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Watch Christoph Waltz's Django Unchained SNL Parody, Djesus Uncrossed

17 February 2013 9:05 AM, PST

If you believe the buzz from last night, Christoph Waltz hosted the best SNL of the entire season-- a pretty amazing accomplishment even for someone who already has an oscar and who's nominated for another one. And even though Django Unchained has been in theaters for month, one of the best sketches of the night was a parody of Django as well as Inglourious Basterds, including a perfect Brad Pitt-as-Aldo-Raine impression from Taran Killam. But the highlight, obviously, was Waltz's performance as Jesus-- oh, excuse me, Djesus. "The H is silent." I can't imagine how much fun the SNL writers had picking up lines from both Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds and somehow working this into a story about Jesus. For all I know it started with the idea of the pull quote "Less violent than The Passion of the Christ" and went from there. With Quentin Tarantino still »

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This Rotten Week: Predicting Dark Skies And Snitch Reviews

17 February 2013 7:58 AM, PST

Coming off just a terrible, rotten week we are looking for a little bounce back around these parts. It won.t be easy as I went 0-4 last time with my predictions. The only thing that can get us back on track is a little Rock and some more haunted houses. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer. Dark Skies So Scott Stewart sits down on the patio of his palatial estate with a modest tumbler of Macallan and decides to get the creative juices flowing. It.s time to write a freaking movie. He.s thinking to himself, .Well I.ve already covered vampires and the post-apocalyptic scene in the much-acclaimed, and dare I say, genius Priest (16%).. He takes another smokey sip and looks to sky for »

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The Croods New Clip Showcases Young Love And Bird Puppets

17 February 2013 1:24 AM, PST

The Berlin International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday, after showcasing foreign films seem to be of a higher caliber than the popcorn munching moneymakers that American companies are producing and distributing. But right now we want to focus on a Berlin movie that finally stars Nicolas Cage as a caveman. Let us rejoice. Deadline gives us the newest clip from Dreamworks Animation.s The Croods, which screened out of competition in Berlin. It isn.t hard to imagine why a film starring Cage, Ryan Reynolds, and Clark Duke isn.t trying to size up next to Golden Bear winner Calin Peter Netzer.s Child.s Pose, which follows a mother who tries bribing her kid out of jail. But let.s make things clear: The Croods actually looks like it could be one of the best non-Pixar flicks out there, and if its story is half as »

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Rise Of The Guardians Will Release Its Magic On Blu-ray In March

17 February 2013 12:02 AM, PST

DreamWorks' newest animated flick, Rise of the Guardians came out during the holiday season, which was fitting since it feature holiday figures pretty prominently. It.s also fitting, then, that the film is hitting 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 12, just a couple of week.s before Easter hits. Serious kudos to the marketing people that tied together that feat. DreamWorks has put out some pretty impressive animation over the past several years, and Rise of the Guardians is no exception. However, despite being based on a popular, magical children.s series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians had a pretty tough sell marketing a movie steeped in holiday origin stories and it ended up showing at the box office. The flick only made $100 million domestically, which isn.t horrible, but isn.t good for a movie that cost $145 million to produce. Luckily, the flick was somewhat saved »

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Two Mothers Trailer Features Naomi Watts And Robin Wright Lusting After Each Other's Sons

16 February 2013 11:23 AM, PST

The emotional tug-of-war between love and lust has long inspired novels and films, including Doris Lessing.s novel The Grandmothers. For its cinematic adaptation, screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, A Dangerous Method) and director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel, Nathalie.) had their work cut out for them, and they appear to have cut out a bit of the story in their process. Vlicious! has the first trailer for the Australian drama, which is now titled Two Mothers, which should give you some clue as to what kind of cuts were made. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play lifelong best friends and neighbors whose relationships with each other.s sons turns sexual. Those sons are played James Frenchville , who was quite impressive in David Michôd.s Animal Kingdom, and Xavier Samuel, whom horror fans will know from his insane performance in another Australian film, Sean Byrne.s The Loved Ones. »

