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5 Things You Might Not Know About David Lean's 'Lawrence Of Arabia'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 3:12 PM
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Is there a greater film than "Lawrence of Arabia?" Perhaps. There are certainly few longer ones, or few that are more epic and sweeping in their scope (thanks to the timeless Panavision 70 photography by Freddie Young). But even if the film isn't your absolute favorite, it is the number one of many, including Steven Spielberg, who credits the picture with making him want to be a filmmaker.

Alex Proyas To Helm 'Gods Of Egypt' For Summit, Fox & Scott Free Grab E-Book Sensation 'Wool'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 18, 2012 2:50 PM
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Score one for the self-published author. In a bidding war comparable to the recent "50 Shades of Grey" face-off, 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for Hugh Howey's self-published, post-apocalyptic e-book, "Wool." Originally started as a stand-alone story in 2011, fervor over Howey's work led to more installments, the first five of which have been compiled into a omnibus edition. Howey self-published "Wool" through Amazon, and, after positive word-of-mouth, sold over 140,000 copies through e-book in just under six months. Not bad for a guy who worked as a yacht captain for eight years before pursuing a literary career (can't make stuff like that up).

Todd Field’s Dry Spell Is Over: ‘The Creed of Violence’ Likely To Shoot In Early 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2012 2:30 PM
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Eight Academy Award nominations after your first two feature films ain’t too shabby. For an encore? Crickets. Last year we asked: where in the world is writer/director Todd Field? The actor turned filmmaker has had several projects gestating for several years, but he hasn't made a feature since 2006’s well-received "Little Children," which added three Oscar nominations to his total.

Watch: Bill Murray Is Franklin D. Roosevelt In Trailer For Oscar Hopeful 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 1:55 PM
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Accent: check. Impersonation of famous person in biopic: check. Forbidden love: check. Wheelchair: check. It looks like Bill Murray is ready for his Oscar moment. The actor was seen as a favorite for the award in 2004 for his performance in "Lost In Translation," but was beaten at the last by Sean Penn in "Mystic River." He's continued to make quirky, picky choices ever since, but no film seems to have a better chance of giving him another run at for awards gold than period drama "Hyde Park on Hudson," a trailer for which has just debuted over at Yahoo.

'Lawless' Character Posters Feature A Sexy (& Eventually Naked) Jessica Chastain, Plus New Shia LaBeouf Image

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2012 1:49 PM
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Character posters. They're apparently not just for super hero films and tentpoles anymore. The Weinstein Company are getting in on the action and have delivered character posters for most of the cast of the upcoming prohibition-set drama "Lawless."

Robert Altman And Dennis Hopper To Become Subjects Of New Documentaries

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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With a career that dates back in the 1950s, Robert Altman started out making industrials and working in television before switching to features in 1970 with "MASH," a film that kicked off a decade where the director flirted with perfection, with classics like "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "The Long Goodbye," and "Nashville." The 1980's wouldn't be as kind after Altman started the decade with the musical "Popeye," but he would eventually bounce back commercially with 1992's "The Player" and 1993's "Short Cuts" before receiving his fifth Academy Award nomination for directing with 2001's "Gosford Park." The director's career career ended with Altman's death in 2006, and documentarian Ron Mann ("Comic Book Confidential") is planning to examine his career in the upcoming Epix Original Documentary "Altman."

Review: 'Natural Selection' Surprises and Charms in More Ways Than One On Its Odd Couple Road Trip Journey

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 18, 2012 1:15 PM
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"Natural Selection" swept the jury awards at SXSW 2011, and has been generally hailed especially for Rachael Harris' performance, a dramatic turn from a well-established comedienne. The feature debut from writer/director Robbie Pickering, the film stars Harris as mousey Texas housewife Lindy who has been denied sex by her husband Abe (John Diehl) for 25 years because their religion expressly forbids copulation without the express purpose of procreation, and wouldn't you know it, Lindy can't have any "special babies."

Blur's Graham Coxon, Ash's Tim Wheeler & More To Write Music For Debut Feature From BAFTA Nominee Luke Snellin

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 18, 2012 12:46 PM
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You may not have heard of Luke Snellin, and that would make him one of the most talented and promising young filmmakers that you haven’t heard of. Don’t believe us? Watch some of his films, including "Disco" and "Mixtape" below, and you may just change your mind. It’s with a great deal of excitement then that we’re able to report on the news, via press release, that the BAFTA-nominated writer/director will soon be directing his debut feature. We may have another Rupert Wyatt/Joe Cornish/Richard Ayoade/[insert name of talented, young British director here] on our hands.

First Look At Tyler Perry And An Insanely Ripped Matthew Fox In 'Alex Cross,' Plus Images Of Fox In 'Emperor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 12:16 PM
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On "30 Rock"'s season finale last night, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) announced his intention to open his own movie studio that makes films where he dresses up as an elderly woman, that appeal entirely to black audiences. It's an obvious dig at the ludicrously successful Tyler Perry, who's made millions by writing, directing and starring in a string of pictures that have consistently been hugely profitable. He's a brand name now, but at the same time, outside the African-American community, Perry's yet to truly cross over, a tiny cameo in "Star Trek" having provided his widest exposure to date.

Cannes Review: Matteo Garrone's Lightweight & Lifeless 'Reality' Is A Disappointment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 11:50 AM
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The relationship between audiences and reality television has shifted to some degree over the past decade (or longer). Where early shows were once positioned as voyeuristic/documentary style looks at Real People, it quickly became clear to those in front of the camera, behind it and at home watching, that reality television is just a different kind of performance. While these programs are ones ostensibly rooted in Real Life, the people selected for these shows -- as well as the writers, producers and directors -- have become increasingly aware of the audience, playing directly to them. Simply put, most people know reality television is actually not that real at all, but in case you forgot, Matteo Garrone's "Reality" is here to remind you.

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