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Blu-ray Review: Frank Sinatra Charms & Smarms In 1950s B-Movie Thriller 'Suddenly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 3:57 PM
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Not much happens in the small town of Suddenly. Once named after its hustle and bustle atmosphere, it has since settled into your typical, sleepy, average American burg. It's the kind of place where beat cop Tod Shaw (Sterling Hayden) knows everyone, and any strange face passing through stands out. But in the space of a few hours, over a single afternoon, the lives of a handful of people will change dramatically thanks to one determined, deranged man. While it might not be the flashiest B-movie of the era, Lewis Allen's "Suddenly" is a tight, extraordinarly lean little thriller that succeeds far beyond what you would expect of its modest production.

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Leaves 'Highlander' Remake

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 4, 2012 3:45 PM
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Remember that “Highlander” remake that literally nobody was crying out for, that may or may not be set to star everyone’s favorite alliterative actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds? Well, it looks like Summit is now going to be looking for a new director to shepherd the project. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) had been on board for over a year (after departing another remake, “The Crow”) but has now left the project after battling with Summit over their views on the film.

Exclusive: Jason Clarke On Baz Luhrmann's "Extraordinary" 3D 'The Great Gatsby': "You've Never Seen Anything Like It"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 3:29 PM
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Earlier today we sat down with Jason Clarke, the Australian actor who plays a tough-as-nails CIA interrogator in Kathryn Bigelow's blindingly brilliant "Zero Dark Thirty." Clarke also stars in Baz Lurhmann's ambitious 3D version of "The Great Gatsby," which was originally slated to hit theaters this month but was pushed back to next summer, amidst a flurry of wild speculation. We had to ask him how the film is coming and if there was any truth to the rumors of the film being in post-production trouble.

Watch: Trippy, Eerie & Baffling Trailer For Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color,' Spring Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 3:04 PM
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Oh, so you thought the guy who made brain busting "Primer" in 2004 was going to go easy on his next effort out. Maybe a romantic comedy or a drama about a marriage falling apart...it is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival after all... But nah, Shane Carruth is ready to make you think hard once again.

'Brave,' 'Rise Of The Guardians,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Lead Annie Awards Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 2:16 PM
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While not as hotly contested as many of the major awards this holiday season, the International Animation Film Society announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards yesterday, and offer, at the very least, a peak at what the Best Animated Feature Oscar race will look like in the next couple of months. Pixar's Scottish fairy tale "Brave," Disney's retro video game adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" and DreamWorks Animation's mythological team-up film "Rise of the Guardians" led the nominations with ten nominations a piece.

Rats Are A Lot Smarter Than You Guys: Exclusive Clip From AFI Audience Award-Winning Doc 'Only The Young'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 2:02 PM
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Screenwriters, actors and directors all do their best to try and capture the teenage experience, but it's a difficult one to replicate with any degree of authenticity. Teens can be both open and mercurial, stubborn and vulnerable and sometimes just a complete mystery, and their feelings and actions can only be understood if you've been through it yourself. For every John Hughes movie, the rare director to have captured that voice so perfectly, there are dozens more films that just don't quite get it. But for directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, they wisely realized that teens themselves are the best subjects for the camera.

Watch: The Year In Film 2012 In 7 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 12:49 PM
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Have you started making your New Year's Eve plans? It's only 27 days away, as the clock keeps ticking down on 2012. Cahiers Du Cinema, Sight & Sound and John Waters have already dropped their top ten lists, the New York Film Critics Circle handed out the first batch of awards, and even though there are still movies to come, we can now sit back and wax nostalgic on the year in cinema.

Exclusive: Matt Damon Says 'The Bourne Legacy' Makes It Hard For Him To Re-Enter The Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 4, 2012 12:20 PM
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Last time Matt Damon, star of the original 'Bourne' trilogy, was out doing press, he said he hadn't seen "The Bourne Legacy," this past summer's extensive reboot of the franchise that placed Jeremy Renner at the center of the action. The film upped the franchise's science-factual underpinnings by having Renner's character (part of the next generation of government-sanctioned killers) controlled by a series of drugs that would boost his reflexes and intelligence. When we spoke with Damon about the sequel/prequel yesterday, during the actor's press rounds for the upcoming "Promised Land," he did confirm that he's seen the movie but said that it might make it harder for him to re-enter the franchise.

Watch: The Band Jams In First Clip From David Chase's Rock 'N Roll Drama 'Not Fade Away'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 11:41 AM
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Guys, guitars, coming-of-age, young love...it's a rite of passage for many young men with LPs, late nights and romance all coming together in a certain time and place when anything seems possible. And that's the feeling "The Sopranos" creator David Chase is trying to evoke with his feature directorial debut "Not Fade Away." Premiering at the New York Film Festival earlier this fall, things have been quiet around the movie, but as it gears up to hit theaters, the marketing machine is slowly waking up.

'Up' Director Pete Docter's Pixar Mind Movie Now Reportedly Titled 'The Inside Out'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 4, 2012 11:23 AM
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Following the one-two punch of the critical disappointments of “Cars 2” and “Brave,” it’s fair to say that Pixar is off its game, so to speak. Nevertheless, while the next few years will yield two sequels -- “Monsters University” and “Finding Nemo 2” -- the studio has plenty of interesting projects being developed, including “Up” director Pete Docter’s “wildy ambitious” and secretive film that takes place in a young girl’s mind. Originally known as “The Untitled PIxar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind,” Docter’s third feature now has a title.

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