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Sundance: Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Discuss Subverting The Rom-Com In 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' & Next Project 'Frenemy Of The State'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 1:26 PM
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If you're an actor, and not getting the kind of roles you want (or indeed, any roles at all), the best way out is to create your own material. From Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Brit Marling, legions of actors over the years have turned screenwriters, and seen their careers skyrocket as a result. And so it is with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

Christopher Plummer Says He'll Never Work With Terrence Malick Again, Says He Needs A Writer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 12:58 PM
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While Terrence Malick's admirers and fans are numerous, his mercurial attitude, intuitive filmmaking style and free rein in the editing suite has also earned him his fair share detractors. Adrien Brody wasn't exactly pleased to learn his lead role had pretty much be reduced to nothing in "The Thin Red Line"; composer James Horner famously battled Malick during the making of "The New World" and recently, Sean Penn was a bit confused on what his role really meant in "The Tree Of Life" (though he still recommended and supported the film). Well, you can add one more actor to the list who doesn't exactly sing the praises of Terrence Malick.

Lawrence Kasdan To Direct 'Tell No One' Writer Harlan Coben's Thriller 'Stay Close'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 23, 2012 12:46 PM
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It's been a whole 11 years since "Return Of The Jedi" and "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" writer Lawrence Kasdan last tested himself behind the camera with the critically-panned sci-fi fantasy pic "Dreamcatcher" but 2012 will see the writer-director return to the tried and true family drama genre with "Darling Companion" before possibly moving on to an adaptation of a thriller novel by "Tell No One" author Harlan Coben.

"This Is Not A Motherf**king Sequel To Do The Right Thing!" & More From The Fiery Q&A For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:28 PM
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Trust Spike Lee to shake things up a bit. The Sundance Film Festival has been ticking along quietly and unremarkably since the end of last week. Some films screened. Some were good. Some were bad. Yawn. But last night, Spike Lee premiered his latest film, a low-budget, self-funded return to his roots entitled "Red Hook Summer," and it immediately became one of the most divisive pictures of the festival. Our own Todd Gilchrist landed firmly on the positive side with his review this morning, but it looks set to inspire arguments for months to come. 

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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Docs 'The Queen Of Versailles' And 'Searching For Sugar Man,' And Slash-Produced Horror Film 'Nothing To Fear' Also Find Homes

Sundance: Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer Talk 'Wish You Were Here' & VOD Vs. Theatrical Release

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 23, 2012 11:56 AM
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Call it a resurgence of Australian cinema, but it seems the even-year Sundance Film Festivals are the place to catch the movies that find their way across the pond and to the audiences that desire dark, interesting thrillers that masquerade as family dramas. “Animal Kingdom” introduced a wide audience to Joel Edgerton who played as ruthless family man Baz. It's a fitting return for Edgerton to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with “Wish You Were Here,” an examination of how three people deal with the loss of their friend after a week of partying in Southeast Cambodia. Of course, it wouldn't be a modern Australian thriller if there weren't hidden intentions, distorted memory and deconstruction of the nuclear family. Produced under the Aussie film collective, Blue Tongue Films (which counts among its members Joel's brother Nash and co-writer/director Kieran Darcy-Smith), the film opened the festival last Thursday and The Playlist caught up with Edgerton and co-star Teresa Palmer about their character choices, future projects and the distribution model they'd prefer for their film.

'Maniac' Remake Shot Entirely From Elijah Wood's POV; Vinessa Shaw Stars In 'Who Can Kill A Child?' Remake 'Child's Play'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2012 11:44 AM
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More than a few were skeptical when the Alexandre Aja-directed remake of slasher-classic "Maniac" was announced, with Elijah Wood stepping into the gnarled, grotesquely-unattractive shoes of Joe Spinell. But they seem to have found a way around this, as Wood revealed to MTV at Sundance that the film was, "...entirely in P.O.V. You only ever see me in reflections and occasionally there are out-of-body experiences where you see more of me." While it's a dubious proposition to capture a film with a time and location so integral to its own identity, a fresh approach like this seems wise. Consider this: it could have easily become a found-footage movie.

John Hurt Is Latest Awesome Addition To Awesome Cast Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 11:20 AM
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At the grand old age of 72, nearly fifty years after his first screen appearance, John Hurt is seemingly busier than ever. The actor has no fewer than eleven credits from 2011, ranging from his snarling supporting turn in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and high-class work in "Melancholia" to short films and cameos in blockbusters like 'Harry Potter' and "Immortals." The actor has always pursued work with a diverse range of directors, and shows no sign of stopping there as he's just signed up for the latest film for one of the most acclaimed names in international cinema in the last few years.

Sundance: Exclusive Clip From The Engaging & Provocative Documentary 'The Imposter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 11:02 AM
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What if your teenage son disappeared? What if he was found again, three years later, halfway around the world? Would you recognize him? Would your desire for a family to be reunited trump any doubts or inconsistencies about who this person might really be? Those are the questions are the heart of director Bart Layton's "The Imposter," a documentary that is sure to make waves when it premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival.

Kiefer Sutherland Says '24' Movie Set 6 Months After The Series Finale, A "Direct Continuation" Of The Show

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2012 10:38 AM
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While the movie adaptation of "24" won't borrow the show's main conceit of taking place in real time -- the title would have to lose a number, for one -- it looks like there won't be a huge difference with the subject material. When asked by Collider about the Mark Bomback-penned script for the "24" movie (hopefully retitled "The Jack Bauer Power Hour"), star Kiefer Sutherland took a break from promoting his new Fox series "Touch" to she some light on the plot developments that will trouble Bauer's CTU agency on the big screen in 2013.

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