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2 New Images From Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer' Plus Synopsis; Bruce Hornsby Composed The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 11:10 AM
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Just when we think we might have a handle on what Spike Lee has in store for his next film, the director goes and throws another curveball. "Red Hook Summer" has pretty much been kept under wraps thus far, with few details about the film being revealed other than a vague logline about the story centering on a young man from Atlanta who goes to the titular neighborhood to hang with his grandfather, who he's never met, for the summer. But as the Sundance Film Festival draws near, a couple more pics, a full synopsis and an intriguing bit of trivia about who scored the movie has been revealed.

Anne Hathaway Says Hedy Lamarr Inspired Her Take On Catwoman In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 10:33 AM
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Beautiful, smart and dangerous. While those are words that could be used to describe Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, portrayed by Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises." But they could also be used to describe Golden Age actress Hedy Lamarr.

Director Phyllida Lloyd Says She Thought Of 'The Iron Lady' As 'King Lear' For Girls

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 29, 2011 10:03 AM
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Meryl Streep's latest film "The Iron Lady" -- in which she portrays Margaret Thatcher -- isn't without controversy, not least of which because she's playing one of the most polarizing figures of the 20th century.

Watch: Russian Trailer For 'The Avengers' Reveals More Bits Of New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 9:43 AM
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Well, we found out what "The Avengers" sound like in German, and now we'll get a feel for them in Russian as another new trailer has dropped for the superhero team-up movie, and along with it, are a few more brief bits of new stuff.

First Look At Bae Doona In 'Cloud Atlas' Plus Concept Art Reveals Futuristic Look At Seoul

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 9:25 AM
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It seems the mysterious world of "Cloud Atlas" is slowly but surely revealing itself. Just before Christmas, the first official set photo from the movie was revealed and with everything from a hover bike to a grand piano populating the picture, it was a quick tease at what is easily one of the most ambitious movies of the new year. Well, a few more peeks at the movie have emerged, and again, they give us a look at a world that is shaping up to be one of the most unique we'll see on the big screen in the next twelve months.

Nicole Kidman Rides With Zac Efron In Pretty Sweet Retro, Paperback Book Style Poster For 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 9:00 AM
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Well, it took him a little while to settle on something, and after flirting with a seemingly endless list of projects, "Precious" director Lee Daniels returns with a bit of a shift in direction with the period thriller "The Paperboy." And if this poster is anything to go by, this could be a very unexpected treat.

My Favorite Films Of 2011: Oliver Lyttelton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2011 3:54 PM
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I'd have called you a liar if you'd said this six months ago, but 2011 turned out to be a pretty strong year for cinema. Indeed, whereas I've had to make up the numbers more than once in recent years, this time around, I've actually expanded it to fifteen to include everything I really wanted to talk about. I'm not sure it'll live with recent banner years like 1999 or 2007 – there was a lot of good, but I wonder how many of these will hold up as true classics. But then, that's part of the fun; you never know what'll stick with you, and I suspect this list would look very different in six months, or six years.

2011: The Year The Big Projects Died & Studios Discovered (A Little) Fiscal Responsibility

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2011 12:39 PM
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The giant financial crisis that began in 2008 is probably the single event that's had the most wide-reaching ramifications since 9/11, but, as ever, it's taken a few years for the film industry to reflect that, bar the occasional handy coincidence, like "Up in the Air." For the most part, 2011 was the year in which cinematic storytellers began to deal with the mess, from surprise hit "Margin Call" and HBO drama "Too Big To Fail" to the barely-able-to-make-rent lead in "Bridesmaids" and New Depression-era setting of "Real Steel." Even "Tower Heist," dealt with financial inequity and films like "Warrior" dealt with character struggling to make due.

Abel Ferrara Lining Up Movie Inspired By Dominique Strasse-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu & Isabelle Adjani Eyed For Roles

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 28, 2011 11:55 AM
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Update: Wild Bunch has clarified the film will not be about Dominique Strasse-Kahn specifically, but more generally about politicians. "Abel Ferrara is currently writing a script about politics, the weakness of today’s politician, who is at the same time all-powerful and lost, miserable in his personal life," Vincent Maraval said. Both Depardieu and Adjani are nowhere near to being locked. As you were. [THR] 

Exclusive: Roland Joffé Talks The Unconventional Re-Release of 'There Be Dragons,' Opus Dei and Occupy Wall Street

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 28, 2011 11:07 AM
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It's news to no one that films often don't make it onto the screen in the exact form that their creators intended. What is newsworthy are the ways in which filmmakers are taking the reins and going the extra mile to make sure their vision remains intact. Which is exactly what director Roland Joffé has done with his latest film, "There Be Dragons." Samuel Goldwyn Films released a version of the film in the U.S. in May of this year. Now, just six months later, a re-edited version is hitting is making its way to theaters via Tayrona Entertainment, in an attempt to bring the film to a wider audience who may have missed it the first time around.

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