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Lynne Ramsay's Next Film Is A Science-Fiction Take On 'Moby Dick'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 9:09 AM
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As we've documented more than once here, it has been far, far too long since we had a film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. She made her debut with the excellent "Ratcatcher" in 1999, and followed it with the even better "Morvern Callar" in 2002. But since then, not much -- the actress worked on her version of "The Lovely Bones" for several years to no avail, and this year marks the ninth since her last film was released. Fortunately, it also marks the release of her third film, the strong adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel "We Need To Talk About Kevin," starring Tilda Swinton.

In Theaters: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Hopes To Scare Off 'The Three Musketeers' This Weekend

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 21, 2011 7:50 AM
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It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for terrible horror movies to rule at the box office. I’m surprised there aren’t more this year, but we do have the "Paranormal Activity" franchise taking the Halloween crown from “Saw,” which I think we’ve seen the last of for a good while, at least. Seven installments seems to be more than enough. Also this weekend, a festival of crazy wigs in “The Three Musketeers,” and we finally get to see that Other Olsen moppet at the local theater with “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

First Review Of Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult': Edgy, Subversive, Think "Juno's Wicked Step-Sister"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 21, 2011 7:28 AM
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While it circumvented the traditional fall film festival route, as you've probably heard by now, Jason Reitman and Paramount have been hosting "pop-up screenings" of the "Up In The Air" director's latest film, "Young Adult." The first screening was held in Toronto, Canada, and the second screening this week took place in Minneapolis; perfect considering the setting of this new film is small-town Minnesota.

The Amazing Race: Which Writers Could Adapt & Survive Their Way To An Oscar Nod?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Considering they spend the rest of their time ignored, humiliated, rewritten and robbed of credit, it's only fair that screenwriters get two categories at the Academy Awards, effectively doubling their chances of being nominated. It's also their best chance of gaining real cachet; witness the careers of recent winners Diablo Cody and Aaron Sorkin, both celebrities in their own right now, and both planning directorial debuts.

Milla Jovovich Hits Out At Summit For Not Promoting 'The Three Musketeers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 6:33 AM
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It may have been more than forty years ago when Tammy Wynette first commanded that you "Stand By Your Man" but the words still ring true. Well, they do for Milla Jovovich at least.

Antonio Banderas Says He Was Asked To Join 'The Expendables 2' But Didn't Have Time To Fit It In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 6:02 AM
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Nicolas Cage Won't Be In It & Probably Not John Travolta EitherEven though the meat-head heavy "The Expendables 2" is already in front of cameras, with the Ben Gay-sponsored cast ripping it up for next summer's blockbuster, rumors have still been floating about possible appearances in the film. One rumor picking up heat in recent weeks was the possibility of Nicolas Cage and John Travolta joining the cast. Well, we heard from Cage's reps who told us he was not going to be in the film, and reportedly the folks at Think McFly Think have learned that Travolta is out too. Bummer. But they're not the only ones who have been on Sly Stallone's lengthy wishlist.

Emily Mortimer Says Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' A "Hymn To The Imagination"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 21, 2011 6:01 AM
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New Poster For 'Hugo' UnveiledIf you looked up the word “versatile” in the dictionary, Emily Mortimer’s picture might be next to it: for almost two decades now, she’s amassed a truly amazing range of films, from period pieces (“Elizabeth”) to romantic comedies (“Notting Hill”) to horror sequels (“Scream 3”) to indie dramas (“Lovely & Amazing”) to popcorn adventures (“The Pink Panther”) and so much more. But after playing a role in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and following that up with voiceover work as Holly Shiftwell in “Cars 2,” it seems like she’s relishing the chance to reach younger moviegoers, at least evidenced by her work in Scorsese’s family-friendly odyssey “Hugo.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lining Up Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 5:29 AM
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Well, here's a pretty easy case of connect-the-dots. We just finished reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Premium Rush" had been moved from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012 and we figured maybe it was a tactic by Sony to get the film some additional heat after the actor's turn next summer in "The Dark Knight Rises." However, with Variety reporting that JGL is now in talks for a role in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" they add, "he'll have to sort out several scheduling issues that could prevent him from participating." You see where we're going with this?

John Hawkes Talks Working With First Time Feature Director Sean Durkin In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 21, 2011 5:10 AM
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Actor Talks Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Says He'd Love A 'Deadwood' MovieInstant recognizability can be a problem for actors, especially if they have grander ambitions than being a movie star. But John Hawkes somehow found a way to keep from being typecast – or even singularly associated with one role – while having one of the most interesting and unique faces in modern movies. For some viewers, he’s Richard, the shoe salesman who furtively connects with Miranda July in "Me and You and Everyone We Know"; for others, he’s Sol Star, the businessman, sheriff's best friend and town backbone in HBO’s “Deadwood;” and for still others, he’s the terrifying Ozark mountain uncle who helps his niece find her father in “Winter’s Bone.” And he’s inevitably going to be connected to his turn as Patrick, the charismatic, intimidating leader of a rural community in Sean Durkin’s intense, riveting feature debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Bike Thriller ‘Premium Rush’ Changes Gears To August 24, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 4:42 AM
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So, a vote of confidence or changing out one dubious date for another? January is considered a cinematic dumping ground, but the end of August is not much better. What arrived at the end of the summer this year? "Colombiana," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," "Our Idiot Brother" and "The Debt" and all were middling efforts at the box office, except for the latter which offered a rare breath of adult entertainment in a blockbuster season. But, Sony are moving their Joseph Gordon-Levitt led "Premium Rush" from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012 instead. And there's one pretty obvious reason why: "The Dark Knight Rises."

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