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Doug Liman To Helm Documentary 'Reckoning With Torture: Memos And Testimonies From The War On Terror'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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Doug Liman's last effort behind the camera was the Valerie Plame drama "Fair Game," which didn't quite become the box office hot button smash or Oscar contender it seemed like it would be on paper. And while the director is currently lining up his next feature film (more on that in a second), he's going to get back to politically charged material by taking on a provocative documentary.

Weinstein Company Move 'Scary Movie 5' From April 2012 To January 2013 Due To Not Having Made It Yet; 'Butter' Churns On October 5th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:37 AM
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David Mackenzie's 'Tonight You're Mine,' Ensemble Drama '30 Beats' & Ice-T Hip-Hop Documentary 'Something From Nothing' All Get Release Dates Too

Steve Carell & Jim Carrey Get Britta-d As 'Community' Star Gillian Jacobs Joins 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:23 AM
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Whether or not NBC's outstanding "Community" makes it to a fourth season -- and we dearly hope that it does, but given that the show was yanked from the schedule late last year, and is yet to make its way back, things are looking a little grim -- we're going to be seeing a lot more from the cast in the near future. Nominal lead Joel McHale will next be seen in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted"; breakout star Donald Glover is mixing up movie roles like "The To-Do List" with his musical career as Childish Gambino; his on-screen partner Danny Pudi will be seen alongside Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in "My Mother's Curse"; Ken Jeong is everywhere; Alison Brie has a major supporting turn in "The Five-Year Engagement"; and even the show's Dean, Jim Rash, is now an Oscar-nominee thanks to co-writing the script for Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

'Shame' Star Nicole Beharie Joins Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:55 AM
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Other than Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, the other performance from Steve McQueen's "Shame" that's earned significant praise is that of Nicole Beharie, who portrayed the woman who offers Brandon a fleeting chance at a normal relationship. Our own Venice review of the film described her as "a real find, painting a vivid, warm picture with only a few scenes; she should go on to bigger and better things from here on out." We certainly weren't wrong as the actress has now joined Brian Helgeland's upcoming biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to join the Major Leagues.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Starring Freida Pinto

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 16, 2012 10:39 AM
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Michael Winterbottom is a genre chameleon. It's frankly astonishing that the same director made "24 Hour Party People," "9 Songs," "A Mighty Heart," "The Killer Inside Me," and "The Trip" amongst others, all within the last ten years. Coming next from Winterbottom is "Trishna," an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," but transported to Rajasthan, India.
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Michel Gondry Adds Omar Sy To 'Mood Indigo'; More Plot Details & Cast Revealed For 'The We & The I'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:17 AM
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If we consider "The Green Hornet" as a studio "one for them" gig for the helmer, it's been nearly four years since the last bonafide Michel Gondry feature effort, "Be Kind Rewind." Thankfully, though, it looks like the inspired Frenchman has a couple of projects up his sleeve having spent last fall shooting "The We & I," a kids-inspired drama now in post-production, with another one in "Mood Indigo" (formerly known as "The Foam of Days") in the works and set to feature the powerhouse French cast of Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

Review: 'Bullhead' Is Larger Than Life Pulp, Barely Sweetened, Mostly Sour

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2012 10:05 AM
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It only makes sense that geek-friendly Drafthouse Films would be behind the distribution of Belgium’s Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee “Bullhead.” Sparse and unnerving, this unusual social drama features a central character so pulpy and tragic he might as well be a barmate of Mickey Rourke’s Marv of “Sin City.” Jacky (Matthais Schoenaerts) is a drug dealer high on his own supply. That drug isn’t cocaine or heroin, but synthetic steroids. As a cattle farmer, he’s got to keep his animals pumped and beefy. What does it matter if he becomes a brooding, hormonal, muscled beast as well?

Watch: 4 Clips & Featurette From 'John Carter' Plus A Batch Of New Images From The Movie

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:43 AM
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The road to cinemas for “Wall-E” director Andrew Stanton’s “John Carter,” an adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi tale “A Princess of Mars,” has been long and arduous even before the animation whiz climbed aboard to helm the picture. As Stanton’s version of the tale made its way into production, its title was altered and the release date changed from a prime summer spot to a spring bow, while the marketing for the film has been endlessly nitpicked to death by everyone (including us). The truth is this is a huge investment for Disney, and other than the enigmatic but beautiful first teaser and an enjoyable featurette, the film is still somewhat of a mystery.

Benjamin Walker Joins Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'; Archival Footage To Be Used To Portray Famed Boxer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:17 AM
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Benjamin Walker burst onto the radar of many when he was cast as Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” before subsequently being ousted for age reasons and replaced by Nicholas Hoult. Walker wasted little time finding more high-profile work, hopping aboard the recently defunct Alex Proyas tentpole “Paradise Lost” along with landing the lead role in the Tim Burton-produced, Timur Bekmambetov-directed mashup fest “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Jennifer Aniston & Dennis Quaid Join 'Jackie Brown' Prequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 16, 2012 8:59 AM
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Jennifer Aniston is set to star in "Switch." No, this isn't 2010 and Aniston won't be reuniting with Jason Bateman's seed and a turkey baster. This is something entirely different. In fact, this is "Switch," based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name and is the prequel to the novel "Rum Punch," which Quentin Tarantino turned into "Jackie Brown." Are you still with us? Good, let's carry on.

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