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    Weekend Box Office: 'Rango' Wrangles The Year's Highest Debut So Far with $38 Million

    CG-toons. You can’t go wrong. Even if you’re alienating viewers. While “Rango” is the first non-3D animated film of the last year or so, most were predicting a much bigger opening around $50 million or so. Still, a not-bad $38 million showing for the film this weekend, though Cinemascore audiences only rated the film a C+. Most of those negative notices are probably due to the unconventional visual style, though critics have been making comparisons to Jim Jarmusch and allusions to Hunter S. Thompson. Yeah, those references were missing from “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Still, this seems like a one-and-done affair for people not exactly associated wit...

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    Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Loses James Franco & Cate Blanchett; Ben Stiller Still In

    With filming set to kick off in June, Noah Baumbach just lost two huge names from his gestating relationship dramedy "While We're Young."

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    SXSW: New Posters For 'Source Code' & 'The Innkeepers' Arrive

    The SXSW Film Festival will be underway in just under a week and that means thousands of film lovers down in Austin (as well as a few members of The Playlist staff), will be up to their eyeballs in new films. Two films high on our must-see list are Duncan Jones' “Moon” follow-up, “Source Code,” and ...

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    Watch Miley Cyrus Play Justin Bieber on SNL

    The Miley Cyrus Show, with Vanessa Bayer playing a babbling, "Pretty Cool"-spouting Miley, has been a highlight of Saturday Night Live's season. So when Cyrus hosted last night you might have expected dueling Mileys. Instead, she played that calculating kid - even his winks are planned - Justin Bieb...

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    Exclusive: Teresa Palmer Talks 'Take Me Home Tonight' & Her Return To Drama In 'Say Nothing'

    Though it finally hit theaters this weekend, "Take Me Home Tonight" had a bumpy road there, sitting on the shelf for a few years due to the heavy drug content in the film. However, actor and executive producer Topher Grace fought for the film, mega-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer from Imagine Entertainment came in and encouraged Grace to keep the cut he wanted and he got the final boost of approval from Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Relativity Media who released the movie. But the wait hasn't hurt the film as it boasts an array of talent -- Grace, Anna Farris, Chris Pratt among the ensemble -- whose profile has only gone up in the interven...

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    John Landis Brings Black Comedy "Burke and Hare" to Lincoln Center and Comments on His Legacy

    A few years ago I covered a special advance screening of "Hot Fuzz," which the Film Society of Lincoln Center previewed a week prior to its U.S. release. Director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were in attendance for a Q&A, which was moderated by Kevin Smith, and the event was beyo...

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    Liam Neeson Says He's Not Been Asked To Return For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Rutger Hauer Also Says He's Not Likely To Reprise His RoleAll we know so far about "The Dark Knight Rises" is that Christian Bale will play Bruce Wayne, Tom Hardy will take on the villain role of Bane and Anne Hathaway will purr as Catwoman. But that hasn't stopped speculation from running wild and one of the longest rumors knocking around the film is that Talia al Ghul is one of the major female roles still to be cast. If true, we speculated it would likely mean she would team with Bane to seek revenge on Batman for killing her father, Ra's Al Ghul, from "Batman Begins." Badass Digest recently spilled that according to their sources, Talia w...

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    Film Comment Selects: 'Insidious' Is A Haunted House Movie That Leaves Us Cold

    This film played as part of the Film Comment Selects program at Lincoln Center.

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    Free Money for Your Transmedia Projects!

    Well... Tribeca is helping that heaven get a tad closer to your daily existence. The deadline to help shape it is coming up fast, so in case you missed it...

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    James Wan Haunts Lincoln Center with Old School Horror Flick "Insidious"

    "The scariest movies to me growing up were "Poltergeist," "The Exorcist," something that wasn't so gory," Patrick Wilson said as he introduced the comparable "Insidious" at NYC's Walter Reade Theater Thursday night. Joined by director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell, the actor set up the n...

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