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Official Synopses For McCarthy/Bateman Comedy 'Identity Thief' & Wahlberg/Washington Pic '2 Guns' Drop

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 3:29 PM
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We don't do the standalone synopsis thing too often, but given that thus far details have been hazy on both these upcoming comedy and action pics from Universal, we figured they warranted a bit of attention.

Joaquin Phoenix Thought 'The Master' Was A Comedy; Plus A Few New Photos As The Film Hits Theaters

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 14, 2012 2:24 PM
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"I’ve seen a rough version, with no score. I thought it was a comedy. I did! I laughed the entire time I was watching it," Joaquin Phoenix recently told Time Magazine of Paul Thomas Anderson's beautiful, but narratively challenging "The Master." "I was sitting with Paul and I said to him, 'This is hilarious.' I have this horrible sense of humor where I think discomfort is funny—partly because I experience discomfort a lot, and it’s a way of laughing at it and getting a release. "

New Images From 'The House At The End Of The Street' Move In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 1:47 PM
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Before Jennifer Lawrence can begin the Oscar campaign for her excellent performance in David O. Russell's crowd-pleasing and hilarious "The Silver Linings Playbook" (read our review here), she'll have one hurdle to deftly navigate around -- the low-budget horror flick "The House At The End Of The Street." And with the movie dropping next weekend, more images have hit.

You Look Like Your Picture: New Clip From 'The Paperboy' With Nicole Kidman & John Cusack

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 14, 2012 1:26 PM
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It’s probably fair to say that when Lee Daniels premiered his followup to “Precious” at Cannes earlier this year, it was one that certainly got critics and audiences talking. "The Paperboy," starring Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo and Zac Efron, split critics, with some heralding it as a complete misfire, while others found some merit within the film. So is it a disaster or a masterpiece? Well, we sided with the former and called it “a lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of money for the audience and for everyone who made it” before awarding it an F-grade.

Do You Like Your Life? Exclusive Clip From 'Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 1:03 PM
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Heartbreak, hilarity and music all come together in the upcoming "Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best," a loose and charming road trip comedy that will definitely be worth the time for anybody looking for a detour from heavy Oscar bait or mind-numbing studio fare in the coming weeks.

7 New Photos From 'Killing Them Softly' Starring Brad Pitt

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 14, 2012 12:33 PM
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Brad Pitt is notoriously hard to net for a film. He'll sign on to a lot of projects and even produce, but getting the man to star in a picture when all is said and done can prove to be difficult. Aussie director Andrew Dominik had a leg-up. He directed Pitt in the underrated "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," a movie that Pitt has said he lost money making, but is one of his personal favorite films. So how did Dominik get Pitt to sign on for his latest film, the American crime drama "Killing Them Softly"? "It was all very simple. I texted Brad, asking if he was interested, and he wrote back 'Yes,' "  Dominik told EW recently. "We basically worked the whole thing out via text message over half an hour."

Good Old Fashioned American Swagger: Clip From 'Emperor' With Tommy Lee Jones & Matthew Fox

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 14, 2012 11:52 AM
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After being the butt of the joke for far too long (not helped by continual references to that "Knocked Up" gag), is Matthew Fox trying extremely hard to be taken seriously? The actor lost a shitload of weight to play a cage-fighting sociopathic hitman in the upcoming movie "Alex Cross." And by the sounds of a recent Entertainment Weekly article, the actor was attempting to go method. "[My character] is an assassin, but he really enjoys his job," Fox told the magazine, noting that he shed 35 pounds and spent many hours in the gym getting "hyper, hyper, disturbingly lean." There was a mental anguish aspect to the role as well. "The emotional intensity of the guy was exhausting," he said. "I didn't sleep much for five months."

Kevin Costner Prepping Potential Franchise 'The Explorers Guild'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 11:32 AM
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It seems all it took for Kevin Costner to get back on the Hollywood radar in a big way was to star in this summer's smash hit mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." Since then, he's joined "Jack Ryan" with Paramount eyeing his character for his own movie in the series, and how the actor is gearing another vehicle as a potential franchise.

Isabelle Fuhrman Will Go To 'The Wilderness Of James' Instead Of Chloë Moretz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 10:45 AM
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It looks like the reteaming of "Let Me In" stars Chloë Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee will have to wait. Scheduling problems have reared their head and the actress, who is currently busy on "Kick-Ass 2," has had to drop out of "The Wilderness of James," but another rising actress will get a chance to make an impression.

Adele Performing 'Skyfall' Theme Song, New Poster & Banners Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 9:38 AM
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While the producers of "Skyfall" have been pretty good at keeping details tightly guarded, one of the worst kept secrets around the production was who was going be singing the theme song for the movie. Adele had been tipped for months, and being a Brit herself, and coming off a six-Grammy win earlier this year, it would almost be a crime if she didn't do it. And alas, Showbiz 411 confirms she'll be singing the song that we presume she'll be writing as well.
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