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Charlie Kaufman To Write & Direct HBO Series Starring Catherine Keener

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:36 PM
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Charlie Kaufman's been a very busy bee recently. It's almost exactly four years since "Synecdoche, New York" premiered at Cannes, and for a long time, there was little-to-no news as to what the writer-director, who made his name penning the screenplays for "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," was up to. But the news that he'd done a polish on the script for "Kung Fu Panda 2" (which ultimately showed little evidence of the Kaufman touch) kicked off a run of activity.

Paul Dano Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & Brad Pitt In Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:00 PM
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If you're going to make a film about slavery, one of the last great taboos, it's going to help if you have an all-star cast behind you. It's what Steven Spielberg did with "Amistad," which starred Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey. It's what Quentin Tarantino has done with his upcoming "Django Unchained," which stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. And it's pretty much what Steve McQueen is doing with his next film "Twelve Years A Slave."

Nicholas Stoller To Direct Seth Rogen & Zac Efron In 'Townies'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 7:47 PM
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Judd Apatow has made no secret of it for some time: he and his family love Zac Efron. It's a move that semi-legitimized the young actor who seemingly has been trying to bust out of the teen hearthrob ghetto with only mixed results thus far (though "The Paperboy" is right around the corner and a few passion projects are simmering). Efron worked with Apatow's wife Leslie Mann on "17 Again," and apparently the whole gang hang out from time to time. So perhaps it was no major shock when Apatow troupe member and friend Seth Rogen was announced as Efron's co-star in an R-Rated comedy for Universal last year. Definitely an edgier move than Efron fans are used to at this point.

Tom Cruise To Star In Remake Of 'The Magnificent Seven' For MGM

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 7:21 PM
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"The Seven Samurai" is, as we recounted not long ago, a film that has been ripped-off and remade many times before. But the most famous of them is "The Magnificent Seven," the 1960 John Sturges Western that took Akira Kurosawa's classic and moved it to the Old West, for the story of a Mexican village who hire seven gunfighters to defend them from bandits. As a remake itself, it would seem to be fair game for a new version, but while new takes on, say, "The Wild Bunch" have been discussed, there's surprisingly been little word on a potential re-do of Sturges' film, despite the high-drama premise and potential star-power it could draw.

Cannes Review: Ken Loach's 'The Angel's Share' Is Slight, Sitcom-y & Suspense-Free

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 6:36 PM
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The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) latest film to play Cannes after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme D’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life.

Harvey Weinstein Says "Surprise" Co-Stars Could Still Join 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 6:22 PM
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We've all got to hand it to Harvey Weinstein. The guy plays an Academy voter room like a fiddle and he knows exactly what to say to entice the press as well. The Weinstein Company just showed off roughly 10 minutes of Quentin Tarantino's Western/slave drama "Django Unchained" to press today in Cannes, which we described as, "pure Tarantino through and through. Longtime fans of the director are going to be thrilled."

Things Heat Up In Latest Poster For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 5:54 PM
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If it weren't for the vocal fans who've decided that you can only like one of "The Avengers" or "The Dark Knight Rises," not both, as if they were football teams or opposite sides of civil war, we'd have almost forgotten about the closing part of Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy. As Joss Whedon's film becomes the top-grossing superhero movie of all, Nolan's has been playing the softly-softly-catchee-monkey approach to its marketing: that trailer a few weeks back made many waves, but 'quiet confidence' is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Nolan and Warner Bros' approach to marketing their mega-budget series-closer.

Cannes Report: Chris Tucker Dials It Back, Jennifer Lawrence Impresses In First Footage From 'Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 5:16 PM
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Sandwiched between Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the oddball of The Weinstein Company presentation this evening at the Cannes Film Festival. Not that there's anything wrong with it specifically, but just coming in the middle of two much more ambitious, auteur driven movies, only emphasized just how...ordinary and run-of-the-mill Russell's film felt.

Exclusive: John Hillcoat Confirms 'Triple Nine' Is Next; Shia LaBeouf Attached, Nick Cave Likely Writing Score

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 5:05 PM
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Twenty fours months and a hot new producer can change everything. It had names like Shia Labeouf, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johnasson and Michael Shannon attached, but circa January 2010, John Hillcoat's "Lawless," then known as "The Wettest County" or "The Promised Land" had fallen apart. 

Cannes Report: Don Johnson & Leonardo DiCaprio Are Standouts In First Footage From 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 4:41 PM
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Capping off The Weinstein Company press presentation this evening was what was arguably the longest look of the trio of films they unveiled, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." And for better or worse, it's pure Tarantino through and through. Longtime fans of the director are going to be thrilled, and for anyone hoping he's changed his visual approach, or swapped out his longstanding influences for something different, they might be advised to skip this one entirely, even though it will be their loss.

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