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Kevin Hart: Five movie roles you probably forgot about

By Oliver Gettell A year ago Kevin Hart surprised many film observers when his stand-up movie "Let Me Explain" seemed to come out of nowhere and hold its own against "Despicable Me 2" and "The Lone Ranger" over the Fourth of July weekend. (It ultimately finished its theatrical run with a solid ...read more

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Ron Paul to make acting debut in 'Atlas Shrugged' finale

By Oliver Gettell Moviegoers largely, er, shrugged at the first two installments of "Atlas Shrugged," the ongoing three-part film adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel. Though the book has found a passionate readership, particularly among political conservatives and libertarians, the first two movies combined... ...read more

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'Jersey Boys': Breezy musical hits a few flat notes, reviews say

By Oliver Gettell Clint Eastwood brings his tough-guy bona fides and unadorned directing style to "Jersey Boys," an adaptation of the Broadway musical about the rise and fall of the 1960s singing group the Four Seasons. According to reviews, that peculiar pairing has resulted in a movie that's pleasant and... ...read more

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'Point Break' reboot adds Teresa Palmer as female lead

By Oliver Gettell The bro-heavy "Point Break" reboot has found its female lead. Teresa Palmer, the Australian actress best known for her role in the zombie love story "Warm Bodies," has joined the cast of the upcoming crime thriller, Alcon Entertainment announced Monday. ...read more

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N.W.A. biopic finds its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube

By Oliver Gettell It's been a winding path for "Straight Outta Compton," Universal's biopic about the groundbreaking gangsta-rap group N.W.A., but the film has taken a significant step forward by casting its three leading men, according to the Hollywood Reporter. ...read more

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie picks up speed at Sony

By Oliver Gettell Sonic the Hedgehog, the speedy, spiky blue video-game mascot, is headed from the console to the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet are developing a hybrid computer-generated and live-action movie based on the $1-billion franchise, the companies announced... ...read more

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Los Angeles Film Festival names 2014 jurors

By Oliver Gettell "Short Term 12" director Destin Daniel Cretton, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" editor Lynzee Klingman and "Middle of Nowhere" composer Kathryn Bostic are among the jury members of this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday and runs through June 19, Film Independent... ...read more

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What if Marvel directors cast their former stars?

By Steven Zeitchik, Oliver Gettell When Adam McKay was announced, and then unannounced, as a contender to direct "Ant Man," moviedom's hive mind began racing at the possibilities. Did that mean Will Ferrell could potentially star as the insectoid hero? Could John C. Reilly could play his inevitable sidekick? Or maybe even Zach... ...read more

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'Chronicle' director Josh Trank to helm 'Star Wars' spinoff movie

By Oliver Gettell "Chronicle" director Josh Trank has joined the ever-growing ranks of the "Star Wars" universe and will helm a spinoff project, the second of multiple planned stand-alone movies in addition to the franchise's core saga, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Wednesday. ...read more

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'What If' trailer: Daniel Radcliffe rom-com wears heart on its sleeve

By Oliver Gettell "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe and "Ruby Sparks" writer-actress Zoe Kazan are bringing back the romantic comedy in "What If," and judging by the newly released trailer (watch it above), the movie hits all the genre benchmarks. ...read more

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Steve Ballmer-Donald Sterling saga has some on-screen analogues

By Oliver Gettell With the impending sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, and the recent death of controversial Tampa Bay Bucs and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer, sports team owners have been all over the news this week. And to our great fascination. As the Donald... ...read more

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Maya Angelou dies: A look at the acclaimed poet's movie career

By Oliver Gettell The pioneering, multi-talented artist and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, is best known as a prolific poet and memoirist. But over the course of her freewheeling life, which included stints as a dancer, singer, playwright and professor, she also carved out a... ...read more

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'X-Men's' Peter Dinklage: Five memorable movie roles

By Oliver Gettell The most dangerous man in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" isn't a telepath, a shapeshifter or a guy with foot-long claws sticking out of his hands — he's Bolivar Trask, the non-superpowered scientist and Sentinel creator played by Peter Dinklage. ...read more

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'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' starts shooting in Detroit

By Oliver Gettell Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel finally has an official title: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Production on the highly anticipated superhero showdown is underway in Detroit, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. The film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce... ...read more

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'Godzilla's' monstrous costars: What do MUTOs mean for the franchise?

