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CBS Attempts To Cash In On Sherlock Craze, Casts Jonny Lee Miller In 'Elementary' Pilot

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 15, 2012 10:17 AM
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When CBS announced their plans for a new show based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Steven Moffat -- the creator/writer of the BBC's excellent "Sherlock" -- tweeted: "Dear CBS. A modern day Sherlock Holmes? Where, oh where, did you get THAT idea? We'll be watching!" The CBS version, which will go by the absolutely terrible title "Elementary," will relocate Holmes to modern-day New York City for the pilot, which will be directed by Michael Cuesta ("Homeland").

Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Farewell, My Queen' Introduces Lesbianism Into The Marie Antoinette Story To No Great Effect

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2012 9:56 AM
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In the land of the costume drama, truly, films about Marie Antoinette are Queen, promising lavish sets, romantic intrigue and shocking decadence -- but they don't always deliver. Director Benoit Jacquot's uninspiring take on the period opened the Berlin Film Festival days ago, but something about the film's lack of urgency must be contagious, and we're only getting around to reviewing it now. While the movie does boast admirable elements (more on those below) overall, despite some showy trappings it is a frustratingly empty experience, built around a character whose blankness is supposed to be a virtue, but ends up costing the film dearly in terms of identification and interest.

Ben Foster Prepping Directorial Debut With Oren Moverman Producing, Gregg Araki's Next Is Cop Thriller 'The Womb'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2012 9:44 AM
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It's clear at this point that Ben Foster and Oren Moverman are pretty much bros for life. The actor took the lead role in Moverman's directorial debut "The Messenger," and last year cropped up with a small role in "Rampart," which marked the first film from the pair's joint production company Third Mind Pictures. While Moverman is busy on everything ranging from a script for a Brian Wilson biopic to potential directorial outings "The Terrorist Search Engine," with Jesse Eisenberg, a biopic of movie mogul David O Selznick with Ben Stiller, and period drama "The Big Blow," he'll pair with Foster to produce Steve Buscemi's Moverman-penned William Burroughs adaptation "Queer," with Guy Pearce and Kelly Macdonald, and it looks like they're going to squeeze in another collaboration this year as well.

'Crank' Co-Director Brian Taylor To Direct Big Screen Version Of 'Twisted Metal'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 15, 2012 9:21 AM
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Apparently Sony Pictures and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” producer Ari and Avi Arad aren’t feeling the negative buzz coming off the upcoming sequel to 2007's “Ghost Rider." While fanboys weren’t exactly stoking the flames of 'Vengeance' after a world premiere screening at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon last fall, Sony and the Arads are looking to continue business with one of the film’s co-directors.

Platinum Dunes Hires Jonathan Liebesman For Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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Is it from the eighties? Do you have fond memories of it? If so, chances are, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is trying to screw it up. They made their way through your horror favorites already, remaking "Nightmare On Elm Street," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday The 13th" with the same beer commercial aesthetic, and now they've decided to branch out from the horror genre. First it was the dubious-sounding Hasbro-branded "Ouija" movie that still hasn't found a home. And now, it's the goddamned "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," in the hands of Jonathan Liebesman.

Review: 'Re:generation Music Project' Is A Joyous Dance-Along Celebration Of The Malleability Of Musical Genres

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 14, 2012 5:58 PM
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In less capable hands, "Re:generation Music Project" would have felt much more like a hugely expensive commercial (it's being sponsored by the Hundai Veloster and the Grammys). It isn't entirely clear why Hundai and the Grammys are so keen on the project, although you have to assume they're at least vaguely sinister. But it's a testament to the artistry of filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (who previously directed "The Tillman Story" and "My Kid Could Paint That") and the soundness of the concept that the movie doesn't come across as some elongated, mega-budgeted ad for a sportier version of the car you probably lost your virginity in.

Kevin Macdonald Lining Up Submarine B-Movie 'Black Sea'; Still Looking For Male Lead For 'How I Live Now' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 4:57 PM
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Pop quiz: when was the last great movie set on a submarine? You had to think about that one for a little bit didn't you? Well, at any rate, it's certainly been a while since a filmmaker has gone underwater into the cluttered environment of a submarine, but Kevin Macdonald hopes to do just that. The filmmaker, currently in Berlin where "Marley" is unspooling to festival audiences, is lining up a new film that he hopes will be strictly some solid genre flair.

That's A Lot Of Gear Mate: Trailer For Nicolas Winding Refn Produced Remake Of 'Pusher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 4:11 PM
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So here it is, the first trailer for the Nicolas Winding Refn produced remake of his debut film "Pusher" and...well, it's big, bright, sleek and kind of empty.
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As Whit Stillman Returns, Here's 5 Other Long-Absent Directors Making A Comeback In 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 3:53 PM
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Late last night, the trailer for Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress" debuted, and for those who didn't catch it on the festival circuit last year, it was the first time they'd seen any new footage from the "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" helmer in over a decade. By the time that 'Damsels' is released, nearly fourteen years will have passed since the release of Stillman's third film, "The Last Days Of Disco," a near-Malickian absence. While he's been absent for longer than most, he's far from alone. As we've discussed both last year, and last week, there's plenty of other filmmakers who have been missing in action for some time.

Another 'Rum Diary' Soundtrack On The Way Featuring Patti Smith, Dick Dale, The Tornados & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 3:27 PM
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Okay, so the "Rum Diary" wasn't a big hit and frankly, wasn't a very good movie either. All the promise of a sun soaked Hunter S. Thompson surrogate in Johnny Depp was wasted with a narrative that went nowhere in a movie that is really only notable for Amber Heard looking great in it. But the music was pretty top shelf, and in fact, it seems to have been so good that a second soundtrack album is on the way.

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