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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.

The Playlist's 50 Most Anticipated Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2012 12:02 PM
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Well here we are, in the brave new world of 2012. And at present, it's not too scary, although we swear that we'll beat the next person to death who makes a joke about the Roland Emmerich film. And after a 2011 that turned out to be a pretty decent year for cinema (if not necessarily one for the ages), we're now staring out across a few months that seem fairly barren, as the early months of the year always do.

Sequel To Ray Winstone TV Revival 'The Sweeney' Already In The Works Before First Film Is Released

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2012 11:02 AM
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In Hollywood, barely anything is greenlit without the prospect of a sequel already percolating in the minds of studio executives (you can be sure that somewhere, there's a serviette with plot outlines for "We Bought A Zoo Too," "J. Edgars" and "My Week With Marilyn: Tokyo Drift"), but in the U.K., this phenomenon is much rarer. It's hard enough to get a film made, let alone get anyone to see the thing, and thus it's not often that filmmakers count their chickens before they hatch and start development on a sequel without knowing that they've got a hit in the bag. 

Matthew Fox Goes Back To An Island, Starring In Post-WW2 Japan-Set Drama 'Emperor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox? That he's actually managing to carve out a fairly interesting post-"Lost" career. Breaking out of a global TV smash like that sci-fi series isn't the easiest thing in the world, as David Duchovny's film career will attest to, but Fox started to lay the ground work when the show was still on, with parts in films like "Vantage Point" and "Speed Racer," and after taking a little time off since "Lost" wrapped up a couple of years back, he's making his way back onto the big screen again.

Peter Parker Loves The Ramones In New Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 10:19 AM
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Peter Parker: Student, photographer, superhero, punk rocker. While Tobey Maguire's incarnation of Peter Parker was more likely to listen to Death Cab For Cutie and cry himself to sleep, it looks like Marc Webb's upgraded take on the character has a pair of Doc Martens in his closet next to his Spidey suit.

Review: 'The Hunter' A Fantastic, Grim Thriller Targeting Modern Iran

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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We've come to expect more than a few things from Iran in recent years, and that goes for its cinema as well (at least the films we actually get to see). The country's most notable movies employ a naturalistic aesthetic, blend fact and fiction, indulge in minimalism and, in that sense, "The Hunter" is a pretty large anomaly. Rafi Pitts's fourth narrative shares genes not with Abbas Kiarostami, but with the nonexistent birth child of Michael Haneke and Nuri Bilge Ceylan -- it's a quiet and patient thriller, complete with an eye for the country's terrain and how its nasty urban dwellings, cold environment, and abominable social/political climate affect its inhabitants. Like the Turkish auteur, there are small moments of truth that touch deeply, and similar to our Austrian grandfather, there are strategic, alarming bursts of violence sprinkled throughout. In short, "The Hunter" is the first must-see of 2012.

Watch: Linda Cardellini Loses Her Grip In Trailer For 'Return' Also Starring Michael Shannon & John Slattery

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2012 9:45 AM
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It's somewhat odd that of all the "Freaks And Geeks" crew, the two leads, Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley, haven't been able to capitalize on the cult show's success on the same level its supporting players such as James Franco, Seth Rogen or Jason Segel have. Daley is now a staple on television with Fox's "Bones," but for Cardinelli, any ascension went only as far as "Legally Blonde" and the 'Scooby Doo' films.

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