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Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Face The Passion Of Jim Caviezel In 'The Tomb'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 12:27 PM
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After playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's notorious torture porn take on the man in "The Passion Of Christ," it seemed the career of Jim Caviezel needed a prayer. The actor mostly flitted around in a bunch of movies you didn't see like "Bobby Jones: Stroke Of Genius," "Unknown" (not the one with Liam Neeson) and "The Stoning Of Soraya M." He seems to be have a new lifeline thanks to the series "Person Of Interest" and now he's lined up what is easily his biggest role since he got up on the cross.

Cannes 2012: Will 'The Master,' Terrence Malick's New Film, James Gray's Latest & More Actually Premiere?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 12:02 PM
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By this time last year, we already knew that Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris” would be opening the Cannes Film Festival, but as March looms closer, there still has been no word yet from organizers which film will kick off the festivities. Yet, that hasn’t stopped conjecture and suppostion as Cineuropa recently penned a speculatory long list of films they they guessing could be heading to Cannes (which includes iffy bets like Terrence Malick's next movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and more). These lists are fun and all, they get the cinephiles' anticipation juices going (see one example here), but the reality of the matter is there is a element of wish fulfillment to all of them and less than half the films generally posted in these pieces actually end up appearing at the Croisette. Still, using that piece as a jumping off point, we decided to dig a bit deeper to sort out which movies are near certain locks, which are possibilities and those that aren’t going to make it all.

Watch: Rollergirl Directs Porn In Trailer For 'Cherry' Starring James Franco & Dev Patel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 11:49 AM
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Pornography: exploitation of women or courageous act of empowerment? We'll leave the debate for your Feminism 101 class tomorrow afternoon, but until then you can take a look at the trailer for "Cherry" which presents an unconvincing case for the latter.

First Look At Ken Loach's Upcoming Dramedy 'The Angels' Share'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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The word "legend" gets thrown around a lot, but it's a mantle that filmmaker Ken Loach fully deserves. We're not going to recap the many accomplishments and honors his lengthy career has seen so far, but in the last few years his energy and curiousity have shown no signs of abating. His work has ranged from early 20th century drama ("The Wind That Shakes The Barley"), footballer dramedy ("Looking For Eric") and post-Iraq War meditations ("Route Irish") and for his next effort, we'll see another change of focus.

McG Says Robert Downey Jr. Would've Been Lex Luthor In His 'Superman'; Describes His Original, Darker Ending For 'Terminator: Salvation'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 20, 2012 10:58 AM
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It may have been a no-win situation when McG signed on for "Terminator: Salvation." Fans were generally displeased with "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines," but at least that film featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and an R-rating. McG, perhaps best known for the "Charlie's Angels" films, was working with a PG-13 rating, vowing to tell the untold story of the fabled war against Skynet. It was a no-brainer for the director who told us in a recent interview, "I’m a huge fan of the franchise, and I’m fascinated with Jim Cameron. I leapt at the chance to work with Christian Bale." And who wouldn't? But during press rounds for his latest, "This Means War," he commented that he "pussed out" on the film. We talked to McG and hoped he would clarify, and he revealed to us that his hopes were for the heavily-rumored original ending.

Watch: Full Trailer For Lena Dunham's HBO Series 'Girls' Produced By Judd Apatow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 10:38 AM
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It seems bizarre, but no filmmaker has been more divisive (in indie circles anyway) in recent memory than Lena Dunham. She broke through with "Tiny Furniture" her quasi-autobiographical dramedy which won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW and then was drafted into The Criterion Collection, a move that made the minds of many cinephiles explode. There has been an undue amount of criticism hurled Dunham's way, most of it excessive. Regardless, she has soldiered on, found an ally in producer Judd Apatow and like it or not, is bringing her brand of observational comedy to HBO.
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Discuss: Does Universal Need Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass To Return For 'Bourne'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 10:24 AM
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So far in 2012, Universal has been flexing their box office muscle hard thanks to the success of a couple of no frills action vehicles. Mark Wahlberg's midbudgeted ($25 million not including P&A) "Contraband" is already over $70 million worldwide (most of that from the domestic box office), with a number of foreign territories still to open. Meanwhile, audiences are loving the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds pic "Safe House," with the movie pushing its way to number one in its second weekend, with the film already outpacing "Contraband" and on track to bag over $100 million at the domestic box office alone. And while the latter pic is pricier ($85 million plus P&A and whatever percentage off the top Denzel gets) the success of these two films illustrate that bare bones, raw knuckle action not only sells, but Universal knows how to sell it. So where does Jason Bourne fit in?

'Submarine' Star Craig Roberts Talks Berlin Pic 'Comes A Bright Day' & New Projects With Derick Martini & Cillian Murphy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 20, 2012 9:56 AM
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One of the more impressive screen debuts of last year came from 21-year-old Welsh actor Craig Roberts. A British children's TV veteran (he was the star of "The Story Of Tracy Beaker" and "Young Dracula" among others), Roberts broke out as the pretentious, deluded hero of Richard Ayoade's charming "Submarine," coming across as equal parts Dustin Hoffman, Bud Cort and John Gordon Sinclair (from "Gregory's Girl"), and it seemed to mark the birth of a star.

Russell Crowe, Alex Proyas, David Michod, Anthony LaPaglia, Toni Collette & More To Direct 'Sydney Unplugged'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 20, 2012 9:43 AM
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Anthology films are back in vogue after the relative success of the "Cities of Love" project which spawned "Paris, je t'aime" and "New York, I Love You," while there are plans for similar films in Rio, Shanghai, Jerusalem and Berlin. While the finished products are almost always (and perhaps inevitably) a mixed bag, it's easy to see why these projects appeal to filmmakers. The process is fairly brief, it guarantees their short film distribution (unless you're Scarlett Johansson that is), attracts high-profile talent at a cut price, and allows them to pay tribute to a city they have a special connection to.

Carlos Saura Frames Up Antonio Banderas For Role As Pablo Picasso In '33 Days'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 20, 2012 9:22 AM
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Since his death in 1973 there have been more than twenty actors to play Pablo Picasso on film and television (thank you, IMDb) including Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins, and last year Marcial Di Fonzo Bo depicted the famous artist in Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris." Next up will be arguably Spain's highest-profile actor, Antonio Banderas, in Carlos Saura's "33 Dias" ("33 Days").

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