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Get To Know The Circus In New Character Profiles For 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 7:08 AM
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So, not up on your John Le Carré and looking to bone up on who is who in the upcoming, highly anticipated adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy"? Well, today is your lucky day.

Brad Pitt Heads To Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' With Michael Fassbender & Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 6:15 AM
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There is no greater arthouse bromance right now than the one between director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender. The duo first paired up on "Hunger," which brought them both some considerable attention, and this year they are dominating the fall movie chatter with the NC-17 sex-addiction drama "Shame." They've already lined up their next collaboration, "Twelve Years A Slave," which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, and now one of the biggest actors in the world is lining up to join them.

Trailer For 'Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D' A Reminder Of How Disappointed You Were

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 5:38 AM
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You know those light sabres that are like double light sabres? That's probably the only cool thing we remember from the otherwise pretty bad "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace," George Lucas' long-awaited space political drama prequel to his "Star Wars" trilogy. It made approximately five bajillion Saturn dollars, or whatever monetary system Scrooge McLucas uses to count his riches, and now it's coming back. IN 3D. So if you thought Jar Jar Binks was offensively annoying the first time around, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Watch: Previously Unreleased Video For Pearl Jam's "Not For You" Directed By Cameron Crowe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 5:02 AM
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Cameron Crowe is just getting warmed up for what will be a very busy fall and winter. He's got his next feature film "We Bought A Zoo" being prepped for a December 23rd bow, and early in the new year will see HBO release his Elton John documentary "The Union." But before that, he's got "Pearl Jam Twenty," a comprehensive look at the band in celebration of their twenty years of making music.

Review: Vintage Footage In Sigur Ros Concert Doc 'Inni' Teases At A Much More Interesting Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 4:28 AM
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Sigur Ros has never needed much of a big stage production to get the power of their expansive, orchestral and otherworldly music across in concert. When this writer saw them perform at the intimate Théatre Maisonneuve in Montreal circa the release of Takk, they opened the show with the title track, a giant white screen in front of the stage obscuring the band, who were backlit, casting huge shadows as the music swelled. As they transitioned into "Glosoli," the screen slowly raised, revealing the band, and really that was all they needed to completely have the crowd in the palm of their hand. While Sigur Ros' rising popularity has allowed them -- and forced them, to a certain degree -- to employ projections and other big stage novelties, the music has always done more than any fancy lighting rig could. This dynamic is clearly displayed in the band's solid "Heima" documentary, which tracked them traveling through Iceland and playing acoustic concerts in small and remote towns, with their songs containing the same power and passion as they do in their fuller bodied, large-stage incarnations.

Future Scares: Ben Wheatley's 'Kill List' & Elizabeth Olsen's 'Silent House' Get 2012 Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 4:17 AM
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So, looking for some scares that don't involve some footage shot for about $10 and then cobbled together with some jump scares? (That's right we're looking at you "Paranormal Activity 3"). Well, you might have to wait until 2012 but the early part of the year should satisfy your thirst for cinematic thrills.

LFF '11 Review: Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Is Flawed, But Also Kind Of A Blast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2011 3:49 AM
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It might seem ingracious to complain, but film festivals can sometimes be something of a slog. For every transcendent piece of cinema, there are two or three well-meaning, firmly mediocre pictures clogged with mental illness, child abuse and miserable sex. Which is exactly why most film festivals mix it up a little, with a midnight genre strand, or just introducing something a little more...fun into the mix.

Peter Jackson Says He'll Direct The Sequel To 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Right After 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 3:24 AM
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Steven Spielberg Reveals Script For ‘Prisoners Of The Sun’ Is Already FinishedRiding on a big wave of positive reviews, the Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced "The Adventures Of Tintin" begins opening internationally tomorrow and Sony and Paramount will be watching the ticket sales closely. The motion-capture-fueled project was always planned as a trilogy, with plan being that Spielberg would direct the first film, Jackson the second film with the duties on the final installment still not quite mapped out. However, while audiences overseas are familiar with Hergé's animated hero, he's less well known stateside and it will take a strong showing at the box-office to get the followup moving. However, if the early word is any indication, whether you grew up following Tintin in the comics or are brand new to the cowlick haired adventurer, Spielberg and Jackson's film is a pure delight and we called it "one of the best times at the movies we’ve had in a long while." So undoubtedly, the filmmakers are confident that "The Adventures Of Tintin" will connect with audiences as the sequel is already on the horizon.

'Captain America' Writer Stephen McFeely Says Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Is Like 'Fargo'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 25, 2011 3:06 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen McFeely, co-writer of "Captain America: The First Avenger" and its upcoming sequel, told The Playlist that he and his partner Christopher Markus are optimistic that Michael Bay’s next project will be directing “Pain and Gain,” a black comedy they wrote about a real-life crime. “He’s headed in that direction,” McFeely said last week during a telephone interview for the home video release of “Captain America.” “There’s been more public comments from him, so it’s nice. But it seems more realistic than it did two years ago when it seemed a little more realistic than it did two years before that, so we’re cautiously optimistic.”

'Motorcycle Diaries' & 'On The Road' Scribe Jose Rivera To Make Directorial Debut With 'Celestina'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 25, 2011 2:46 AM
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Project To Star Rivera's Wife Sona Tatoyan & Bill PullmanWhile the release date of the Jose Rivera-scripted, Walter Salles-helmed adaptation of "On The Road" remains up in the air, it looks like the writer is set follow in the footsteps of his counterpart revealing to O Globo that he'll soon embark on his feature-length directorial debut with the female-led road-film "Celestina."

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