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First Look At 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 25, 2012 10:22 AM
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While Ben Wheatley’s grim and disturbing “Kill List” isn't exactly an awards season kind of movie (though it did earn some nods from the British Independent Film Awards) this low-key British thriller has propelled the director onto many cinephile lists of rising directors to watch. One of those cinephiles, in fact, and a director in his own right, is “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” maestro Edgar Wright who’s executive-producing Wheatley’s next directorial effort “Sightseers,” which we first heard about during the summer. At the beginning of January, Wheatley told us he had a cut ready to show Wright at his Big Talk production house, and now we have a first official look of the film for ourselves.

Joe Carnahan Says 'The Grey' Will Head Back To Theaters For An Oscar Qualifying Run In October

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 25, 2012 10:00 AM
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Writer/director Joe Carnahan has no regrets. The twists and turns many up-and-coming directors face during their first brush with a big budget studio project could leave anyone bitter and jaded. Instead, Carnahan took his ill-fated experiences on “Mission: Impossible III” (which was ultimately directed by J.J. Abrams) and began looking to the future. After proving he could blow stuff up with the best of ‘em on 2010’s “The A-Team,” Carnahan finished an adaptation of the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers and began casting.

Emma Roberts & 'Submarine' Star Craig Roberts To Star In 'I Am My Family Secret'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 25, 2012 9:41 AM
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She’s from New York City, the niece of one of the world’s most recognizable actresses, and has been on the big screen since she was ten years old. He’s from (the considerably less glamorous) Maesycwmmer, Wales, and made his feature film debut as recently as 2010. So, on the surface, Emma Roberts and Craig Roberts appear to have little more in common than merely sharing a surname...and before you ask, no, they’re definitely not related.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper & Thandie Newton To Star In Adaptation Of Bestseller 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2012 9:22 AM
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It's not been documented much abroad, but Nigeria has one of the most vibrant, active film scenes in the world; over the last couple of decades, it's overtaken the United States to become the nation that produces the second largest quantities of film per year, behind only India. And while the films and stars of "Nollywood," as it's nicknamed, haven't yet crossed over to the Western mainstream, it's surely only a matter of time before their influence becomes felt. And now, it's been announced that Nigerian backers are teaming with British producers for a star-laden adaptation of a novel that tells a key part of the nation's history.

'The Crow' Remake Flies Again With Director F. Javier Gutierrez & Writer Jesse Wigutow

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 25, 2012 9:05 AM
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Until very recently, the long-gestated remake of the 1994 cult hit "The Crow" looked to all intents and purposes like it was dead and buried, with Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company locked in a legal battle over the distribution rights to any potential reboot. But like it’s titular hero "The Crow" seems unable to stay dead for very long, with the two companies settling amicably out of court a few days ago and agreeing to work together on the picture.

Sundance Review: 'Liberal Arts' Is A Mostly Charming Sophomore Effort From Writer/Director Josh Radnor

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 25, 2012 8:37 AM
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Every young filmmaker dreams of getting their debut into Sundance and hopes that if it goes over well, they can turn that buzz into a distribution deal with a successful theatrical run not far behind. But getting in to the festival is only the beginning. Even if your film is a hit, Sundance audiences are not always the most reliable indicator of what will click with audiences outside the buzzy confines of Park City. Just ask “How I Met Your Mother” actor Josh Radnor, whose debut film as a writer/director "Happythankyoumoreplease" received the audience award back in 2010 only to hit theaters over a year later and fizzle with critics and audiences (though the film has developed a following since becoming available on Netflix Instant). Radnor is back this year with his sophomore effort "Liberal Arts," which has already garnered comparisons to some of his cinematic idols and received not one but two standing ovations during festival screenings. Whether that buzz will translate into a wider audience is anybody's guess but right now things are looking pretty good for the actor-turned-filmmaker.

Sundance Review: 'The Imposter' A Remarkable & Entertaining Tale About The Illusion Of Truth

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 25, 2012 7:28 AM
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It isn’t often that audiences will feel inclined to believe the word of a proven liar over a family who suffered as a result of his dishonesty, but “The Imposter” achieves that unusual feat. A documentary about a family stricken with tragedy that unwittingly takes in a con artist, director Bart Layton tells an almost too-amazing-to-be-true story that creates a truth, establishes sympathies, and then razes everything we think we know. A remarkable, entertaining and even sometimes shocking film, “The Imposter” utilizes reenactments and first-person interview footage to create a vivid account of a story whose actual details seem impossible to parse out from an entanglement of the participants’ recollections, feelings and most unexpectedly of all, their hopes about what actually happened.

Sundance Review: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' A Grounded, Genuine, Oddly Effective Charmer

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 24, 2012 11:24 PM
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Although at this point there are way too many stories about quirky man-children and the women who love them, “Safety Not Guaranteed” is an oddly effective little charmer. A film that harkens back to the magical-realism adventures of the 1980s rather than the twee dollhouse making of the last decade, Colin Trevorrow’s tale of a trio of journalists who investigate a personals ad from an oddball requesting a partner in a time-travel experiment is far more grounded, genuine, and moving than its conceit suggests. At the same time, there’s little that’s especially new or original about “Safety Not Guaranteed,” but it ekes out a victory over so much of its indie-darling competition simply by following through on the ideas it introduces.

Sundance Review: 'Bachelorette' Is The Movie For Anyone Who Wished 'Bridesmaids' Was More Like 'The Hangover'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 24, 2012 10:03 PM
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Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, "Bachelorette" is the movie for all those people that wished "Bridesmaids" was more like "The Hangover." Three bridesmaids embark on a non-stop parade of debauchery fueled by coke, booze, and pills that make "The Hangover" dudes seem kind of like pussies. Kirsten Dunst plays Queen Bee Regan, leader of the "B-Faces" (short for "bitch faces"), a group of high school friends now in their early '30s scattered across the country in various stages of their lives. This crew includes promiscuous cokehead Gena (Lizzy Caplan), spacey retail worker Katie (Isla Fisher) and Becky ("Bridesmaids" scene stealer Rebel Wilson), a girl who was known as "Pig Face" in high school. Improbably, Becky becomes the first of the group to get engaged, to one of NYC's most wealthy men, and this confuses Regan -- who works with sick kids, keeps a perfect figure, and does everything she thinks she should to be the first one to walk down the aisle -- to no end. She tries (with all the muscles in her face) to remain supportive as she receives the news, but it's painfully clear she is not happy about it.

Annapurna Pictures Drops Out Of 'Side Effects' Over Casting; Potential Options Emerge, While Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Cast

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 24, 2012 9:50 PM
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Well, that was quick. Just one week after announcing it had signed on with Open Road, the distributors of the film, to co-finance Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller, “Side Effects,” Megan Ellison’s Annapurna pictures has backed out of the project (however, Open Road is staying put to distribute the film). But it's not all gloom and doom for "Side Effects," though, as Soderbergh's "Traffic" co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones has just signed onto the project (via Deadline).

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