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'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Features Covers Of Madonna, Salt N' Pepa, The Bangles & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 6:00 PM
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As serious-minded cinephiles who couldn't be persuaded to sit through an episode of "Glee" if the lives of their loved ones were at stake, there is absolutely no way that we kind of secretly want to see "Pitch Perfect." No, sir. Not us. We certainly weren't pleasantly surprised by a trailer that seems to have a little more spark and wit than the average teen movie, and featured what seems to be a killer comic performance by "Bridesmaids" star Rebel Wilson. And there's definitely no way that we'd pay to see the ludicrously talented Anna Kendrick read from the lengthy instruction booklet for a Blu-ray player (although, curiously we did draw the line at "What To Expect When You're Expecting."

'Kung Fu Panda' Director John Stevenson To Direct 'Gnomeo & Juliet' Sequel (Wait For It) 'Sherlock Gnomes'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 5:35 PM
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Last year's "Gnomeo & Juliet," which had a long and tortuous production history, even for the admittedly even-more-arduous standards of animation, turned out to be a surprise box office hit, taking in almost $100 million at the domestic box office (with another $95 million overseas). William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," very loosely translated (i.e. decidedly in lacking in suicide) to the world of British garden gnomes was spritely and fun, and benefited from the songs and input of producer Elton John. Well, a sequel is now underway, with a talented director and an amazing title. That's right folks, look out for… "Sherlock Gnomes." Elementary!

Must Watch Of The Day: Vintage Promotional Film For 'Blade Runner'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 5:15 PM
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Well this is certainly unexpected. Spurred on by an online discussion of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" and the critical response it was met with some thirty-years-ago this summer, someone unearthed YouTube footage of a promotional film that was produced by M.K. Productions prior to the movie's release (Digital Trends via Open Culture). The promotional film was exhibited at horror, fantasy, and science fiction conventions back when those groups were highly marginalized by the studio and mainstream press (unlike today...), so you can tell that they were either a) really thinking outside the box or b) trying to cover their asses and gain some ground in what would become a truly log-jammed summer season. The film is a fascinating time capsule.

Watch: Trailer For Nick Cassavetes' TIFF Entry 'Yellow,' With Sienna Miller, Ray Liotta & Gena Rowlands

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 6, 2012 4:35 PM
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After starting production in the fall of 2010, Nick Cassavetes’ ensemble film “Yellow” now has a teaser online in advance of its TIFF premiere. The film, written by Cassavetes and lead Heather Wahlquist, follows “a youth substitute teacher (Wahlquist), who hallucinates her way through the drudge and grind of everyday life by fantasizing about parallel realities” and has a Vicodin addiction. Cassavetes has amassed quite the ensemble for the drug drama, something he has done previously in films like “The Notebook” and “Alpha Dog,” which include previous collaborators, like his mother Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta and Ethan Suplee as well as Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Lucy Punch, Riley Keough, Max Thierot and David Morse. From the looks of the trailer, it seems like this could be Cassavetes’ most ambitious and experimental film to date, miles away from safer fare like his last directorial outing, the weepy Jodi Picoult adaptation “My Sister’s Keeper.” “Yellow” premieres this Saturday at TIFF. Watch the trailer below.

Tobey Maguire Cut From Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi,' Replaced With Rising Star Rafe Spall

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 6, 2012 4:15 PM
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"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has a pretty great working relationship with director Ang Lee – he caught his big break in Lee’s tremendous 1997 outing “The Ice Storm,” and, to a lesser degree, gave a fine performance in the filmmaker’s underrated Civil War-set 1999 film “Ride With The Devil” (which recently received a handsome release courtesy of the Criterion Collection). So news that Maguire was cut from Lee’s upcoming awards contender “Life of Pi,” led many to question how the pair would get along from here on out – we’re guessing things are going to be just fine.

Watch: Trailer For Feel-Good Brit Drama 'Song For Marion' With Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 3:35 PM
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Well, depending on your disposition (and the amount of chemicals you've ingested today), you'll either find the trailer for "Song for Marion" to be hopelessly charming or an absolute disaster that makes you want to cover yourself in bread crumbs and be slowly devoured by a flock of hungry seagulls. You'll have to wait a little bit for our Toronto International Film Festival review (the film closes the festival in ten days or so, but hey, the trailer is worth a watch at least. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp, and the almost painfully adorable Gemma Arterton, it's a movie about an old folks choir. Guh.

Renée Zellweger To Make Directorial Debut With '4 1/2 Minutes,' Michael Keaton Also Lines Up Helming Gig

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 3:15 PM
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Isn't it enough to be handsomely paid and adored the world over? If you're a movie star, the answer is no, and you also long for a creatively fulfilling life behind the camera. After all, your good looks aren't going to last forever, and so naturally a lot of actors start directing movies when interest in on-screen performances has faded (look at Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, two directorial heavyweights who rarely find themselves in front of the lens). Well, Renée Zellweger is about to make her debut film while Michael Keaton is returning to directorial duties, with two very different movies.

Watch: Trailer For TIFF Film 'Dead Europe' Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee & Marton Csokas

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 6, 2012 2:55 PM
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It doesn’t feel as if there has been a load of suspense and intrigue to be had at cinemas lately, but with TIFF firing up for this weekend, many trailers are starting to hit the web for flicks set to debut at the festival – and “Dead Europe” certainly looks as if it could fill that void.

Ti West To Direct Horror Thriller 'The Sacrament,' With Eli Roth Producing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 2:32 PM
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It ended up going a little unsung on release earlier this year, and not every Playlist staffer dug it, but this writer was quite taken with Ti West's "The Innkeepers" when he finally caught up with a few months back. An atmospheric, unsettling little ghost story with some fine performances from Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, it might have some silly moments and come a little unstuck at the end, but it was well made and genuinely creepy, cementing West's position as one of the fastest rising names in independent horror cinema.

Watch: Trailer For 3D Re-Release Of Pixar's 'Monsters Inc.'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 1:45 PM
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The 3D-ization train rolls on! After last year's 3D re-release of "The Lion King," initially a limited engagement gimmick meant to promote the Blu-ray release, brought in almost $100 million for the Mouse House, the floodgates opened. This month sees the release of a 3D version of Pixar's aquatic fable "Finding Nemo," (which we saw yesterday, and admit was pretty cool). And come December, "Monsters Inc." will be reissued in a newly stereoscopic format, the poster and trailer for which have just arrived.

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