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Late-Term Abortion Documentary After Tiller Picked Up By Oscilloscope After Sundance Premiere

16 February 2013 8:52 AM, PST

The subject of abortion will probably never be discussed without a cloud of self-righteousness weighing down the conversation. The court case Roe v. Wade can hardly be mentioned without tempers flaring and emotions immediately locking into a defensive stance. Late-term abortions, themselves the apex of controversies within controversies, have multiple times been the source of motivation behind the assassination of doctors practicing the procedure, which is now the subject of a documentary that will soon be getting nationwide distribution. Don.t expect this to end with a whimper. According to Variety, Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the documentary After Tiller, the directorial debut from Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. After Tiller focuses on the practice of performing third-trimester abortions in the years following the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically nationwide, to be followed by video-on-demand, digital, and home entertainment »

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Thandie Newton Reveals Despicable Casting Couch Experience From Her Past

16 February 2013 12:20 AM, PST

As if the mental state of a young actor or actress wasn.t fragile enough already, what with the stress of putting on a good performance compounded by the always judgmental juggernaut that is Internet and print media, the ever-present reality of .casting couches. on the ladder to success can make the emotional anguish even worse for women. The shame usually felt in admitting such an experience keeps a lot of these stories on the rumor-level, but the lurid facts do come out occasionally. Doing her part for a London protest against violence towards women, BAFTA-winning actress Thandie Newton recently spoke with CNN.s Max Foster about some of the more depraved audition processes she experienced as a young actress starting out. Beyond just verbal and suggestive methods of exploitation and objectification, Newton recalls a specific incident that exemplifies the kind of seedy behavior sometimes shown from those in a »

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Why Alice Englert Almost Turned Down Beautiful Creatures And What Changed Her Mind

15 February 2013 6:32 PM, PST

Ever since the young adult novel adaptation phase hit Hollywood the results have been quite mixed. While certainly some franchises have found incredible success with critics, there have been more than a few others that not only fail to be good movies, but also simply feel like they were made just for the quick cash grab. So it.s understandable that when Alice Englert, first learned about Beautiful Creatures and its origin in the young adult novel world, it.s understandable that she was hesitant about taking it on. But obviously all that changed. The new film, which is in theaters this weekend, recently held a press event in Los Angeles where I had the pleasure of sitting down with the young star to talk about her latest project. Read on to find out not only why she eventually changed her mind about Beautiful Creatures as well as the »

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Josh Brolin Gets Behind the Wheel In New Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Image

15 February 2013 5:19 PM, PST

It's still somewhat hard to believe, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is actually happening. We have been hearing promises for a sequel since the first movie arrived in theaters back in 2005, but due to scheduling conflicts and other projects that have caught Rodriguez's attention (he has released five movies since then) the movie was constantly thrown on to the back burner. But now all of that is quickly changing. The film is right in the middle of production down in Austin, Dimension Films has announced that they will release the film on October 4th, and amazing actors like Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Ray Liotta, and Juno Temple have all been thrown into the high-contrast world. What we have today, however, is bigger than anything we've gotten before: an official still. Rodriguez has taken to his Twitter »

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Watch Gerard Butler And Morgan Freeman Talk Olympus Has Fallen In New Featurette

15 February 2013 4:43 PM, PST

This weekend has to be seen as the most perfect one in existence for the folks behind the new action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. Not only are we about to enter President's Day weekend, which is perfect for a movie about the commander-in-chief, but A Good Day To Die Hard is now in theaters, which is ideal for a project that was sold being described as "Die Hard in the White House." So it's only fitting that we would get a brand new featurette that goes behind the scenes of the new film. The preview, which features interviews with stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, isn't the longest clip you've ever seen - clocking in under two minutes, but it does succeed in giving audiences a better understanding of what the movie's about and the characters in play. Check it out below, courtesy of Yahoo! Directed by Antoine »

