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Thomas Newman Replaces David Arnold As Composer For Bond Film 'Skyfall'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 3:44 PM
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Well, he had a good run but longtime James Bond composer David Arnold, who has scored every 007 outing since 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," is being switched out for this year's "Skyfall," according to James Bond news site MI-6. Director Sam Mendes has swapped him for his longtime collaborator Thomas Newman, who has scored all of Mendes' films except 2009's regrettable "Away We Go."

Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kirsten Wiig & Christopher Walken Will Get Frozen In Errol Morris' 'Freezing People Is Easy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 3:37 PM
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Errol Morris? Cryogenics? Sound familiar? Over the summer, the documentarian Morris let it drop that Paul Rudd would lead his adaptation of the memoir “We Froze The First Man.” Well, it looks like it's now beginning to take shape with a new title and one helluva cast coming together.

Lily Collins Is The First One Into The Cabin For 'Evil Dead' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 3:12 PM
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Lily Collins has had a bit of a bumpy Hollywood ride. Breaking out in "The Blind Side," her followup efforts have been disappointing with "Priest" and "Abduction" hitting theaters in 2011 with a dull thud. It probably doesn't bode well that her first major starring turn in "Mirror Mirror" will likely be in service of a candy colored disaster, but perhaps another franchise will catch her fall.

Natalie Portman Plans Documentary Based On Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Eating Animals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:55 PM
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Natalie Portman: Actress, Oscar winner, mother and vegan. That's right, in case you weren't aware, Portman is part of a select group of actresses that also includes Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard, that abstain of any food or product that comes from an animal. For the most part, she's kept her dietary preferences to herself (though there was that stint on "Top Chef" a couple of years ago) but it looks like she'll stay silent no longer.

Writer/Director/'Doctor Who' Star Noel Clarke Is Latest Recruit To Cast Of 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2012 2:18 PM
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British actor/writer/director Noel Clarke has ascended to the big leagues the old-fashioned way; by working his ass off. Having started off in the cast of long-running sitcom "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet," he broke out on-camera as Mickey Smith, boyfriend of companion Rose Tyler in the 2005 revival of "Doctor Who," dropping in and out of the show and its spin-offs across the next five years. But simultaneously, he was also carving out a screen career, penning and starring in the gritty drama "Kidulthood" in 2006, and then directing its follow-up, "Adulthood," in 2008, after the film became a surprise hit.

Universal Thinking About 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:04 PM
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Universal had a pretty bumpy 2011, but one very bright spot on their balance sheet was the modestly budegeted, Judd Apatow produced, R-rated hit "Bridesmaids." The film was nothing short of a sensation, powering its way to $288 million worldwide, but before word could even begin to get knocked around about a sequel, the film's co-writer, co-producer and star Kristen Wiig pretty much put the kibosh on returning. She's played coy whenever asked about the prospects of a "Bridesmaids 2," but this fall her co-star in the film (and in the upcoming "Friends With Kids") Jon Hamm stated bluntly, "I don't think Kristen is going to do it."

Patricia Arquette Will Play Jeff Buckley’s Mom In Upcoming Biopic From Jake Scott

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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In addition to the long line of competing tent pole films (from “Dante’s Peak” vs. “Volcano” up to “Mirror, Mirror” vs. “Snow White and the Huntsman”), there has in recent years been a growing number of biopics going head-to-head. First there was “Capote” vs. “Infamous,” as well as the upcoming “Lovelace” vs. “Inferno,” and next a pair of Jeff Buckley films: Daniel Algrant's

Sarah Polley To Adapt Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace' For The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 1:23 PM
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Sarah Polley is no stranger to Canadian literature. As a young actress, she rose to fame playing Sara Stanley in the beloved TV series "Road To Avonlea" based on the writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and when Polley set out to make her debut feature film, she turned Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over The Mountain" into the astounding "Away From Her." With another feature film already under her belt in the relationship dramedy "Take This Waltz," which will hit theaters later this year, it looks like Polley has been at the library again.

Review: 'John Mellencamp: It’s About You’ Is An Amateur, Empty Music Documentary

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 4, 2012 1:02 PM
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“John Mellencamp: It’s About You” is a documentary directed, shot and edited by professional photographer Kurt Markus and his son, Ian Markus. The film’s title refers to a debate between Mellencamp and Kurt as to whom the subject of the film would be. Mellencamp wanted the movie to be about Kurt; Kurt wanted it to be about Mellencamp, but by the end of its seventy-nine minute running time, the debate’s winner is as unclear as the movie’s point, purpose, or reason for existing. It’s a film that really should have stayed on the cutting room floor and likely would have were it not for John Mellencamp’s name in the title. At the beginning of the doc, Kurt admits that neither he nor his son know anything about filmmaking. The man is not kidding.
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Exclusive: Poster For 'Maria Full Of Grace' Director Joshua Marston's 'The Forgiveness Of Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 12:43 PM
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When "Maria Full Of Grace" arrived in 2004, the film won critical praise that was carried all the way to an Oscar nomination for Catalina Sandino Moreno, and marked the arrival of director Joshua Marston. It seemed like the world was an oyster for Marston, who honed his chops following the hit film with some television work, and contributed a segment to the omnibus "New York, I Love You." However, his followup feature "The Forgiveness Of Blood," arriving six years after 'Grace,' went in a direction no one could have guessed.

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