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Angelina Jolie Says She'll Make Sleeping Beauty Reboot 'Maleficent' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 9:05 AM
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Given her omnipresence in the media, it's easy to forget that Angelina Jolie hasn't actually appeared on screen for eighteen months, since the ill-fated "The Tourist." She's not been idle -- far from it, with voice work in "Kung Fu Panda 2" and her directorial debut "In The Land Of Blood and Honey" landing in 2011. But given that she's one of the few actresses who are able to get a project greenlight solely on their name, her absence from starring roles has surely been felt in certain quarters.

Denzel Washington Says He Has A Script For A Biopic Of Legendary Jazz Pianist Thelonious Monk, Also Considering A Comedy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 6:51 AM
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The blockbuster opening of "Safe House" over the weekend, the second biggest of Denzel Washington's career, serves as a reminder that he remains, in the U.S. at least, one of the most consistently reliable box-office draws around. His films do have a cap on them, to be sure, but few other stars consistently bring in an audience the way Denzel does, and "Safe House" serves as a reminder that he's not going away any time soon, even if the film didn't rank among our five favorite of his performances.

'The Artist' Sweeps The BAFTAs With Wins For Picture, Actor, Director & Screenplay, Meryl Streep Takes Best Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2012 2:18 PM
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We're coming into the last gasp of the awards season now, and while most eyes tonight will be on the Grammys, in the aftermath of the death of Whitney Houston yesterday, the Orange British Academy Film Awards are being given out at the Royal Opera House in London. It's one of the last major ceremonies of the calendar, two weeks before the Oscars, and whereas few surprises are expected there, BAFTA has the potential to make things a little more interesting.
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Weekend Box Office: 'The Vow' And 'Safe House' Lead Four $20 Million+ Debuts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 12, 2012 1:44 PM
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It’s a crowded non-holiday weekend in February. Clearly, all these new releases should do somewhere in the vicinity of $10-$15 million, cannibalizing their own audiences, right? It’s early, but in a year of box office surprises, consider this weekend the most unlikely. With the final tallies to be announced on Monday, this will be the first non-holiday weekend to feature four $20 million+ debuts. And, surprisingly, none of them are costly flops.

Hammer CEO Teases Reboots Of 'Dracula' & 'Quatermass' Franchises, As Well As A Monster Movie Like 'The Abominable Snowman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 12, 2012 12:02 PM
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Anyone who saw last weekend's surprise hit "The Woman in Black" knows that it was a step in the right direction for Hammer Films studio. After a string of woefully underseen, contemporary set horror films (among them the wonderful vampire tale "Let Me In" and the pervy Hilary Swank thriller "The Resident"), Hammer got back to what it does best: a Victoria-era setting, and an emphasis on period costumes, eerie effects, spooky ghosts, hostile villagers, and dimly lit hallways. And in an interview with Hey U Guys, Hammer CEO Simon Oakes, who was heavily involved with "The Woman in Black," says they plan to dip into the studio's catalog for future projects, including rebooting the Dracula franchise that made Hammer something of a household name. At least if your household was really into fangs.

Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen Will Take Part In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:58 AM
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It seems the return of Shia LaBeouf to "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" has kicked the movie back into motion. The actor originally joined back in 2010 and was later replaced by Zac Efron, but last month LaBeouf climbed back into the lead less than two weeks later, and two more actors have come aboard with a start date on the horizon.

Badly Drawn Boy's 15-Song Original Soundtrack To 'Being Flynn' Arrives February 28

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  • February 12, 2012 10:39 AM
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Here’s the old, but good news in case you forgot: Damon Gough – aka, knit-cap wearing singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy – reteamed with director Paul Weitz to compose the songs for his upcoming adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoirs, "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," retitled “Being Flynn” for the big screen.

Tom Hiddleston & Anna Paquin Join Elijah Wood In Noir 'Black Wings Has My Angel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:27 AM
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They say patience is a virtue, and in the world of film development, that's especially true. While "Black Wings Has My Angel" may seem new, this one has actually been brewing since around 2007. A couple of years ago, Elijah Wood signed on to the lead role in the hardboiled pic and then word when quiet, but it finally looks like the pieces are coming together.

Review: 'Perfect Sense' An Uneven Mix Of Romance & Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:10 AM
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If you thought the fast spreading virus in "Contagion" was bad, Steven Soderbergh's film has got nothing on David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense." A romance, sci-fi tale and apocalyptic vision of the breakdown of humanity all rolled into one, there is no source for the virus which moves quicky and mysteriously around the world. It just happens, and the effects are devastating. Anyone stricken with the virus begins to lose each of their senses, one by one over the course of days and weeks. There is no cure and there is no way to stop it, and it's against this backdrop that romance, against all odds, begins to flourish.

Berlinale 2012: Léa Seydoux On 'Farewell My Queen,' American Filmmaking & The Classic French Cinema She Loves

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2012 11:43 AM
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French actress Léa Seydoux has been bringing her Gallic brand of beauty and skill to Hollywood films for a few years now. But while she was reportedly on one of the shortlists to play Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" she has yet to lead a U.S.-made film, and instead has been slowly increasing her confidence in English-speaking roles by working in smaller parts for well-respected directors like Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen.

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