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New Looks At Cathy & Heathcliffe In Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 5:37 AM
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You gotta hand it to Andrea Arnold. After her last film "Fish Tank" brought the director her most acclaim to date, particularly due to the stirring turn out she got out of a young, unknown Katie Jarvis, in a film that also happened to co-star somebody you might have heard of named Michael Fassbender, she easily could've done something more accessible and just plain easy. But she didn't. Instead, she decided to adapt "Wuthering Heights" with an unknown in the lead in a version that our man in Venice said in his review finds both the grace and brutality of the story and brings it "kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century." While we'll have to wait until next year for Oscilloscope Laboratories to release the film stateside, Empire has some new looks at "Wuthering Heights" as it gears up to hit cinemas soon.

The Amazing Race: Will The Best Actress Category Be A Battle Of The Biographies?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 4:59 AM
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If the Best Actor category, which we examined last week, is competitive, Best Actress is even more so -- as has been the case in the last few years, in fact. While there are plenty of thankless girlfriend and love interest roles most of the year, people are writing good roles for women, thank god, and there's a plethora of great actors, both veterans and newcomers, capable of taking the role and knocking them out of the park.

'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Wants To Go Full-On 'Samurai' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 4:31 AM
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Update: Deadline adds that "The Samurai" will center on "a rogue assassin named Townes Joyce, who breaks out of a Texas jail that puts him on the run from an international manhunt. Along the way, he gets involved with a woman and her child, and they go along for a ride that spans Costa Rica, Colombia, Paris and back to the U.S." O'Connor is also working with Tambakis on a stage version of the classic "The Hustler."

First Look At Malin Akerman & Tyler Labine In The Dark Comedy 'Cottage Country'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 3:48 AM
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Lucy Punch Co-StarsFun fact: rising funnyman Tyler Labine -- seen this year in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" -- is a graduate of the semi-legendary Canadian kids TV sitcom "Breaker High." His co-star? Ryan Gosling. It's like some kind of Canuck "Mickey Mouse Club" or something. And this is all to say that Labine, Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch have come aboard the dark comedy "Cottage Country" and there is already a first look at the film.

Fantastic Fest Review: 'Elite Squad 2' A Sprawling, Exciting Look At The Depths Of Corruption

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 30, 2011 3:27 AM
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More of a “Red Riding Hood” or “Millennium Series” installment than a traditional sequel, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” doesn’t require viewers to have seen the original “Elite Squad” because it builds upon its predecessor’s themes and ideas rather than the strict details of its plot. Director Jose Padilha, returning to the director and co-writer’s chair for the second time, crafts an engaging, morally ambiguous thriller that also fearlessly examines police and political corruption in Brazil.

Doug Liman Will Climb 'Everest' With Script From 'Up In The Air' Writer Sheldon Turner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 3:08 AM
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With his last effort, the political drama "Fair Game" dropping last fall, director Doug Liman has spent most of 2011 figuring out what to do next and he's had no shortage of options. But unfortunately, he's been hit with a bit of bad luck. While for a moment there it seemed like his ambitious and long-gestating sci-fi flick "Luna" would be getting off the ground, just last week word arrived that financing had collapsed, effectively killing the project. In the same report it appeared that Warner Bros. was wanting to move ahead with "All You Need Is Kill" but that was contingent on a big star, and while WB wanted Brad Pitt, that's not really near to happening just yet. Liman was also on the wishlist for "The Wolverine" before it went to James Mangold, he signed on to direct a period pic about “Two-Gun” Cohen and he's also got prison pic "Attica" brewing. But it looks like he may be getting to another project first.

'Highlander' Star Clancy Brown & Heather Graham Join Ramin Bahrani's Dennis Quaid/Zac Efron Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 2:26 AM
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So, it's official, acclaimed indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has gone Hollywood. The Iranian-American director behind the trio of well-received, low-key efforts “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop” and “Goodbye Solo” has put together a pretty WTF cast for his next, still untitled effort. In case you forgot, back this spring the unlikely duo of Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron (really) came aboard. And now, some more random people have rounded out the cast.

Steve Carell To Star In 'Moneyball' Director Bennett Miller's Next Film 'Foxcatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 2:20 AM
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First, we just need to get something off our chest. It's an absolute crime that with his run on the "The Office" now over, six-time Emmy nominee Steve Carell didn't win one time for his fantastic turn as the Michael Scott. More than just a bumbling boss, Carell found real depth and heart in Michael Scott that allowed the character to flourish over seven seasons. Okay, mini rant over. Regardless of industry accolades, Carell has used his sitcom success to spread his wings as a dramatic actor in fare like "Dan In Real Life" and "Crazy Stupid Love," however, his greatest challenge as an actor will find him paired up with "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller for what is an ambitious project for them both.

Review: SXSW Hit 'Surrogate Valentine' Charms At A Low Frequency

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 30, 2011 2:14 AM
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Singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura stars in “Surrogate Valentine” as a thinly veiled version of himself, a struggling West Coast musician with a wry deadpan humour and a gentle spirit. His open face suggests an innate patience with the fools that surround him as he soldiers thanklessly through underpaid gigs, perfecting his genuine brand of shadow-drenched shoegaze from city to city. His work may make ends meet, but he continues to haggle with distributors who won’t release his material in indie record stores.
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Watch: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Doesn't Know Who To Trust In New Clip From 'The Thing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 1:58 AM
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What's worse than having a job in the icy, forbidding wastelands of Antarctica? Finding out that there is a shapeshifting monster out there picking off your colleagues.

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