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Rufus Sewell To Play Samael In 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 4:38 PM
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Even though he once said, "[I] don't want to play a baddie again," Rufus Sewell seems to have accepted his fate as the go to villain. He's known for playing a string of bad guys in movies ranging from "A Knight's Tale," "Legend Of Zorro" and "The Illusionist" and he's already signed to be one of the main vampire villains in next summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But now, he's set to literally hang with the devil.

Holly Hunter & Peter Mullan Join Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 4:16 PM
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As we're in the thick of the awards season, here's a gentle reminder (as if you already didn't know) that it's not really about "the best" of anything, but mostly about who has the most efficient campaign. If the right people get nominated and win along the way, that's almost a happy accident. But just as often, great, deserving films get overlooked. Let's take Jane Campion's "Bright Star" for example, an utterly gorgeous, affecting, aching film powered by a beautiful turn by Abbie Cornish, breathtaking cinematography and a tone and tenor unlike any film that year. That is received only a paltry Costume Design nomination is a crime, but at least Campion is still solidering on and her next effort sounds absolutely great.

More Class: Brett Ratner Apologizes For Saying “Rehearsal’s For Fags”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 3:34 PM
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Oh boy, out of the mouths of babes. Or in this case, douches. Barely after escaping headlines about his appearance on "Attack Of The Show" where he confirmed that he "banged" Olivia Munn a few times, forgot who she was and bizarrely got her ethnicity mixed up, Brett Ratner's big mouth has again landed him in some hot water.

Werner Herzog Says He's Making Four Films On Death Row Inmates; 'Queen Of The Desert' Still Needs Financing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 7, 2011 2:42 PM
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Nearing seventy years old, Werner Herzog shows no sign of slowing down. In his sixth decade of filmmaking, he’s managed to cross-over with an appearance on “The Simpsons,” an Oscar nomination for "Encounters At The End Of The World," and soon he'll pop up in your local multiplex as a villain opposite Tom Cruise action picture. In addition, he’s got two documentaries released this year. The first, “Cave Of Forgotten Dreams,” has grossed an unprecedented $6 million, and a phenomenal that see it about to enter its eighteenth weekend of release. And this Friday will will bring to theaters “Into The Abyss,” an elegiac doc about a young man on death row for a horrific triple murder.

AFI '11 Review: Steven Soderbergh's Action Vacation 'Haywire' Has Style, Smarts & Kicks To The Face

  • By James Rocchi
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  • November 7, 2011 2:12 PM
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At the AFI Festival L.A. "Secret Screening" -- blown, and blown up, several hours before as the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller "Haywire" -- the director explained how he found leading lady Gina Carano. He'd just been fired off a film -- "Which happens," he dryly noted -- and he was watching mixed martial arts on TV and saw Gina Carano in action and was struck by a thought: "She's a natural beauty and she beats people up in a cage; how could you not build a movie around her?"

Ralph Fiennes Teases Blofeld Role In New Bond Film 'Skyfall'; Talks Shakespearean Adaptation Of 'Coriolanus'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 7, 2011 1:46 PM
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Keira Knightley To Play Effie Gray In 'Untouched'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 1:44 PM
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It looks like Emma Thompson and Dakota Fanning have some competition. With production already underway and pre-selling at the American Film Market on their project "Effie" (with footage apparently being shown on an iPad to potential buyers), a rival picture is in the works, because no good idea in Hollywood only gets used once.

DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Scenes Of A Crime' Is A Riveting, True-Crime Documentary Worthy Of Errol Morris

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 7, 2011 1:15 PM
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When the West Memphis Three were freed just a wee bit before Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's third film about their plight ("Paradise Lost 3") was about to hit the festival circuit, people were again reminded of the brass strength of cinema. After the first of the trilogy was aired on HBO, the public was wooed and spoke out against their conviction, with loud voices such as Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder bringing even more heat to the topic (with some celebrities even helping to fund the legal defense team). We often forget that film can help elicit change -- maybe it's our general apathy or maybe we've been conditioned to turn away at whatever new "issues" doc is at our door, that often speak directly to the choir. But let's not forget "Super Size Me" helped kick the fast food chain's extra large size to the curb, "Bowling For Columbine" got KMart to stop selling bullets, and most unforgettably, master filmmaker Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line" set a wrongly convicted man free. Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh's "Scenes Of A Crime" shares much of the latter film's DNA, focusing on a questionable murder confession by an unemployed upstate New Yorker.

Bernardo Bertolucci's 'The Last Emperor' Getting 3D Conversion; David Cronenberg Turns Down Chance To Turn 'Naked Lunch' 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 12:43 PM
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We're now entering the era of movie studios and producers finding new revenue streams simply by dusting off catalog titles, spit-shining them, and putting them back into theaters. Disney's hugely successful "The Lion King" re-release is still playing in some markets even with the film now out of the vault on BluRay. "Ghostbusters" re-visited theaters last month, and next year your eyeballs will be dazzled (sort of) by new 3D versions of "Titanic" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." So far the arthouse hasn't gotten into the game aside from your standard new prints of classic films, but it looks like all that is about to change.

Winning: Set Pics Of Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray & Jason Schwartzman On The Set Of 'Charlie Swan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 11:49 AM
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Oh, to be a fly on the wall. We can only imagine what kind of oddball conversations Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are having on the set of Roman Coppola's “Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan” and while we can't be there in person, their wardrobe is speaking volumes.

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