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Exclusive: Trailer For Apocalyptic Slamdance Entry 'Best Friends Forever'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:56 AM
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For some, continuing to call the Sundance Film Festival "indie" given the huge stars, swag bags, parties and more that mark each year in Park City, is a bit of joke. But for those looking for some truly independent cinema, films that feature actors, actresses, writers and directors who are truly looking for a leg up, the Slamdance Flim Festival is the place. Overlapping with the festivities at Sundance, Slamdance will have a plethora of offerings on display, and one movie hoping to rise above the noise is "Best Friends Forever." But don't let that title deceive you.

Watch: Trailers For Sundance Entries 'Charlie Victor Romeo,' 'Gideon's Army' & 'Halley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:39 AM
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A big-screen take on an acclaimed stage play, a documentary, and a film from Mexico...it looks like there will be some compelling alternate choices at the Sundance Film Festival this year if you're shut out of the big-ticket screenings, and with a handful of trailers dropping, let's take a quick dive into them.

Guillermo Del Toro Reveals He's Penned An Outline & Found A Writer For 'Dark Universe' (aka 'Heaven Sent')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:23 AM
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...and the Guillermo Del Toro news train just keeps a rollin'. Speaking to press yesterday to help get the word out about "Mama," the horror film he produced starring Jessica Chastain, he told The Playlist about being approached to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" and provided an update on the status of "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Hulk" TV series, all before even hitting the stage last night at CES to unveil a new trailer for "Pacific Rim." And it seems there were even more morsels of info given to press during Del Toro's interview jaunt.

Creating A New 1940s Los Angeles, Responding To Aurora & More From The Cast & Crew About 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 10:03 AM
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For his third directorial effort following the genre mélange of action comedies “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less,” Ruben Fleischer has taken a leap forward in scope and ambition, while taking the narrative back to 1940s Los Angeles. Inspired by the seven-part LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, “Gangster Squad” charts the apex of NY gangster Mickey Cohen's westward reign, and the guerilla band of LAPD organized to bring it to an end. Armed with a passion for period detail and a modern sensibility, Fleischer has stepped up to the challenge with a fantastic cast behind him, and at the film's Beverly Hills press conference last month, stars Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone -- along with screenwriter/former LAPD cop Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick -- joined the director in describing the experience of bringing the project to the screen.

Jon Favreau Admits 'Cowboys & Aliens' May Have "Been Better Served With A Different Vision"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 9:38 AM
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Having just reached a full 350 episodes of candid monologues and one-on-one interviews with comedy elite, the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast has become the go-to destination for rich discussion of the entertainment business and its denizens. It also provides a rare chance for reflection upon a career, and in “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau's case, an opportunity to discuss perhaps his biggest misstep as a director.

David S. Goyer Calls 'Man Of Steel' The Right Super Hero Movie For Our Times

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 8, 2013 9:20 AM
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The reboot has firmly turned into producer David S. Goyer's affinity as of late. Many of his projects since “Batman Begins” have encompassed a renewal of some sort. With his legacy with Christopher Nolan's trilogy now closed for outside reflection, the focus now falls on his work with another director and comic book property, and he's feeling pretty optimistic about the project.

Watch: Blood-Spurting, Body-Exploding Red Band Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 8, 2013 9:02 AM
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If the promo materials for “The Last Stand” are anything to go by, we don’t really know why anyone was excited about Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to acting. Although he was never renowned for his skills as an actor, it’s clear that age has caught up with the Austrian Oak. With the film's release date drawing closer, the studio has released a red-band trailer to pump up Arnie’s fans for the action in store.

Watch: New Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Brings More Monsters & Carnage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:57 PM
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It's been helluva day for Guillermo Del Toro fans. The director kicked off his Monday talking to journalists about his upcoming "Mama," the horror film he produced starring Jessica Chastain, and of course, the chatty director shared all kinds of tidbits not related to that film at all. With The Playlist he revealed that he was approached for "Star Wars: Episode 7," which he turned down, and that he was planning another studio pitch for "At The Mountains Of Madness." And then he closed things off by walking on stage this evening at CES during mobile company Qualcomm's opening presentation, to help show off the new trailer for "Pacific Rim" which is powered by their processor or something.

Mark Romanek Parts Ways With Disney On 'Cinderella'; Director & Studio Clash Over Dark Vision

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 7, 2013 10:04 PM
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Well, this is deeply unfortunate, but perhaps not entirely unexpected. Director Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go") has parted ways with Disney over their reimagined live-action adaptation of "Cinderella." The modern, reivisionist project was set to star Cate Blanchett as the evil step-mother and last we heard, young ladies like Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander & Gabriella Wilde were in the mix for the title role of Cinderella. But it was not to be, at least not for Romanek, which is a shame because on paper it would be a most anticipated film, any calendar year it was released.

Brad Pitt Circling The Lead In 'Pontius Pilate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 9:29 PM
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Brad Pitt didn't have the greatest 2012. Oh sure, he bagged a role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," and a small part in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave," but Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" bombed hard, while his big budget zombie "World War Z" movie endured a release date delay, reshoots and the worst buzz of the year. So, for his next move, he's going to play the lead in "Pontius Pilate"?

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