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Richard Jenkins Will Take 'One Shot' With Tom Cruise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 8:22 AM
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Richard Jenkins is awesome, and that's pretty much all you need to know. The longstanding character actor pretty much classes up the joint and becomes the best thing to watch when he's slumming it in stuff like "Hall Pass" or "Eat Pray Love," but give him material like "Let Me In" or "The Visitor" and he'll show you what he can do. But despite nearly 100 credits to his name there are two things Jenkins hasn't really done before: a Tom Cruise movie or a potential franchise. Well, that's all about to change.

Watch: Clip From James Franco's 'My Own Private River' With Outtakes From 'My Own Private Idaho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 7:56 AM
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Mia Wasikowska Reveals Gus Van Sant Cut A Silent Version Of 'Restless'While we may not always understand every artistic endeavour taken on by James Franco -- like his attempt at a music career -- but we have to say this one does interest us.

Watch: Sam Worthington Steps Out In 'Man On A Ledge' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 6:51 AM
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Not to be confused with the other man standing on the edge of a building movie "The Ledge" that opened earlier this year starring Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard and Liv Tyler, "Man On A Ledge" takes a similar premise but drops the religious angle and goes strictly for B-movie thrills.

Watch: 'Big Miracle' Trailer With Drew Barrymore Teaches Us There Is Always Something You Can Do...

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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...To Help Cute WhalesIn case this weekend's "Dolphin Tale" doesn't provide your fill of movies about plucky humans helping out cute creatures in the water, not to worry, because Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski are gonna do their best to turn you into a big pile of mush with the treacly "Big Miracle."

Review: 'Machine Gun Preacher' Is Essentially A Botched 'Rambo'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 22, 2011 6:03 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

As If You Couldn't Already Tell: 'Dream House' Won't Screen For Critics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 5:40 AM
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You hear that? It's the deadly sound of silence from the folks behind Jim Sheridan's "Dream House." Other than a trailer that dropped this summer and a clip that arrived earlier this week, it seems that Universal would like to pretend this movie isn't coming out at all, despite the starry cast of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts.

The Essentials: The Films Of Claude Chabrol

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 22, 2011 5:04 AM
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Claude Chabrol
Looking at the core French New Wave movement in broad strokes, you essentially get five Cahiers Du Cinéma critics-turned-filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard, the all-you-need-is-a-gun-and-a-woman, pop-cinema deconstructionist turned oblique radical; François Truffaut, the humanist with an affinity for childhood; Eric Rohmer, the genial comedic moralist; opaque experimentalist Jacques Rivette; and then, over in the corner, Claude Chabrol. Considered by many to be the most mainstream of the group, with his sinister, provocative, Hitchockian impulses, the filmmaker was also appraised as a distant, sometimes aloof formalist, given his objectivist proclivity for eye-of-god morality tales that generally end in tragedy.

'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins May Wield The Hammer & Helm 'Thor 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 4:23 AM
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So, what the fuck? Granted, Marvel's choices for directors can often be surprising -- Ang Lee? Kenneth Branagh? -- but for the most part they usually see something in the helmers that others don't. While earlier this summer, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk was being tossed around as a candidate, word today has another name -- one we haven't heard in a loooong time -- as the front runner for the job.

Johnny Depp Has A 'Munsters' Look In First Pic Of The Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 3:57 AM
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Update: Empire has a couple of new behind-the-scenes looks at "Dark Shadows." Check them out below.

Michael K. Williams Says He Lost The 'Django Unchained' Lead, But There May Be Another Part For Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 3:41 AM
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Actor Suggests Tarantino May Write A New Role For Him In The Slavery/Western EpicYou probably know him best as Omar Little from "The Wire" or perhaps as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," and if you've seen his imposing presence on either of those shows, you'll know why many people (including us) pegged him as the perfect lead for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming picture, "Django Unchained." The spaghetti western/slavery revenge pic has been gearing up over the last few months for a planned January shoot in New Orleans. After much speculation that saw Will Smith openly courted for the movie (with the actor's longtime studio home of Sony even going so far as to snap up the foreign territory rights on the project in an effort to entice the thesp), Jamie Foxx eventually landed the part. As we noted in our wishlist casting for the movie, Django begins the film "a confused and muttering slave, clueless and suspicious why [Schultz played by Christoph Waltz] has saved and befriended him" to later become a "cut-throat and eagle-eyed assassin." While Foxx has the "movie-ness" factor we figured would come into play in any casting decisions, Quentin Tarantino was definitely on the same wavelength as everyone else who had Williams on the brain.

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