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Kevin Smith Fixes Film Criticism, Launches Hulu Movie Review Show 'Spoilers'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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Though most critics will fess up to owing some part of their formative years to Kevin Smith’s films and speaking engagements, the filmmake- oh wait, raconteur, has subsequently squandered that goodwill by taking to Twitter, podcasts, and interviews to essentially dismiss professional criticism entirely. If that weren’t enough to enrage those who feel they can see a film for free and still hold a fair opinion on it, Smith has now announced plans to democratize film criticism with his own Hulu show starting this summer.

Mark Duplass Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bobby Cannavale Joins Woody Allen's Latest

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 12:06 PM
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Even aside from his superb films, co-directed with his brother Jay, like "Baghead," "Cyrus" and "Jeff Who Lives At Home," we've been seeing more and more of Mark Duplass as an actor recently. The writer/director/star appears in cult comedy series "The League," and has recently cropped up in indie festival favorites like "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed," as well as a role in Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion." But it looks like the actor's just taken his first major studio role, in a film that's one of our most anticipated of the year.

Justin Timberlake To Score Jessica Biel/Chloe Moretz Film 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 11:25 AM
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In a film exploring a recently widowed man’s daily grief, one might think of a soundtrack filled with Leonard Cohen or Michael Giacchino strings to accompany the story. But recently at Cannes, director Bill Purple revealed that one of the biggest pop music superstars on the planet will supervise and score his latest project.

James McAvoy Replaces Joel Edgerton In Two-Part 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby,' Opposite Jessica Chastain

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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It was in February we told you that Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain would be collaborating outside of their roles in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” for the inter-connected double bill of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Hers.” Now it looks as if one of those thespians may have had too much on their schedule at once (and surprisingly it wasn’t Chastain, although the actress did turn down "Iron Man 3" due to her commitment to this project).

Jorma Taccone & Star Will Forte Developing Sequel To Cult Comedy 'MacGruber'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 22, 2012 10:40 AM
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It appears that “Saturday Night Live”-derived hero 'MacGruber' may have survived another bomb he couldn’t defuse.

Abbas Kiarostami's Next Is Italy-Set 'Horizontal Process,' Paolo Sorrentino Returning With 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 22, 2012 10:20 AM
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It’s time for a round-up of a trio of international filmmakers and their upcoming projects. Exciting, no?

'Kids' Director Larry Clark Returns With 'The Smell Of Us' And 'Marfa Girl'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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Looks like American enfant terrible Larry Clark is finally stepping up to the plate after a long absence. Independent French cinema group mk2 recently sat down with documentary producers Gérard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz, and the two revealed they would be involved in the new project from the often-controversial filmmaker behind "Kids," entitled "The Smell Of Us." Puljiz, who centered doc "Larry Clark, Great American Rebel" on the director, met with Lacroix after he expressed desire in adapting Clark's novel "Tulsa."

New Photos From Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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One of our most anticipated indie films hitting this summer sees the long-awaited return of "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who haven't been seen since their Oscar-conquering 2006 Sundance hit. So what did it take to bring them back into the limelight? A teaming with indie-darling Zoe Kazan and her boyfriend Paul Dano on the whimisical-sounding, Charlie Kaufman-esque dramedy "Ruby Sparks."

Watch: A Half-Cut Bill Murray Gives His Guide To Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Plus Gorgeous Alternate Posters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 9:20 AM
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With all the fuss of the last few days, it's almost escaped our attention that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is now only a few days away from hitting theaters: in the week since it premiered at Cannes, so many new films, news and trailers have arrived that it's a pleasant surprise to realize that the 'Moonrise' is going on limited release this Friday. And doubly so because, if our review and many others are to be believed, the film is a particular treat, and probably Anderson's finest live-action work in a decade.

Roman Coppola Plans To Follow 'Charles Swan III' With Film "In the Spirit Of 'Bugsy Malone'" Or Jason Schwartzman Collaboration

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 22, 2012 8:40 AM
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It's been a decade since his directorial debut "CQ" but Roman Coppola will definitely make headlines later this year with his new film, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" -- if anything for his choice of male lead in Charlie Sheen. The middle child of Francis Ford Coppola, Roman has been immersed in the film industry since childhood (he featured as one of Tom Hagen's kids in "The Godfather") and, over the years, has often found time to collaborate with his father, sister and Wes Anderson. It's curious that Coppola hasn't been behind the camera more often, but the filmmaker has revealed that he has a few projects in mind he hopes to tackle after this sophomore effort.

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