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Joe Strummer Would Not Approve Of Poster & Trailer For Abigail Breslin Drama 'Janie Jones'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 14, 2011 4:00 AM
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We were only just talking about how talented young actress Abigail Breslin has some real range, not to mention a whole slate of finished and potential projects. Today we see the poster for one of those potential projects, “Janie Jones,” which we first told you about way back in late 2010.

Magnet Acquire Bobcat Godthwaite's 'God Bless' America,' Cohen Media Group Take 'The Awakening'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 14, 2011 3:30 AM
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Plus Sony Pictures Classics Buy Jonathan Demme's 'Neil Young Life' While TIFF continues for a few more days in The Great White North, acquisitions of films are now heating up what was being called a slow buying season for studios, with a steady drip of purchases continuing in the last 24 hours.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Page Eight' A Talky Spy Pic Pitting Old School Sensibilities Against New Realities

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2011 3:22 AM
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Johnny Worricker likes jazz, collects art, drinks whiskey and wears a suit better than man could ever dream of but in the modern era of the MI5, he is quickly becoming a relic. Played with suave, unflappable assuredness by Bill Nighy, "Page Eight," written with great flair by David Hare -- also directing his first film in fourteen years -- investigates the troubling intersection of politics and intelligence gathering in the contemporary war on terror and pitches it against a twisty mystery. And while it's structurally accomplished and delivers a movie that has clearly benefitted from a nearly perfectly honed and built script, its clinical coldness makes it a pictures easy to admire but hard to like.
More: Review, Page 8

British Helmer Julian Gilbey To Direct Sci-Fi 'Offworld' For 'Watchmen' Producer Lloyd Levin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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We were, to put it politely, less than enamored of British director Julian Gilbey's first two films, the thuggish, seen-it-all-before gangster pictures "Rise of the Footsoldier" and "Rollin' With The Nines." But the helmer's third film, the Melissa George-starring, mountaineering genre tale "A Lonely Place To Die," has been relatively well received since its release in the U.K. on Friday (although we confess to enjoying Ultra Culture's take down of the film; the review read, simply, and in full "Five c***s go up a mountain. Far too many come down").

First Poster & Trailer For Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Burning Man' Starring Matthew Goode

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 14, 2011 2:30 AM
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Here's an interesting TIFF title: Jonathan Teplitzky's semi-autobiographical "The Burning Man," which stars Matthew Goode as a successful chef at a Bondi Beach restaurant who reacts to personal tragedy with reckless behavior and an inability to connect with his 8-year-old son as a number of women in his life try to save him.

TIFF '11 Review: Chloe Moretz Is Trapped In The Unclean, Clammy Coming-Of-Age Indie 'Hick'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 14, 2011 2:15 AM
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Later, there will be a brief discussion of how literature is not film and how some actions and themes do not survive translation from the page to the big screen because our mind can better deal with envisioning them than it can with actually seeing them Before that, though I feel I have to pause and note that "Hick," adapting Andrea Portes' novel for the screen under the direction of Derick Martini ("Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire," "Lymelife"), is one of the most unclean and clammy films I've ever had to endure at a film festival. Not because it was incompetent and not because it deals with violent and sexual material but, rather, because it is both incompetent in general and even more incompetent specifically when it is concerned with violent and sexual material. We're supposed to be watching the cross-country adventures of 13-year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz, who clearly needs to fire both her management and her parents) as she sets out for Las Vegas and leaves her drunkard parents behind in Nebraska. What we get is a chronicle of physical abuse, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault all involving a minor, which then tries to lighten the mood with cutaways to Luli's sketches and a jaunty score with pedal steel guitar accents.

Ashley Greene To Lead Ultramodern, Gender-Bending Take On 'Oliver Twist'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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With new takes on literary classics all the rage at the moment (see: Cary Fukunaga and Andrea Arnold's revisioning of the Bronte sisters' "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights"), Michael De Luca is set to produce a contemporary, gender-bending take of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" with 'Twilight' star Ashley Greene toplining.

George Clooney Needs Parenting Help In A New Clip From Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 14, 2011 1:30 AM
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If the reviews out of Telluride and Toronto are anything to go by, and they usually are, Alexander Payne and George Clooney may very well need to book an appointment with their respective tailors for sometime mid-February.

'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Beats Chris Tucker To Role In Comedy 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Nicholas Braun Also Joins Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill In Impressive Comic EnsembleMany directors start off as actors, and even once they've broken through behind the camera, can find it hard to shake the immediate rush you get from pretending in front of a camera. Look at Rob Reiner, who came up through TV sitcoms, put himself in first film "This is Spinal Tap," and still cameos from time to time in the likes of "30 Rock." Or Ron Howard, who for all the middlebrow dramas he's made, made a greater impact as the narrator of "Arrested Development" than with anything else in the last decade.

Nathan Lane Is The Drama Teacher Opposite Julianne Moore's 'The English Teacher'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 1:00 AM
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The compartmentalization of the star system, while porous, is still fairly in place. As much respect as HBO and co have given television drama, signing on to a long-running series is still seen as slumming it for a movie star, while a big name on TV -- let's say Mark Harmon -- isn't really able to carry a big-screen outing on his own. And then there are the Broadway actors, people like Elaine Stritch, or Norbert Leo Butz, capable of selling out the Great White Way, but mostly uninterested in, or unable to crack, the movie world.

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