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'The Heat' Is On: Demián Bichir, Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo Join Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy Cop Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 31, 2012 3:24 PM
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It’s may seem strange that Paul Feig, the man behind last summer’s female-centric comedy smash “Bridesmaids,” didn't immediately jump on the first big opportunity that came along in the wake of that film, but that's because he's wisely selected his follow-up project carefully, with the promising cop comedy “The Heat” set to go next. He’s already lined up megastar Sandra Bullock and “Bridesmaids” MVP Melissa McCarthy for the lead roles of a by-the-book FBI agent (Bullock) and an unconventional Boston cop (McCarthy), with a difficult relationship, and the film recently added familiar comedic talent in “Arrested Development” actor Tony Hale -- and now Feig is making the pot even sweeter.

Lafayette From 'True Blood' Is MLK In 'The Butler'; It's 'Ten O'Clock' For Rachel Nichols & Luke Wilson Is A 'Million Dollar Man'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 31, 2012 3:01 PM
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First, “True Blood” fans may feel a tinge of excitement when they read that Bon Temps, Louisiana resident Lafayette Reynolds may be stepping away to the screen for a moment. Beloved “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis will be lending his talent to “Precious” director Lee Daniels’ upcoming “The Butler,” which has recently been lining up an ensemble consisting of Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., and frankly more actors than we have space for here. Ellis will take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr., which we assume will be no easy feat, but certainly a rewarding one if all goes according to plan. “The Butler” tells the true story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler (Whitaker) who served eight Presidents over the span of three decades and was witness to all kinds of history and famous people.

Exclusive: Poster For Road Trip Comedy 'Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 2:35 PM
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“We’re going to change the course of human history – like the Wyld Stallyns in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!” one of the pair of Ryan O'Nan and Micheal Weston says in "Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best." And it's that spirit that will hopefully capture audiences when the indie film hits theaters later this year.

Watch: Utterly Painful & Unfunny Trailer For 'The Big Wedding' With Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 2:16 PM
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Hollywood is a weird place. While it can be known for being forward-thinking or progressive in its politics, willing to adapt to social changes and put new stories on the big screen, like the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right" that offers a refreshing and modern look at families, on the other hand, it can be strangely conservative. And so, we'll forgive you if when watching the trailer for "The Big Wedding" you might think it was exhumed from a previous decade (or two).

New Images From Eli Roth's 'Aftershock' & Jonathan Levine's 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 1:39 PM
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While Eli Roth's next directorial effort still seems to be a long way off, the man certainly isn't resting on his laurels, and in 2012 he's busier than ever. Later this year his co-written and co-produced martial arts flick, the RZA directed "The Man With The Iron Fists" will kick and punch its way into theaters, and on the festival circuit he's got something a little different on the way as well.

Wigtacular: First Set Photo Of Matt Damon & Michael Douglas In Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 1:03 PM
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In a crudely poetic way, it's sort of fitting that ever curious, genre hopping Steven Soderbergh's final year behind the camera before he goes on hiatus would find him working on a male stripper pic ("Magic Mike"), a psychological thriller ("The Bitter Pill") and now, a biopic on one the most...flamboyant entertainers of all time, Liberace. And with the movie now shooting, someone has captured of snap of Matt Damon and Michael Douglas on set, in costume. And it is glorious.

First Looks & New Photos: English 'Pusher' Remake, 'Sightseers' & 'Dredd'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:41 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival displays a selection of films from all over the world, and the latest batch of images released from genre-flavored fare in the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections all revolve around films from the U.K. First up is "Pusher," a London-set remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish-language debut. Already remade once (in India) and sequelized twice by the director, this take stars Richard Coyle ("Prince of Persia"), Zlatko Buric, who starred in the original, and model Agyness Deyn, is directed by Luis Prieto, and features a score by dance act Orbital. Read the festival synopsis below.

First Look Photos: Rob Zombie's 'Lords Of Salem,' 'The ABCs Of Death' & 'John Dies At The End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:21 PM
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While genre fans get their very own festival later in September with Austin's increasingly big Fantastic Fest, the Toronto International Film Festival is not to be left out, with a selection of big horror premieres set for their Midnight Madness strand. And as ever, the announcement's been accompanied with the unveiling of some big-name films to sit along those that have appeared over the last few years, like "Jennifer's Body," "Insidious," "Super," "The Raid" and "Kill List."

New Photos: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder & Chris Evans In 'The Iceman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:01 PM
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If there's one genre that's more played out than the mob movie, it's the hitman picture. But can being based on a real-life tale give a film a little added edge when it falls into both categories? That's what the makers of "The Iceman" are hoping, and a stellar cast, led by Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon, and a premiere at the Venice Film Festival, out of competition, are certainly boding well. And a few new images from the film, for which you can read the official synopsis below, have arrived on the TIFF website, where it'll head after the Lido.

Drew Goddard Says 'World War Z' Problems Blown Out Of Proportion; Would Love To Helm 'Daredevil' Adaptation

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 31, 2012 11:41 AM
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As the list of calamities pile up on Marc Forster’s long-troubled adaptation of “World War Z,” ranging from star Brad Pitt and Forster’s tense relationship to simply a nervous comment from Paramount, it can be hard to discern whether these contentious elements are simply a time-honored staple of studio filmmaking or something much more foreboding. However, a voice on the inside usually helps in these matters, and recently “Cabin in the Woods” writer/director Drew Goddard played down rumors of the film’s troubles, as well as his involvement on the zombie drama.

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