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Screenwriter John Logan Says Sam Mendes' Bond Film 'Skyfall' Will Be A "Standalone Piece"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 19, 2011 10:45 AM
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John Logan, screenwriter of “Hugo” and “Coriolanus,” confirmed to The Playlist that “Skyfall,” the upcoming James Bond film to be directed by Sam Mendes, will not continue the same story that Martin Campbell started with “Casino Royale” and Marc Forster expanded in “A Quantum Of Solace.” “It’s standalone,” Logan said last week in a telephone interview. “It’s a new story with a beginning, middle and end. It’s very much a standalone piece.”

Robert Pattinson's In The Back Seat In New Promo Banner For David Cronenberg's Don DeLillo Adaptation 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 10:00 AM
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How do you create enormous internet buzz around a difficult literary adaptation, from a maverick filmmaker best known for his controversial, taboo-pushing work? Well, that's simple; you cast Robert Pattinson, hearthrob for pre-teens and housewives alike, and star of the gigantic "Twilight" franchise. When Colin Farrell bailed on director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's "Cosmopolis," Cronenberg went to Pattinson to play the lead, a billionaire stuck in his limo on his way to a haircut as the president visits New York, a riot breaks out, and an assassin closes in on him.

Black List Winner Graham Moore To Adapt 'The Devil In The White City' For Leonardo DiCaprio To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 9:30 AM
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Erik Larson's non-fiction tome "The Devil in the White City" was something of a phenomenon when released in 2003, winning a shelf-full of prizes and topping best-seller lists, and it's no suprise that movie-rights were snapped up quickly. Tracking the parallel lives of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and H.H. Holmes, a doctor who used the influx of tourists visiting the Fair to murder at least 27 people (with as many as 200 victims according to some), it originally attracted the attention of Tom Cruise, who was to have played Holmes, while Kathryn Bigelow was signed up to direct the project.

Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley Documentary, New Werner Herzog Death Row Films To Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 9:02 AM
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We've barely wrapped up our 2011 Film Festival coverage (look for one more piece from sunny Marrakech later today), but already we're looking towards the 2012 festival calendar. Sundance have unveiled what seems to be a particularly tantalizing line-up for the Park City festival in January, while this morning has seen the first films unveiled for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in February.

'It Would Be Extremely Painful... For You:' What Did We Learn about 'The Dark Knight Rises' From The Prologue?

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 19, 2011 1:00 AM
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With “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” now playing in IMAX theaters, the first 6 minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises” is now officially playing for thousands of Batman fans across the country – at least those lucky enough to live near one of the 50-some IMAX screens playing the footage. We couldn’t resist taking another look at the footage yesterday and after seeing the prologue a second time, we have a few questions for Nolan and co. about the mysterious intro, as well as a few guesses about where the film might be headed. Warning: there are some SPOILERS ahead, so please don’t read on until after you’ve seen the footage.

Review: 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' Is Often Moving But Insufficiently Effective

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2011 5:30 PM
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Oskar Schell, the protagonist of "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," isn’t like other boys. Sure, he likes laughing and junk food and having a good time like the other kids. But this overly precocious ten year old is more of an Encyclopedia Brown in training. With the guidance of his father, he pieces together the mysteries of history, breaking down everyday life into a puzzle. The unspoken tragedy of this is that Oskar doesn’t have a life. What makes up his existence is the notion of an interconnected web attaching his life experiences as if they all influenced another, domino-style. He’s a ten year old boy who doesn’t appear to have many friends, aside from his overactive father.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Jessica Chastain On Cannes, Overcoming Shyness And Wanting Isabelle Huppert's Career

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 18, 2011 2:25 PM
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Jessica Chastain has not had a normal year. Not so much breaking through as invading and colonizing multiplexes and arthouse theaters alike (we’ll have more on this in a special end-of-year piece coming soon), when we spoke to her during the Marrakech International Film Festival, she was nonetheless able to identify one defining experience amidst it all: the Cannes red carpet.

Weekend Box Office: 'Sherlock' And 'Alvin' Underperform, 'Mission: Impossible' Scores In Limited Release

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2011 1:58 PM
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And the hits keep coming for this mediocre year at the box office. Or not coming, that is. After December began with the two lowest grossing weekends of the year, many predicted salvation from “Sherlock Holmes” and “Alvin And The Chipmunks.” Previous entries in their series’ grossed $524 and $443 million worldwide, respectively, so there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t bust that block. Particularly notable was how both the original 'Sherlock' and “The Squeakquel” opened within two days of each other, both grossing over $200 million in the States while “Avatar” was in theaters. Being upgraded from everyone’s second choice to the top attraction was meant to flatter everyone.

Exclusive: David Fincher On Whether He’ll Direct The ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 17, 2011 5:23 PM
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Today I had the opportunity to sit down with filmmaker David Fincher, the director of “Seven,” “Fight Club” and his upcoming effort, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” which lands in theaters on December 21. Fincher recently cautioned to another journalist that he doesn’t answer questions in sound-bites, “they're sound-meals.” And the director, who talks at length in rolling, circuitous, but thoughtful and considered answers wasn’t kidding.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Olga Kurylenko On Fighting Typecasting, Future Projects And 'Land of Oblivion'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 17, 2011 12:55 PM
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With a lead role in Terrence Malick's upcoming untitled film and a supporting role in Martin McDonagh’s "In Bruges" follow-up "Seven Psychopaths" (read what she has to say about those projects here), Olga Kurylenko’s star is firmly in the ascendant. But these roles also mark a shift away from the looking-hot-while-things-blow-up parts in "Max Payne," "Hitman" and, of course, "Quantum of Solace" that first brought her to our attention. During our interview at the Marrakech Film Festival, we asked whether this new direction was an accident or something she had planned.

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