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'Game Of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Joins Tom Cruise In Sci-Fi 'Oblivion,' Presumably Won't Push A Child Out A Window

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 11:23 AM
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Even if it wasn't one of the best new TV series of 2011 (perhaps beat only by "Homeland"), "Game of Thrones" would have been manna from heaven for casting directors: a cast of attractive young stars, who get to show their action and acting chops, pre-picked by one of the best in the business Nina Gold, who have half the year free, and given the show's body count, will likely be free in a year or two anyway. Since the first season debuted on HBO last year, its stars have cropped up consistently in casting announcements, from Kit Harington landing the lead in the since-canceled "Arthur and Lancelot" (ahead of co-star Richard Madden), Emilia Clarke in "Spike Island" and "Overdrive" and Alfie Allen in "Confine" to Lena Headey in "Dredd" and Sean Bean in "Pan."

Good Lord: Paramount Turning That Talking Dog YouTube Video Into An Actual Feature Length Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 10:59 AM
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We try not to be cynical. We try not to let the continual spate of comic book adaptations, board game movies and tired remakes get us down. We try to resist the urge to sit in our garage with the engine running when "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" make a billion dollars apiece. We try to convince ourselves that no one sets out to make a bad movie. We try to let the handful of great films that come out of the studio system every year prevent us from heading down to Mann's Chinese Theater and setting ourselves on fire outside the premiere of "Battleship." We try.

Will The 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Sequel Begin Shooting This Year?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 10:51 AM
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While the domestic box office for "The Adventures Of Tintin" barely made it over $75 million -- a disappointment to be sure -- internationally, the film slayed and the worldwide box office topped off at just over $370 million, which isn't too bad. A sequel has always been the plan, with Peter Jackson saying last year he'd get behind the camera for the movie once he was done with "The Hobbit," which we always figured meant once he wrapped up those two massive pictures entirely (he's still in the midst of the lengthy production). But recent comments by the first film's director Steven Spielberg suggest everyone could get into mo-cap suits as early as this year.

Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Best Cinematography Prize For 'The Tree Of Life' At ASC Awards

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 14, 2012 10:40 AM
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Awards ceremonies...it's easy to lose track of them all at this time of year, isn't it. We had the BAFTAs this weekend, and the music industry also celebrated their biggest bash with the Grammys taking place on Sunday, but there's another important award that has been handed out that shouldn't be ignored before we shift our focus to the Oscars shortly.

'Haywire' Star Gina Carano To Kick Ass Again With Another Action Movie 'In The Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 10:22 AM
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While audiences may not have flocked to it (their loss), Gina Carano proved in "Haywire" that she could be a compelling on-screen presence and one helluva of an action leading lady, a nice place to be, particularly when the industry has so few women in that role. And while we're unlikely to get any further adventures involving Mallory Kane, Carano has been recruited to crack some more skulls.

Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Finds A Solid Cast At The Wheel, But Not A Whole Lot Of Gas In The Tank

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 14, 2012 10:04 AM
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A distinctly American, humanist drama, one that somewhat makes up in performances of warmth and generosity what it may lack in originality, "Jayne Mansfield's Car," which just enjoyed its World Premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, finds director and star Billy Bob Thornton showing a certain spiritual kinship with fellow director/actors Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford. Off-key directorial choices, and a frustrating lack of narrative and characterisation consistency prevent the film from ever coalescing into something as satisfying as Clint is able to deliver, at his best, and for better or worse, it doesn't have the grander ambitions of a Redford effort, but the films of all three, are to a certain degree built as temples to the performances, sometimes to a fault.

Andy Serkis Planning Directorial Debut, Described As "The English Patient Up A Mountain"

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 14, 2012 9:43 AM
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Andy Serkis may be best known for his work in blue spandex suits with ping pong balls taped to him ("Lord of the Rings," King Kong," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "The Adventures of Tintin") but it's becoming increasingly clear that he's a man of many talents. Not only had there been calls for Serkis to be rewarded during the awards season for his work as Ceasar in Rupert Wyatt's 'Apes' film - something that this writer would have endorsed - but he's also impressed in non-mo-cap roles. His portrayal of Ian Dury in "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," even earned him a BAFTA nomination last year.

Michael Mann Eyeing South China Sea Picture 'The Tam'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 9:37 AM
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Put another one up on the board for Michael Mann. Barely 24 hours after it was revealed that he added the cop thriller "The Big Stone Grid" to his plate, it seems the director has another project that he's also taking a look at, while giving a slight update on one we haven't heard about in a while.

Watch: International Trailer For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' -- Now With Dialogue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2012 9:23 AM
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So yesterday brought forth the first teaser trailer for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a pretty decent spot highlighted on mood, some sexy gothic scenery and some hints of spectcular setpieces. Well, Bleeding Cool has uncovered a slightly longer spot from the Phillipines that has a bit more footage and some dialogue...and we can see why it was ditched for the U.S. spot.

First Looks At Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini & Richard Jenkins Alongside Brad Pitt In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 9:03 AM
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You can keep your Dark Knights and your Prometheuses because there's nothing we're looking forward to in the coming year more than "Cogan's Trade," the long-awaited third film from Australian helmer Andrew Dominik. The director showed an inordinate amount of promise with his debut, "Chopper," which helped bring Eric Bana to the world's attention, but few thought he'd follow it with a masterpiece on the level of "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," to this writer's mind one of the two or three best American movies of the 21st century so far.

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