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Sony Hires 'RoboCop,' IFC Midnight Infested By 'Grabbers,' Cinedigm & New Video Team For 'The Invisible War'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 6, 2012 11:43 AM
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Right then. Now seems as good a time as ever to round up a few distribution deals that have been done.

Melanie Laurent To Star In New Adaptation Of 'Letter From An Unknown Woman' By Christian Carion

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 11:22 AM
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"Inglourious Basterds" and "Beginners" made her a star stateside, but it looks like French thespian Melanie Laurent is returning home for her next project. The actress has signed on to Christian Carion's new adaptation of Stefan Zweig's "Letter From An Unknown Woman," a novel that was adapted once before with acclaim by Max Ophuls.

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Reportedly Won't Be Ready For Release Until At Least December 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 11:11 AM
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...and the wait continues. Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" continues to build with all the mystery and delays of a Terrence Malick-worthy production. Not much has been seen of the film save for a few stills and a recently released teaser trailer (that is almost identical to one we saw last year). And as we figured, any chances of the movie showing up at Cannes are a pipe dream.

Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of 'My Week With Marilyn' On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 11:01 AM
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Beautiful, insecure, talented, ambitious, shy, sexy, manipulative, charming, sweet, sad...Marilyn Monroe was all of these things and more. And Michelle Williams captured every side of Monroe in her Oscar-nominated turn in "My Week With Marilyn," a slice out of the legendary actress' life that serves as an illuminating window onto the price of fame, and the weight of expectation.

Dwayne Johnson To Star In Action Pic ‘Ciudad’ From 'You, Me & Dupree' Directors The Russo Brothers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 6, 2012 10:38 AM
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On a long list of cinema’s best lugheads, or muscle-bound action stars as they would prefer to be called, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would probably fall somewhere in the middle. While never really opening a movie outside of Disney’s family film “The Game Plan” on his own, Johnson has recently fallen back on mega-grossing blockbusters like “Fast Five,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” and the upcoming “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.” In this writer’s opinion, he’s not without talent, showcasing an admirable comedic timing and acting prowess well above what you’d expect from a guy who started his career getting oiled up for WWE wrestling matches.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Eyeing An October Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 10:12 AM
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Pretty much working under a veil of secrecy, not much has been known about Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming, untitled maybe-about-Scientology, religious cult drama also known as "The Master." What we do know is that is stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Laura Dern, was shot in 65mm, has Jonny Greenwood doing the score, with the story taking place just after WWII, centering on a man who founds a new belief system and takes a young man under his wing. And oh yeah, some behind the scenes pics surfaced late last year as well. But that's about it. Speculation about the film appearing at Cannes or being an awards season player have been kicked around and while we'll have to wait and see on the former, the latter is seemingly more like.
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Review: 'Silent House' Manages Some Surrealistic Thrills Inside Some Rigid Technical Restraints

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 10:01 AM
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"Silent House" has a nifty hook – it's being billed as a "real time" (probably not) horror movie filled in a single, unified shot (again: there are eight separate shots, but that's still pretty impressive). In a way it's a stylish extension of the current found footage craze, as we're locked into a single character (played, with believable intensity, by Elizabeth Olsen) as she scurries around a dilapidated lake house, but it also allows for far more flowery filmmaking (particularly in the film's freaky final act). What makes "Silent House" such an exceptional little genre treat is that, locked into a very rigid technical framework, filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, have gone out of their way to make a genuinely scary, occasionally surreal, intensely imaginative thriller. What could have simply been an exercise ends up being truly engaging.

Ron Perlman Will Give Your Kids Nightmares On The Poster For 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 9:40 AM
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Don't let your kids catch a glimpse of this poster because this is an image that could haunt them for years and cost you thousands in therapy. Ron Perlman is front and center as a transgender computer hacker on the first poster for Jordan Roberts' eccentric-sounding SXSW comedy "Frankie Go Boom."

Kristen Bell Is The Snow Queen In Disney's 'Frozen'; 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Gets New Trailer & WB Buys Graphic Novel 'Bolivar' For Animated Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 9:20 AM
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In a story on Kristen Bell joining the cast of Jennifer Getzinger's cinematic adaptation of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girls," The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that the actress-formerly-known-as-Veronica Mars will "provide the speaking and singing voice" as the lead in Disney's upcoming feature "Frozen," which means she will play the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale character the Snow Queen (first published way back in 1845). Additionally, the trade states that Warner Bros. and Weed Road (Akiva Goldsman's WB-based production shingle) have picked up the forthcoming graphic novel "Bolivar" for Irish animator Kealan O'Rourke to write and direct.

Rose Byrne & Anna Faris Say 'I Give It A Year'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 6, 2012 9:03 AM
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We certainly never saw it coming back when he was turning in small but hilarious performances in Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," but in 2012 Rafe Spall is set to become a leading man in a Working Title rom-com. Neither did we imagine that any offspring of Timothy Spall (as much as we love him) would ever be a romantic lead. But after significant roles in "Anonymous" and "One Day" Spall the younger looks set to be a star, and now we know who his other half will be in his first big rom-com. And lucky, lucky him, because it's only the stunning and ridiculously talented Rose Byrne.

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