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Miles Teller To Star While Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Jesse Eisenberg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & More Sought To 'Get A Job'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 4:38 PM
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Besides the total omnipresence of Jessica Chastain, among the many things the cinematic year of 2011 will be remembered for, is the return of some long absent film directors. After years in the wilderness, cinephiles were finally treated to new feature films from Alexander Payne, Lynne Ramsay and Whit Stillman. And now heading into 2012, another filmmaker, perhaps not as famous, is looking to get back behind the camera.

Producer Scott Rudin Picks Up Doc 'Indie Game: The Movie' For HBO Comedy Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 3:45 PM
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After making "The Social Network," the story of a bunch of nerds creating Facebook, into an unlikely box office and awards season hit, producer Scott Rudin seems to hope he can take that same formula to the small screen.

Review: Utterly Superficial 'Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston' Doc Is Marred By Its Clueless & Vain Director

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 23, 2012 3:03 PM
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Inept, amateurish and largely risible, the fashion documentary “Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston” is generally an embarrassing effort. But not because its subject isn’t worth documenting (quite the opposite actually), but because its creator is a dilettante buffoon; a clownish self-involved figure who inexplicably positions himself as the focus of the film, and yet has no business making movies of any kind.

Sundance: Andrea Arnold Talks Using Mumford & Sons For 'Wuthering Heights' & Her Intuitive Approach To Filmmaking

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
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There are as many adaptations and variations on Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" as there are theories about how Heathcliff gains his wealth and maturity before enacting his revenge. Thankfully, for Brontë-philes, that is still up for debate in "Fish Tank" director Andrea Arnold's adaptation of the Brit-Lit classic that tracks the mournful love triangle of Catherine, Heathcliff and Edgar over the years in the north of England at the titular farmhouse. This adaptation spent a while in development , being tossed from John Maybury (“The Edge of Love”) to Peter Webber (“Girl With The Pearl Earring”), until it came to her attention. The Playlist sat down with Arnold at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival the day after the first major snowstorm of the fest and discussed why she doesn't storyboard, her use of Mumford & Sons over the credits and why she chose to focus on the first half of the book (you can read our review of the film here).

More Shots Of 'The Avengers' Standing Around!

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 1:45 PM
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We guess that FX work is really going to be coming in under the wire, because some more shots of "The Avengers" have arrived, if you just can't wait to see which direction they'll be looking in now, today is your day.

Sundance: Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Discuss Subverting The Rom-Com In 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' & Next Project 'Frenemy Of The State'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 1:26 PM
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If you're an actor, and not getting the kind of roles you want (or indeed, any roles at all), the best way out is to create your own material. From Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Brit Marling, legions of actors over the years have turned screenwriters, and seen their careers skyrocket as a result. And so it is with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

Christopher Plummer Says He'll Never Work With Terrence Malick Again, Says He Needs A Writer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 12:58 PM
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While Terrence Malick's admirers and fans are numerous, his mercurial attitude, intuitive filmmaking style and free rein in the editing suite has also earned him his fair share detractors. Adrien Brody wasn't exactly pleased to learn his lead role had pretty much be reduced to nothing in "The Thin Red Line"; composer James Horner famously battled Malick during the making of "The New World" and recently, Sean Penn was a bit confused on what his role really meant in "The Tree Of Life" (though he still recommended and supported the film). Well, you can add one more actor to the list who doesn't exactly sing the praises of Terrence Malick.

Lawrence Kasdan To Direct 'Tell No One' Writer Harlan Coben's Thriller 'Stay Close'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 23, 2012 12:46 PM
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It's been a whole 11 years since "Return Of The Jedi" and "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" writer Lawrence Kasdan last tested himself behind the camera with the critically-panned sci-fi fantasy pic "Dreamcatcher" but 2012 will see the writer-director return to the tried and true family drama genre with "Darling Companion" before possibly moving on to an adaptation of a thriller novel by "Tell No One" author Harlan Coben.

"This Is Not A Motherf**king Sequel To Do The Right Thing!" & More From The Fiery Q&A For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:28 PM
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Trust Spike Lee to shake things up a bit. The Sundance Film Festival has been ticking along quietly and unremarkably since the end of last week. Some films screened. Some were good. Some were bad. Yawn. But last night, Spike Lee premiered his latest film, a low-budget, self-funded return to his roots entitled "Red Hook Summer," and it immediately became one of the most divisive pictures of the festival. Our own Todd Gilchrist landed firmly on the positive side with his review this morning, but it looks set to inspire arguments for months to come. 

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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Docs 'The Queen Of Versailles' And 'Searching For Sugar Man,' And Slash-Produced Horror Film 'Nothing To Fear' Also Find Homes

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