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Willem Dafoe Says He's Signed On For 'John Carter' Sequels, But Still Unsure About Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • February 21, 2012 12:37 PM
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Over the course of his three decade career, Willem Dafoe has been a difficult actor to pinpoint, both as an indie darling, and equally at home in big budget fair like “Spider-Man” and this year’s Disney tentpole, “John Carter.” Dafoe portrays Martian Tars Tarkas in the latter, a long-awaited adaptation of the influential Edgar Rice Burroughs tales first penned in the late 1800s.

Watch: Trailer For SXSW Pic 'Blue Like Jazz' Picked Up By Roadside Attractions

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 12:21 PM
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After going up the mountains at Sundance, and crossing the Atlantic for Berlin, buyers will be adding to their frequent flyer miles again soon as they head to Austin for SXSW, but some deals are already being inked.

Melissa Leo Talks 'Francine,' The "Sacred Territory" Of Acting & What She's Looking At Next

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 21, 2012 11:55 AM
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Having experienced something of a mid-career breakout with her Oscar-winning supporting role in "The Fighter," Melissa Leo's name has fast become something of a hallmark of quality. Recently she has lent her talents for startlingly authentic portrayals to the likes of "Treme," "Mildred Pierce" and Kevin Smith's "Red State," but in the Berlin Film Festival favorite "Francine" (our review is here) she lands a rare leading role in a feature, albeit a small, narrowly focused one.

See The Party Get Out Of Hand In Pics From 'Project X'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 11:37 AM
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Is winter getting you down? Are you tired of all these high-falutin' Oscar movies? Well, not to worry because if you can't get away, you'll still be able to let your hair down and live vicariously through the riotous, booze fueled party of "Project X."
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New Pics From 'Men In Black 3,' 'The Bourne Legacy' & 'Battleship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 11:21 AM
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The Oscars arrive this weekend and just after those festivities wrap, we'll be heading straight into blockbuster season with months of studio big screen spectacles hoping dazzle your eyes and wallet. Here's a few more snaps of movies headed to the multiplex.

Review: 'Raising Renee' Weighs Compassion & Responsibility In A Slight Documentary That Doesn't Dig Deep Enough

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 10:55 AM
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At what point does loyalty to family trump personal ambition, and is the decision to put all aspects of your life on hold, for the responsibility of caring for a sibling, always the right decision? These are the questions that emerge, and are partially addressed, in Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan's "Raising Renee," a frustrating documentary that boasts the odd problem of being deeply intimate yet strangely distant at the same time.
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Paul Weitz Says Princeton Pic 'Admission' Could Be Next; Still Wants To Bring 'Elric' To The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 10:37 AM
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Predictable has never been an adjective you could use to describe Paul Weitz. After cutting his teeth on the sex comedy "American Pie," the helmer explored different genre paths, tackling dramedy ("About A Boy," "In Good Company"), satire ("American Dreamz") and fantasy ("Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"). And this spring, he'll deliver what is arguably his most dramatic film yet in "Being Flynn," starring Paul Dano and Robert De Niro. We recently got a chance to chat with Weitz, and as usual, the projects on his upcoming slate are as diverse as they come.

Watch: Clip From 'Detachment' With Adrien Brody & Lucy Liu Features ADHD Rage

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 21, 2012 10:18 AM
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Tony Kaye has two things going for him. 1) Despite his subsequent features being relatively low profile, he directed the excellent "American History X" and thus will have our attention any time he has a new project. 2) He has the single greatest IMDB photo you're ever likely to see.
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Billy Bob Thornton On 'Jayne Mansfield's Car': The Major Change He Made In The Edit, '60s Muscle Cars And More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 21, 2012 9:57 AM
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Contrary to his fearsomely eccentric reputation, we are happy to report that in person, writer/director/actor Billy Bob Thornton is a charmer. Attending The Berlin Film Festival for the premiere of his first directorial outing in over a decade "Jayne Mansfield's Car" (you can read our review here), he won over press left and right with his mixture of soft-spoken Southern gentlemanliness, and frank rebuttals of some of the more outre rumours that have dogged him throughout his career.

'Wanderlust' Helmer David Wain Planning 'Newsreaders' Spin-Off From 'Children's Hospital'; Donald Sutherland Signs For Sitcom From 'It's Always Sunny...' Writers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2012 9:46 AM
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It's taken a while but "The State" veteran David Wain has cracked the mainstream. Having made his directorial debut a decade ago with the cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer," Wain took a while to get anything going again, but came roaring back with two films in two years, anthology "The Ten" and Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott-starrer "Role Models," the latter of which became something of a sleeper hit.

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