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Morgan Freeman Heads Into 'Oblivion' With Tom Cruise; 'Toy Story 3' Scribe Michael Arndt Doing Rewrites

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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It seems Joseph Kosinski's next effort after "Tron: Legacy" just keeps getting grander. He's already got one of the biggest stars on the planet, Tom Cruise, leading the way with Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough filling out the female lead roles. And now Kosinski's lined up of the most respected actors around to lend his talents to the sci-fi picture.

Mike Leigh Veteran Lesley Manville & 'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Join Stone Roses Movie 'Spike Island'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 1:40 PM
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For a band who only ever released two albums, one of which was rubbish, The Stone Roses continue to maintain a prominent place in pop culture, in the U.K. at least. And the Manchester favorites, behind tracks like "I Am The Resurrection" and "She Bangs The Drum" are cementing their place in 2012 with a long-awaited reunion, playing three sold-out hometown gigs this June (which will be filmed by Shane Meadows) ahead of festival apperances later in the year.

'Stake Land' Helmer Jim Mickle To Direct English-Language Remake Of Acclaimed Mexican Horror 'We Are What We Are'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 1:17 PM
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You may not have seen it (too few did), but Mexican cannibal tale "We Are What We Are" is one of our favorite horror flicks of the last few years. Following a family of flesh-eaters struggling to cope after their patriarch disappears, it was a darkly comic, gruesome tale with more socio-political commentary than most of the genre, and suggested that helmer Jorge Michel Grau was a serious talent to watch.

First Look: Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O'Connor & More In 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 1:05 PM
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With a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival imminent, we now have our first look at the huge ensemble cast in Billy Bob Thornton's latest effort behind the camera with post-war family drama "Jayne Mansfield's Car."

Haley Bennett Lines Up Two New Projects; 'Twilight' Actress Angela Sarafyan Joins James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 1:01 PM
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Already cast in Terrence Malick's "Lawless" opposite lauded stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, the trajectory of Haley Bennett's career is certainly going upward. Her career so far has only seen her star in smaller fare such as Joe Dante's "The Hole" and Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" but her casting in Malick's project may have set something off, with the actress now booking two indie roles for 2012.

Not Surprisingly, Sales Poster For 'Machete Kills' Features Danny Trejo & Blood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 12:49 PM
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Sales posters are usually pretty easy to ignore. Leaking to the internet via weak cellphone pics or shoddy scans, they are usually never representative of the final film and look like something slapped together by a graphic designer with two broken hands and a concussion. However, there are exceptions, and "Machete Kills" is one of them.

Isabelle Huppert To Play Three Different Characters Named Anne In Hong Sang-soo's 'In Another Country'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 12:39 PM
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We recently got our first look at Isabelle Huppert in her forthcoming effort with Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo in "In Another Country," but with the unveiling of a more in depth synopsis, it now looks like Hong has made the most of having such a renowned thespian at his disposal.

'Harry Potter' Star Tom Felton Joins 'Therese Raquin' With Elizabeth Olsen & Glenn Close

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 12:18 PM
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It's already got the makings of a great infographic: "What the stars of Harry Potter did next." With each of the (now not so young) stars of the franchise making their first steps of their post-Potter careers, it's going to be very interesting to see which of them manage to carve out a successful route for themselves and which we'll have completely forgotten about in ten years.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Restrained Werner Herzog Still Shines In Gripping 'Death Row' Series

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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The prologue of each of the four episodes of “Death Row” is the same: a restless camera prowls through the dismal ante-room, holding cell and injection chamber of an unnamed execution facility, while director Werner Herzog tells us in his familiar teutonic monotone that, as a German and a guest of the United States, he “respectfully disagree[s]” with the death penalty, legal in 34 states, and performed regularly in 16. And so he sets out his stall up front. What's perhaps surprising, however, is that what he then delivers is neither polemical nor propagandistic in its approach; Herzog's storytelling instincts trump his didactic ones here, to compelling effect. Having already tackled this subject in his feature-length “Into The Abyss” (the central figure of which makes a fleeting appearance here in the "Joseph Garcia and George Rivas" section), it's clear that in exploring the stories of these condemned men and women, Herzog has found a rich vein to mine, and he brings to this latest endeavor, a four-part TV series for Investigation Discovery, an uncharacteristic restraint. His even-handedness serves the subject matter well, largely refuting any accusations of liberal whitewashing before they can even be made. What he delivers instead is a series of nuanced, meticulous and gripping portraits of several death row inmates, unflinchingly portrayed, mostly in their own words and those of the men and women who arrested, reported on, prosecuted and/or defended them.

Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly & Aidan Gillen Join Brendan Gleeson In John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 12:02 PM
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"The Guard" was one of the more pleasant surprises of last year, an under-the-radar little foul-mouthed dark comedy that featured something close to a career-best performance from the great Brendan Gleeson, and a sharp script from John Michael McDonagh, who demonstrated that he's just as exciting a talent as his older brother Martin (who helmed "In Bruges" and the upcoming "Seven Psychopaths"). So the news a little while back that the pair were reuniting for a new project, "Calvary," was exciting enough. But McDonagh's now filling out his cast, and the excitement only continues to build.

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