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    Dave Franco Lands Villain Role In '21 Jump Street,' Johnny Depp Cameo Brewing

    Just a couple of days after Rob Riggle strapped in as the "main villain" in "21 Jump Street," it looks like he's getting a colleague in crime.

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    David Gordon Green Explains Why 'The Sitter' Was Pushed To December

    Filmmaker Says The Comedy Is Like 'After Hours' Meets 'Adventures In Babysitting,' But Has Strong Dramatic NotesA funny thing happened to director David Gordon Green ("All The Real Girls," the upcoming "Your Highness") on his detour into the mainstream: he stayed there a little bit longer than he ha...

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    Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

    Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for...

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    "Melancholia" vs. "Another Earth": Which "Invading Planet" Movie Will You See?

    The trailer for Lars Von Trier's dark family drama "Melancholia" hit the web today, catching fire immediately for its freaky apocalyptic imagery and intense performances by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anne Thompson compared the heavy symbolic content to Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" trailer, which I broke down shot-by-shot a little while back. "Melancholia" isn't quite as visually dense, but it's certainly loaded with big ideas, although it have some company. "Another Earth," the low budget sci-fi effort directed by Mike Cahill and picked up by Fox Searchlight at Sundance this year, also involves the sudden arrival of a new pl...

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    movie review: Your Highness

    In theory, I suppose it would be funny—and incongruous—if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn’t funny but grows wearisome as the film plods along, seemingly unaware that...

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    In Theaters: Will 'Hanna' Fight Off 'Your Highness' Or Will 'Arthur' Drink Up The Box Office?

    2011 is apparently the anointed year of the Badass Chick, and this week we are double loaded with mini warrior assassin fairy Saorise Ronan in "Hanna" and bow-wielding Natalie Portman in "Your Highness" to erase that icky "Sucker Punch" feeling we've all been trying to scrub off. Oh and yeah, it jus...

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    movie review: Arthur

    How you react to Arthur will largely depend on your expectations. If you’ve never seen, or heard of, the 1981 movie Arthur you might find the new movie of the same name fairly entertaining. But if you have fond memories of the original, written and directed by Steve Gordon, you’ll kno...

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    Q&A: David Gordon Green On 'Your Highness,' The Musical Deleted Scene & Shooting Big FX Comedy

    While arthouse heads may bemoan that David Gordon Green -- at least for the time being -- has left behind the dramatic character fare that marked his early work like "George Washington," "All The Real Girls" and "Undertow" they simply haven't been paying attention. From day one, Green has never hidden his enthusiasm for all things cinema from the artiest of obscure movies to big, dumb popcorn blockbusters. He's a true fan of film, with interests delving into nearly every genre and not constrained by invisible lines of what's approved, and there is no greater evidence of that than this weekend's "Your Highness." Starring James Franco, Danny Mc...

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    Ben Stiller Ready To Dip Into 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

    Gore Verbiniski No Longer DirectingTwentieth Century Fox's remake of the Danny Kaye-starrer "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," is a project that's been in development for literally decades. Over the years Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and more recently, Gore Verbinski were attached to direct the like...

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    Dawn Hudson Gets Appointed CEO of the Academy

    The big news yesterday was the appointment of Film Independent's chief Dawn Hudson as the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Reports said that post Oscars the folks at the Academy really felt that they needed to bring in new blood (especially since last year's ceremony did not ...

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