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Watch: One Final Dusty, Awesome Three Minute Clip Arrives For 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:23 AM
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We're now only a couple of days away from the IMAX opening of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," and the film, the fourth in the previously tired franchise, has mostly lived up to the expectations set by the hiring of Pixar veteran Brad Bird as director, with the critical consensus, for the most part, being that the film's the best in the series, and one of the best action films of 2011 (although our own review didn't go quite as far...).

Saoirse Ronan Lands Lead Role In Kevin MacDonald's Apocalyptic Romance 'How I Live Now'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:05 AM
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Since her impressive debut in 2007's "Atonement," Saoirse Ronan has made a career out of taking some of the toughest, least conventional teen roles. From her youthful fibber in Joe Wright's film, she's played the deceased victim of a rape and murder in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," a Polish girl struggling for survival in Peter Weir's "The Way Back," and a pair of fresh-faced assassins, in Wright's "Hanna" and Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet and Daisy." And she's still only seventeen. Ronan is currently filming the vampire tale "Byzantium" from Neil Jordan, and is next set to play the dual role of a teen girl and the alien parasite that possesses her in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." Now she's just lined up a third, a film so firmly inside her wheelhouse that, to be honest, we'd assumed she'd signed up to months ago.

Watch: Marion Cotillard Thinks About Quitting The Business In Lady Dior Short Film Directed By John Cameron Mitchell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 6:34 PM
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Generally speaking, fashion ads, no matter how high class, glossy and star studded they are, tend to be a bore. And while folks Jean Jacques-Annaud (starring Charlize Theron), Darren Aronofsky, Martin Scorsese and Sofia Coppola have all done work for fashion houses in the past little while, we can't say we remember them all that well. Leave it to "Shortbus" and "Rabbit Hole" helmer John Cameron Mitchell to create something actually worth watching.

Sony Artists Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn Tapped To Direct 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 6:09 PM
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Sony has tasked two relative unknowns with directing the sequel to their hit kids film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (which ended up grossing more than $230 million worldwide).

Hans Zimmer To Bring Some BRAAAM To Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 5:40 PM
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Steven Spielberg has John Williams, J.J. Abrams has Michael Giacchino and Ron Howard has Hans Zimmer. At least lately. The latter helmer has hired on Zimmer for this last four movies -- "The Dilemma," "Angels & Demons," "Frost/Nixon" and "The Da Vinci Code" and they are set to team up once again.

'Parks & Recreation' & 'Moneyball' Star Chris Pratt Looks To 'Kill Bin Laden' For Kathryn Bigelow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 4:21 PM
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If you haven't tuned in to "Parks & Recreation" yet you are missing one of the best comedies on television right now (and far superior to the overrated "Community," sorry, it's true). The show is poised to give everyone involved a serious career boost (and it some cases it has with both Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza moving into bigger film roles), but it's the unlikely Chris Pratt who may rise above the rest of his cast. As we noted in our 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011 he shows some impressive range as Scott Hatteberg in "Moneyball," and if everything goes according to plan he may stretching those dramatic chops even further.

Denzel Washington Eyed For Big Screen Adaptation Of 'The Equalizer'; Paul Haggis & Russell Crowe Move On

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 3:59 PM
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Well, here's an update to a project we sort of totally forgot about. As you might remember, over a year ago it was announced that Sony were looking to bring the hit 1980s series "The Equalizer" to the big screen with Paul Haggis in talks to write the project for his pal Russell Crowe (they had just wrapped up "The Next Three Days"). Well, that iteration won't come to pass, as in Sony's announcement today about their extended first look deal with the production shingle Escape Artists, they reveal another actor may take the part.

Marrakech Film Festival '11 Reviews: 'Land of Oblivion' Starring Olga Kurylenko & '180°' The Swiss-German Version Of 'Crash' (Basically)

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2011 3:23 PM
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"Land of Oblivion" It is 25 years ago in the small Ukrainian town of Pripyat. People are fishing. A boy goes to look at the tree he and his father planted. A woman prepares for her wedding. And then it starts to rain - not, in itself, a doom-laden event, except if you know that Pripyat was essentially the ground zero town for the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and what we are really watching is more like a snapshot of Pompeii in the days before Vesuvius erupted.

Watch: Bad Wigs Take Center Stage In Campy Trailer For 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:40 PM
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Wow, even Nicolas Cage must be impressed. The first trailer for next spring's fist-pumping, '80s set musical "Rock Of Ages" has arrived and, man, we just can't get over the impressive display of bad wigs. Given the money they clearly spent on these hairpieces, they couldn't score one for Paul Giamatti?

Warner Bros. Adding 'Arthur & Lancelot' To The Chopping Block, Urging Director David Dobkin To Take It To Another Studio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:24 PM
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With the year winding down, it looks like executives at Warner Bros. have been looking at the year ahead and wondering WTF have they greenlit. Just yesterday word arrived that they were putting Alex Proyas' expensive, 3D, motion-capture adaptation of "Paradise Lost" on hold to get the budget and script under control. And now, another high profile movie may be getting the axe altogether.

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