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Jena Malone To Play Author Carson McCullers In Biopic 'Lonely Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 3:14 AM
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While everyone else in their early twenties was busy going to school, partying, chasing boys (or girls) are doing all those things college folks tend to do, Carson McCullers wrote the stone-cold masterpiece "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," a novel containing the emotional depth, wisdom and tragic beauty of somebody three times her age of twenty-three. It was a her first novel, but was the building block of small, but pretty unrivalled body of some of the finest Southern-flavoured writing ever put on the page. And while we always worry when our favorite, beloved writers get brought to the big screen, the first bit of casting for the biopic "Lonely Hunter" indicates that the filmmakers are moving in the right direction.

Review: 'Dirty Girl' With Juno Temple Is All Attitude & No Heart

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 7, 2011 3:07 AM
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If there's one thing "Dirty Girl" has going for it -- and it's made abundantly clear even before the glittery title card, spelled out in swoopy, neon-lit letters like the name of a roller disco -- it's that it has attitude. The titular dirty girl is an Oklahoma teen named Danielle (Juno Temple) who acts out in class and sleeps around. She has an infectiously "fuck you" approach to just about everything, from her classmates, agog at her sexual promiscuity, to her soon-to-be stepdad (William H. Macy), to her teachers, who bump her down to a remedial class where the most pressing assignment is taking care of a bag of flour like it's an actual human baby.

Leonardo DiCaprio Is The Most Powerful Man In The World In New Posters For 'J. Edgar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 2:22 AM
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Along with "Young Adult" and "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is one of the few big remaining Oscar question marks for this year's awards season. And while the film penned by “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black boasts a solid ensemble supporting cast that includes Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Jeffrey Donovan and Stephen Root, these first posters make it very clear who the spotlight will be on.
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Review: 'Blackthorn' Catches Up With A Retirement-Ready Butch Cassidy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 2:07 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Fantasia.
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‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’ Gets A Sick & Probably NSFW New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 1:48 AM
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Well, "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)" crawls its way into theaters today, filling any desire you have for a gruesome ass-to-mouth medical experiment movie. Whatever you may think about director Tom Six, you have to admit, no one else is making movies like his. Thank God.

Robert Zemeckis Turning 'Charles Fort' Into Period Occult Adventure Picture

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 1:26 AM
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Robert Zemeckis hasn't had a particularly good year. The veteran director of "Back to the Future" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" finally hit a performance capture wall when "Mars Needs Moms," the animated Disney feature from his Imagemovers company, became one of the biggest money-losers of the year, taking under $40 million worldwide on a $150 million budget. It caused the end of the deal between the Mouse House and Imagemovers, and the (blessed) cancellation of his planned remake of Beatles pic "Yellow Submarine."

Watch: Trailer For 'The Raven' Is Basically A Pulpy, Period Version Of 'Se7en'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 1:04 AM
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The period-based serial killer movie is a rare beast, one that has produced more notable misses in recent memory ("From Hell") than outright successes, but "The Raven" looks like it could be the pulpy good fun that we've been missing. Boasting an inventive concept, the first trailer for the film doesn't promise Oscars, but does indicate a juicy, bloody procedural with some complex kills that would make Kevin Spacey's character from "Se7en" proud.

Helen McCrory Joins 'James Bond 23'; Bérénice Marlohe & Ben Whishaw Confirmed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 11:59 AM
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As the filmmakers get everything in place to start shooting soon, it looks like Sam Mendes is nailing down the final pieces of his cast for "James Bond 23" or as it will probably be called "Skyfall."

Michael Fassbender's Dirty Sheets Cover The Teaser Poster For 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 10:35 AM
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When our own Oli Lyttleton saw "Shame" in Venice he declared Michael Fassbender's performance a "tour-de-force." When this writer caught up with it at TIFF, I couldn't help but agree and with the rest of the Playlist staffers screening it today at NYFF, one of them said that "Fassbender's performance is easily the strongest male performance of the year." Yes, he's that good in Steve McQueen's "Shame" but the question now to be answered is how the Academy will respond.
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'The Killing' Star Kristin Lehman Is A 'Golf Pro'; David Morse Enlists In 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 10:13 AM
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A couple bits of casting for you, one for a smaller comedy the other for a big budget zombie movie.

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