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Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center

  • By John Lichman
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  • February 27, 2012 1:01 PM
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To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a DSLR!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York.

James Franco & Jonah Hill Team Up To Tell A 'True Story' With Producer Brad Pitt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:58 PM
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"Starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill" That's a bit of marketing play you better start getting used to because with Oscar recognition now under his belt, and having show off his range in both "Cyrus" and the awards season horse "Moneyball," there are going to be plenty more opportunities outside of comic roles for Jonah Hill and it looks like he's striking while the iron is hot.

Writer Tony Grisoni Says 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Back On; Terry Gilliam Commissions New Logo For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:38 PM
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The saga of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is long and complicated, with numerous starts on stop on Terry Gilliam's long mooted projected that has become something of an albatross around his neck. But it seems there is some light appearing at the end of what has been a very long, and often times dark tunnel. Last fall, Gilliam teased that he was hoping to make the film this spring with Robert Duvall and when we caught up with him at the Marrakech Film Festival in December, he provided another small update saying that the long attached Ewan McGregor was no longer involved. Well, it appears there are some signs of hope.

Tomas Alfredson Says There Is "Something Dishonest" About Matt Reeves' 'Let Me In' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:18 PM
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Last we heard from Tomas Alfredson, he was relatively cool with Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," a remake of the director's cult hit "Let The Right One In." “I haven’t seen it,” Alfredson told us in December. “It was a little disturbing when I first heard about it because I think I was still working on marketing my own version. So it was a little quick. It’s a very personal thing to be working with a book for several years. You think it’s your own and you fight for it a lot and then to be hearing about someone else dancing with your girlfriend, it’s strange. But I heard that it’s a good film and that they did a great job, so it’s no hard feelings. I will see it." But it seems his feelings on the matter may have hardened a bit.

Beau Willimon Talks Working With David Fincher On The "Dark And Nasty" Netflix Series 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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Screenwriter Beau Willimon couldn't have asked for better journey in seeing his first feature film made. As he explained to us last week, his play "Farragut North" was having a hard time making it to the stage, but a couple of years later his agent decided to give it another shot, and send it out again. And good thing he did. This time, not only did the play draw interest from theaters around the country, but Hollywood came calling with George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio wanting to get involved in producing it for a feature film. The resulting "Ides Of March" found Clooney co-writing (with Willimon and Grant Heslov), producing, starring and directing the film, a lean and mean political thriller that earned Willimon his first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay his first time up to bat. Not too bad. Thanks to a boosted profile, it wasn't long before he was drafted for another promising project, the Netflix seriers "House Of Cards" produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (who will also star). And when we talked to Willimon last week, he already had high praise for Fincher.

Watch: Hilarious Trailer For 'Movie: The Movie' Featuring Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon & Much, Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 11:22 AM
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Memo to the Academy: Next year, you might want to get the writing staff of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to write jokes for the show, because this nine-minute bit is funnier than anything that happened at the Oscars last night.

Contest Giveway: 'Being Flynn' Prize Pack Including The Badly Drawn Boy Soundtrack, Book & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 10:59 AM
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Pairing up rising young actor Paul Dano with seasonsed and respected veteran Robert De Niro, in a film directed by Chris Weitz ("About A Boy," "In Good Company") and powered by a soundtrack of fresh music by Badly Drawn Boy, "Being Flynn" has the ingredients in place to be something memorable. And as the film opens this weekend in limited release, and begins rolling out a cross the country, we've got a few things to help spur your excitement for the film. But first, here's just a brief recap of what it's all about.

New Pics From Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' & 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 27, 2012 10:46 AM
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It's Monday morning and we're all trying to recover from one of the most predictable Oscar ceremonies in recent history, so let's try and wake ourselves up with some pictures from two of this years' highly anticipated projects.

Singer-Songwriter Emmy The Great Contributing Original Songs To Jerusha Hess's 'Austenland,' With Keri Russell & Bret McKenzie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 10:25 AM
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The idea of using a single band or singer-songwriter to score a film has fallen somewhat out of favor since the heyday of the 1960s/1970s, when films like "The Graduate" and "Harold & Maude" used the music of Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens to echo and underline the on-screen action. But a few filmmakers, in conscious homage to those pictures, have given it a stab in recent years, with Badly Drawn Boy's work on "About A Boy" and the upcoming "Being Flynn," and Alex Turner's tunes for "Submarine" being among the more memorable examples.

Review: 'No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos' An Inspiring & Moving Story About Friendship & Cinema

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 10:03 AM
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Generally speaking, stories about Hollywood personalities tend to focus on players with larger than life egos, who used their bravado to make things happen. Or the tales center on the stars who luminous quailty made them legends. There is nothing that makes for a page-turning read or compelling documentary, than juicy behind the scenes stories, and the outsized rumors that linger around them. But you won't find anything salacious in "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos" which makes it all the more refreshing and endearing. This is the kind of Hollywood story we don't hear often enough, one of true friendship and collaboration, of two likeminded souls whose dedication to each other, respect for the craft and filmmakers made them true legends in the field.
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