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Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict Set To Be 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 7:30 AM
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While we're fans of Johnathan Levine, director of the recent "50/50," we're in wait-and-see mode regarding "Warm Bodies," the zombie romance the helmer is currently filming. He's got Nicolas Hoult and Teresa Palmer as the very pretty lead duo, with Hoult as a love-struck zombie in pursuit of a human female companion. Rob Corddry and John Malkovich have also been cast, but it seems the new, youthful additions of Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Cory Hardrict to the cast clarify the "Twilight" angle of this premise, based on a novel described as " 'Twilight' meets 'Shaun of the Dead.' "

Poster For TIFF Documentary 'Patron Saints' Channels Gwyneth In 'Contagion'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 10, 2011 6:55 AM
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Look Away, Gwyneth, LOOK AWAY!We've heard a bit of buzz coming out of TIFF about the documentary feature "Patron Saints," the first feature from the filmmaking team Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film centers on life at a nursing home, following the experience of one resident in particular. It's been described as unorthodox, hyperrealistic, lyrical, unsettling and even tinged with black humor. It definitely sounds like an intense experience and unlike anything we've seen before.

Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Faust' Wins Golden Lion At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2011 6:20 AM
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Michael Fassbender Takes Best Actor, Chinese Surprise Film 'People Mountain People Sea' Wins DirectorWe might have abandoned the Lido a few days ago, but somehow festival organizers felt able to go on with the final awards ceremony without us this evening. With a jury led by Darren Aronofsky that also included David Byrne, Todd Haynes, Mario Martone, André Téchiné, Ejia-Liisa Ahtila and Alba Rorwacher, it was anyone's game, although for much of the week, talk had pegged Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" as potential front-runners for the big prize, the Golden Lion. However, the winner turned out to be something of a surprise, albeit one that buzz was tipped off to in the run-up to the awards.

The Farrelly Brothers' 'Three Stooges' Grabs April 4th, 2012 Release Date

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 5:35 AM
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As go the seasons, so goes "The Three Stooges." The Farrelly Brothers' re-awakening of the brand name has been through various permutations, gliding from Columbia to Warner Bros., to the ashes of MGM and finally, Fox. Every leading man under the sun has been rumored to play the eponymous goofballs, from the likes of Sean Penn and Jim Carrey to Larry David and Justin Timberlake and everybody in between. Finally, the release dates -- "The Three Stooges" originally earmarked dates in 2009 and 2011. Now, next April, the Stooges are back.

TIFF '11 Review: Cross-Dressing 'Albert Nobbs' A Stodgily Straight Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2011 5:07 AM
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For Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs" has been a long time coming for its big screen incarnation. Based on a short story by Irish author George Moore, it was first adapted into an off-Broadway production by Simone Benmussa with Close in the lead role that won her an Obie award. The actress has been a driving force behind the film adaptation, shepherding the project for 15 years, taking on the responsibilities of a producer and even co-writing the script with Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville and Gabriella Prekop. So yes, it's passion project for Close and it's unfortunate that none of that enthusiasm manages to find its way to the big screen. Stodgy, stuffy and somewhat inconsequential, "Albert Nobbs" gets all dressed up but has nowhere to go.

Marc Forster Talks The Perils Of The "White Man Saves Africa" Story With 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Judging by his filmography since his 2001 breakthrough “Monster’s Ball,” director Marc Forster seems unwilling, if not incapable, of repeating himself. That film’s soul-baring drama offered no hints at the delicate beauty of his follow-up, “Finding Neverland,” and neither film suggested he was capable of the melancholy whimsy of “Stranger Than Fiction,” or later, the visceral intensity of “Quantum of Solace.” In his latest film, “Machine Gun Preacher,” Forster tackles the life of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former ne’er-do-well who finds God but who falls back into his violent ways after taking on the responsibility of protecting orphaned children in Sudan.

Scott Z. Burns Talks Researching 'Contagion' & Working With Matt Damon & Steven Soderbergh

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  • September 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Six Things We Learned From The 'Bourne Ultimatum' WriterWhile perhaps best known for writing the blockbuster smash, "The Bourne Ultimatum," which grossed a healthy $442 million worldwide, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is possibly better known within the film industry for his collaborations with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. An Oscar winner himself (as producer of "The Inconvenient Truth"), Burns has collaborated with the "Erin Brokovich" director several times, including the writer's directorial debut "PU-239" and scripts for "Ocean's 12" (uncredited work), "The Informant!" and this weekend's virus thriller, "Contagion."

Fox Searchlight Buys 'Shame' Starring Michael Fassbender & Carey Mulligan

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  • September 10, 2011 1:59 AM
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That was fast, although not unexpected. After excellent reviews out of Venice and Telluride (see our Lido review here), Fox Seachlight has picked up the North American domestic rights to "Shame," the follow-up, sophomore directorial effort by British artist-turned-director Steve McQueen.

Colin Firth To Take Revenge As 'The Railway Man'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 1:40 AM
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Sure, he may be a prim-and-proper British gentleman, but it seems clear Colin Firth wants to break out of that ghetto. While he ultimately flirted with but turned down the dark drama "Stoker," he will turn to the wrong side of the law for the upcoming "Gambit." And now, he's going to take the revenge route as "The Railway Man," in which Firth would play Eric Lomax, a real-life army officer who suffered at the hands of Japanese soldiers during World War II, only to seek revenge decades later.
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Matt Damon Hasn't Got Time For Your 'Bourne Legacy' Shenanigans

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 1:00 AM
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For a while, the rumor was floating that the spinoff film "The Bourne Legacy" would in some way utilize Matt Damon's Jason Bourne character, possibly in a cameo. Hell, the guy's already in the title. This ignores the politics of tentpole moviemaking, as the very act of rebooting serves many strategies, one of them being, "We're sick of paying the people who bring us success." So even with the 'Bourne' franchise achieving ever-escalating box office grosses ($442 million worldwide on the last entry), Damon, director Paul Greengrass and Universal couldn't reach a suitable agreement regarding a fourth film, leading to the significantly cheaper team of director Tony Gilroy and star Jeremy Renner.

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