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'W.E.' Star Andrea Riseborough Talks The "Apocalyptic Limbo" Of 'Resistance' & Trawling Chat Rooms In 'Disconnect'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 31, 2012 11:00 AM
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Andrea Riseborough is about to hit screens as Wallis Simpson in the Madonna-directed "W.E.," but the actress is quick to point out that she has a slew of non-period films coming up, including her Sundance IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer" and ensemble drama "Disconnect."

Bryan Bertino Gears Up His Found Footage Flick 'Mockingbird' At Universal

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 31, 2012 10:38 AM
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At the start of the summer of 2008, a modestly budgeted horror flick called “The Strangers” surprised many by holding its own at the box office with heavyweights like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the first “Sex and the City” movie, ultimately grossing $82 million on a $9 million dollar budget. Not exactly 'Indiana Jones'-style numbers, but enough to get sequels talk started and a little clout for the film’s helmer Bryan Bertino. While talk of further installments has been circling ever since, Bertino has yet to follow-up his directorial debut.

First Look At Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson In Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 10:33 AM
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Yawn. Another stuffy costume drama and adaptation of "Anna Karenina," a story we've seen played out more than once on the big screen and small. Who cares, right? Wrong. While the latest from Joe Wright, which sees him reteam with his "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" star Keira Knightley, might seem like an easy lay-up, in the director's typical fashion, he's raising the bar. As was recently revealed in an extended profile in Empire magazine, Wright choose to make the production nearly entirely on a single stage, in a take that has been described as experimental, taking place in an "elastic universe" that will include toy trains and dollhouses standing in for exterior locations.

McG Feels 'Guilty' For Fox; Clip From 'This Means War' Arrives

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 31, 2012 10:18 AM
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With a resume that boasts stuff like the forgettable “We Are Marshall” and the misguided “Terminator: Salvation,” McG doesn't exactly make for an auteur worth following, however, he has continued to make a living producing sub-Michael Bay shlock and proven himself to be just as bulletproof (critically, anyway) as Drew Barrymore in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement Co-Writing A Comedy About World War II & A Vampire Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 31, 2012 9:57 AM
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Actor-writer-director-comedian Taika Waititi has been rising quickly in certain circles. He followed his critically-acclaimed directorial debut "Eagle Vs. Shark" with the coming-of-age dramedy "Boy," the highest grossing film in New Zealand history, slated to make it's stateside debut this March. With all involved interested in forgetting his comic relief turn in front of the camera for "Green Lantern," Waititi is eager to return to the director's chair, and has two projects currently brewing. And for writing help, he's enlisted his somewhat more higher profile "Eagle Vs. Shark" leading man Jemaine Clement.

Shirley MacLaine Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 31, 2012 9:43 AM
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When Julian Fellowes isn’t busy trying to destroy the British film industry, you can find him writing one of the most successful British shows of the past decade, "Downton Abbey." The costume drama, set on a North Yorkshire abbey estate has proved supremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic; garnering critical acclaim, impressive viewing figures, and even a slew of Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

Hi-Ya! Kermit & Miss Piggy Smack Down Fox News After Accusations That 'The Muppets' Brainwashes Kids

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 9:24 AM
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"The Muppets" is finally starting to roll out internationally, which means a number of things. Firstly, those of us who live outside the U.S. finally get to see the film. Hurrah! And secondly, it means that the stars of the film finally get to respond to some of the political criticism aimed at them during the film's U.S. release. 

Clint Eastwood's 'Trouble With The Curve' Opens Sept 28th & Meryl Streep's 'Great Hope Springs' Moves To August 10th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 9:02 AM
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Hollywood, generally speaking, does not care about old people. Despite the teen audience seemingly flagging, the studios continue to chase that precious 13-25 demographic, leaving only a handful of pictures to cater for those over 50. But every so often, older audiences will turn up in droves -- think "The King's Speech" or "True Grit" or "Gran Torino" or "Julie & Julia." It's a hard crowd to draw -- they won't simply turn up every opening weekend, which is one of the reasons executives never quite know what to do for them. But if we do know two things about that demographic, it's that they love Meryl Streep and they love Clint Eastwood.

Darren Aronofsky & Angelina Jolie Out & Susanne Bier, Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence Are In For ‘Serena’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 9:57 PM
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Sometimes, the stars don't align. It's as simple as that when projects don't come together and roll in front of cameras, and while in early 2010 Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie were signed to direct and star in the period drama "Serena," it simply didn't come together. But now, nearly two years later, an equally compelling roster of talent are coming aboard, and will hopefully get this one moving.

Holy Shit, We Don't Recognize Anyone In This Thrilling New "Let's Have A Serious Meeting" Still From 'Argo'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2012 6:33 PM
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Behold! The second new exciting still from Ben Affleck's "Argo." Based on a Blacklist-favored script by Chris Terrio, "Argo," tells the true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

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