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Saoirse Ronan To Star In WW1 Nursing Memoir 'Testament Of Youth,' From 'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 21, 2012 3:50 PM
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After mightily impressing in the likes of “Atonement,” “The Lovely Bones” and more recently “Hanna,” Saoirse Ronan (a name almost impossible to type correctly on a first attempt) looks to have a very exciting career ahead of her. She’ll star in Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” later this year and has “The Host” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” among the more notable releases on her upcoming slate. And we can now add another film to that list, in the form of a David Heyman-produced adaptation of a Vera Brittain memoir.

Watch: Terence Stamp & Reggie Watts Star In Peter Serafinowicz's New Hot Chip Music Video

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 3:20 PM
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About a year ago, we pegged Peter Serafinowicz as one of the music video directors we expected to make a breakthrough into features in the immediate future. The comic actor, perhaps best known for voicing Darth Maul in "Star Wars," had made a couple of excellent videos for Hot Chip and Alex Metric. And indeed, he's now gearing up for his directorial debut, in which he'll star as his comic creation Brian Butterfield.

Cannes Review: 'Room 237' An Outstanding, Fascinating & Funny Exploration & Celebration Of 'The Shining'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 3:00 PM
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Is "The Shining" just a horror movie about a guy who goes berserk in a hotel, or is it subversively about the history of American genocide? Why did Stanley Kubrick use cans of Calumet and Tang in the hotel's storeroom? Were these just random products, or were they each chosen and framed in the camera with a specific intent? And what's the deal with the Bill Watson? If you think you know "The Shining," guess again, as Rodney Ascher's outstanding "Room 237" goes down the rabbit hole of the meanings and interpretations of the horror classic, from the plausible to the outlandish.

Look: Minimalist, '70s-Style Teaser Poster For Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 2:34 PM
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We're about midway through Cannes as of today, and some big, high-profile titles have rolled out: "Lawless," "Rust & Bone" and "Moonrise Kingdom" among them. But there's plenty more major movies still to debut in competition, including "On The Road," "Cosmopolis," "Mud" and early tomorrow morning, Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," the Australian director's first film since the outstanding "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" in 2007.

Tom Hardy Says 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Still Doesn't Have A Start Date

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 2:05 PM
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Status report check-in time. If you've paid attention to interviews with Charlize Theron, you'll know she almost didn't star in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" because she was supposed to play the female lead in George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," the long-awaited continuation of the Mad Max saga, this time with Tom Hardy in the lead instead of Mel Gibson. She was also set to be the star of "Prometheus," but had to bail on that role that Noomi Rapace eventually took because of "Fury Road" once more (she instead, eventually took a smaller role in the film).

As 'Battleship' Flops: Ten Other Memorable Box-Office Bombs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 1:43 PM
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To have one giant money-losing tentpole is unfortunate. To have two starts to look careless, and that's what's happened to Taylor Kitsch. The actor, who broke out on TV's "Friday Night Lights," was seen as Hollywood's next great hope, picked out to star in two great big blockbusters with a combined cost of half-a-billion dollars. But when "John Carter" arrived in March, the film wildly underperformed, with Disney taking a hit of at least $100 million on the project. And after this weekend, it looks that his other film, "Battleship," is going to lose similar amounts.

Watch: Trailer For Wong-Kar Wai's Short Film/Whiskey Commercial 'Deja Vu'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 1:10 PM
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So far today we've seen a trailer for "Skyfall," the James Bond movie delayed two years by the bankruptcy of MGM. We've seen a trailer for "Anchorman 2," a nine-years later sequel that Paramount had seemingly scrapped. And we've seen a trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," the first film in five years from the director. At this point, we're fully expecting to see clips for Terrence Malick's next film, David O Russell's "Nailed" and Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," which started shooting several years ago, to surface before the day is out.

2 New Clips From John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Featuring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf & Colorful Villain Guy Pearce

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 21, 2012 12:45 PM
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An arty period piece from the director of difficult material like "The Proposition" and "The Road"? Such could be the case when John Hillcoat's bloody prohibition drama "Lawless" hits theaters at the end of the summer, but you wouldn't know it by the marketing of the film. If The Weinstein Company has their way, you're going to hear about this film over and over again until it hits August 29th. They're beating the drum loudly thus far (as is their wont) and nothing seems to be off the table so far. Character posters have already arrived and maybe we'll see some corportate tie-ins later in the year? Makers Mark? Some kinda yummy whiskey?

This Is Gonna Make You Cream: Two 'Anchorman 2' Teaser Trailers Arrive

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 11:53 AM
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"Hey America, isn't this an old-fashioned shot to the nutsack?" Now titled "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," as promised, a teaser-trailer for the "Anchorman 2" sequel has arrived a few days after the teaser-poster landed (teases!), and after a weekend when it played in front of "The Dictator.". Starring the beloved Channel 4 news team, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, if you had any concerns about the original team not fully reuniting for "Anchorman 2," you can now officially put them to bed.

Watch: First Teaser Clip Of Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 11:44 AM
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Woah. We knew that the Weinstein Company were about to unveil some footage from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in Cannes tonight (and we'll have our reactions from that for you later), but we just got a nice surprise, courtesy of the Twitter account of Megan Ellison, with the first footage from the film, the director's first in five years.

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