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Luke Evans, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden & Kit Harrington Could Don The Crown In 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2011 9:21 AM
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King Arthur: a prestigious part to play, but not always the most fun. Played over the years by names as diverse as Richard Harris, Nigel Terry, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Pierce Brosnan, Clive Owen, Justin Timberlake, and Monty Python's Graham Chapman, few of those names have truly made an impression in the part. Despite his legendary status, he can often come across as... well, kind of dull. Hopefully "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin has found a way to make it a little more interesting for his new version of the tale, "Arthur & Lancelot," which is gearing up over at Warner Bros, but he's certainly got some promising names in the mix.

'The Iron Lady' Sneaks In For Oscar Qualification With December 30th Limited Release, While Star Alexandra Roach Joins 'Girls Night Out'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2011 9:04 AM
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Now that latecomers like "Hugo," "Young Adult," "J. Edgar" and "War Horse" have started screening for the press, there's only a handful of Oscar hopefuls that remain unknown quantities. Along with Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In The Land of Blood and Honey," which won't hit theaters until Christmas, the most high-profile is "The Iron Lady," the biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which reteams Meryl Streep and her "Mamma Mia" director Phyllida Lloyd. Acquired by The Weinstein Company during Cannes, the film's raised eyebrows by skipping the festival circuit entirely, in part, we're told, because Lloyd went back to make tweaks to the film at the last minute.

Review: 'J. Edgar' Presents A Highly Controversial Figure With Dry Objectivity & Dramatic Inertia

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 7, 2011 7:39 AM
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An exercise of stultifying blandness and dramatic inertia, “J. Edgar” is second- or third-tier Eastwood, the sort of respectably proficient but forgettable work that he did all too often before “Million Dollar Baby” reminded audiences that one of Hollywood’s oldest dogs still has some fight in him. A sort of “Brokeback Mountain” for the blue-state set, the film operates dually as a chronicle of Hoover’s rise and fall as Director of the FBI, and a skillfully bloodless depiction of his complicated personal life, in particular his relationship with Associate Director Clyde Tolson. Undermined by old-age makeup, a story largely unbothered by chronology (or even dramatic momentum), and no throughlines or uniting themes other than what the characters dutifully explain, “J. Edgar” is a would-be prestige picture that’s sorely lacking in emotional power.
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Jessica Chastain To Play Princess Diana In Biopic From 'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2011 11:38 PM
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Mike Newell To Direct 'On Chesil Beach'; Sam Mendes Stays On To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2011 6:06 PM
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Last year, in the midst of the MGM financial debacle that left the productions of both "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit" in doubt, director Sam Mendes was looking at another project, an adaptation of Ian McEwan's "On Chesil Beach." Granted, getting the picture mounted seemed to difficult as financing was never quite there, but there was a glimmer of hope when StudioCanal begin sniffing around the film after Focus Features dropped it. And then...everything went quiet. Well, with "Skyfall" now in front of cameras, Mendes will be too busy to take it on, but another helmer has stepped in to take his place.

Ezra Miller & Alden Ehrenreich Testing To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 6, 2011 5:20 PM
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Now that it's seemingly found its lead, in the shape of Blandy McBlanderson from "Tron: Legacy," things finally seem to be moving ahead smoothly on Warner Bros' troubled remake of anime classic "Akira." The film was originally to be directed by Albert Hughes, but after they failed to find a star, with names like Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves turning the project down, Hughes walked, and Warners retooled it as a cheaper proposition, aided by "Harry Potter" scribe Steve Kloves.

Martin Scorsese Talks The Endless Possibilities Of 3D With Paul Thomas Anderson At 'Hugo' Q&A

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 6, 2011 4:25 PM
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As much a film scholar as a filmmaker, there are few directors better-equipped to discuss the convergence of art and technology than Martin Scorsese. But during a recent Q&A about his latest film, the 3D opus “Hugo,” Scorsese offered a few observations about the past, present and future of entertainment that suggested he’s qualified for another title: futurist. “If everything moves along and there’s no major catastrophes, we’re basically headed towards holograms,” Scorsese said during a panel discussion Saturday. “Why can’t you have Hamlet in 3D who comes out to the audience and does ‘To be or not to be?’ I mean, they do in the theater. You have to think that way. Don’t let the economics, and fashion, inhibit you if you’re being creative.”

Weekend Box Office: 'Puss In Boots' Keeps Number One From Thieving 'Tower Heist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 6, 2011 11:44 AM
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Could the Hollywood marketplace be changing? Are studios no longer banking on bigger openings, instead shifting expectations to a long and healthy shelf life? They’d better hope so, as softer openings for recent efforts like “Footloose,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball” and “Dolphin Tale” have allowed those titles to survive a fairly weak release schedule.

Benicio Del Toro In Tractor Beam for Villainous 'Star Trek 2' Role

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 4, 2011 10:40 PM
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Set Pics Of Ryan Gosling & Rooney Mara Shooting Terrence Malick's 'Lawless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 7:14 PM
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While it's not nearly as sexy as the video footage of Terrence Malick in action, directing Christian Bale at the Austin City Limits music festival in September, it's still something. And given how tightly everything else is kept under lock and key for Terrence Malick's films, we'll take what we can get.

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