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MPI Finally Bringing Guillaume Canet's 'Little White Lies' Starring Marion Cotillard & Jean Dujardin To The U.S.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 11:24 AM
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It has been a long wait for the stateside release of Guillaume Canet's "Little White Lies," his followup to the smash sensation "Tell No One." And it's bit baffling why it's taken this long. The picture premiered at TIFF way back in 2010, and became a bit hit in its native France, and the film soon found releases in Canada and the U.K., but a U.S. deal didn't seem to materialize for whatever strange reason. We can only guess its lengthy 154-minute running put folks off (it's hard to get people to sit and watch a subtitled movie, let alone one that's two-and-a-half hours long), but now that it's coming, you should make some time to catch up with it.

Tran Anh Hung Talks His "Deep Spiritual Connection" With 'Norwegian Wood,' Says His Next Film Will Be His French Language Debut

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2012 11:04 AM
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Bold is the filmmaker who would tackle the prose of cult novelist Haruki Murakami. Though Jun Ichikawa found success adapting the short story "Tony Takitani," most of Murakami's work is desolate and blackly humorous, centered on characters struggling with loneliness in a politically-troubled, often surreal world. That didn't stop Tran Anh Hung, the director of "The Scent Of Green Papaya," who brings us his long-in-the-works adaptation of the moody novel "Norwegian Wood."

'The Night Flier' Writer/Director Mark Pavia Working On A New Stephen King Anthology Film

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 5, 2012 10:51 AM
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Stephen King is best known as one of the most prolific writers of pop horror novels, whose material has served as the foundation for numerous film adaptations (“The Shining,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Stand By Me”) and television series ("Bag Of Bones"). And it's far from over.

The Playlist's Most Anticipated Escapist/Popcorn Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 10:31 AM
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Admittedly, Team Playlist is an oddball collection of cinephiles, snobs and genre-dorks, sometimes only unified by one thing: a healthy dose of skepticism in a world largely occupied by wishful-thinking fanboys. But this diversity means that we can be at once cynical optimists and optimistic cynics.

Matt Damon Drops Out Of Directorial Debut, But May Still Star In It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 10:19 AM
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Matt Damon has been a busy, busy man. He spent most of the fall juggling a very full calendar, stumping for two films ("Contagion" and "We Bought A Zoo") while also filming Neill Blomkamp's massive and mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium." The plan was that heading into the New Year, he would transition behind the camera to take on his directorial debut, but it appears there has been a change.

Review: 'Roadie' A Compelling Portrait Of The Sad Aftermath Of A Failed Life On The Road

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2012 10:00 AM
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For some, life is a series of indignities. One second too slow, one step too far, and our dreams go unfulfilled. In every bar in the country, there is someone drinking away his regrets, trying to make peace with the records they didn’t break and the hearts they didn’t soothe. Michael Cuesta’s “Roadie” is a film about one of those men.
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Dwayne Johnson & Liam Hemsworth Looking To Star In Dito Montiel's Heist Flick 'Empire State'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 9:39 AM
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For someone as naturally, winningly charismatic as he is, and considering he's generally been the best thing in the generally terrible movies he's starred in, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson hasn't had the easy road to A-list stardom that you might imagine;

Hugh Jackman/Aaron Sorkin 'Houdini' Stage Musical Confirmed For 2013-4, Oscar Winner Stephen Schwartz Replaces Danny Elfman

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 9:17 AM
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Even with a sixth reprise (if you count a brief cameo in "X-Men: First Class") of his best-known role in "The Wolverine" tentatively aiming for a start later in the year, the future seems to feature less ass-kicking and more jazz hands for Australian star Hugh Jackman. The actor got his start in musical theater, and was spotted by Bryan Singer on stage in "Oklahoma!" when Dougray Scott had to drop out of the original "X-Men," and while he's best known for his action-adventure roles, he's kept his oar in the world of singing and dancing, with a 2003 run in Broadway show "The Boy From Oz."

Emma Stone To Deal Coke In Comedy 'Little White Corvette,' From '30 Minutes Or Less' Scribe

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 9:03 AM
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Emma Stone's career trajectory is starting to look like a textbook template for how to become one of the biggest stars in the world.

The Wachowskis Want Natalie Portman To Orbit 'Jupiter Ascending'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 11:30 PM
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After some downtime following the poorly received (though cult favorite) "Speed Racer," the Wachowskis have come roaring back, and if anything, their ambition has only grown larger with time. As you already know, they are hard at work with Tom Tykwer on the time-spanning, sprawling, "Cloud Atlas," but just this fall, another project sprang to life. "Jupiter Ascending" suddenly appeared on the horizon, touted as the directing duo's next film, and indeed, they are moving full steam ahead.

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