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The Host Featurette Showcases Melanie And Jared's Romance

15 February 2013 3:57 PM, PST

Following the new trailer for The Host comes a featurette for the feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's alien invasion novel, which focuses on the choice to love and the state of humanity in a world that's been taken over by body-snatching alien "Souls." If you've seen the previously released trailers for The Host, some of what's featured is going to seem familiar, but the featurette below mixes up the released footage and adds in some scenes, as well as comments from writer Stephenie Meyer and stars Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wander) and Max Irons, who plays Melanie's boyfriend Jared. The above video begins similarly to the original theatrical trailer, with Jared catching Melanie foraging for food in a fridge. The above video shows us a bit more of that scene, including Melanie and Jared's first kiss and the sweet, more formal introduction that follows. With the featurette's focus on choosing »

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The Muppets...Again Adds Inglourious Basterds' Til Schweiger

15 February 2013 3:44 PM, PST

If there's a Muppet movie in development, that means that big celebrity cameos are in the works. It's been a part of the Muppet legacy for the franchise's entire existence, and continued in 2011 when The Muppets featured great names like Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Arkin, Donald Glover, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Mickey Rooney, Ken Jeong, Jim Parsons, Jack Black, and many, many more. Now The Muppets...Again is in production and it sounds as though the formula hasn't changed much. Yes, the film is set to feature Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell as the main human characters and there has been talk about Christoph Waltz and Ray Liotta making appearances, but now it seems another actor has found his way into the Jim Henson-created world. Bleeding Cool has picked up on Tweets from British actress Fleur Poad who claims that while working on the set »

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David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Reportedly Interested In Channing Tatum

15 February 2013 2:50 PM, PST

David Fincher and Brad Pitt's working relationship stretches back nearly two decades now. The director and the actor first worked together on 1995's Se7en, and have since reteamed on both Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. For a while it looked as though there was a possibility that they would be reuniting yet again for Fincher's upcoming adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, but this morning we learned that those plans won't be coming to fruition. Instead, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker apparently has another A-list star on his radar. Following up on the report from earlier today, The Playlist is reporting that the production is looking at Channing Tatum as a possible star for the Jules Verne adaptation. While it sounds like nothing has been set in stone and it might just be an idea at this point, the site says that the young star's name »

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5 Reasons The Safe Haven Book Is Better Than The Movie

15 February 2013 1:47 PM, PST

I'm not sure how I've boxed myself into a corner, defending a Nicholas Sparks book, but here we are. I picked up the book of Safe Haven on a whim, knowing I'd probably wind up reviewing the movie and figuring I could use a heads up on what to expect. Then I saw the Safe Haven movie, out in theaters this weekend, and was amazed-- it had the power to make me actually appreciate the book. If you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks books but you've never gotten on board with the movie adaptations, well, I think I finally know what you've been through. Here are the 5 biggest reasons that Safe Haven the book is far superior to Safe Haven the movie. and given how little time it takes to read a Sparks book, why you might be better off spending a few hours reading the book instead of seeing »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Sticks With Writer Danny Strong

15 February 2013 1:44 PM, PST

With two Emmy Awards under his belt for his writing contributions on the HBO miniseries Game Change, Danny Strong has taken on a number of feature projects, among which is the adaptation of the final Hunger Games book Mockingjay. Strong penned the screenplay for the first part of the planned two-part adaptation and he's now been approved to move forward on Part 2. Much in the way Breaking Dawn and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were split into two movies to close out their respective series on the big screen, the final book in Suzanne Collins' popular series is getting similar treatment. THR says Strong had a deal to write the screenplay for both Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, however the second part was contingent on the studio liking Part 1. Apparently, they're happy enough with his efforts to give him the thumbs up to get started on the second part. »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Screenplay Confirmed To Be Penned By Danny Strong

