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David Oyelowo Joins Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 11:20 AM
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David Oyelowo is so close to stardom, you can taste it. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran became well known in the U.K. after starring in the spy series "Spooks" (or "M-I:5" in the U.S.) and earned further attention with his turn in 2006's "The Last King of Scotland."

Watch: Amanda Seyfried Stars In A Very Special 'Law & Order: SVU' With Trailer For 'Gone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 10:58 AM
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When "Dear John" and "Letters to Juliet" proved sleeper hits last year, it looked like Amanda Seyfried might be on her way to becoming a pretty massive star, and arriving on the back of her starring role alongside Meryl Streep in musical smash "Mamma Mia," it all seemed to be coming up Seyfried. But the actress hasn't had such a good time of it lately. She's tried to step away from the romance genre with fairy tale flick "Red Riding Hood" and sci-fi "In Time," but neither performed especially well, suggesting that if she is a draw, the audiences aren't turning up to see her sight-unseen.

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Says That Fox Has Passed On His Script For 'The Fly' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 10:29 AM
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Review: 'Toyland' Is A Cursory Look At A Billion Dollar Industry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 10:06 AM
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It's that time of year again. Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are flocking to shopping malls across the nation to pick up presents for loved ones, and no matter who you are, you likely have at least one stop to make at a toy store for somebody in your life. Each year it seems there are more toys to choose from, and given the Christmas holidays are essentially the time of the year that make or break a product, it's lot like a box office opening weekend -- you either go big or go home. It's a tough industry, with big winners, major players and a lot folks struggling to make to their mark and in documentary "Toyland," filmmaker Ken Sons attempts to explain the journey that gets a toy to market.
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'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski Will Stitch Up Aaron Eckhart's Heart In 'I, Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 9:43 AM
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We have to admit, we had to look up to see if the NBC comedy "Chuck" was still on (for the record, it is). Anyway, it looks like one of the stars, Yvonne Strahovski, is making the big screen leap having taken a mostly thankless role in the mostly thankless "The Killer Elite," and now signing on to stitch together Aaron Eckhart's heart. Let us explain.

Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola & Jane Campion's Daughter Alice Englert To Star In Sally Potter's 'Bomb'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 9:22 AM
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There aren't many experimental video and performance artists who can also say they've directed a film starring international megastar Johnny Depp, but Sally Potter is one of them. Well, the only one. Making her feature debut with the 1983 Julie Christie film "The Gold Diggers," she came to international attention with her excellent 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando," starring Tilda Swinton, before going on to make "The Tango Lesson," "The Man Who Cried" (which starred Depp and Cate Blanchett), and the underrated, spoken-entirely-in-iambic-pentameter "Yes," with Joan Allen.

Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Bin Laden Drama Now Set For December 19, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 9:01 AM
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If you thought next month's calendar of movie releases was tight, you ain't seen nothing yet as December 2012 is already shaping up to be veritable car crash of Oscar contenders and blockbusters movies, with one more now stepping into the fray.

Review: 'The Muppets' Is Inspirational, Celebrational & One Of The Year's Best Films

  • By James Rocchi
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  • November 18, 2011 8:01 AM
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Watching "The Muppets," the Jason Segel-spearheaded effort to re-launch Jim Henson's furry friends and familiar faces into the new millennium after years of corporate tussling and fallow creative hibernation, I wasn't pulled in by having emblems of my youth shoved down my throat with the sickly-sweet toxic oil of retrograde fond remembrance and fuzzy post-modern self-awareness. Instead, I was engaged by the characters, the plot, the message and the medium of the Muppets themselves -- decidedly low-tech puppets in an age when computer-generated imagery makes the imagination both limitless and, too often, lifeless on-screen.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 18, 2011 12:32 AM
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Breaking news: after a long, drawn-out casting process between Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided to opt out and will not be directing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," a project he and writer Scott Z. Burns have been developing since early 2010. Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project.

Stephen Frears Goes 'Slumdog Millionaire,' Takes On 'The Bengali Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 11:36 PM
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It seems after the mammoth, Oscar-winning, box-office-breaking smash "Slumdog Millionaire," Fox Searchlight is doing everything they can to replicate that success. Next spring, the studio will release the elderly fish out of water tale, "The Best Marigold Hotel" with Dev Patel once again in the lead; and that's not the only Indian-flavored movie they have coming down the pipeline. Back in January, at Sundance, the studio picked up the rights to the hotly buzzed documentary "The Bengali Detective" but instead of releasing the movie, they're just gonna remake it instead (and maybe make it a meaty DVD extra down the line).

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