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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'Black Out'

    If Guy Ritchie made "The Hangover" in the Netherlands, it might look something like this.

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  • The Playlist
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    'A Knight's Tale' Being Prepped For A TV Series On ABC

    ...because. That's the answer to your query of "Why?" Because Sony has a movie title in their library, because some executive watched it on cable late one night after going to a Hollywood party and not scoring, because somebody from upstairs needed an idea to bring to a meeting. And thus, Brian Helgeland's 2001 Heath Ledger-starring movie "A Knight's Tale" will now become a weekly series on ABC. Hooray.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'The Details' Drive Tobey Maguire Crazy In New Trailer

    After an unofficial trailer dropped last week and was quickly scrubbed from the Internet, Radius and The Weinstein Company have finally unveiled the official trailer for "The Details." And while this spot contains familiar elements like dialogue and characters, it's still no less quirky (and compelling) that the decidedly odder version that preceded it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Masquerade' Is Only A Somewhat Convincing View Of Hypothetical History

    When King Gwang-hae ruled over Korea, landowners were the only ones taxed, and peasants and middle-class citizens suffered under his rule. But there’s a sliver of that moment in time where, during his eighth year of ruling, his policies changed, favoring the commoner over aristocracy, honoring the sacrifices of others instead of punishing the weak. With portions of the historical record missing, one can see how easily some historians can hypothesize what occurred during this brief period. Unfortunately we’ve been cheated out of another gnarly Lindsay Lohan body swap comedy, so we’ll make do with “Masquerade.”

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  • The Lost Boys
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    I Heart Sarah Silverman

    Sarah Silverman continues her viral video quest to bring down the Republicans in this brilliant clip entitled "Get Nana a Gun":

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The American Dream Is In Peril In Trailer For Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Starring Matt Damon

    With all the talk about what "Promised Land" is and isn't about, we'll leave it to co-star Titus Welliver to break it down. "It has great story because it’s really about the issue we face right now with this hydro-fracking. Within that framework is a story about people and how they navigate the idea of making a lot of money when things aren’t exactly how they seem on the surface," he told Hollywood News. "It’s about people going through changes and how they perceive things or what the truths the ideals are that they have, how they change as things unfold. That was an incredible experience." Yep, that's it in a nutshell, and once again the awards season race has shifted with the arrival of the trailer for the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sylvester Stallone To Reportedly Write, Direct & Star In 3D Action Flick 'Hunter'

    A report from AFP, seemingly only picked up by Yahoo! South Africa and noticed by /Film -- let's just say the chain of command here isn't exactly airtight. But if it's true, it seems you can take Sylvester Stallone out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of Sylvester Stallone.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Director John Hillcoat and Screenwriter Nick Cave Talk 'Lawless'

    At Cannes, I sat down with the director and screenwriter of "Lawless," John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who also wrote "The Proposition." This gorgeously mounted period adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World," which is palying out around the country, about the real-life Virginia rum-runner Bondurants, is more family relationship drama than actioner. Tom Hardy is the standout as a sensitive but violent head of the family who is more protective mother hen than father; the rest of the strong ensemble includes Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and actresses Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, who shine in underwritten roles.  (Here's more background on how the indie movie got made.) Hillcoat and Cave explain why.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best': From Micro-Indie Film To Major Label Recording Artists

    It’s a crowded weekend at the box office, and unfortunately many of the films have a significantly higher profile than “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best,” a NYC-centric indie emerging from an unlikely source. Writer-director Ryan O’Nan also stars in this charming musical comedy, where a frustrated twentysomething musician takes a leap of faith and joins with an antic oddball (Michael Weston) in a multi-city tour across the nation where all the gigs are booked, and none of the songs are learned.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: All 6 Episodes Of Drake Doremus Directed Web Series 'The Beauty Inside' With Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    As far as advertising campaigns go for computer products, Intel/Toshiba has really raised the bar. And while executive will wonder whether the investment will lead to more sales/awareness of their brand and products, cinephiles can just be happy it's another avenue for rising "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus to show off his talents. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Topher Grace are along for the ride.

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