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Mads Mikkelsen, Bruno Ganz To Star In 'Michael Kohlhaas'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 9, 2011 1:01 AM
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While it's difficult to stay as on top of the latest developments in European cinema as we'd like to, there being a limited number of hours in the day, every now and then some piece of development news from the Old World catches our eye, often due to the people involved. And so it is with "Michael Kohlhaas" a newly-announced film from director Arnaud des Pallières, which CineEuropa has revealed is set to star two of our favorite international actors, Mads Mikkelsen and Bruno Ganz.

'Journey To The Center Of The Earth' Director Reunites With Brendan Fraser For 3D William Tell Film

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 8, 2011 12:45 PM
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Director Eric Brevig And Fraser To Inflict More Fun On The Whole Family We see the logic behind harnessing Brendan Fraser's goofball amiability for toothless family-oriented "adventure" films, but, man, we wish the guy could catch a break outside of this particular ghetto. However his more recent forays into thriller or drama territory ("Extraordinary Measures" anyone? Anyone? Really? No one?) have fared poorly, and while he's no guarantee of success even with a family film ("Furry Vengeance," "Dudley Do-right"), it seems to be the one genre where he can consistently get hired. And this isn't changing -- he's next attached to "Tell 3D," a re'Tell'ing (wire me a million dollars and it's yours, marketing people) of the classic story about the dude with the overture who shot an apple off his son's head and thereby started Switzerland.

'Carnage,' 'Shame' 'March,' Tinker Tailor' & More: Our Complete 2011 Venice Film Festival Coverage

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 8, 2011 12:22 PM
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Wrap Up Coverage From Telluride 2011 As Well, Including 'The Descendants' 'Albert Nobbs' & 'Butter'While there are two more days officially left on the Venice Film Festival schedule, for us, the Lido is now closed. Our man in the field, U.K. writer Oliver Lyttelton did a bang-up job and delivered what felt like 20 reviews in nine days, and at a rapid and coherent clip no less. While the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, we've already seen many of the highlights of the fall film festival that you're highly anticipating.

Juliette Binoche To Lead ‘A Stormy Summer Night’ For Debut Director Fabrice Camoin

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 8, 2011 12:17 PM
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Dear Juliette Binoche, why can’t we see more of you every year?

TIFF '11 Review: The Ralph Fiennes-Directed 'Coriolanus' Is As Well-Acted As It Is Challenging

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 8, 2011 12:15 PM
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From what little we know of Shakespeare's life, "Coriolanus" was one of his later tragedies; compared to his other works in the same vein, it's one of his more complex ones, as well. It doesn't offer us a father betrayed, like" King Lear," or a good man undone by his own wants, like "Macbeth"; instead, it gives us a Roman general who, in his hunger for war, devours his life -- family, country, honor -- when the world will not let him be a warrior and, instead, insists he be a war hero. Thrust into politics, Coriolanus is a general, then a politician, and then despised by the people who called for his elevation -- leading him to ally with his hated Vosican enemy Tullus Aufidus to attack his own homeland in a fit of rage.

John Malkovich Set To Join Jonathan Levine's Zombies Picture 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 11:57 AM
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Director Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy “50/50” must have honchos quite happy over at Summit; we broke the news way back that the studio would be behind his existential zombie movie, “Warm Bodies,” and the casting on this one continues to be on a par with that of his recent effort for them.

TIFF '11 Review: Numbers Don't Lie In 'Moneyball' That Swings For The Fences & Hits A Triple

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2011 11:45 AM
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America's greatest pastime hasn't been in great shape lately. Plagued by drug scandals and general disenchantment with the sport that pays astronomical prices for out-of-shape guys to hit a ball four hundred feet or so, it seems the magic of the ol' ballgame seems to have dissipated. This writer once religiously followed the sport, could rattle off batting lineups, bullpen rosters and second string second basemen at a moment's notice. But of late, we haven't had much reason to pay attention other than casually stopping in on games while flipping through channels. And while "Moneyball" won't get us picking up the daily sports section again, Bennett Miller's enjoyable and rousing film is a tribute to that the game's journeymen. The guys who aren't mega-watt stars, but who hustle day in and day out for years, all for the love of the game.

James McTeigue To Direct Period Crime Drama 'Ness/Capone' For Relativity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 11:28 AM
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Former Wachowski Brothers protégé James McTeigue (he directed both "V for Vendetta" and the gory-good "Ninja Assassin" for the Brothers and producer Joel Silver) has apparently made the suits at Relativity happy. The director helmed their forthcoming Edgar Allan Poe thriller "The Raven," and according to Deadline, they've just hired him back to take on the high profile historical drama "Ness/Capone."

'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

Michael Keaton And Michelle Monaghan Set For Thriller 'Penthouse North'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:41 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter is, er, reporting that serially underrated actors Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan will star in a thriller entitled "Penthouse North," to be directed by Joseph Ruben. It was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival and will start shooting in Canada's capital of Ottawa this November.

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