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'4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days' Director Cristian Mungiu Finally Returning With Madness/Exorcism-Based Genre Flick

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2012 6:36 PM
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It's been a long five years since "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." The Cristian Mungiu-directed drama took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 2007, winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize and the FIPRESCI Award and essentially ushered in the Romanian New Wave (which depending on who you are, may or may not have lived up to its promise). While Mungiu did contribute to the 2009 Romanian omnibus picture "Tales from the Golden Age," a proper feature-length follow-up hasn't materialized.

Producers Say 'The Class' Director Laurent Cantet's 'Foxfire' Being Prepped For TIFF Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 5:36 PM
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Yeah, we know. We're as surprised as you are. The last we hard about French filmmaker Laurent Cantet's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Foxfire" was when it was announced over a year ago. We were excited by the prospect of the director behind the fantastic Palme d'Or-winning "The Class" as well as "Time Out" and "Human Resources taking on the tale that has most famously already hit the screen in a version starring Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.
More: Foxfire, TIFF

Watch: Julianne Moore Astounds As Sarah Palin In Compelling Trailer For 'Game Change'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 4:18 PM
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"She's a great actress...why don't we just give her some lines?" Woody Harrelson's character Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser says in the full length trailer for "Game Change." But he might as well be talking about Julianne Moore.

Adam Sandler To Co-Write & Produce 'Candyland' For Sony

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 4:00 PM
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As if the idea of a "Candyland" movie wasn't bad enough, along comes Adam Sandler. Continuing their purge of Hasbro-related franchises -- which saw "Stretch Armstrong" go to Relativity yesterday -- Universal has let their deal on "Candyland" expire as well, as Sony Pictures and Sandler's Happy Madison production shingle will now take it on. Good lord.

Watch: Dudes From 'True Blood' & 'Entourage' Have A Bumpy Ride In Trailer For '7500' From The Guy Who Did 'The Grudge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 3:12 PM
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"B-Movie Actors On A Plane." That's what this really should be called, but kudos to the dudes with brass balls at CBS Films who are wagering that there is an audience out there for a spooky movie starring that guy from "True Blood" (Ryan Kwanten) and Turtle from "Entourage" (Jerry Ferrera), along with the chicks from "Crank" (Amy Smart) and "The Hangover Part II" (Jamie Chung).
More: 7500

Mel Gibson Actioner 'Get The Gringo' (Formerly 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation') Goes Straight To VOD May 1st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 2:41 PM
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Sorry Mel, your comeback will have to wait at least another year. Though completed a while ago (it screened for buyers at Cannes last year), the Mel Gibson action vehicle "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" has stayed on the backburner as folks perhaps waited for the troubled actor/writer/director to get back on his feet. Well, that hasn't quite happened and a result, the film is skipping the multiplex and is going to your TV instead.

'Freaks & Geeks' Creator Paul Feig Developing New Autobiographical "Coming-Of-Age" TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 2:12 PM
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"Freaks & Geeks" is one of the greatest television shows of all time. There we said it, and we'll also add, that it's lone single sense presents adolescence with more heart, humanity and humor than many shows try to achieve in multiple season runs. While it's always heartbreaking to get to the end of the final episode (during our annual marathon weekend watch the show) and realize there will be no more stories to come, there is some good news on the horizon.
More: Paul Feig

Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain & Jennifer Lawrence Are Vanity Fair's 2012 Ingenues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 1:43 PM
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Vanity Fair loves the ladies. For their annual Hollywood issue the magazine has once again gone with hot young things for their cover, making it three straight years the boys have left off from strutting their stuff (excluding the 2009 issue which for some reason had Barack Obama fronting the issue). But also as usual, it's hard to argue with their choices for the most part with Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence selected for the cover.

Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' Renewed For Second Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well, damn that was fast. And we certainly had our doubts. As we outlined in our review of the first season of "Luck," the HBO horse racing world drama starts off pretty slow, can be frustratingly obtuse at times and is stuffed to bursting with characters and subplots, but by the end of the season it firmly finds its footing and sets up the possibility of a cracker jack second season.

Review: 'Bad Fever' Is An Uncomfortable, Amusing Look At The Life Of An Aspiring Comedian Loner

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 31, 2012 1:03 PM
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We'll laugh at a talented comedian's various musings on pop culture, politics, stupid people, or their shitty life -- but we don't often see this person off the stage working the routine out or even going through those situations which fill the clubs with chortles. Removed from the brick backdrop and spotlight, these moments would likely take a different shape -- an ugly and uncomfortable one, and it's a wonder how many people (even junkies of that specific entertainment) would actually be game to watch it. But such is the premise for Dustin Guy Defa's small, no-budget second effort "Bad Fever," in which the director subjects the audience to the lonely ramblings of Eddie (Kentucker Audley, "Open Five") as he searches for a worthwhile human connection crafting his humorous, mile-a-minute perspectives on life.

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