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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.

Ron Howard To Direct '364' From 'Safe House' Writer David Guggenheim

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 12:44 PM
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Ron Howard's always got more than a few irons in the fire, and he's about to add one more. Universal has acquired "364," a ridiculous-sounding pitch from David Guggenheim, the writer of the upcoming Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer "Safe House." The story concerns a man who spends exactly 364 days of the year trying to plan how he'll spend the one day annually in which he has super powers. So, a seasonal Superman.

TIFF '11 Review: Manipulative & Melodramatic 'A Separation' Is A Soap Opera Morality Tale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2011 12:40 PM
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The fall festival circuit is all about buzz, and while the frontrunners for the awards season can usually be spotted a mile away, it's the sleeper sensations everyone keeps an eye out for now. As Telluride wrapped up this weekend, the Iranian film "A Separation" directed by Asghar Farhadi, began building some serious heat. Thought it has been playing international festivals all summer long and won multiple awards in Berlin earlier this year including the Golden Bear, the very strong word out of Colorado, led by a rave by Jeff Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere -- who admitted to missing the first third of the picture -- put the movie on the schedule for many of the folks headed to Toronto. Believe it or not, the film (as of this date anyway) has even edged into the IMDB Top 250. And now that we've caught up with it we have to ask: did we see a completely different movie?

HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's News Room Drama, The Formerly Titled 'More As The Story Develops'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Get ready for a weekly dose of Aaron Sorkin once again. After a number of celebrated television ventures including "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and most recently "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," Sorkin will soon be back on the small screen, as his hour-long, untitled news-room drama series, formerly called "More As The Story Develops," was picked up by HBO this week.

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