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Maroon 5 Singer Adam Levine Joins 'Once' Director John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 15, 2012 12:44 PM
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Just in time to celebrate this weekend's nostalgia-soaked ensemble mess, “Rock of Ages,” another recent bit of musical casting shows Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine eager to get his acting career started, with the director of 2006's smash hit “Once” attempting to steer him to success in his latest film.

'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' Video Game Headed To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 15, 2012 12:24 PM
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As we’ve said before, successful videogames do not always make for a great movie – or even a watchable one. But that doesn't mean the genre isn't moving full steam ahead. A trailer for the fifth installment in the video game adaptation series “Resident Evil” just dropped yesterday, and the wheels are also in motion for a “Need For Speed” adaptation with “Act of Valor” helmer Scott Waugh on board, along with a “Twisted Metal” film with “Crank” co-director Brian Taylor.

Martin Scorsese To Present Daniel Espinosa's 'Easy Money' For U.S. Release

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 15, 2012 11:45 AM
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Daniel Espinosa’s “Snabba Cash” (or “Easy Money” as it’s called in English-speaking territories) was released almost two and a half years ago in its native Sweden, but it will finally get its U.S. release on the July 27th. Snapped up by The Weinstein Company after its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival two years ago, Bob and Harvey have been sat on the film ever since. But this wasn’t without reason. Never ones to miss a trick, TWC waited until the film’s director had a significantly higher profile following this year's “Safe House” to announce a release date. It probably didn’t hurt either that the film’s star, Joel Kinnaman, has popped up in “Safe House,” “The Killing” and “The Darkest Hour” since as well. Oh, and he was also cast as the new “Robocop.”

Benicio Del Toro & Mathieu Amalric Set To Star In Arnaud Desplechin’s Latest Drama ‘Jimmy Picard'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 15, 2012 11:20 AM
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In what could be seen as a sort of seasonal and spiritual companion piece to Olivier Assayas’ 2008 film “Summer Hours,” director Arnaud Desplechin’s film “A Christmas Tale” quietly dazzled with its warm infusion of family dynamics and melancholic themes of aging and forgiveness. Sadly, not much has been heard from Desplechin since that film’s release, but recently news of his latest project has materialized, along with main casting of another actor out of the spotlight for some time as well.

Behold Bagul: First Trailer For 'Sinister' Starring Ethan Hawke Gets Scary

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 15, 2012 10:45 AM
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Ethan Hawke sure is loving genre films lately. Outside of working on almost anything directors Richard Linklater and Antoine Fuqua do, Hawke somehow stumbled into 2005's ill-advised remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" and 2010's vampires-curing-vampirism movie "Daybreakers," and has finally made his first straight horror film (outside of 1998's "The Newton Boys" - ZING!) with the upcoming "Sinister." That's not the most impressive run in genre films ever recorded, but considering Hawke has spent most of his career doing arthouse fare since debuting in Joe Dante's "Explorers," we're considering it a trend.

New Photos Of Saoirse Ronan & Newcomer Jake Abel In Andrew Niccol's Adaptation Of Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 15, 2012 10:23 AM
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After another misstep with his return to sci-fi "In Time," Andrew Niccol has turned to something a bit safer, adapting "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." While the film doesn't seem to generating the same levels of excitement as Meyer's bloodsucker movies or fellow young adult novel "The Hunger Games," they have gone for the same formula with two fresh-faced male leads (Max Irons and Jake Abel) and an empathetic female (Saoirse Ronan) as the audience's surrogate at the story's heart.

Discuss: As Michael Fassbender Shows Off His Pipes, Should Martin Scorsese Cast Him As Frank Sinatra?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2012 9:57 AM
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People are celebrating the release of glam metal musical "Rock Of Ages" this weekend in a number of ways: booking their opening night tickets, throwing Stacee Jaxx-themed parties, or sealing themselves in an underground bunker until it passes like Michael Shannon in "Take Shelter." Michael Fassbender, who's currently the toast of the town thanks to his excellent performance in "Prometheus," is celebrating in a different way.

Trailer, Poster & New Images For Musical Comedy 'Pitch Perfect' Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson & Elizabeth Banks

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 15, 2012 9:40 AM
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Since first appearing in Jeffrey Blitz’s fictional film directorial debut, “Rocket Science,” Anna Kendrick has proved herself to be a strong supporting playing in films as varied as the “Twilight” franchise, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” and “Up In The Air.” She’s now finally stepping into a leading lady role with the comedy “Pitch Perfect.”

The Weinstein Company Snaps Up Director James Gray's (Formerly Titled) 'Low Life' For 2013 Release

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 15, 2012 9:16 AM
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It wouldn't be slanderous to say the producer Harvey Weinstein can be a bit contentious at times, and no one would know better than director James Gray, who worked with Harvey on his 2000 crime drama "The Yards." According to what Gray said about Harvey to the LA Times back in 2000, Weinstein fought Gray on every creative decision, never marketed the movie, and eventually dumped it into 140 screens and skipped the premiere. At the time, Gray said he was "not bitter" about working with Harvey and, thirteen years later, he's holding true to his word as The Weinstein Company is lining up to distribute his latest film.

Little Known British Actor Ricky Sekhon To Play Osama Bin Laden In Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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In case you wondering if we'll see Osama Bin Laden as a character in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," this pretty much confirms that we will with little known British actor Ricky Sekhon, who barely even has a presence on IMDB, landing the role of the infamous Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader.

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