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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Lockout' Is Kind Of Dumb, But Also, Kind Of Amazing

    "It's the world's most secure prison. It holds the planet's deadliest criminals. It's impenetrable…because..it's not on Earth."

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    First Look At James McAvoy In 'Welcome To The Punch'

    After playing an earnest lawyer in "The Conspirator," the noble hero Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class" and the squeaky voice protagonist of "Arthur Christmas," James McAvoy is getting some dirt under his fingernails. He's got Danny Boyle's "Trance" in the pipeline (though it won't arrive until 2013 as the director is busy with his London Olympics duties), he's currently filming the adaptation of Irvine Welsh's "Filth" and in the can is "Welcome to the Punch." And it promises to be explosive.

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    Rihanna To Produce And Appear On New Reality Show For Brit TV

    Rihanna will soon join the ranks of those getting into reality TV with a new show she's executive producing, as well as appearing on, for the Sky Living HD cable channel in the UK which will start airing this summer.

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    Sundance Review: 'Goats' Is An Unexceptional, Overly Familiar Coming-Of-Age Tale

    As far as quirky coming of age stories engineered for festivals and the twee aspiring directors who love them go, “Goats” is a fine little movie. Directed by newcomer Christopher Neil from a script by Mark Poirier, who adapted his own novel, it follows a teenager struggling to deal with his estranged parents as he tries to find a place for himself, but it’s also not really about anything at all, or at least anything original. In fact, it’s the kind of entertainment that’s familiar and pleasant enough that you easily forget that nothing much is happening on screen, which may admittedly be damning it with faint praise. But in a cinematic environment already well-stocked with so many tales of teenagers taking their first steps toward finding their own identity, “Goats” feels like the descendant of a family with an incredible pedigree who decided it was enough to live off of that legacy instead of trying to build anything new upon it.

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    Slamdance 2012: Alexandra Berger Talks “Danland,” Finding a Narrative in Verite Style and Being a Woman Documenting the Porn Industry

    One of the highlights at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival is the documentary "Danland," which follows the romantic pursuits of a well-known producer and star of amateur pornography. The film begins with this man, ‘Porno’ Dan Leal, on his wedding day, but we can’t really see who the bride is. Then we go back a few years and watch his relationships grow and die, some resurrected, others gone for good. It’s truly a movie for equal enjoyment among couples. There’s the porn stuff for the guys and the romance for the girls. And for just general doc lovers it’s an entertaining look into a strange and complicated world. 

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    Watch: Short Film 'Here' Co-Written By Tilda Swinton, Directed By Luca Guadagnino & Scored By Jason Schwartzman

    Yes, the merging of the worlds of cinema and advertisting isn't exactly new, with directors and actors frequently earning a bit of extra cash helming a commerical or fronting a campaign for a fashion. But rarely do we seen the kind of talented that has been assembled for the short film "Here," essentially a fifteen minute bit of hotel and costume design porn Starwood Hotels.

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    Review: 'The Wicker Tree' Is Almost Weird Enough To Be Enjoyable...Almost...

    In the pantheon of horror films, 1973's "The Wicker Man" occupies a unique place. While well-reviewed at the time, it wasn't a commercial success, perhaps because, despite the appearance of Hammer horror alum Christopher Lee, it was a much folksier, more naturalistic approach to horror. Years later, defunct genre publication Cinefantastique described the film as "the 'Citizen Kane' of horror films," and ever since the movie has reached the rarified air of being a horror film that even movie snobs take very seriously. (There was, of course, the ill-fated 2006 remake that replaced the original's healthy suspicion of paganism with flat-out misogyny. Oh, and Nicolas Cage covered in bees.) So it makes a certain amount of sense why original writer/director Robin Hardy would return to "The Wicker Man" well with "The Wicker Tree," even though it's only tenuously connected to the original film, sharing more of a thematic link more than anything else, and none of the first film's visual sophistication or uneasy sense of dread.

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    Watch New Clip From Upcoming Bernie Mac Doc "I Ain’t Scared Of You" Premiering February

    Here's a clip from Image Entertainment's upcoming Bernie Mac documentary release titled I Ain’t Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac.

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    'Mirror Mirror' Moves 2 Weeks Back To March 30th; New Look At Kristen Stewart In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Universal and Relativity spent a good part of last year in a pissing match over release dates for their respective Snow White films, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to the movies, and we'll soon see who emerges victorious. Well, sort of soon.

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    UPDATES On Tatyana Ali/Sudz Sutherland Indie Drama "Home Again" (Cast, Synopsis, Inspiration, etc)

    Here's a casting update on that new Sudz Sutherland/Tatyana Ali, feature film project I told you about a few weeks ago, titled Home Again.

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