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'Shame' Star Nicole Beharie Joins Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:55 AM
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Other than Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, the other performance from Steve McQueen's "Shame" that's earned significant praise is that of Nicole Beharie, who portrayed the woman who offers Brandon a fleeting chance at a normal relationship. Our own Venice review of the film described her as "a real find, painting a vivid, warm picture with only a few scenes; she should go on to bigger and better things from here on out." We certainly weren't wrong as the actress has now joined Brian Helgeland's upcoming biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to join the Major Leagues.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Starring Freida Pinto

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 16, 2012 10:39 AM
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Michael Winterbottom is a genre chameleon. It's frankly astonishing that the same director made "24 Hour Party People," "9 Songs," "A Mighty Heart," "The Killer Inside Me," and "The Trip" amongst others, all within the last ten years. Coming next from Winterbottom is "Trishna," an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," but transported to Rajasthan, India.
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Michel Gondry Adds Omar Sy To 'Mood Indigo'; More Plot Details & Cast Revealed For 'The We & The I'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:17 AM
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If we consider "The Green Hornet" as a studio "one for them" gig for the helmer, it's been nearly four years since the last bonafide Michel Gondry feature effort, "Be Kind Rewind." Thankfully, though, it looks like the inspired Frenchman has a couple of projects up his sleeve having spent last fall shooting "The We & I," a kids-inspired drama now in post-production, with another one in "Mood Indigo" (formerly known as "The Foam of Days") in the works and set to feature the powerhouse French cast of Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

Review: 'Bullhead' Is Larger Than Life Pulp, Barely Sweetened, Mostly Sour

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2012 10:05 AM
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It only makes sense that geek-friendly Drafthouse Films would be behind the distribution of Belgium’s Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee “Bullhead.” Sparse and unnerving, this unusual social drama features a central character so pulpy and tragic he might as well be a barmate of Mickey Rourke’s Marv of “Sin City.” Jacky (Matthais Schoenaerts) is a drug dealer high on his own supply. That drug isn’t cocaine or heroin, but synthetic steroids. As a cattle farmer, he’s got to keep his animals pumped and beefy. What does it matter if he becomes a brooding, hormonal, muscled beast as well?

Watch: 4 Clips & Featurette From 'John Carter' Plus A Batch Of New Images From The Movie

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:43 AM
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The road to cinemas for “Wall-E” director Andrew Stanton’s “John Carter,” an adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi tale “A Princess of Mars,” has been long and arduous even before the animation whiz climbed aboard to helm the picture. As Stanton’s version of the tale made its way into production, its title was altered and the release date changed from a prime summer spot to a spring bow, while the marketing for the film has been endlessly nitpicked to death by everyone (including us). The truth is this is a huge investment for Disney, and other than the enigmatic but beautiful first teaser and an enjoyable featurette, the film is still somewhat of a mystery.

Benjamin Walker Joins Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'; Archival Footage To Be Used To Portray Famed Boxer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:17 AM
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Benjamin Walker burst onto the radar of many when he was cast as Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” before subsequently being ousted for age reasons and replaced by Nicholas Hoult. Walker wasted little time finding more high-profile work, hopping aboard the recently defunct Alex Proyas tentpole “Paradise Lost” along with landing the lead role in the Tim Burton-produced, Timur Bekmambetov-directed mashup fest “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Jennifer Aniston & Dennis Quaid Join 'Jackie Brown' Prequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 16, 2012 8:59 AM
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Jennifer Aniston is set to star in "Switch." No, this isn't 2010 and Aniston won't be reuniting with Jason Bateman's seed and a turkey baster. This is something entirely different. In fact, this is "Switch," based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name and is the prequel to the novel "Rum Punch," which Quentin Tarantino turned into "Jackie Brown." Are you still with us? Good, let's carry on.

Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack & David Oyelowo Sought For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 11:17 PM
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Lee Daniels certainly knows how to draw in the stars. After breaking through with his low budget indie "Precious," which found people like Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique appearing, the director (after a highly publicized stalled project in "Selma" -- which we'll get to in a moment) put together "The Paperboy" with Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and more. And now, a project Daniels became involved with nearly two years ago is bubbling back to life, and it seems like he's slowly building a roster of regular players.

Weinstein Company Dates Brad Pitt's Crime Comedy 'Cogan's Trade' For September 21

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 15, 2012 8:53 PM
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The wait is almost over for fans of a sophomore collaboration between Brad Pitt and his 'Assassination Of Jesse James' director Andrew Dominik (it's been five years since that film and we were just celebrating the return of this excellent filmmaker). It's one of our most anticipated films of the year, and now The Weinstein Company has scheduled Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" for a September 21st release date which bodes well for a preview at Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch: First 12 Minutes Of 'Sound Of My Voice' Plus Director Zal Batmanglij Explains Why You Need To See It On Opening Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:41 PM
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There was a lot of buzz around Brit Marling last year at the Sundance Flim Festival and with good reason. As the co-writer and star of "Another Earth" and "Sound Of My Voice," she made a big impression on audiences at Park City and now moviegoers are starting to get a taste. Last summer, the unique sci-fi redemption story "Another Earth" landed in theaters and this spring, Marling's collaboration with co-writer and director Zal Batmanglij in "Sound Of My Voice" will arrive, and to whet your appetites Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first 12 minutes of the film. And it's a knockout (check out our review from SXSW here).

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