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Whit Stillman Wants To Team Up Old Favorite Chris Eigeman & 'Damsels' Star Adam Brody For New Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Says Adaptation Of 'Red Azalea' Is Dead, But He May Yet Make A China-Set FilmConsidering how long he's been away -- thirteen years since his most recent film, "The Last Days of Disco" -- there was understandably some concern about the return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels in Distress." Had the dryly funny, literate indie legend behind "Barcelona" and "Metropolitan" gotten rusty in his time away? Would the casting of teen idol Adam Brody, and mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig in a college-set comedy see him water down his work to appeal to the kids?

Denzel Washington Offered Lead In Pointless 'The Secret In Their Eyes' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2011 6:27 AM
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In 2010 when "The Secret In Their Eyes" took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, it seemed totally out of left field. And for good reason, because while the Academy had all received screeners of the movie, it had yet to hit theaters for anybody else. But when it did finally arrive, it quickly became clear why Juan José Campanella's work took home the gold. It's a twisty thriller, an intelligent procedural and moving drama all rolled into one exciting package, directed with flair by Campanella, whose complex soccer match sequence/tracking shot became one of the major talking points around the film. Of course, Hollywood came calling and a remake was quickly underway with Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Breach") set to write and direct. And then...nothing. Until now.

Michael Shannon Talks Madness, Working On A Budget & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 5:46 AM
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Michael Shannon may have missed out on an Emmy nomination for his role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” but his anguished turn as Curtis LaForche in Jeff Nichols’ stunning “Take Shelter” should put the star squarely in the midst of Best Actor Oscar talk. (It should do the same for co-star Jessica Chastain.)

Will John Hodgman Take A Role in 'Ghostbusters 3'? Is Bill Murray Out? Does Anyone Care?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2011 5:19 AM
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Update: John Hodgman has tweeted: "ANSWER THREE: I AM NOT APPEARING IN GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Nor is @scharpling. That was a radio #fakecastingnews joke." Hilarious. You can get on with your day now.

Juno Temple Says She Hopes To Shoot 'Magic Magic' With Michael Cera Before The End Of The Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 4:56 AM
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Actress Stays Mum On 'The Dark Knight Rises,' But Says 'The Three Musketeers' "Fulfills A Childhood Fantasy"Youthful British actress Juno Temple has been turning heads for a few years now, in films from "Atonement" to Gregg Araki's "Kaboom," even coming out of the disastrous comedy "Year One" smelling of roses. We've had our eye on her for a while, but even we weren't prepared for how good she turned out to be in William Friedkin's "Killer Joe."

James Franco Says He's Going To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God'; 'Blood Meridian' On Hold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2011 4:27 AM
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James Franco -- man of many talents -- says a lot of things and puts his name to a lot of projects. Like any artist worth his salt, or any person with good taste in literature, Franco has begun to circle the works of Cormac McCarthy with the hopes of bringing them to the big screen. Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco was attached to direct "Blood Meridian" -- a forever in the works feature adaptation that has seen high profile names like Ridley Scott, John Hillcoat, Michael Haneke and Todd Field attempt to take it on in the past -- but little was heard about it since. Well, taking a jaunt up to Toronto this week to help promote his ambitious installation/documentary piece "Memories of Idaho," created out of the dailies for Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," Franco stopped by the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a Q&A and We Got This Covered were there to catch his update on "Blood Meridian" and the new McCarthy adaptation he's working on.

Review: Rod Lurie Delivers 'Straw Dogs' For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 15, 2011 4:10 AM
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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: it’s probably a matter of time before every movie is remade, and as such, it was likely the appropriate moment for “Straw Dogs.” There’s no rhyme or reason to any of these remakes other than, "We have a catalog title, let’s just make sure it doesn’t go to waste rotting in our vaults." Ideally, each remake has its own deviation, a separate reason for existing. To Rod Lurie, who clearly has affection for the original movie, the task was simple: how to honor the spirit of the original film but make it an intellectually crippling affair, an ugly, irredeemable black hole of stupid contrivances, inconsistent characterizations, and melodramatic bullshit?

Watch: Clip From ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’ Gives A Taste Of Beatlemania

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2011 3:38 AM
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Update: Video removed by request of the filmmakers.

Watch: Christopher Plummer Dominates In Trailer For One Man Show 'Barrymore'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 15, 2011 3:19 AM
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Eighty-three minutes of a one-man stage production adapted into a feature film doesn't exactly sound like exciting stuff, but when it's Christopher Plummer playing the late, great John Barrymore in a Tony-winning role? Count us in.

Watch: New Trailer For David MacKenzie's 'Perfect Sense' Starring Ewan McGregor & Eva Green

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 15, 2011 3:03 AM
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Can Ewan McGregor string together strong back-to-back performances after Mike Mills' "Beginners"? Can he match the heartfelt chemistry he shared with Melanie Laurent in Mills' film with another much-loved Gallic thespian in Eva Green? And will David MacKenzie's fusion of a love story and a disaster pic work at all? All questions we're currently asking of "Perfect Sense," the latest effort from the Scottish helmer who broke out with another McGregor-starrer "Young Adam" back in 2003.

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