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Screening Room: Tom Cruise to Star with Beyonce in 'A Star is Born'?

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Trailer of the Week

We got our first look at Seth MacFarlane's raunchy R-rated comedy Ted this week. This is a Red Band trailer so beware, it does contain some dirty language and bong hits. Mark Wahlberg stars as John, along with MacFarlane himself as the voice of Ted the talking teddy bear, John's oldest best buddy. Created in the tradition of Howard the Duck and Garbage Pail Kids, Ted mixes live action with the foul-mouthed CGI teddy bear. The idea may sound ludicrous but the trailer is really very funny and Wahlberg, especially, impresses with his thick Boston accent and his dedication to the lunacy. Mila Kunis co-stars as John's new girlfriend who wants to get rid of Ted. He tells her, "I'm just not that psyched to just, like, kick him out."

Casting Corner
The reunion of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne?

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  • Fresh off the news that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will team up for Anchorman 2, news broke on April Fool's Day there will be a Dumb and Dumber 2, a sequel that has been rumored for years. Coming Soon has the story out of a Three Stooges junket where Peter Farrelly was quoted as saying, "We're getting set to shoot Dumb and Dumber 2 in September... and we've got Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back." Obviously if this does happen, the sequel would be hugely anticipated. For many, Dumb and Dumber was a transcendent film, the first to boldly show its stars reveling in bodily function comedy in endearingly distasteful sequences.
  • Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star is Born already has Beyonce attached, and now the legendary director is after Tom Cruise in a role described by screenwriter, Will Fetters as a guy who you might compare to Kurt Cobain, "..if he never got to go Unplugged and survived, and it's 20 years later." Sounds intriguing. Cruise already has Rock of Ages due out this year where he plays an aging rock god. The huge star already pulled off Frank "T.J." Mackey to critical acclaim in Magnolia and he has the guts to make almost any role work. Despite all this, Cruise was not Eastwood's first choice according to Vulture, as the director approached Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale about the role first. Eminem's name was also tossed around apparantly. If Cruise does sign on, his pairing with Beyonce would generate significant cross-demographic interest and create huge buzz around the remake.

On Set Photo of the Week
More Wahlberg!


Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
Mark Wahlberg is seen running the set of 'Pain and Gain' while shooting an action scene for the upcoming Michael Bay film. Wearing a white tank top and Adidas track suit, Wahlberg can be seen running across a Miami rooftop before taking to the streets. He then acts out a stunt where he is hit by a police car and flips on a wire. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
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  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set
  • Mark Wahlberg in Mark Wahlberg Performs Stunts on Set

Blu-Ray of the Week

One of the best movies ever made, and my personal favorite, comes to blu-ray this week. Chinatown is Roman Polanski's classic film noir set in 1937 Los Angeles. The screenplay by Robert Towne is considered one of the best ever written and Jack Nicholson's performance as private investigator Jake Gittes is perhaps his finest (along with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). If you love film and haven't seen it, the blu-ray will offer the first high-definition transfer ever made. Special features on the disc include a commentary by Towne as he's interviewed by director David Fincher, the theatrical trailer, and a number of documentaries about the film itself and the inspirations for the story.

Chinatown (1974)
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

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Oscar Watch 2013
Moonrise Kingdom will open Cannes in May, but what other films will contend?

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Outside of our top 10 front-runners for Best Picture 2012, what other films should be in the picture come Oscar time? Well, this is shaping up to be a pretty good year for movies all around. The Cannes Film Festival will give us our first real glimpse at some serious contenders in mid-May. Last year The Artist and The Tree of Life were the talk of Cannes and both films were nominated for Best Picture. This year, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival, but we'll have to wait until April 19th to hear the rest of the line-up.

We've chosen our Best Picture contenders mainly based on directors. Typically, the Academy will gravitate towards established leaders which is why names like Steven Spielberg and Paul Thomas Anderson are almost shoo-ins. Spielberg made a terrible film last year (War Horse) and was still nominated. Other films to watch include Ben Affleck's CIA suspense drama, Argo; Clint Eastwood's baseball film, Trouble with the Curve; The Surrogate, starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt which was the talk of Sundance; Martin McDonough's In Bruges follow-up, Seven Psychopaths; and Terrence Malick's still-untitled project starring Rachel McAdams and Affleck.

2013 Best Picture Nominees

  1. Lincoln
  2. The Master
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Les Miserables
  7. Gravity
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Great Expectations
  10. Anna Karenina
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