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Watch: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & Bryan Cranston In Trailer For Tony Kaye's Teaching Drama 'Detachment'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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Tony Kaye could have had the world as his oyster. An award-winning commercials and music video director, he landed one of the hottest scripts around, with a fast-rising star, for his directorial debut, "American History X," with Edward Norton.

Review: Documentary ‘Enemies Of The People’ A Frequently Gripping Search For Justice In The Cambodian Killing Fields

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • January 16, 2012 11:20 AM
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The worst of human history has a way of bubbling under the surface, burying under the skin of collaborators, killers and leaders. Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, responsible for approximately two million deaths, has remained in the country's national psyche in a uniquely chilling manner. The Cambodians who carried out Pol Pot’s systematic removal of intellectuals, political dissidents and anyone who seemed like a possible threat, now live in relative peace, often in close proximity to the people whose families they decimated by hand. “Enemies of the People,” an investigative documentary driven by Camdobian journalist Thet Sambath and co-director Rob Lemkin, attempts the extraordinary – Sambath wishes to elicit confessions from the mouths of former killers, in particular an elderly, partially toothless family man named Nuon Chea. Chea was once known as Brother Number Two – Pol Pot was Brother Number One.
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Jean Dujardin & Vincent Cassel Teaming Up For Remake Of French Comedy 'One Wild Moment'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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If you're a foreign actor who suddenly finds themselves thrust to Hollywood fame thanks to home-grown success and some awards attention, there are one of two routes you can take. You can keep plugging on much as you did before, making films at home, and hoping they catch on in the same way (see: Roberto Benigni). Or you can take the Hollywood dollar, often involving a bad guy or love interest role in some big blockbuster (see: Marion Cotillard, or original "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, recently seen playing the world's least intersting female lead and bad guy in, respectively, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"). 

Creator Rob Liefeld Says Fox Have Shot Eight Minutes Of R-Rated Test Footage For 'Deadpool' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Having essentially created the modern-era superhero movie with Bryan Singer's "X-Men," Fox seemed to dominate the genre in the last decade thanks to their mutant franchise, which went from box-office strength to strength to begin with. But three years ago, things started to go pear-shaped, with the badly received spin-off "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and this year's semi-reboot "X-Men: First Class" ended up with the lowest box-office returns since the original.  As such, whereas the studio were once gung-ho about multiple spin-offs and sequels to the series, talk has calmed on many of them.

Marcus Nispel Keeps Getting Work, Will Direct 'Hack/Slash'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 16, 2012 10:22 AM
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While the list of those who make the transition from primarily helming music videos and commercials to directing feature films is certainly a long one, the success rate isn’t necessarily high. For every David Fincher, Mike Mills, or Spike Jonze, there’s a McG or yes, a Marcus Nispel.  Still, the director who recently drudged up the better-left-dormant “Conan The Barbarian” series, is managing to find work.

Review: Spanish Oscar Contender 'Black Bread' A Melodramatic, Yet Compelling Story Of Post-Spanish Civil War Life

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 16, 2012 10:03 AM
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Somewhere in the mouth of a vast, dreary weald, a merchant trucks along with his wares. He stops briefly to check his wagon but is startled by some rustling nearby. At this point, even the most novice movie-goer can figure out that this man won't make it out of these woods alive. In a sequence that would make Michael Haneke proud, the masked attacker bursts in for the kill, following his act of brutality by taking the horse and wagon to a cliff, bashing the animal in the face, and sending it down the precipice. Bright-eyed Andreu (Francesc Colomer, who looks like the young death row kid from Werner Herzog's "Into The Abyss") stumbles upon the wreckage, and to make matters even more frightening, he finds a friend in the cart already on the brink of death. The boy can only muster up a single word, "Pitorliua" -- the name of a spirit said to reside in a nearby cave. Andreu reports the death to his family, but he can't figure out where Pitorliua fits in this puzzle. It's this mystery that propels the whole of "Black Bread" along, though its driving force is often hindered by other extraneous elements -- quite often there is too much going on and it gives things an overwhelming, cluttered feel.

New Pics From Adam Sandler's 'Donny's Son,' 'Rock Of Ages' & 'Jack And Diane'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2012 9:43 AM
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Even more pics from the LA Times gallery guide of 101 movies to see this year, so let's cut the preamble and get started shall we?

Space Jockeys Appear In Pic From 'Prometheus' Plus New Images From 'The Hunger Games' & 'Men In Black III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2012 9:22 AM
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While Hollywood wakes up to a hangover following the Golden Globes last night, here's a quick break from awards season chatter. The blockbuster movie season is beginning to appear on the horizon and some new images from what are arguably three of the biggest movies of the year (outside of "The Dark Knight Rises") have landed.

The Amazing Race: Jean Dujardin, Martin Scorsese & Octavia Spencer Get Boosts From The Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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The third Monday in January is popularly known in Hollywood circles as "hungover-as-shit Monday," as it immediately follows the Golden Globes, the award season's drunker, more badly-behaved little cousin. Among all the questions raised by the Golden Globes last night (What was the point of asking a defanged Ricky Gervais back? How did we get to the point where "W.E" can legitimately be described as an award-winning film? Is Johnny Depp Irish now or something? What is "Episodes"?), the one we come back to here is whether or not the Globes are really a force when it comes to predicting how the Oscars will turn out.

69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2012 8:11 PM
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Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the HFPA so it can't be counted out yet. That said, "The Descendants" is undoubtedly going to be player at the Oscars, with Clooney looking more and more like Best Actor material. But if anything, the Globes tonight proved Harvey Weinstein is always a force to be reckoned with. His films took home six awards -- including 3 for "The Artist" -- more than any other studio. And he knows exactly how this game is played, so watch The Weinstein Company work hard over the next few weeks.

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