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Tim Robbins To Direct 'City Of Lies,' First Feature Film Since 1999

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 1:16 PM
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In the 1990s, the already well regarded actor Tim Robbins, kick started a directorial career that was not only promising, but was met with the great acclaim. Starting with the 1992 political parody "Bob Roberts," three years later Robbins followed it with the excellent death row drama "Dead Man Walking" which earned four Oscar nominations including Best Director, and won his then wife Susan Sarandon Best Actress. Then four years later he returned with the uneven, but no less ambitious (and political) "Cradle Will Rock." And then? Virtual silence on the directing front. There was another political comedy in form the of the straight-to-video "Embedded" that died pretty quickly, and other than a TV pilot and a couple episodes of "Treme," there hasn't been much else. Until now.

First Photos And Details Emerge For New ‘Toy Story’ Short ‘Partysaurus Rex’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 9, 2012 12:34 PM
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When “Finding Nemo” is theatrically re-released next month, re-formatted for 3D and following a similar trajectory that made “The Lion King” a surprise smash last year, it will come packaged with it a very sizable incentive – a brand new “Toy Story” short film, entitled “Partysaurus Rex,” and centered around our favorite neurotic dinosaur Rex (played, from the beginning, by Wallace Shawn). Today Entertainment Weekly debuted photos from the short, as well as new plot details.

Javier Bardem Is Apparently From 'The Matrix' In New Poster For 'Skyfall' Plus Behind-The-Scenes Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 11:36 AM
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James Bond is fifty years old this year, though he doesn't show his age one bit, as the franchise is faster and fresher than ever. And with a new movie just a couple of months away, more and more bits and pieces from "Skyfall" are starting to arrive, making us both excited and...concerned.

Exclusive: Two Clips From The Ashley Hinshaw & James Franco-Starring Porn World Film 'About Cherry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 11:13 AM
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Where does using your sexuality to make money end and pornography begin? Can a young woman make it in the adult film industry and come out unscathed, and are the sacrifices in your personal life worth it for the potential wealth and fast track to a better social status? Those are some of the questions asked in "About Cherry," an indie film that takes viewers into the world of the triple-x-rated scene.

Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' Will Feature Marvin Hamlisch's Final Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 10:47 AM
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While "Role Models" might be the unlikeliest place to find a reference to the late Marvin Hamlisch, it speaks to the songwriter/composer/arranger's reach and admirability that his name could be dropped into a bawdy R-rated comedy. And while that reference likely flew over the heads of most who were watching that movie, cinephiles know that Hamlisch's passing this week is a great loss. The man was behind the music for some of the most important films of the last few decades, including, yes, "The Sting," but also "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Same Time Next Year" and more. But it seems Hamlisch has one more gift for movie fans, and it's arriving in a unique package.

Watch: Hair-Raising Trailer & Clip For Brandon Cronenberg's Freaky 'Antiviral'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 10:17 AM
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Leave it to David Cronenberg's son Brandon to deliver the body horror freak fest longtime fans of his father have been aching for. With David busy exploring coiled sexuality in "A Dangerous Method" and the decline of a young billionaire in "Cosmopolis," Brandon tackles celebrity with enough blood, pus, bone and needles in "Antiviral" to fill a few movies, and the first full trailer is here to give you a taste.

Watch: Lena Dunham Directs & Stars In New Yorker App Promo With Jon Hamm & Alex Karpovsky

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 9:21 AM
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It seems that the folks in the New Yorker's marketing department want to live in a world where hipsters walk around with a rolled up copy of the latest edition of the magazine in their back pocket. Or, better yet, on their iPhone. Two years ago they enlisted Roman Coppola to direct a short film about using the New Yorker iPad app -- it starred Jason Schwartzman and it was pretty awesome. And now they've raised the game a bit more, signing on a couple of high profile Emmy nominees to give everyone a fresh look at their new iPhone app.

Exclusive: Spike Lee Explains What Happened To Mookie & Sal After The End Of 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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Jason Bourne might be back this weekend, but there's one return that we're a little more excited about: Spike Lee, who has a new movie in theaters for the first time since 2008's "Miracle At St. Anna." And while that picture was a sprawling, World War Two epic, his latest, "Red Hook Summer," is a return to the kind of films that he made his name with, a small-scale drama about life on the streets of Brooklyn. And while it has divided critics a little, our own review came out firmly on the positive side of things.

Has Ben Affleck Already Passed On The Offer To Direct 'The Justice League'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 9:56 PM
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Gotta love them trade wars. Make sure you have an umbrella because there's a lot of pissing (on each other) going on. This afternoon Variety reported that Warner Bros. is hoping to have Ben Affleck direct "Justice League", the D.C. Universe's super-hero all-star team and the equivalent of Marvel's massively succesful "The Avengers."

Shia LaBeouf In Talks To Star In Lars von Trier's 2-Part Softcore Flick 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 8, 2012 9:33 PM
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And just when you thought some random Sigur Ros video would be the last time you saw young Shia LaBeouf go NSFW full-frontal... So young Shia wasn't kidding when he said he wanted to ditch the tentpoles and work on something chewier and with a bit more artistry, huh?

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