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Watch: Trailer For Sumptuous Documentary 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Arrives

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 11, 2011 10:25 AM
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A delicious meal? An expensive and unfilling dinner? Legitimate excuse to pull out of a David Mamet joint?

Brief New Footage From 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'; "Immigrant Song' Video By David Fincher & Sneak Screenings On Monday, December 12th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2011 11:53 AM
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So, didn't get tickets to "The Dark Knight Rises" prologue screenings? Well, another opportunity to see a hotly buzzed movie before everyone else has popped up and instead of six minutes, you'll get to see the whole damn thing.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Talks Giving Up Total Control & His Accidental Embrace Of Genre Elements

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 10, 2011 11:35 AM
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Remember when there was all that hubub this summer about the necessary art of "slow and boring" cinema? Well, none of those filmmakers listed got anything on the work of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Behind The Scenes Pics From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Emerge; Robert Downey Jr. Teases 'Inherent Vice'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 10, 2011 11:06 AM
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In a time where there seems to be a constant focus on set photos and early looks, it’s reassuring to see distinguished auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s next untitled offering (aka “The Master”) make its way to theaters so quietly.

Robin Williams Eyes 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn,' A Remake Of The Israeli Film 'Mar Baum'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 10, 2011 10:43 AM
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The acting talents of Robin Williams are certainly an acquired taste, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy having their senses assaulted with performances that range from obnoxious humor in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “RV” to overly sentimental Hollywood treacle like “Patch Adams."

A Heap Of New Images From Stephen Daldry's Post 9/11 Drama 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:30 AM
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The Academy loves Stephen Daldry. Every film he has directed thus far -- "Billy Elliot," "The Hours" and "The Reader" -- has been nominated for Best Director, with the last two also taking Best Picture nods, in addition to a host of other honors. And, even though Daldry's latest effort, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," has yet to be unveiled this late in the game, the film will seems poised to hit it big with voters with its post 9/11 dramatics.

Colin Firth Turns Down Lead Villain Role In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Starring Josh Brolin

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:10 AM
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Despite recently confirming an offer to play the lead antagonist in Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy," it looks like things just haven't worked out for Colin Firth as he has now reportedly turned down the chance to star opposite Josh Brolin in the project.

George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures Plotting Film About '60's Comedians The Smothers Brothers

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 9:46 AM
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Through their production shingle Smokehouse Pictures, George Clooney and Grant Heslov have been developing and producing interesting, intelligent fare over the last five years.

‘War Horse’ Screenwriter Richard Curtis Talks About ‘Trash,’ A Project For ‘Extremely Loud’ Director Stephen Daldry

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 10, 2011 8:53 AM
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Richard Curtis -- who wrote "Four Weddings and a Funeral, "Bridget Jones's Diary" and directed "Love Actually" and "Pirate Radio" -- has much to celebrate with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" hitting theaters later this month, but he's not taking any time off. He's already hard at work on his next adaptation of another children's book by a British author, this time to be directed by Stephen Daldry for Working Title. Andy Mulligan's second novel is called "Trash," but to Curtis, it's pure gold.

Marvel Continue Low-Rent 'Thor 2' Director Hunt, Consider TV Helmers Alan Taylor & Daniel Minahan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:54 PM
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As essentially a self-financing entity, Marvel has, perhaps understandably, been careful to look after the bottom line on their self-produced movies since "Iron Man." The movies have, without exception, cost north of $100 million, but the studio has been careful to keep the money on the screen, signing relative unknowns like Chris Hemsworth, character actors like Mark Ruffalo, or rising stars like Jeremy Renner. People who won't break the bank, exactly. And those actors are kept to restrictive multiple film contracts, to the extent that Chris Evans nearly backed out of "Captain America: The First Avenger."

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