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Casting: Naomi Watts Ready For 'Demolition,' Idris Elba Eyes Guy Ritchie's 'Knights Of The Roundtable' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 6:28 PM
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An actor who is currently thrilling us with the choices he's making is Jake Gyllenhaal. Did you see that terrific teaser for "Nightcrawler" yet? Watch it here. Anyway, another promising project on his plate is “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition," and he's being joined by Naomi Watts.

Box-Office: Kevin Hart’s ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Is #1, 'Jersey Boys' Can't Hit Any Strong Notes

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 22, 2014 12:29 PM
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Think Like A Man Too
Every trade will tell you the success of “Think Like A Man Too” is because of social media buzz. I just thought it was a little guy named Kevin Hart and an audience that is constantly underserved. I’m going to go with the latter. Hart is one of the biggest African-American stars in the world right now (minus mega-star Will Smith) and the urban audience has a movie squarely aimed at them maybe every two months at best, so they usually turn out for comedy starring one of their own. And so as expected “Think Like A Man Too” took the number one spot at the box-office this weekend, but not by a lot.

Casting: Jared Leto Seeks 'Brilliance' Instead Of Will Smith, Sam Worthington Heads To 'Gallipoli' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 2:32 PM
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Dallas Buyers Club
With an Oscar in his hands, presumably Jared Leto has his pick of movies, and it looks like he's eyeing former Will Smith gig "Brilliance." The Fresh Prince dropped out last month, but Leto is in early talks for the movie that's based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, that's set in "a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called 'brilliants.' At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to track down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war." Woo.

Box-Office: ‘Godzilla’ Stomps To No. 1 With The 2nd Highest Opening Of The Year & $93 Million

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 18, 2014 12:26 PM
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Godzilla
Up from the depths, 30 stories tall, “Godzilla” absolutely crushed it this weekend, almost grabbing the highest North American opening weekend of the year. The film was poised to do so with an estimated $98 million weekend, $3 million higher than “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and its $95 million opening in April, but those estimates were evidently slightly too high. Nonetheless, the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures movie took the top slot with a whopping $93.2 million.

Box Office: 'Neighbors' Knocks Down The Door With Big #1 Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2014 12:10 PM
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Neighbors
It looks like Spider-Man's biggest villains this weekend were Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The duo's "Neighbors" knocked Sony's superhero from the top slot with a big $51 million opening.

Review: Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Serves Up An Unsatisfying Home-Cooked Meal

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 9, 2014 6:30 PM
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Jon Favreau, Chef
Ahead of the inaugural screening of Jon Favreau's latest film "Chef,” the movie is being heralded as a glorious return to the filmmaker's independent roots. Favreau, after all, wrote "Swingers," one of the more influential indies of the '90s, and reteamed with his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn for a madcap mobster comedy with 2001's "Made" (a film that he directed, too). Since then, he's been swayed by the Hollywood machine, turning out a number of big budget smashes (“Iron Man”) but these films were, to many degrees, tentpole-anonymous; possessing little evidence of the voice that made him such a sensation in the first place. And while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore. This doesn't feel like a homecoming; it feels like a step backwards into a generic Culver City studio zip code.

Watch: Jon Favreau Gets Cooking In First Trailer For 'Chef'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 12:52 PM
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Chef
Lately, Jon Favreau has been known for his big screen spectacles, but for his latest "Chef"—a return to his more indie-oriented roots of "Swingers"—the only special effect may be what's inside the secret sauce. Yep, Favreau is diving into the world of food trucks and the first trailer for his film is here.

SXSW Review: Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2014 9:40 PM
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  • 13 Comments
Jon Favreau, Chef
Ahead of the inaugural screening of Jon Favreau's latest film "Chef,” the movie is being heralded as a glorious return to the filmmaker's independent roots. Favreau, after all, wrote "Swingers," one of the more influential indies of the nineties, and reteamed with his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn for a madcap mobster comedy with 2001's "Made" (a film that he directed, too). Since then, he's been swayed by the Hollywood machine, turning out a number of big budget smashes (“Iron Man”) but these films were, to many degrees, tentpole-anonymous; possessing little evidence of the voice that made him such a sensation in the first place. And while the more down-to-earth "Chef" does offer some fascinating autobiographical dimensions, the film is also an overlong, unfunny, largely insufferable bore. This doesn't feel like a homecoming; it feels like a step backwards into a generic Culver City studio zip code.

Watch: First Clip From Jon Favreau's 'Chef' Premiering At SXSW Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 3:10 PM
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Chef
In the next film from Jon Favreau, you won't see any Marvel superheroes, cowboys, aliens or elves from the North Pole lost in New York City. Instead, just a man with the modest ambition of trying to get a food truck off the ground.

The 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 1:01 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
No rest for the wicked: we've barely gotten over our Oscar-night hangovers, and yet already the next major event of the movie calendar is upon us. After a few quiet weeks on the film festival circuit, Friday sees the kick off of Austin's all-encompassing, multi-platform mega-party SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off this evening with Jon Favreau's "Chef" and runs until March 15th.

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