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And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:28 AM
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Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:15 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

Warner Bros. Aiming For February/March 2012 Start On 'Akira,' Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:04 AM
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After some minor drama, which saw long-attached helmer Albert Hughes bail on the gestating "Akira" remake this spring, the project came back to the life in the middle of the summer when "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra came aboard. Things then went quiet on the project, but once again, it has come roaring back to life as Variety reports that a late February/early March 2012 production start is being eyed, and moreover, the leading man may have been found.

Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger's Music Drama At HBO Now Moving Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 2:48 AM
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Given the five thousand things Martin Scorsese is doing at any given moment, we kind of forgot about this project, a music drama with his long time Rolling Stones bud Mick Jagger, that was set up last summer over at HBO. Penned by "Boardwalk Empire" (on which Scorsese serves as executive producer) and "The Sopranos" writer Terence Winter, it was first announced under the working title "History Of Music," and was initially envisioned by Jagger as a feature film that followed two friends who work in the music industry across 40 years. William Monahan had actually penned a script over at Paramount where it was going under the title "The Long Play" that Scorsese was eyeing to direct. But now that it's over at the cable channel, it has changed focus, though it's no less exciting.

Matt Damon's Directorial Debut With John Krasinksi Moves Ahead, But It's Not 'Father Daughter Time'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 2:36 AM
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Building up for much of the first half of 2011, Matt Damon is gearing up to step behind the camera for his directorial debut. During the summer, the actor let slip that "The Office" star John Krasinski would be taking a role in the upcoming film that many assumed was “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses.” Warner Bros. had picked up that spec script -- about a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, who is an accomplice in a three-state crime spree -- as a vehicle for Damon to direct. But as it turns out, it's not that project at all, and in fact, Krasinski is a much bigger collaborator on the forthcoming movie that we had thought.

Shawn Levy Didn't Want That Climatic Shot From 'Real Steel' To Be In The Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 2:00 AM
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Director To Helm Comedy Pilot At ABC Starring Mandy MooreNeedless to say, if you haven't seen "Real Steel" this post contains spoilers, so if you have yet to take in Shawn Levy's robot boxing movie, you might want to move on. But then again, if you've already seen the trailer for the movie, one of the big rousing moments from the climax has already been ruined for you. But you might not know it yet. So again, we're going to dive right into this so move on if you don't want to know.

VIFF '11: Lo-Fi Puppets And A Big, Hilarious Heart; 'Kooky' Is Destined To Be A Family Cult Classic

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 20, 2011 1:54 AM
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In many ways, “Kooky” harkens back to the halcyon days of yore (read: in particular the ‘80s) when things were scary in kids’ movies. Or maybe we're just starting to show our old age, but didn't it seem like filmmakers back then were unafraid to at least hint at the possibility of actual threat and potential harm to characters, if not follow through on it completely? It was certainly a different time. Maybe they were untethered by the whims of insanely over-protective parents and ludicrous MPAA ratings strictures that insist on rounding off every sharp edge, creating a bland cinematic landscape these days that all-too-often wears down a movie for families to a pathetic, sanitized nub.

Rooney Mara Passes On Spike Lee's Remake Of Park Chan-Wook's 'Oldboy'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 20, 2011 1:45 AM
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An actor passing on a project is generally a bit of a non-story but it's a testament to how far Rooney Mara has come that we're bringing this news to you.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden' Pushed Back; 'Anonymous' Goes Limited Instead Of Wide Next Week

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 20, 2011 1:19 AM
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Sony's Fall 2012 Oscar Date Now Goes To A Kevin James ComedyPerhaps in reaction to a New York Times piece plotting that the Obama administration was unlawfully providing Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal access to details of Osama Bin Laden's assassination to boost the president's own political agenda, Sony Pictures has now pushed back the duo's black-ops thriller from its planned October 12th unveiling to a date later in 2012, possibly even 2013, placing its release after the next election.

Sony Turning Videogame 'Assassin's Creed' Into Movie Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 1:05 AM
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Video game to film adaptations haven't always gone over well, and arguably, there has only been one flat-out successful franchise created so far in the "Resident Evil" series of the movies. Yes, there were the "Tomb Raider" movies but after the second entry made less than the first, it faded from view (though it is getting a reboot), and let's not talk about the saga behind getting "Halo" to the big screen which now finds one of the most popular videogames of all time stuck in development hell. The true test of the potential "Silent Hill" franchise will come with the release of "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" next year, while "Hitman 2" seems to have stalled out after announcing a director more than a year ago. All this to say that launching a big-budget tentpole based on console game is a tough business (just ask Disney about "Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time"), but with a built-in audience and some ready-made mythology it's hard to resist, which is why Sony is now going to the roll the dice on one of the biggest games out there.

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