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'Paddington Bear' Movie Moves Forward From 'Harry Potter' Producer & 'Mighty Boosh' Director

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 11, 2012 10:22 AM
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CGI/live-action hybrids of iconic childrens’ characters don’t have a great track-record in terms of quality. We could list the many terrible films that have followed this pattern, but it’s probably much easier to sum up their quality in a single quote. When asked in “Zombieland” about whether or not he had any regrets, Bill Murray answers, simply, “Garfield.”

Review: 'God Bless America' Looks Incendiary, But Is Actually A Self-Congratulatory One-Note Screed

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 11, 2012 10:04 AM
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Former shrill-voiced comedian turned acidic writer/director/satirist Bobcat Goldthwait may just be one of the most simultaneously electric and frustrating indie filmmakers working today. When it comes to deliciously wicked and acerbic premises, there might not be a better conceptualist. A devilishly arch comedic mind, Goldthwait has thus far come up with three succulently mordant, often morally taboo narrative inventions: a girl who tries to repair her relationship after she reveals to her partner she's engaged in sexual acts with her dog ("Sleeping Dogs Lie"); a struggling and untalented author who parlays his son's fake suicide note into a writing career ("World's Greatest Dad") and his latest, "God bless America," a pitch black societal missive about a disenfranchised man and an all-too-willing and fed-up teenage girl who go on a cross-country killing spree aimed at the shallow, the insipid and the repellently vacuous.

Watch: Will Ferrell Punches A Baby In The Trailer For 'The Campaign' With Zach Galifianakis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 9:41 AM
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In some ways, it looks like Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are doing some recycling for "The Campaign." The former has essentially tweaked his George W. Bush while the latter has done the same with his alter ego "brother" Seth and the result is...well, not exactly as hilarious as we might have hoped. But there are enough amusing moments in the first trailer that may least point to a decent matinee diversion.

First Official Image Of Scarlett Johansson In Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 9:23 AM
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One film we've been keeping an eye on, and hoping it will pop up somewhere on the 2012 calendar, is Jonathan Glazer's long awaited third film (his first in eight long years) "Under The Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson. On paper, it seems like a straight genre piece or a "Species" remake, with the adaptation of Michael Faber's novel telling the story of a manhunting alien disguised as a sexy woman who preys on human flesh. Well, the good news is two fold. Cineuropa has tweeted that the film is officially in post-production in London after shooting last fall, and they've included the first official image from the movie.

Warner Bros. Wants To Make A 'Contagion' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 9:00 AM
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"Building the brand" is a phrase you'll hear tossed around marketing and PR offices, and also on Hollywood lots. Franchising is the name of the game and it seems everything these days gets a sequel or is set up for a sequel. Even if a movie wasn't originally envisioned to be a brand builder, if it's successful, executives want to figure out a way to keep that money train rolling. 

It's 'About Time' For Rachel McAdams & Richard Curtis; Actress Lines Up Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 11:04 PM
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It looks like Rachel McAdams is going to continue the one-for-them-one-for-me approach. The actress has been oscillating between more indie minded/less commercial fare (relatively speaking) like "The Lucky Ones," "Midnight In Paris" (who would've predicted it would have been a smash hit?) and "State Of Play" and bigger/schlockier stuff like "Sherlock Holmes" and this year's "The Vow." But it looks like the actress is getting a bit more risky and frisky. She's currently lensing "Passion" with Brian De Palma and the provocative first image was unveiled recently, and it looks like the rest of her year will be dominated by a rom-com and a thriller.

Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Rules With Comic Authority & Big Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 10:11 PM
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At a first glance, Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" almost seems too easy. Another accent, another elaborate costume, more manscaping and this time with the softball target of despotic leaders -- it almost seemed as if the comic actor was pouring an ocean of fish into a tiny thimble and then pointing a comedy bazooka at it. And for the first fifteen to twenty minutes, "The Dictator" is kind of that obvious, and as a result, a bit uneven. But once the movie really finds its groove, Cohen's latest character creation easily stands up with his best work. Frequently laugh out loud funny, button pushing, and the rare comedy that actually gets more enjoyable as it goes on, "The Dictator" delivers the goods. All hail Admiral General Aladeen!

Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire: Shawn Levy Replaces Brett Ratner On 'The 39 Clues'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2012 8:52 PM
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Even for a series of books with a youngish fanbase, it must have been dispiriting for those with a vested interest in "The 39 Clues," a series of adventure novels written by multiple authors, which number 15 to date, that Steven Spielberg, who was initially eying the project as a potential directorial effort, was replaced by cinephile bete noire Brett Ratner. While it's not a backslide of quite the same degree, the latest change in personnel on the long-gestating film can't delight too many fans either.

Chloe Moretz & Paddy Considine In Talks For Black Listed Zombie Flick 'Maggie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2012 7:49 PM
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Ugh. Zombies. While they've not quite overtaken vampires as far as omnipresence in multiplexes go, the last decade has seen a proliferation of pictures featuring the undead, from "28 Days Later" to "REC," and it shows no signs of letting up, with "The Walking Dead" proving a giant hit on cable, and both Jonathan Levine's zombie romance "Warm Bodies" and megabudget Brad Pitt vehicle "World War Z" due in 2013. Are we doomed to see the same old re-animated tropes over and over again until someone eats our brains? Or will someone be able to come up with a new take on the genre?

Catherine Zeta-Jones And 'G.I. Joe' Star Byung Hun-Lee Join Original Cast For 'Red 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2012 7:11 PM
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2010's "Red" was, on paper, one of the least likely sleeper hits of the last few years: an actioner where the average age of the cast was over 60 (and that was even allowing for relative younglings Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker). And yet the film, based on Warren Ellis' comic book, directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, took a very solid $200 million worldwide on a budget that didn't break the bank, and Summit have been moving ahead with a sequel ever since.

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