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'Planet Of The Apes' Director Rupert Wyatt Lines Up 'Agent 13' With Charlize Theron To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 10:31 PM
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After directing one of the biggest surprises both commericially and critically last summer in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," Rupert Wyatt hasn't rushed into his next gig. Oh sure, there is the inevitable 'Apes' sequel which he is slated to direct, but with Andy Serkis busy on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" -- not only starring, but doing second unit work as well -- Fox will have to wait until he returns from the Shire. Until then, Warner Bros. has set up Wyatt with the spy thriller "Londongrad" and now he's got another hot project that is sure to start a bidding war.

Bradley Cooper Joining Christian Bale In David O. Russell's 'American Bullshit'; Megan Ellison May Fund

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 18, 2012 10:07 PM
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David O. Russell isn't straying too far from his recent tried and true collaborations. Reports surfaced earlier this year that Christian Bale and his "Fighter" director would be re-teaming again for a Black List script called, "American Bullshit." Written by Eric Warren Singer ("The International"), and a project that Ben Affleck was eyeing in January, it appears that not only is Bale in talks to star, but Russell's most-current lead Bradley Cooper (he stars in "The Silver Linings Playbook") is on board as well.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' With Matthew McConaughey & Channing Tatum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 8:23 PM
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Delivering the virus thriller "Contagion" last year, kicking off 2012 with the lean Euro-flavored actioner "Haywire" and now lensing the psychological thriller "The Bitter Pill," Steven Soderbergh's ability and eagerness to jump from genre to genre is no surprise. But even his die hard fans were surprised by his decision to helm "Magic Mike." And now the first trailer has arrived to give everyone a taste of what he's been putting togther.

Review: 'Oki's Movie' A Sincere, Hilarious & Dense Relationship Movie

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 18, 2012 6:57 PM
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Comprised of four segments using the same characters caught in a love triangle at various points in their life, "Oki's Movie" experiments with structure to humorously examine the connections and similarities between people. By jumping through various time periods and swapping perspectives, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo creates a little puzzle out of human relationships.

Garrett Hedlund's 'On The Road' Poster Lands; A Double Dose Of 'Piranha 3DD,' 'The Dictator' & 'A Bag Of Hammers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 6:22 PM
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In case you didn't get enough posters this morning, here's a whole new batch for you so buckle up your eyeballs.

Review: 'Bad Ass' Adds Intriguing Dimension To Hit Viral Video, Then Squanders It With Tacky Exploitation Trappings

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 18, 2012 5:56 PM
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All hail VOD, the format giving new life to disreputable exploitation films. It was problematic to stock them on DVD shelves next to the likes of “Kangaroo Jack” and “The Chronicles Of Riddick.” Now, the cheapest, tackiest, most base thrills are only a click away, allowing an opportunistic indie like “Bad Ass” it’s moment to shine, giving the perfect level of exposure to this grungy shlockfest with a built-in limited shelf life.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Has A $30 Million Dollar Budget, Production Mostly Stonewalls NYTimes Article

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 18, 2012 5:38 PM
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You've got to assume the secretive folks at Annapurna Pictures are fairly amused this afternoon after opening the latest edition of the New York Times. Inside, is a curiously timed, rather headscratching article about Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming drama, expected to be called, "The Master."

Whoa: First Look At Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In 'Hitchcock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 5:14 PM
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Well, we already got a peek at what Toby Jones looks like as Alfred Hitchock in "The Girl" -- one of two movies on the way about the director -- and now it's time for Anthony Hopkins to step into the famous silhouette, and it's pretty impressive.

Review: Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Is A Teen Vampire Tale Without Any Fangs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2012 4:57 PM
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It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here is Mary Harron, who since her 1996 debut "I Shot Andy Warhol" had only made two other films: "American Psycho," and the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page," the latter of which was five whole years ago. None of her films to date have been stellar, but she's always displayed more than enough filmmaking nous to make an upcoming Harron picture something to look forward to.

Werner Herzog On John Waters: "I Have The Feeling That This Man Is Gay."

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 4:50 PM
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There is no one who can turn a phrase better than Werner Herzog, and he's one of the few people we could actually say "we could listen to him read the phone book" and mean it. It seems every now and then a morsel of genius falls out of his brain and onto the Internet and today is no different.

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