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This trailer for CBGB, which dramatizes the history of the NYC club that was the birthplace of new wave and punk in America, makes a lot of noise about the fact that the club’s bathroom (above) was famously gross. In fact, after the club closed, parts of that bathroom and other elements of the joint were actually disassembled and worked into the sets used for the movie.

And yet the footage itself looks like a squeaky clean recreation of the house where bands like Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones built their careers.

Kids deserve to know about the roots of punk rock in the US, and there’s nothing really wrong with a bunch of people playing dress-up as the biggest figures of the NYC new wave and punk scene. But it’s pretty funny. Watch the footage below and you’ll see Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, who opened the iconic club in ’73, Donal Logue as his compatriot, and Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha and Bradley Whitford as members of Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Group. Read More »

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Andrew Niccol‘s new film In Time posits a world in which the only currency is time: every individual has a body clock which, after 25 years, constantly counts down to death. Anyone can earn or steal more time, and without that wealth, it is game over. The extended trailer we saw at Comic Con made the film look like a bit like Gattaca infused with a pulp noir sensibility. The film might be a smart thriller that uses sci-fi tropes to critique a youth-obsessed popular culture; or it might just be a silly chase thriller. Difficult to tell right now. But there is a new, shorter trailer; one that gives a bit more time to Olivia Wilde, who plays the mother of central figure Justin Timberlake. Check it out below.

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In her first big hire since Michael Bay decided not to ask her to return for Transformers 3, Megan Fox has scored a new gig. She’ll be in Jennifer Westfeldt‘s film Friends With Kids, which stars Westfeldt’s partner Jon Hamm.

The film also features Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig, and we now know that it “revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.” Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt will be one couple, Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig another, and Megan Fox will be a woman Mr. Scott’s character dates.

After the break, Andrew Niccol’s next gets another cast member, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins gets two. Read More »

Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Anna Kendrick, Milo Ventimiglia and a few other actors were photographed leaving the Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip on Tuesday morning. The restaurant is famous for its karaoke, crazy parties and a mechanical bull. Some gossip sites were quick to report that it was a four-hour Scientology event, since a good selection of the actors involved are Scientologists. But it was later confirmed to be a table read for a movie called Paper Wings, which is being developed at Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment.

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