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    Watch: New 'Dark Shadows' Trailer Now Adds Alice Cooper

    Already revealed last summer as filming was underway, it's not much of a surprise that mild shock rocker Alice Cooper would be popping up in the '70s set "Dark Shadows." But in case you forgot or needed proof, a new trailer has landed.

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    U.S. in Progress at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival

    US in Progress films start festival careers

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    Discuss: Will Michael Mann & 'Hugo' Writer John Logan's Unmade 1930s Hollywood Noir Ever Make It To The Screen?

    The walls of the studio backlots have always been haunted by the films that never made it into production. Whether through design, tragedy or somewhere in between, every great filmmaker and star has at least one project that slipped through the net, films that, had they made it to the screen, might have stood among the classics. Indeed, we've run down through several of the casualties of development hell in the past (part one, part two, part three, part four). Over the weekend, new details of one of the projects we've featured emerged, which made us wonder: might it be one of the few to get a second lease on life?

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    SXSW '12: Jack Black Talks 'Bernie' & Says He's Still Trying To "Crack The Code" On 'School Of Rock 2'

    Jack Black is a goof – at least when you watch him on screen: from “High Fidelity” to “School Of Rock” to “Kung Fu Panda” to “Tropic Thunder,” Black exudes a manic, febrile energy that is irresistibly funny, if not charming, even when he’s being mean or maybe a little bit obnoxious. But off camera, Black isn’t the kind of performer who seems to feel the need to maintain that silly sensibility, and he’s in fact quite mellow. All of which is why his turn in the new film “Bernie” is a such a refreshing and unique change of pace for Black; pitched at a tone between his level-11 comedy and off screen quietude, he delivers a fascinating, sympathetic performance as a genteel Texas funeral director who unexpectedly murders the wealthy widow he befriends after performing services for her late husband. Black scores a home run in the role, lending subtlety and real humanity to character whose odd combination of characteristics – all of which are evidently real – could have come off as cartoonish.

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    On Second Thought, Leave The Kids At Home: 'The Expendables 2' To Be R-Rated, Says Stallone

    Everyone, fanboys or no, appreciates the fact that Sylvester Stallone has his hand on the pulse of his audience. When working on the first installment of "The Expendables", he seemed to cast the picture based on what fans wanted to see, he fired 50 Cent when his casting was met with hostility, and he did heavy duty work in the editing room to make sure the PG-13 he was shooting for became a last-minute R rating. He also made a film that was a massive show of bland fan service, absent of the nuance or savagery that powered "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo", even refusing to stay true to his title by keeping every single hero alive. Though Stallone's not in the director's chair this time, it looks like he's done it again, flip-flopping on the rating for a film that's already been shot despite previous comments to the contrary.

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    Watch: 5 Minutes Of 'Lockout' Footage From WonderCon

    Wavering somewhere between a plain dumb action movie and a knowing riff on the plain dumb action movie, we continue to be cautiously optimistic about "Lockout" but this new, extended 5 minute look at footage at the film highlights both the good and the bad of what we can expect from the film when it opens in a couple of weeks.

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    Watch: Denis Leary Talks To Daily Bugle TV In New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Viral Video

    WonderCon was this weekend, and as you might have noted, all eyes were on "Prometheus," with Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic debuting about nineteen different trailers over the course of the weekend, leading the other big comic book movies that were at the fair to fight for scraps of attention. Among them: "The Amazing Spider-Man," Marc Webb's reboot of Sony's key Marvel superhero franchise.

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    Audiosocket Brings Good Music to Student Filmmaker Community

    Licensing music, particularly "good" music, can cause a frustrating holdup in the filmmaker community, especially among student filmmakers. So music, media and digital licensing company Audiosocket launched Audiosocket U, which allows student filmmakers to discover and license music for as little at $5. The roster of songs is more than 35,000, with more than 2,000 indie artists and composers. Visit Audiosocket to learn more. The Wandas, pictured above, are one of Audiosocket's supported bands.

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Focuses On The Man Hired To Hunt Her Down

    While "Prometheus" may have stolen the movie trailer fire over the weekend (see what we did there?), the week is kicking off with a bang as a new trailer for the highly anticipated "Snow White & The Huntsman" has arrived, and it promises to face the darker aspects of the story head on. After all, it is a bout a Queen who wants to eat a young girl's heart.

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    Danai Gurira Cast As Sword-Wielding Heroine Michonne In AMC's "The Walking Dead"

    I haven't watched it yet (it aired this evening) - the season finale of AMC's hit zombie drama series The Walking Dead, one of the few shows on TV that I actually watch religiously; after the show, on AMC's Walking Dead talk show, Talking Dead, the series' executive producer, Robert Kirkman, revealed some casting news that I know a lot of you folks have been anxious for, if past posts on the series are any indication.

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