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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 22, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 22, 2011 |

Hollywood has not, in fact, given up on Ryan Reynolds’ career just yet. Despite the failures of both The Green Lantern and The Change-Up, they are moving ahead on R.I.P.D., which has Reynolds playing a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department, where he attempts to track down his murderer. His partner at the Undead Police Department will be played by Jeff Bridges, and now Mary Louise Parker has joined the cast as the supervisor of the department. According to Variety, she joins Kevin Bacon and Stephanie Szostak in the Robert Schwentke (Red) film.

I don’t know how much any of you care, but Sean Penn explained that he had some difficulties with how Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life came out. In a French interview (translated into English), Penn remarked:

“I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context! What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.”

However, most outlets haven’t picked up on the follow-up statements, which Guy Lodge translated here:

“But it’s a film I recommend, as long as you go in without any preconceived ideas. It’s up to each person to find their own personal, emotional or spiritual connection to it. Those that do generally emerge very moved.”

Of course, if you focus on only the first paragraph, it’s a much sexier story, never mind that it’s also misleading.

Poor, pretty Jim Sturgess, apparently not content to only be a bland actor, he’s also one with a tin ear, as he demonstrated in defending Anne Hathaway’s objectively awful British accent in One Day in an interview with Vulture:

She did everything that you should’ve done to do it. I’m really critical of that, and a movie can totally lose me if an actor is trying to pull off an accent. I just can’t engage, no matter how amazing the special effects, or how good-looking the actor is; if the accent feels like it’s not real out of their mouth, I can’t engage in the story. And I never felt that, not once, coming out of Anne. And that’s me even going, There’s some criticism, so I’m going to listen to it — and not once did I even think about it. She did the accent all the time on the set.

In overseas box-office news, the The Inbetweeners Movie broke box-office records in the UK according to Total Film, racking up £13.2 million, becoming the biggest opening ever there for a comedy, besting Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.. I’m a huge fan of the British series, upon which the film is based, but when the trailer came out, I couldn’t bring myself to post it, as it looked far more broad than the television show, and reflected poorly upon it. Reviews, however, have been mostly favorable, so perhaps that trailer was misleading. I suspect the film will go straight-to-DVD in the states, but if you’re a fan of the show, maybe it’s a worthwhile endeavor. Here’s that trailer:

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