By Oliver Gettell The King of the Monsters has been crushing the competition at the box office since "Godzilla" debuted to $93.2 million over the weekend, good for the second-best opening of the year. And while the big guy has had some help from human cast members Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette... ...read more

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Gordon Willis dies: 8 of cinematographer's most memorable movies

By Oliver Gettell The acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis, who died Sunday night at age 82, helped define the look of American cinema in the 1970s and '80s. Known as the Prince of Darkness for his bold use of shadows, Willis was a frequent collaborator of Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen, with whom ...read more

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River Phoenix's final film to get U.S. release after 21-year limbo

By Oliver Gettell After 21 years, "Dark Blood" will finally see the light of day. River Phoenix's final film, which suspended production in 1993 when the actor died of an overdose but was improbably salvaged by its director years later, has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Lionsgate, the sales company... ...read more

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James Franco targets 'Spring Breakers' sequel as it seeks Cannes sales

By Oliver Gettell, Steven Zeitchik Days after taking to his Instagram account to pan the notion of a "Spring Breakers" sequel as "lame," James Franco continued his social-media campaign against the proposed movie with another rebuke on Wednesday -- at the same time as the sequel began seeking funds at the Cannes Film Festival.... ...read more

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'Sugar Man' director Malik Bendjelloul reportedly committed suicide

By Oliver Gettell, Mark Olsen The death of Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning Swedish director of the music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," was a suicide, his brother has said. Johar Bendjelloul told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that his brother took his own life at age 36 after a struggle with depression.... ...read more

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Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts' set for fall 2016 release

By Oliver Gettell "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. are looking to re-create their old magic with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." It's the first installment of a planned "Potter" spin-off trilogy, and the movie now has a release date: Nov. 18, 2016. Rowling will make her... ...read more

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L.A. Film Festival adds 'Train Your Dragon 2,' '22 Jump Street'

By Oliver Gettell A pair of late-breaking, high-profile additions to the Los Angeles Film Festival have been announced: the animated fantasy-adventure "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and the buddy-cop comedy "22 Jump Street." On June 9, two days before the festival proper begins at L.A. Live downtown and four... ...read more

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Category: After the Manuscript, Viewpoints, Mari Selby

    

Morrissey biopic 'Steven' in the works

By Oliver Gettell The charmer born Steven Patrick Morrissey is getting a biopic. Morrissey -- of course known for his bleak, brooding pop songs as both the erstwhile frontman of the Smiths and as a solo artist -- will be the subject of a film titled "Steven." The British production company Honlodge Productions... ...read more

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'Maleficent': London premiere finds Angelina Jolie at a crossroads

By Oliver Gettell On screen, Angelina Jolie has played a globe-hopping treasure hunter, the mother of a kidnapped son, the wife of a kidnapped husband and a troubled fashion model. Lately, though, she's been known for other roles — as international humanitarian, mother of six, poster child for preventative... ...read more

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'Neighbors' a welcome addition to the block, reviews say

By Oliver Gettell Zac Efron and Seth Rogen's new R-rated comedy "Neighbors" has taken up residence at the corner of gross-out humor and surprising sincerity. The movie stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as two young parents who move to the suburbs to raise their new baby, only to come into conflict with the ...read more

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Zac Efron: How well do you really know the 'Neighbors' star?

By Oliver Gettell, Steven Zeitchik Sure, you've seen him take off his shirt in 17 different magazines, your DVD of "17 Again" is scratched from repeat viewings, and you sneak listens to the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack when you think no one's around. But how well do you really know Zac Efron? With the ...read more

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Gerard Butler bails on 'Point Break' remake

By Oliver Gettell Wipeout! Action star Gerard Butler won't be starring in Alcon Entertainment's remake of the 1991 surf-crime thriller "Point Break" after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Butler was to follow in Patrick Swayze's footsteps as the nirvana-seeking bank robber Bodhi, acting opposite... ...read more

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'Spring Breakers' sequel in the works, but can the fun continue?

By Oliver Gettell, Steven Zeitchik The characters in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" liked to vow "Spring Break Forever(a)." Now the refrain from last year's artsploitation favorite looks as if it could come true--sort of. The French sales and financing company Wild Bunch is putting together a follow-up to the Selena Gomez-... ...read more

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