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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer And Poster For Craig Gillespie's 'Fright Night' Doesn't Suck...

    But Isn't What We Thought It'd Be, Either After a slew of teasing pictures, DreamWorks has finally unveiled the trailer for upcoming horror remake "Fright Night" starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, adorable next-big-thing Imogen Poots, Toni Colette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Chris Sarandon. And the verdict?

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: HESHER

    Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go—and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till the bitter end, but I’m not proud of that achievement and wouldn’t recommend that anyone follow my lead.

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  • Spout
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    Also Recommended This Week: "NEDS" and "Cameraman: The Work and Life of Jack Cardiff"

    This is a pretty huge week for film openings, quantity-wise, especially on the indie side. I haven't gotten to all the new releases, but I enjoyed nearly everything I saw that comes out today. I'm a huge fan of "Hesher" and "Make Believe" and have some favor for "Everything Must Go" and "City of Life and Death," while even the mediocre doc "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’" brought me some subjective joys. As for Hollywood stuff, we should have Dan's response to "Priest" later this weekend and my fiancee stepped in for a guest review of "Bridesmaids" (she's making me see it tonight, she loves it so much).

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  • The Playlist
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    6 New Photos From Pedro Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In'

    Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "The Skin I Live In," has not yet screened to critics at the Cannes Film Festival, but it sounds like a tantalizing offering from one of cinema's consistently modern auteurs. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale," this revenge tale tells the story of a plastic surgeon (Banderas) on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter and looks like part horror, thriller and melodrama which is a nice change of pace for Almodóvar(though arguably, the film noir tones in the uneven, but ever-watchable "Broken Embraces," had some of those notes too).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Looks Like Robo-Minstrelsy Will Return In "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"...

    Almost exactly a year ago, Michael Bay promised that there would be no robo-minstrelsy in Transformers 3 (aka Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which will be released this July). Specifically, the twins, Mudflap and Skids, the “jive-talking” “black robots,” with faces resembling monkeys, gold cap teeth, and are illiterate bumbling fools; recall they caused quite a stir when they were featured in the second Transformers movie, with Michael Bay being accused of promoting stereotyping and caricatures, and being labeled a racist.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Bridesmaids' Races 'Priest' To The Altar

    Yeahhhhhh!! "Bridesmaids" is here! Ladies and the dudes who love them have been waiting with bated breath for the premiere of the only seemingly smart female-centric comedy, um, ever? Suck it all you Cannes-goers, we've got quality comedy over here! Regular readers of this site will know that we are big fans of the film and hope that it does bonkers bidness to open the door for more equal opportunity female driven comedy. Less "Something Borrowed" and more "Bridesmaids" please! Also opening is "Priest," but seriously, the less said about that the better. And some interesting festival hits appear in theaters in limited release as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire & Zac Efron Starring In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

    'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Confirmed For CastLee Daniels hasn't quite had Hollywood bowing before him in the same way that some directors do after picking up an Oscar nomination -- in his case, for "Precious." It's not that the director hasn't gotten involved in projects -- he's attached to no fewer than five, and two, the civil rights drama "Selma," and the White House-set tale "The Butler," were close to happening, with A-listers like Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington attached. But the films never quite got going, for one reason or another, and Daniels is yet to make his follow-up to the film that made his name.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    NBC Cancels "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "The Event;" Fox Cancels "The Chicago Code"

    Some quickie TV news items I just learned about...

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  • The Playlist
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    Spencer Susser Thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt Was All Wrong For 'Hesher' & 10 More Revelations

    The Young Actor Had To Convince The Director He Could Play The Part“I had never read a script that had so much pain and heartbreak and tragedy in it and at the same time it had so much absurd humor,” said "Hesher" co-star Rainn Wilson, “It was so funny and sad and sick and dark, and you don't really know whether to laugh or cry at any given moment.” Written and directed by first time feature helmer, Spencer Susser, "Hesher" follows a family (Devin Brochu and Rainn Wilson) broken by the shock of a sudden death in the family, and the equally as sudden addition to their life of an anarchist metal head (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who moves into the garage, makes their lives a living hell, but in many ways, also helps them move on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti

    Cannes Director Preview: Nanni Moretti

    Cannes may be the festival d'auteurs, but more and more these days, with fewer foreign films reaching stateside art houses, many filmgoers don't know much about the top filmmakers around the world. Nanni Moretti, known as the Italian Woody Allen because he writes, directs and acts in his films, which range from the dramatic to the hilariously self-referential, is debuting his latest, Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) Friday in the Cannes competition. Here's a quick profile of the filmmaker by Simon Abrams: Country: Italy

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