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10 Breakout Filmmakers & Performers From The 2012 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 12:28 PM
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One of the major benefits of Sundance has always been the new talent it's unleashed on the world. From Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith in the festival's heyday to more recent discoveries like Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Lawrence, Cary Fukunaga and Drake Doremus, the film world shifts ever so slightly each January as burgeoning filmmakers make their mark on the industry.

R-Rated Trailer For Bobcat Goldthwait's Nihilistic Comedy ''God Bless America' Suggests Greatest Movie Ever Made

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2012 12:01 PM
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When it comes to molotov cocktail-like film premesis, perhaps none are greater, more deliciously wicked than comedian turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait's incendiary and hilarious societal screeds. Always testing the limits of good taste Goldthwait's films have chronicled light beastiality ("Sleeping Dogs Lie") and deep, shameful immorality in a picture about a father who fake's his sons suicide note and then becomes a famous author in the process ("World's Greatest Dad"). His comedies are always pitch, pitch black.

Universal Move Oliver Stone's 'Savages' To July 6th, Film Will Open Against 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 11:04 AM
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Look out Spider-Man because here comes Oliver Stone and Blake Lively. Let's face it, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is being aimed at kids who were too young for the Sam Raimi trilogy, so for the adults and everyone else who doesn't want to see the "untold" origin story all over again (in 3D this time), you now have another option on the big holiday weekend of the summer.
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'W.E.' Star Andrea Riseborough Talks The "Apocalyptic Limbo" Of 'Resistance' & Trawling Chat Rooms In 'Disconnect'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 31, 2012 11:00 AM
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Andrea Riseborough is about to hit screens as Wallis Simpson in the Madonna-directed "W.E.," but the actress is quick to point out that she has a slew of non-period films coming up, including her Sundance IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer" and ensemble drama "Disconnect."

Bryan Bertino Gears Up His Found Footage Flick 'Mockingbird' At Universal

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 31, 2012 10:38 AM
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At the start of the summer of 2008, a modestly budgeted horror flick called “The Strangers” surprised many by holding its own at the box office with heavyweights like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the first “Sex and the City” movie, ultimately grossing $82 million on a $9 million dollar budget. Not exactly 'Indiana Jones'-style numbers, but enough to get sequels talk started and a little clout for the film’s helmer Bryan Bertino. While talk of further installments has been circling ever since, Bertino has yet to follow-up his directorial debut.

First Look At Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson In Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 10:33 AM
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Yawn. Another stuffy costume drama and adaptation of "Anna Karenina," a story we've seen played out more than once on the big screen and small. Who cares, right? Wrong. While the latest from Joe Wright, which sees him reteam with his "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" star Keira Knightley, might seem like an easy lay-up, in the director's typical fashion, he's raising the bar. As was recently revealed in an extended profile in Empire magazine, Wright choose to make the production nearly entirely on a single stage, in a take that has been described as experimental, taking place in an "elastic universe" that will include toy trains and dollhouses standing in for exterior locations.

McG Feels 'Guilty' For Fox; Clip From 'This Means War' Arrives

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 31, 2012 10:18 AM
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With a resume that boasts stuff like the forgettable “We Are Marshall” and the misguided “Terminator: Salvation,” McG doesn't exactly make for an auteur worth following, however, he has continued to make a living producing sub-Michael Bay shlock and proven himself to be just as bulletproof (critically, anyway) as Drew Barrymore in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement Co-Writing A Comedy About World War II & A Vampire Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 31, 2012 9:57 AM
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Actor-writer-director-comedian Taika Waititi has been rising quickly in certain circles. He followed his critically-acclaimed directorial debut "Eagle Vs. Shark" with the coming-of-age dramedy "Boy," the highest grossing film in New Zealand history, slated to make it's stateside debut this March. With all involved interested in forgetting his comic relief turn in front of the camera for "Green Lantern," Waititi is eager to return to the director's chair, and has two projects currently brewing. And for writing help, he's enlisted his somewhat more higher profile "Eagle Vs. Shark" leading man Jemaine Clement.

Shirley MacLaine Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 31, 2012 9:43 AM
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When Julian Fellowes isn’t busy trying to destroy the British film industry, you can find him writing one of the most successful British shows of the past decade, "Downton Abbey." The costume drama, set on a North Yorkshire abbey estate has proved supremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic; garnering critical acclaim, impressive viewing figures, and even a slew of Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

Hi-Ya! Kermit & Miss Piggy Smack Down Fox News After Accusations That 'The Muppets' Brainwashes Kids

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 9:24 AM
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"The Muppets" is finally starting to roll out internationally, which means a number of things. Firstly, those of us who live outside the U.S. finally get to see the film. Hurrah! And secondly, it means that the stars of the film finally get to respond to some of the political criticism aimed at them during the film's U.S. release. 

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