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Watch: Heroes In A Half Shell Are Back In First Trailer For 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 11:38 AM
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Megan Fox
There are more than few grown up men and women who are weirdly invested in keeping the integrity of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" intact in the Michael Bay produced reboot. Strong opinions flew around from all corners last year as the movie headed into production, with everything from the origin of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michaelangelo to how they look, hotly debated. Well, like it or not, the final result is a few months away and the first trailer has landed online.

Watch: Matt Damon Battles A Droid In New Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 26, 2013 11:20 AM
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Summer tentpole season is nearly over and while we’re not sad to see it go, that doesn’t mean we can’t muster enough excitement for one last blockbuster. Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” opens in theaters in a couple of weeks and the studio has released an action-packed new clip through EW.

Oh, That Guy: 15 Character Actor Villains You Love To Hate

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 3, 2013 3:03 PM
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Character Actors You Love To Hate
When we talked to William Fichtner about his role in "The Lone Ranger," as reptilian villain Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish (a character boldly reimagined from the character's original incarnations), he told us, "I've played some characters who are rough in nature but I've never looked at a character like, 'Oh I can't wait to play this bad guy.'" Well, we can't wait for him to play the bad guy. Fichtner is one of countless character actors, many who were steadily employed in the '80s and '90s, whose oversized personalities and penchant for playing villainous goons, made them unforgettable (even if you couldn't quite place their names). Those of us who would study movie posters like they were the stats on the back of baseball cards, would easily recognize, identify, and follow their careers, but for many, these actors would appear and be met with a knowing, "Oh yeah, it's that guy..." For those guys everywhere, and to celebrate Fichtner's truly awesome villain, we thought we'd run down some of our favorite character actor creeps.

How The West Was Almost Lost: Inside Near-Death Experience Of 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2013 1:25 PM
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The Lone Ranger
In August 2011, the unthinkable happened: "The Lone Ranger," Disney's proposed $200 million + revamp of the fabled radio serial, was canceled (the exclusive Deadline post started with the word "SHOCKER," in all caps, and described the news as a "stunning development"). The movie had a proposed December 21, 2012 release date and the participation of the team that had transformed "Pirates of the Caribbean" from a theme park staple into one of the most viable film franchises on the planet – Oscar-winning director Gore Verbinski, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and megawatt star Johnny Depp. But the studio deemed the project too costly and risky, especially in the wake of the big budget western bomb "Cowboys & Aliens." In the final version of "The Lone Ranger," the one that opens in cinemas nationwide this week, the character is one who is brought back from the brink of death, enriched and heightened by the experience. The same could be said for the movie itself.

Casting: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Jean Dujardin & More Sign Up For New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's been a flurry of actors signing onto projects in recent days, with indie projects, tentpoles and European productions all in the mix, here's a quick rundown of who signed onto what.

Review: Quentin Dupieux's Latest Is More Enjoyably Weird Than 'Wrong'

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 28, 2013 5:56 PM
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Quentin Dupieux directs like David Lynch. On mushrooms. With a head injury. After reading a lot of Haruki Murakami. We promise we mean this in the best way possible, to both Dupieux and those struggling with traumatic brain injury. There are elements of the surrealist auteur's work in the off-kilter comedy "Wrong," from the sometimes dissonant, creepy score to the juxtaposition of the the mundane and the truly odd. But comparisons to the "Lost Highway" director aside, Dupieux is a filmmaker all his own whose mind clearly works in ways that most others' can't or won't. He embraces the weird with such glee and abandon, that it's hard not to shrug your shoulders, smile and join the group hug.

William Fichtner Replaces Dwight Yoakam As Villain In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 10:29 PM
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When the awesome Dwight Yoakam had to drop out of the villain role in the upcoming "The Lone Ranger," we wondered who and how they would be able to fill in that gap. He has a particular screen presence that few can fill. But it seems we forgot about William Fucking Fichtner.

Watch: Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox & William Fichtner Track Down Billy Crystal In First Oscars Promo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 1:10 PM
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Call up your grandma, because in case you forgot, Billy Crystal is back to host the Oscars for the ninth time, stepping in replace Eddie Murphy, after the whole Brett Ratner/shrimpgate fiasco. But just to ensure everyone that they are hip and "with it," a new teaser for the show has just dropped rounding up folks that "the kids" like in a somewhat amusing little spot.

Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a good half-dozen times -- the helmer's follow-up was finally announced at the end of last year as the mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium."

Review: 'The Big Bang' Starring Antonio Banderas Is More Like A Bad Lay

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 13, 2011 1:45 AM
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Why is it that all hard boiled detectives in movies have to have the standard-issue growly deep-voiced monotone? Are there no soprano private investigators? The throat lozenge market would make a killing catering their ads specifically to people like P.I. Ned Cruz, the hero of this Friday’s “The Big Bang,” a silly noir pisstake hitting DVD soon after its theatrical run.

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