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Berlinale 2012 Review: Try As it Might, 'Cherry' Fails To Convince Us That A Career In Porn Is The Best Idea Ever

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2012 3:32 PM
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That the film is co-written from the sympathetic point of view of porn actress Lorelei Lee (who also takes a small cameo role) couldn’t be clearer in co-writer/director Stephen Elliott’s debut feature “Cherry.” Ostensibly a fairly familiar tale of a good girl getting slowly pulled into the seamy world of pornography, its unusual tack (that this is, in fact, a good thing) may sound intriguing but it gets wearing pronto; some decent performances cannot clear the air of the musky odor of porn apologism. The industry depicted here is one of clean surfaces, make up room camaraderie, and a startling lack of seediness, and Cherry/Angelina’s choice to join it is presented as an empowered, sensible decision.

Watch: Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston In 2 Clips & Red Band Trailer For 'Wanderlust' Plus Batch Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 3:18 PM
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It seems in 2012 so far, movie audiences are choosing grim fare. "The Devil Inside," "Contraband," "Underworld: Awakening" and "The Grey" all topped the box office, with "Safe House" coming in a close second last weekend. But if you're looking for something lighter on your next trip to the multiplex, "Wanderlust" should fit the bill.
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'John Carter' Producer Jim Morris Confirms Sequel 'John Carter: The Gods Of Mars' Already In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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Well, this is not really all that much of a surprise considering it's now a standard practice. For anyone who has been paying attention in 2011, major projects like "Real Steel" and "Green Lantern" were already talking about sequels long before they hit theaters. Studios are all about franchises right now, and they don't want to be waiting around for years for a sequel should a movie turn out to be a big hit. Thus, with press assembled right now in Arizona for a massive "John Carter" pow wow with everyone involved with the movie, talk of a followup is already in the air.

"For Me, There Was No Character": Isabelle Huppert Discusses The Making Of Brillante Mendoza's 'Captive'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2012 2:06 PM
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Few actresses are quite as fearless as Isabelle Huppert. She's been a near-legend for going on forty years, but has never taken a paycheck job, preferring to seek out challenging work with some of international cinema's most uncompromising auteurs. And that's embodied neatly in "Captive," her collaboration with Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.

Lee Daniels Still Wants Liam Neeson To Play Lyndon B. Johnson, Only This Time In 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 1:41 PM
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It looks like Lee Daniels really wants to get the "Selma" gang back together. Last night it was reported that the director was gearing up the gestating "The Butler" that he first signed on to back in 2010 with a number of big names in the mix including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack and David Oyelowo. The connections here are numerous, but Oprah executive produced "Precious," Cusack and Oyelow both feature in Daniels' upcoming "The Paperboy" while Jackman and Oyelowo were both touted for roles in the civil rights drama "Selma" before it fell apart. Now one more name is entering the fray.

Cliff Martinez Scoring Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep'; Details On Clint Mansell's 'Last Night' Soundtrack Release & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 1:19 PM
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A few bits of soundtrack/score news to catch up on, so let's get right to it, shall we? First up, Cliff Martinez -- who knocked everyone's socks off last year with this scores for "Drive" and "Contagion" -- is kicking of 2012 in a big way. He's already tuned up the forthcoming "Arbitrage" starring Richard Gere, and re-teamed with Nicolas Winding Refn for "Only God Forgives." Now he's been nabbed by Robert Redford to bring his upcoming drama "The Company You Keep" to musical life.

In Memory Of 'Paradise Lost': 10 Lost Projects We'd Like To See Resurrected

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 1:00 PM
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Right now, studios seem to like cancelling movies more than they like making them. After a year in which the box office took a hit, and general economic problems continued, plugs were pulled on films from "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Dark Tower" to "Akira" and "Arthur and Lancelot." Only last week, Alex Proyas' Bradley Cooper-starring adaptation of "Paradise Lost," having already been pushed back in an attempt to bring the budget down, was canceled altogether by Legendary Pictures.

Watch: U.K. Trailer For Kevin Macdonald's 'Marley' Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 12:39 PM
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After literally years in development, a process which saw original director Jonathan Demme leave the project and replaced by "The Eagle" and "Last King Of Scotland" helmer Kevin Macdonald, the long awaited "Marley" is on its way to theaters. And after some festival appearances at TIFF and most recently at Berlin (with SXSW around the corner), the U.K. trailer has landed, giving fans a first taste of what to expect.
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Terence Davies To Direct Adaptation Of Scottish Lit Classic 'Sunset Song'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 12:25 PM
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Considering Terence Davies tends to take years between pictures, this next bit of news is a bit of surprise, as it seems the helmer isn't wasting any time getting to his next movie. Hot on the heels of his latest effort, the lavish and lovely "The Deep Blue Sea," starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, which premiered at TIFF last year, his next effort may seem him behind the camera by year's end.

Over-Attached: What Projects Will Guillermo Del Toro, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann & Martin Scorsese Actually Make?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:58 AM
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It is very very hard to get a movie made. Even if you're at the top of the tree, anything can happen -- think of even AAA-lister Steven Spielberg, who couldn't get "Harvey" off the ground a few years back. So as such, the best thing a director can do is have several projects on the go, so that if one hits a snag, there's something else that could be ready to go.

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