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Tom Hiddleston & Anna Paquin Join Elijah Wood In Noir 'Black Wings Has My Angel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:27 AM
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They say patience is a virtue, and in the world of film development, that's especially true. While "Black Wings Has My Angel" may seem new, this one has actually been brewing since around 2007. A couple of years ago, Elijah Wood signed on to the lead role in the hardboiled pic and then word when quiet, but it finally looks like the pieces are coming together.

Review: 'Perfect Sense' An Uneven Mix Of Romance & Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2012 10:10 AM
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If you thought the fast spreading virus in "Contagion" was bad, Steven Soderbergh's film has got nothing on David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense." A romance, sci-fi tale and apocalyptic vision of the breakdown of humanity all rolled into one, there is no source for the virus which moves quicky and mysteriously around the world. It just happens, and the effects are devastating. Anyone stricken with the virus begins to lose each of their senses, one by one over the course of days and weeks. There is no cure and there is no way to stop it, and it's against this backdrop that romance, against all odds, begins to flourish.

Berlinale 2012: Léa Seydoux On 'Farewell My Queen,' American Filmmaking & The Classic French Cinema She Loves

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2012 11:43 AM
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French actress Léa Seydoux has been bringing her Gallic brand of beauty and skill to Hollywood films for a few years now. But while she was reportedly on one of the shortlists to play Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" she has yet to lead a U.S.-made film, and instead has been slowly increasing her confidence in English-speaking roles by working in smaller parts for well-respected directors like Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen.

Watch: Clip From 'Wanderlust' References 'Role Models'; 'The Raid' Goes 4-On-1 & Amanda Seyfried Is 'Gone'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 11, 2012 11:04 AM
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With a few late winter and early spring releases set to bow in theaters in February and March, studios are starting to get the promotional wheels rolling on several anticipated releases.

Remember 'Legion'? It's Going To Be A Syfy Series Now

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 11, 2012 10:46 AM
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The science fiction and horror genre is a lucrative one on film, while a $68 million worldwide gross for a major tentpole would be deemed a failure, for a project like the 2010 supernatural thriller “Legion,” it’s a hit. Produced for a budget of $26 million, the film must have exceeded studio expectations and broke even in terms of marketing costs as well, as it looks like “Legion” is now a fully fledged property in its studio's eyes.
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Alexandre Desplat Scoring Ben Affleck's 'Argo' & Animated 'Rise Of The Guardians'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 11, 2012 10:38 AM
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Rarely a year has gone by over the past decade where composer Alexandre Desplat hasn’t delivered a memorable score for a film. 2011 was an especially strong year with “The Ides of March,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” As expected, Desplat’s workload isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, as he’s already set to score Wes Anderson’s much anticipated “Moonrise Kingdom” along with two recently announced projects.

Lou Taylor Pucci Is One Of 'The Evil Dead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2012 10:25 AM
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The Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-polished, Fede Alvarez-directed "The Evil Dead" remake continues to line up some young victims and the latest is a name who has been working steadily the past few years, but hasn't quite matched his breakout film.

Jon Brion Scoring Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2012 10:08 AM
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What is there to say about Jon Brion that you don't already know (or should know)? A whipsmart songwriter, a dazzling musician (his live shows are legendary), an encyclopedia of music knowledge and history, and a producer extraordinaire who has worked with everyone from Kanye West to Brad Mehldau to Fiona Apple (his unreleased version of her Extraordinary Machine album is worth tracking down). But of course, movie fans know him best for his scoring gigs, memorably tuning up Paul Thomas Anderson's first four films, but he's also done far more mainstream gigs, leaning on comedies like "The Break-Up," "The Other Guys" and "Step Brothers." Well, Judd Apatow, who served as a producer on the latter film, is re-upping Brion for his next effort behind the camera.
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'Rambo 5' Is Apparently Happening, Will Be Either Like 'Unforgiven' Or A "Passing Of The Torch"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:35 AM
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Even though David Morrell was the original author of "First Blood," star Sylvester Stallone has co-opted the popular character of John Rambo to the point where 2008's "Rambo," co-written and directed by Stallone, was near-autobiographical. Retiring the violent soldier hero made sense, as Stallone is now 65 years old. But legally speaking, the onscreen John Rambo doesn't belong to Morrell or Stallone, but rather Lionsgate, who released the last 'Rambo' film to a $113 million worldwide gross. In other words, a new 'Rambo' movie will happen with or without Stallone.

Universal Revives ‘Dracula Year Zero’ Without Sam Worthington & Alex Proyas; Gary Shore To Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:15 AM
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With movie projects dying out left and right, it only makes sense that some aborted ideas would be resurrected. Hence, "Dracula Year Zero," a dopily titled period piece about Prince Vlad, the noble-but-doomed hero who later became known as Vlad the Impaler, and later Blacula Dracula. Originally, Sam Worthington was set to star for director Alex Proyas. However, the "Dark City" helmer abandoned the film to take on the now-dead "Paradise Lost," ostensibly taking Worthington with him, and setting the stage for newbie director Gary Shore to adopt the project from a new script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

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