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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Sigourney Weaver On Auditioning For Woody Allen, 'Death And The Maiden,' & Her Passion Projects

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 16, 2011 3:46 PM
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Outside the "Avatar" and "Alien" franchises, Sigourney Weaver has worked with some top names, not least of whom, Woody Allen, who gave the actress her very first big-screen role, as "Alvy's Date Outside Theater" in "Annie Hall." Though the role is pretty minute, she was actually cast in a bigger part, which she turned down due to theater commitments. Regardless, she has good memories of her first big screen experience. "He’s very sweet, very shy…I feel like Woody Allen discovered me. He always laughed at whatever I did, even though I only worked with him a couple of days. He’s someone I admire very much and I’ll always be grateful to him because he gave me my first job."

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Armando Alvarez In Teaser Trailer For 'Casa De Mi Padre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 3:42 PM
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Even though the full trailer leaked a long time ago, it seems Lionsgate's hispanic distribution offshoot Pantelion Films wants to forget that ever happened, and are starting over with a teaser trailer that only gives a small taste of the outrageous awesomeness of "Casa De Mi Padre."

Todd Haynes Thanks The Fans For Helping Him Remember The Details & Backstories Of 'Velvet Goldmine'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 16, 2011 3:21 PM
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Almost 25 years after he made his first film, Todd Haynes remains as provocative and singular a filmmaker as ever. From the incendiary “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” to Oscar-nominated projects like “Far From Heaven” and most-recently, his HBO-backed adaptation with “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes repeatedly, and directly engages controversial subject matter, examining it in oddly universal ways without sacrificing an honest or incisive eye. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been until recently that the home video market has really given many of his works the attention they deserve. On the eve of Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of his 1998 glam rock chronicle, “Velvet Goldmine,” Haynes told The Playlist he’s happy to have a chance to add some supplemental materials for the first time which give its fans additional insights into his creative process.

The God Of Carnage: The Complete Films Of Roman Polanski

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2011 2:54 PM
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With a career marked by controversy and tragedy, triumphs and disasters, that Roman Polanski has shaken off personal obstacles and professional setbacks is a feat in itself.

First Look At Sylvester Stallone's 'Bullet To The Head' Features...Axes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 2:16 PM
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False advertising! When we hear the title "Bullet To The Head" we expect some fucking guns. But here's the truth: ax battles are kind of way more awesome.

Trailer: Who Knew 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' Was So Magical?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 1:50 PM
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While Lasse Halstrom will always have "My Life As A Dog," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" to his resume, in recent years, his string of increasingly mediocre-to-terrible films have nearly erased any pleasant memories we might have had. So when his latest effort "Salmon Fishing In Yemen" popped up at TIFF, we didn't exactly go out of our way to see it. But a curious thing happened, as amongst the chatter throughout the fest, we began to hear some good word about the film. Well, it's now on its way to theaters and we can see why it came out of TIFF with a bit of shine.

Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Will Hit Theaters On May 25, 2012 In Limited Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 1:13 PM
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Well, we haven't heard much about Wes Anderson's latest in the last little while, but it looks like we're going to get a lot more details on "Moonrise Kingdom" as it's arriving in just about five months.

Bright Shining Stars: The Breakthrough Performances Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2011 12:51 PM
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One of the many reasons that film never, ever gets dull is the constant changing of the guard. Every year sees a new heap of talent emerging, thanks to film festivals and canny casting directors, often coming from seemingly nowhere to fly off the screen, whether in a microbudget indie or a blockbuster, proving that talent can come out at any level.

Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri Talks Creating Caesar In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' & Andy Serkis' Oscar Chances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 16, 2011 12:05 PM
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Although he isn't talked about in the usual dialogue about top ten lists or awards consideration, Joe Letteri is one of the hardest working and most influential people in movies in 2011. As a visual effects supervisor at Peter Jackson's WETA Digital, he had a hand in two of this year's most discussed movies, creating the sublimely expressive Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and supervising Steven Spielberg's motion capture wonder "The Adventures of Tintin."

Aussie Singer Catherine Lambert Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 11:50 AM
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One more minor bit of casting news for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" as it gears up to start rolling very, very soon. AdelaideNow reveals that self-described International Jazz Diva, Aussie Catherine Lambert is coming aboard the film, having been "handpicked" by the director.

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