryan Singer's forthcoming effort aren't exactly the most enticing teasers.

Exclusive: Poster For 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:58 AM
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With source material from legendary author Henry James, and a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the forthcoming "What Maisie Knew." After doing a brief festival run last year that included stops in Toronto and Tokyo, the film is coming to theaters and we've got the exclusive poster below.

Stanley Kubrick's Favorite Films Included 'The Jerk,' 'White Men Can't Jump' & 'Modern Romance'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 13, 2013 9:18 AM
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Anyone who is fan of Stanley Kubrick is aware of the fact that he was a very private man. He rarely did interviews, and his process is as discussed as it remained elusive. He was painstakingly meticulous, a perfectionist, and many would assume that Mr. Kubrick was a serious man both on and off the set. There are many indications, however, that suggest otherwise. Over at Criterion, Joshua Warren has compiled a list of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films, a list he gathered from interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as from an interview Kubrick did about fifty years ago. While there are certainly a fair amount of high-brow titles on the list, you may be surprised to learn just how… diverse it is.

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