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Over-Analyze This: A Deep Dive Into Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Trailer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 21, 2012 9:37 AM
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We’re not sure about you, but “The Master” is hovering near the top of our must-see list for the remainder of 2012. Though he has only made six features thus far (including his latest), Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation. Known for creating deeply personal, sprawling, ambitious films -- from his breakthrough with 1997’s “Boogie Nights” (which he made before turning 27) to 2007’s pièce de résistance “There Will Be Blood” -- he is the rare auteur whose uncompromising visions have always managed to find a place within the studio system. As his films have taken longer to coalesce (five years apart for the previous two pictures) the anticipation grows into a cinematic event among his feverous fans. It’s been a long road in driving his latest to the screen (an older iteration at Universal with a different cast for one), but from the looks of the trailer, it will have been worth the wait.

Ben Stiller & Jonah Hill Say 'Aloha'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 11:22 PM
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Ben Stiller is sort of the comedy version of Brad Pitt, in the sense that if he enjoys the experience of working with someone on one project, chances are he'll do it again. And he seems to have found that in Jonah Hill. The actor first popped up in a little cameo in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," and they both had voice roles in "Megamind" (so did Pitt, for what it's worth) but it's next week's "The Watch" that sees them finally sharing considerable screen time. And it looks like Stiller had a blast and wants to do it again.

Jackie Earle Haley Joins The Cast Of ‘Robocop,' Jay Baruchel Circling Role

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2012 7:52 PM
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Jackie Earle Haley, the actor best known in Academy circles for his comeback role in 2006's "Little Children," and in genre cliques for playing Freddie Kruger in the rebooted "Nightmare On Elm Street" series and appearing as Rorschach in "Watchmen," has just bagged a new role. The 51-year-old actor, who found success as a child in the '70s with "The Bad News Bears" series and 1979's acclaimed coming-of-age movie "Breaking Away," has joined the cast of yet another reboot: "RoboCop." Haley will portray Maddox, a man who dispenses the military training to Robocop.

In Theaters: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Likely To Be 'The Queen Of Versailles' This Weekend, Reigning At Least '30 Beats' Ahead of 'Hara-Kiri' & 'The Well-Digger's Daughter'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 20, 2012 6:30 PM
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While the tragic events of the awful shooting in Colorado hang over the weekend, let it not keep us from our plans with cinema. As we noted in our editorial earlier today, the movies are have always been a safe space, where we can commune with fellow film lovers and be comforted, challenged, moved and entertained. And while we may feel uneasy when the lights go down over the next few days, let's remember it was an isolated incident, by a person whose actions are beyond what we can ever understand. So let's pause a for moment as we put the the victims in our thoughts and prayers........and now, here's what's screening a theaters near you.

"We Are The Sin-Eaters": 11 New Photos & 3 New Clips From 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2012 6:14 PM
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As you can tell from our exclusive chat with director Tony Gilroy that we posted earlier today, the secretive layers of Universal's "The Bourne Legacy" are slowly being peeled back, and it appears that a larger conspiracy is in play in this new iteration of the series, now led by Jeremy Renner. While we don't have a review of the film yet, our interview piece this morning called the picture "high octane chess," which was what we kind of hoped for and expected from Gilroy, the director behind "Michael Clayton."

Spike Jonze & Sofia Coppola's Cinematographer Lance Acord Making Directorial Debut 'Racing Dreams'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 6:05 PM
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With a resume that boasts "Buffalo 66," "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," "Where The Wild Things Are," "Marie Antoinette" and "Lost In Translation," it's safe to say that cinematographer Lance Acord has been hanging out with the right people. Undoubtedly contributing in a major way to the look and feel of those films by Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, Acord is now ready to make his own movie, and unlike those high-concept films, he's going for something different. 

James Marsden Replaces Matthew McConaughey As JFK In Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 5:36 PM
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The list of actors who have portrayed John F. Kennedy on the big and small screen over the years is eclectic to say the least. Folks as varied as Greg Kinnear, Martin Donovan, Bruce Greenwood, William Petersen and even Bruce Campbell have taken on the former president's accent and enunciation to varying degrees of success. Now, James Marsden is going to give it a whirl.

Watch: Amusing Trailer For 'Bachelorette' Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher & Rebel Wilson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 4:57 PM
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There's no doubt the "Bridesmaids" comparisons will be thrown around for this one, and certainly the success of that film likely helped this one get in front of cameras last summer, but there are some slight variations in "Bachelorette." While in Paul Feig's film the bachelorette party ultimately gets canceled, here it's the centerpiece of the entire movie. Moreover, "Bachelorette" looks like it could be substantially fun, and the cast is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Kevin Costner Races To 'McFarland' For 'Whale Rider' Director Niki Caro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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There are many threads in the career of Kevin Costner -- westerns for example -- but one genre the actor seems to enjoy is the sports movie. From baseball ("Bull Durham," "Field Of Dreams," "For Love Of The Game") to golf ("Tin Cup") to boxing ("Play It To The Bone" in which he cameos), if you've got a sport, send it Costner's way, because he might be interested. And now, he's going out for track.

Abigail Breslin & Juliette Lewis Join 'August: Osage County' With Julia Roberts & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 2:22 PM
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You know, with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep already starring in this thing, the filmmakers could populate the rest of "August: Osage County" with circus clowns, and not only would the two leads still deliver strong performances, and inevitable Oscar nominations would follow. It looks like the folks behind the film plan to surround their leads with some strong talent, and two more reliable names are coming on board.

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