15 February 2013 1:44 PM, PST

With two Emmy Awards under his belt for his writing contributions on the HBO miniseries Game Change, Danny Strong has taken on a number of feature projects, among which is the adaptation of the final Hunger Games book Mockingjay. Strong penned the screenplay for the first part of the planned two-part adaptation and he's now been approved to move forward on Part 2. Much in the way Breaking Dawn and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were split into two movies to close out their respective series on the big screen, the final book in Suzanne Collins' popular series is getting similar treatment. THR says Strong had a deal to write the screenplay for both Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, however the second part was contingent on the studio liking Part 1. Apparently, they're happy enough with his efforts to give him the thumbs up to get started on the second part. »

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Julia Stiles And David Cross Get All Kinds Of Awkward In It's A Disaster Trailer

15 February 2013 1:32 PM, PST

Have you ever been to a party that just wouldn't end? You know, the kind where you have to stick around long enough to make the requisite "appearance," but then can't find that perfect moment where you can slip off unnoticed or make a graceful exit? Maybe it's a lackluster spread of snacks, or the evil eye of a domineer hostess, or the cringe-inducing playlist picked by the world's worst self-proclaimed DJ, but something there is making this the party from hell. Well, this is exactly where the new comedy from Oscilloscope is set. Written and directed by Todd Berger, It's a Disaster begins at a couples' brunch, where eight friends have gathered for mimosas and good times. But what they get is bickering, backstabbing, and the horrifying revelation that the world as they know it might be coming to an end, trapping them all together in a beautiful house »

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Pacific Rim Unveils Two New Pieces Of Concept Art

15 February 2013 1:19 PM, PST

Concept art can sometimes be a mixed bag. In many cases - particularly when it comes to big sci-fi or action adventures - the pieces can be totally mindblowing and cool, but it can sometimes turn to disappointment when the final cut of the film bares very little resemblance to that what was initially promised through illustrations. Only time will tell if that will be the case Guillermo del Toro and the upcoming Pacific Rim, but for now what we have are some pretty damn cool paintings. In their latest issue, Total Film has unveiled two never-before-seen pieces of concept art for the giant monsters vs. giant robots blockbuster, and have been kind enough to release both of them online. The works were made by Doug Williams and seem to show two very different scenes from the film. The first is set in some kind of winter environment and is »

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Shailene Woodley Up For The Fault In Our Stars Adaptation

15 February 2013 12:32 PM, PST

The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley made her mark on the movie world in 2011 as the heartbroken teen daughter of Alexander Payne's The Descendants. At Sundance this year, she won plenty of buzz for her follow-up, James Ponsoldt's Spectacular Now. What could she possibly do to top herself? How about fronting an adaptation of the novel Time Magazine called the #1 Fiction Book of 2012? John Green's The Fault In Our Stars centers on Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old who has earned her teen angst and dark depression. See, for three years poor Hazel has been battling cancer that by all accounts is terminal. Worried for her mental well being, her doctors urge her to go to a kids-with-cancer support group. There, she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus "Gus" Waters, and the two share an instant connection. First love is always intense, but Hazel and »

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Jennifer Lawrence Reuniting With David O. Russell And Bradley Cooper For FBI Thriller

15 February 2013 12:31 PM, PST

David O. Russell had a bad reputation for working with actors thanks to on-set brush-ups with George Clooney (on Three Kings) and Lily Tomlin (on I Heart Huckabees). But he appears to have mellowed severely over the years, and now his cast members often return for the director.s follow-up gigs. Mark Wahlberg has been in multiple Russell films, from Kings to The Fighter. And now another one of the director.s Silver Linings Playbook leads is throwing their name into the ring for his latest feature. Jennifer Lawrence has agreed to star opposite Russell veterans Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in the new film formerly known as American Bullshit, a period drama about the takedown of crooked U.S. senators for multiple instances of public corruption. Deadline breaks the news of Lawrence.s involvement, saying that the Hunger Games actress will play Bale.s wife in the drama/thriller, »

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