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Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

LFF '11: Felicity Jones Says Her Performance In 'Like Crazy' Was Influenced By 'Breaking The Waves'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 7:59 AM
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Rising U.K. Star & Sundance Breakout Actress Wants To Play A Superhero Or A SnakeHow's your 2011 been? Pretty good? Even so, we bet you've not had as good a year as Felicity Jones is having. The 27-year-old Brit has been working away for over ten years, starting with kids' TV favorite "The Worst Witch" and long-running radio drama "The Archers," with more recent roles on both the small screen ("Doctor Who," "Northanger Abbey") and the big ("Cheri," "Brideshead Revisited," "The Tempest"), but she's headed into the stratosphere in the last twelve months.

The Strippiest Movie Of Next Summer 'Magic Mike' Lands On June 29, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 7:34 AM
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Abraham Lincoln, Snow White, G.I. Joe, Batman, The Avengers, Spider-Man, Bourne and...male strippers? It looks like next summer is gonna get more thong filled than you ever expected.

Sony Want Jason Segel & Reese Witherspoon To Make A 'Sex Tape' With Nicholas Stoller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 7:17 AM
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With the duo of Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel scoring big with "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," looking to have a family hit on their hands with "The Muppets" and likely to find big success next spring with "The Five-Year Engagement," Sony is eager to jump on their bandwagon.

Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey & Sam Worthington Star In Simon West's 3D CG Mo-Cap 'Thunder Run'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 6:50 AM
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WTF Look out "Magic Mike," a new movie is coming to town that's gonna try and rival you in the beefcake department. But don't worry, it also sounds like one hundred bad ideas someone put together in a blender before hitting frappé.

Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Sarah Silverman & Jessica Biel Vie For 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 6:20 AM
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Judy Greer Also In The MixNow that the forever gestating comedy "Burt Wonderstone" has its two leads in Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, the hunt is on to find a beautiful woman to star opposite these two guys, and the shortlist revealed by Deadline is pretty formidable.

'True Blood' Star Deborah Ann Woll, Hailee Steinfeld & Dave Franco Eye Period Comedy 'Rosaline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 6:20 AM
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By Ryan Sartor. Deborah Ann Woll, Hailee Steinfeld and Dave Franco have received offers to star in the Fox 2000 period comedy “Rosaline,” Variety reports. The title refers to the woman Romeo was fixated on at the beginning of “Romeo and Juliet” before falling in love with the one who died beside him. The film will be told from Rosaline’s point-of-view and set in 16th century Verona using modern language, a scenario that will no doubt drive Baz Luhrmann purists up a wall—and annoy a few Shakespeare fans as well. 14-year-old Steinfeld would be playing Juliet, with 26-year-old Franco taking on the role of Romeo and Woll as Rosaline. Creepy age difference aside, the film is a great opportunity for all three actors to show they can carry a movie—though some would argue Steinfeld already proved that with “True Grit.” The project is waiting to receive a greenlight from the studio, so no deals have been made and everything regarding the production is tentative. And as you might remember, the filmmakers tried to get Keira Knightley and Lily Collins during the summer to no avail and we'd reckon a thumbs up to start filming will be determined by getting a cast in place first.

Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rue, Cato, Haymitch, Effie & Cinna Get Character Posters For 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 5:40 AM
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After those dullsville District posters, fans of "The Hunger Games" finally get a treat today as a plethora outlets have unveiled individual posters for the characters in the film.

"Assholes Don't Actually Change": Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Discuss The Ugliness Of 'Young Adult'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 27, 2011 5:17 AM
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Director, Writer & Comedian Patton Oswalt Discuss Black Dramedy At Secret Pop-Up Screening In ChicagoParamount's 2010 Oscar strategy worked in spades: avoid the early fall circuit, keep things hidden until the last minute (December release) and keep them anticipating. This approach garnered "True Grit" ten Oscar nominations and a massive $250 million worldwide gross, and seven nominations and $129 million worldwide cume for "The Fighter." Not too shabby at all. For Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," Paramount seems to be employing a slightly similar tactic.

Kristen Wiig Joins 'The Comedian' Starring Robert De Niro & Directed By Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 5:05 AM
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"The Comedian" with Robert De Niro has been knocking around for most of the year, with updates coming in fits and starts but nothing ever seeming quite official. But with the American Film Market launching next week, a plethora of projects are beginning to be put together to shill to producers, investors and other industry folks, and this is easily the most tantalizing.

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