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    How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?

    I have scheduled this post to go live just as my own wedding begins. As you're reading this (likely sometime after it's gone live), imagine I'm currently walking down the aisle to Carl Orff's "Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536)," which you may know as 'the "Badlands" theme.' And that's not the first cinematic tune to play, either. Pre-ceremony we've already heard "Somebody's Getting Married" from "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and George and Ira Gershwin's "He Loves and She Loves," which we know from Woody Allen's "Manhattan," not to mention tunes that can be found on the soundtracks to "Rushmore" and "Swingers" -- though neither was chose...

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    Jeremy Renner To Produce & Star In Underdog Rally Race Picture, 'Slingshot'

    Here's a disturbing trend of late. Didn't "Days Of Thunder" teach us anything? Sure, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" showed us there's laughs to be found within the world of auto racing, but seriously, how many great films of this genre can you name? "Death Race 2000," "Two-Lane Blackt...

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    The Coen Brothers Say They Are Working On A New, Music-Based Film

    Not Being Written For Usual Repertory Company Of ActorsLast night at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, we were fortunate enough to catch a conversation between filmmakers and mutual admirers, the Coen brothers, Joel and E...

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    'Fast Five' Star Sung Kang To Join Untitled Sylvester Stallone-Walter Hill Collaboration

    Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment Producing; Film Begins Shooting Later This MonthIt seemed to make sense that Sylvester Stallone would reach out to Thomas Jane to co-star in the film formerly-titled "Headshot" as both were macho brawlers with a significant age difference. The thriller, from director Walter Hill, was to match Stallone as a professional killer with Jane the young cop who must collaborate with the hitman to solve a massive conspiracy. And then Dark Castle and superproducer Joel Silver got involved. And looks like Silver he threw his weight around, claiming a Dark Castle mandate for racially mixed lead cast members, so Jan...

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    Come Play At My Panel Today At 4P At Lincoln Center

    I am moderating the "Some Of The New Faces Of NY Independent Film" panel today to help kick off Lincoln Center's new theaters. They are truly beautiful and will surely be a must-see destination for all Cinemaniacs throughout the universe. As I believe we will have eleven panelists on the stage wit...

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    'Rubicon' Star James Badge Dale Circling Role Alongside Brad Pitt In 'World War Z'

    James Badge Dale might not be a name that's immediately familiar to you, but increasingly, it's a face that you'll recognize: the actor had key roles on "24" (as Jack Bauer's sidekick Chase) and in "The Departed" (as the bent copper who pops Leo in the head at the end), before landing two big leads ...

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    Robin Wright In Negotiations To Join Kevin Spacey In David Fincher's Netflix Series 'House of Cards'

    We have to admit, we're enormously intrigued by "House of Cards." A remake of the popular BBC series from the 1990s, itself based on a series of books by political insider Michael Dobbs, it marks the reunion of David Fincher, one of the biggest directors around, and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, for the first time since "Se7en," and on a TV series, no less. More importantly, it has the potential to be a real game-changer, being the first original series commissioned by streaming giants Netflix, who will air the show exclusively, having committed $100 million to the show, and scheduling it for an unprecedented 26-episode, two season run straight ...

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    "Attack The Block" (The British "Aliens Attack Da Hood" Movie) Finally Get's USA Theatrical Date!

    I don't think this movie needs much of an intro around here. We've written and talked about it enough times. But if you're just joining us, and you've never heard of it, I'd recommend you search the current (and old) site for previous posts on it.

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    'Parks And Recreation' Star Adam Scott Joins Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand In 'My Mother's Curse'

    Actor Also Signs On To Indie 'See Girl Run,' Is AwesomeIt didn't happen overnight by any means, but the world is finally starting to take notice of Adam Scott. The 38-year-old actor has been working for over 15 years now (he was in "Boy Meets World" and "Murder One"!), but finally started to grab people's attention in the first half of the last decade, with roles in "High Crimes," "Torque" and "The Aviator." And things have only gotten better since then: he stole the show from Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Step Brothers" (see below for evidence), put in a terrific pair of indie performances in "The Vicious Kind" and "Passenger Side," le...

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    Summer Just Got A Whole Lot Better: 'Attack The Block' Begins Rollout In Theaters July 29th

    About six weeks in, and the report card for Summer 2011 isn't doing too badly: one instant near-classic in Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," J.J. Abrams' mostly well-received "Super 8," a thoroughly decent animated sequel in "Kung-Fu Panda 2," two superhero entries that landed somewhere between better than expected ("Thor") and much better than expected ("X-Men: First Class") and a beguiling new Terrence Malick picture, plus a pair of excellent indies in the shape of "Beginners" and "Submarine." Sure there have been stinkers, like "The Hangover Part II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but overall the success rate is much higher t...

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