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Watch: Promising Trailer For Alt WW2 Drama 'Resistance' With Michael Sheen & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 1:23 AM
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What if the Germans had won the war? It's a question that's plagued hacky science-fiction and historical novel writers since...well, the Germans didn't win the war, but that doesn't mean it can't be the source of compelling fiction. Philip K Dick's masterpiece "The Man In The High Castle" is a good example, or Robert Harris' gripping thriller "Fatherland," while the cinematic high watermark is probably the underseen 1966 British film "It Happened Here." It's been a while since the sub-genre made it to screens, but The Guardian yesterday brought us a trailer for a new example from the U.K., the thriller "Resistance."

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Surprise TIFF Audience Winner 'Where Do We Go Now?'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 29, 2011 12:48 PM
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Lebanese actor/director Nadine Labaki came out of nowhere recently and took home the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at TIFF for her comedy "Where Do We Go Now?" While the film was without a U.S. distributor at the time, a big, unexpected win like that meant someone would swoop down in no time and that's indeed the case as Sony Pictures Classics is reuniting with Pathe Pictures to acquire the pic for North America.

'Half Nelson' & 'Sugar' Duo Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden Will Get 'Hate Mail'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 11:43 AM
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Oh man, well this is eerie. Just yesterday we were chatting around The Playlist water color discussing our recent interview with Anthony Mackie in which he discussed what working with Ryan Gosling was like. The pair of course are starring in the current filming "Gangster Squad" but before that, they squared off in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's remarkable debut film "Half Nelson." Talking amongst ourselves, we noted how much we really liked their scenes together (particularly the one below) and moreover, how we hoped that we'd soon be hearing of a new project from the directing pair. Well, here we are.

Woody Harrelson Is Going To Pull Some Jedi Mind Tricks In 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
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While Woody Harrelson has earned acclaimed for his post-"Cheers" dramatic work, the actor still likes to have some fun. In fact, prior to the TIFF premiere of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," Harrelson did everything from the raunchy comedy "Friends With Benefits" to the disaster movie "2012" to low-fi superhero pic "Defendor." And while those films are certainly a mixed bag, his next turn could see the actor taking part in some high class genre fare.

'Homeland' Star Diego Klattenhoff Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 10:06 AM
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Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. You might recall that back this spring "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff was reported to be taking a role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." As these things sometimes go, the scheduling couldn't be worked out and he didn't wind up doing the film, but fall is here and the actor has bounced back with a part in another mega movie.

Watch: Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe & Thomas Jane Get Wasted In Red Band 'I Melt With You' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 9:47 AM
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Here's a midlife crisis gone so awry that no amount of hugging it out with your bros is gonna solve it.

That 'Mortal Kombat' Reboot You've Been Waiting For Is Happening From The Guy Who Remade 'Fame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 9:06 AM
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The geeks have spoken and Warner Bros. has listened. Remember last summer when Kevin Tancharoen (the guy who did the "Fame" remake that no one cared about and the "Glee" 3D concert movie no one went to go see (how is this dude still getting work?) directed a ridiculous po-faced "Mortal Kombat" promo trailer to try and get traction for a new full-length movie going? Well, apparently enough people with bad taste were impressed because Deadline reports that WB are getting a reboot of the video game movie going. Hooray.

Jonathan Levine Talks Surviving Title Changes & Casting Switch-Ups In Making '50/50'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 8:37 AM
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Filmmaker Describes Why They Dropped The Original Title, 'I'm With Cancer' & How They Survived Losing Their Lead Actor 2 Weeks Before ShootingOur conversation with director Jonathan Levine first ran during the "50/50" world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, but we're worried it got lost in that crazy shuffle. With the film in theaters this weekend -- on 2,400 screens no less -- we thought we'd revisit the chat one more time.

'Spartacus' Star Jai Courtney Takes 'One Shot' & Erin Moriarty Goes On A 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 8:08 AM
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A couple of casting updates for two films about to roll in front of cameras.

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Follow 'The Town' Template, Will Open On September 14, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 7:34 AM
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It's probably safe to say that last year, Warner Bros. knew they had a good movie on their hands with "The Town," but that they didn't expect it would turn into a $150 million worldwide hit and Oscar contender. Riding high off positive notices at Venice and TIFF, "The Town" rolled into theaters just a few days after unspooling in Toronto and became a box office hit, and when it all ended, the movie made some considerable bank and even landed an Oscar nomination for Jeremy Renner. Not bad. Not messing with what worked last time, WB has dated "Argo," Ben Affleck's next directorial effort, for September 14, 2012, and it's likely they are hoping to carbon copy "The Town"'s success.
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