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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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Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Spills Kim Jong-il's Ashes All Over Ryan Seacrest At The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 9:42 AM
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Well, the Oscars are over and as usual, the pundits will be spending the day weighing in on the broadcast. On the plus side, it was mostly a fast moving and thankfully not too painful three hour show but the comedy of Billy Crystal definitely showed its age in an era now ruled by the outrageousness of movies like "Bridesmaids." Even the opening montage through the year in movies felt a little creaky. And we're not even going to get started on that Cirque Du Soleil nonsense. But one of the highlight's of the evening took place on the red carpet before the show even began.

Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

'Trainspotting' Star Ewan Bremner Joins Chris Evans & Octavia Spencer In Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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"Snow Piercer," the English-language debut of Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho, got a pretty neat little boost last night when one of its previously-announced cast members, Octavia Spencer, only went and won herself a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "The Help." The award was widely expected, but nevertheless, having the actress on board can only help to raise the profile of the project.

'The Artist' Tops The 84th Annual Academy Awards Winning Best Picture, Director, Actor & More

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 26, 2012 8:29 PM
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While it was supposed to be the evening of the French-made silent film "The Artist" -- and don't worry, eventually it was -- the narrative of the 84th Annual Academy Awards was certainly, for at least two-thirds of the show, all about Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Both nostalgic, celebratory love letters to cinema, Scorsese's "Hugo," starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Sir Ben Kingsley, broke out early in the technical categories, leading all the films in wins throughout most of the ceremony leaving Oscar pundits a little nervous that their 'Artist' guesses might have been wrong.

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