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Shia LaBeouf Says He Dropped Acid While Making 'Charlie Countryman' Because He's Method Or Something

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 3:09 PM
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Some people drop acid just to trip balls, or if you're Roger Sterling, to keep up with your progressive, younger wife. But for Shia LaBeouf it's all about art, man, and the actor went the extra mile for his upcoming movie "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman."

New Images From 'The Impossible' & 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 2:13 PM
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A couple of new images each from two movies about couples under strain -- one facing a deadly tsunami that tears their family apart, the other squaring off against the Volturi who want to tear their family apart.

New, Shorter Cut Of 'On The Road' Will Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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Decades in the making, the Francis Ford Coppola produced, Walter Salles directed "On The Road" finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to a mixed response. The adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal novel of a generation was never the easiest thing to bring to the screen, and our review by James Rocchi from the Croisette called it "lustrous but long winded." And indeed, running nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, this writer was definitely checking his watch during the film. Now as it heads to TIFF, it looks like Salles has hit the editing bay one more time for a new, slimmer cut.

Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:14 PM
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The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton, another with Loki and Hawkeye and a gag reel, now comes an alternate opening to the movie itself. And it's a bit of a downer.

Watch: Vacation Is Murder In Trailer For 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 12:49 PM
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One of the more distinct voices in genre filmmaking emerging out of the U.K. is Ben Wheatley. The director first made ripples with "Down Terrace," but caused a major sensation last year with his stomach-churning "Kill List." So what did he do for an encore? He headed to Cannes this past spring to unveil "Sightseers," another nasty piece of work, albeit one with a comic edge to help it go down a bit more smoothly.

Sam Shepard To Head The Weston Clan In 'August: Osage County' & Jennifer Jason Leigh Wants 'The Spectacular Now'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 28, 2012 12:37 PM
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There's quite a cast building for the upcoming adaptation of "Bug" and "Killer Joe" scribe Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, "August: Osage County." Of course, there's the powerhouse teaming of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, but on top of that, names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Andrea Riseborough are also on board the film, which will see John Wells ("The Company Men") direct.

A Fat Kid Gets Raised By Whales & Becomes An Olympic Swimmer In Jon Turteltaub's Ridiculous 'Beached'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 28, 2012 12:25 PM
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The city of London recently learned that Olympics fever is extremely infectious. Evidently said fever has managed to spread outside the U.K. and has made its way to Los Angeles, where it has found director John Turteltaub (“National Treasure”). He’s signed on to direct “Beached,” the story of a chubby four-year-old boy who falls overboard during a family outing. But don’t worry, the chubby kid doesn’t die – instead he’s found and raised by whales. Yes, you read that right, he’s raised by whales. And what does any young boy who’s raised by whales go on to do? Well, become an Olympic swimming champion of course.

Watch: John Hawkes Nervously Meets His Sex Surrogate In New Clip From 'The Sessions'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 28, 2012 11:39 AM
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After the debut of a hearty and warm trailer for Ben Lewin's "The Sessions," we now have a new clip from the Sundance sensation, which stars John Hawkes as real-life figure Mark O'Brien, a man afflicted by polio who was confined to an iron lung for the most of his life, who embarks on a journey to lose his virginity.

Andy Nyman Is The Villain The Tumor In 'Kick-Ass 2'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 28, 2012 11:21 AM
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As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day and after all of Mark Millar’s endless bullshitting, “Kick-Ass 2” is actually happening. With most of the original cast set to return -- Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse -- the Jeff Wadlow-helmed sequel has been busy adding actors to the ensemble and it now has a new villain in the form of Andy Nyman as The Tumour.

John Hillcoat Talks Sticking With Shia LaBeouf For 'Lawless,' How Tom Hardy Embraced His Feminine Side & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 10:59 AM
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When the movies and television have portrayed prohibition, it is generally cast through the prism of slick city gangsters, with highly organized operations that rule with brutal efficiency. Should any bumps arise along the way, or cogs in the machine slow down the river of money or booze, lethal and non-refundable means are employed to keep things running as they should. However, in John Hillcoat's "Lawless," the very decision to act violently, to put your life in danger with the possibility that you can end someone else's, is not taken lightly. "It's not the violence that sets men apart, it is the distance he is prepared to go," Forrest Bondurant advises his younger upstart brother Jack.

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