This week brings an interesting clash between wide and limited releases. For example, Paul Bettany stars in both a studio and an independent release. And the former involves a religious figure, the archangel Michael, and the Biblical Apocalypse, while the latter involves a scientist whose work has long been in conflict with religious teachings. Surely the two films would make for a great double feature.

Or, maybe you'd like to pair up another one of this week's wide releases with another one of its limited releases. A studio film starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser attempting to save kids' lives through medicine with a low-budget film about saving kids' lives through friendship. A lowbrow studio film starring Dwayne Johnson as an imaginary creature with a highbrow foreign film about an imagined crime?

If only these three films were opening everywhere this weekend so everyone could enjoy such wacky match-ups. Read More...

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One of the most anticipated films of this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Cyrus," the first "studio film" from indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("Baghead"). It stars Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener and Jonah Hill in a dysfunctional family comedy about the clash between a teen and his mom's new boyfriend. The fraternal filmmakers have a deal with Fox Searchlight, which is distributing that film and likely their next project as well, which we now know is a stoner comedy titled "Jeff Who Lives at Home."

Mark Duplass told Movieweb that "Jeff" is a "quest" movie, a la "The Sword in the Stone," in which a stoner seeks a bottle of wood glue. It will be produced by none other than Jason Reitman, who just won a Golden Globe for co-writing his own film "Up in the Air," and who recently oversaw production of the Megan Fox film "Jennifer's Body." Read More...

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UPDATE: According to the New York Times, reports of Kathryn Bigelow's involvement are inaccurate. Click here for our updated report.

After Kathryn Bigelow (hopefully) becomes the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director this year, she could easily choose any project to do as a follow-up to her very, very, very acclaimed Iraq War film "The Hurt Locker." According to Production Weekly, via a Tweet, she has already selected her next film.

The director will next tackle an adaptation of journalist David Rohde's six-part account in the New York Times of his seven months as a hostage in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The series is collectively titled "Held by the Taliban." Read More...

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If there's any actress deserving of a franchise, it's Angelina Jolie. While she may not always fill seats with her dramatic roles, she's one of the few female stars who can draw an audience for sexy action thrillers like "Wanted" and the upcoming "Salt." But she hasn't had a franchise of her own since she said goodbye to the "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" series back in 2003. A sequel to "Wanted" will eventually happen, and I'll always have hope for more adventures from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Yet for the time being I'm excited for Jolie's potential as medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

Jolie was cast as the character -- protagonist of 17 mystery novels by Patricia Cornwell, including the recently published "The Scarpetta Factor" -- last April. But we haven't heard much else about the role, which would put the actress back in "Bone Collector" territory. Until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled Scarpetta film is currently being scripted by Kerry Williamson, a fairly new screenwriter who has also written upcoming projects for Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky. Read More...


FROM MTV.COM: After he's hung up those web shooters and says goodbye to his role as Peter Parker, following the news that "Spider-Man 4" has been scrapped, what's next for Tobey Maguire? Will he reach out for another franchise, or will he go after more serious, Oscar-hungry roles akin to his recent acclaimed (and Golden Globe-nominated) stint in the drama "Brothers"?

The 34-year-old actor may now be wondering if he should make those "Hobbit" rumors come true. Maguire has long been said to be a contender for the role of young Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson-produced, Guillermo del Toro-directed "Lord of the Rings" prequels, but he has continually denied involvement. Actually, Maguire told MTV News last month that he'd never met Del Toro and hadn't talked to anybody about the films

Continue reading 'Spider-Man' Star Tobey Maguire's Next Move: Indie Or Hobbit?


Planning on seeing "Avatar" again this weekend? Why not, right? It's January, a month when few quality titles are released. And as a fan of the sci-fi behemoth, you're hoping to help push James Cameron's film ahead of "Titanic" as the top-grossing movie of all time.

But hey, there are actually a few great films coming out this weekend. They're just in limited release, so you'll have to live in "select cities" to see them. Just take the 3-D glasses off for a few hours, look around and you may be able to find one of these worthwhile titles, all of them featuring amazing British actors, in your home or neighborhood arthouse in the coming weeks. Read More...

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Kids today may not remember who Ian Dury was, but like many British music legends, he's something of a national treasure over in the UK. And he's got a great-looking new biopic titled "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," directed by Mat Whitecross ("The Road to Guantanamo"), which opens across the pond this weekend.

It stars Andy Serkis, who you should definitely know as the actor behind Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and King Kong in Peter Jackson's remake, as well as Ray Winstone ("Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"), Olivia Williams ("Rushmore"), Toby Jones ("Frost/Nixon") and Naomie Harris and Mackenzie Crook (both of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy). Read More...

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Is it a coincidence that both stars of "Wedding Crashers" are in the trades today for new projects involving marital infidelity? Earlier, I brought word of Vince Vaughn's untitled collaboration with Ron Howard. As for Owen Wilson, his movie, titled "Hall Pass," will be helmed by raunch-loving brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary"). The siblings will be shooting this before their "Three Stooges" update, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Hall Pass" seems appropriate to follow the Farrelly brothers' last effort, "The Heartbreak Kid," which involved a marriage doomed from the start. The comedy will star Wilson as a man whose wife gives him the freedom to cheat while their relationship is in a lull. I'm picturing a sex-filled montage akin to the one in "Wedding Crashers," though it's more likely Wilson's character doesn't end up actually committing the allowed adultery. Here's what the Farrellys told MTV News about the idea more than two years ago: Read More...

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If you don't count "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Ron Howard's last stint directing comedy was 1999's "EdTV." The man behind classics like "Splash" and "Night Shift" will make a return to the genre for his next feature though, with an untitled vehicle for Vince Vaughn, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vaughn and Brian Grazer will produce the movie, which was conceived by Grazer and scripted by Allan Loeb ("21").

Vaughn will play a man who finds out that his best friend's wife is having an affair. The question driving the plot is, of course, should he give his buddy the terrible news? Reportedly, Vaughn was interested in the project due to his favor for comedies that explore the dark sides of relationships. Past examples would include "The Break-Up" and "Couples Retreat." Read More...

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It's the first full week of 2010, and that means it's the beginning of dumping ground season. New movies out of Hollywood will be looking less and less appealing over the next few months, but that shouldn't stop you from going to the movies, especially if you live in a major metropolitan area. Now is the time especially for foreign films hoping for Oscar contention to start rolling out in America, and of course tons and tons of documentaries will continue to see limited release. This week, there's even a hot new exploitation flick opening, for those of you who like that sort of thing. So if you're not too excited about daybreaking vampires, leap years or youths in revolt, read on to see what other options you might have this weekend.

"Bitch Slap"

What it is: A modern, stylish exploitation action movie in the vein of "Grindhouse" and somewhat like "Sin City," "Bitch Slap" follows three hot women in the desert attempting to extort money from a crime boss. It's described as both an homage to and parody of cult classics like "Dragstrip Girl," "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Kung Fu Nun" and stars Erin Cummings, Julia Voth, America Olivo and Zoe Bell of Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse" segment "Death Proof." Read More...

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