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'Funny Or Die' Director Jake Szymanski To Helm 'He's Fuckin' Perfect'; Emma Stone Not Likely To Star

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 16, 2011 11:19 AM
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Last month we told you about the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced “He’s Fucking Perfect” script that found a home at 20th Century Fox’s sibling label Fox 2000.

Review: 'Corman's World' Is A Dazzling Portrait Of An Exploitation Auteur

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 16, 2011 11:05 AM
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In Alex Stapleton's dazzling, honest, oddly emotional new documentary "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," Roger Corman, the now-85-year-old filmmaker behind such films as "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Death Race 2000," is depicted as a doggedly independent, skinflint-y genius. Through a series of lively interviews with some of Corman's most talented protégés (among them Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme) and even livelier clips from his films, the case is made that Corman not only trained and equipped the current batch of living auteurs but that he fundamentally reshaped the Hollywood landscape in profound ways that are still felt today.

'Winter's Bone' Helmer Debra Granik Writing & Directing Adaptation Of Russell Banks' 'Rule Of The Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 10:42 AM
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While this isn't exactly new -- The Telegraph reported it as far back as February -- the project seems to be flying completely under the radar (IMDB doesn't even have it listed). But that two-month-old interview with author Russell Banks in The Calgary Herald is still yielding some nuggets of news as he confirms that "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik is writing and helming an adapation of his novel "Rule Of The Bone," a film which he'll executive produce.

New Posters For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' 'Hunger Games,' 'The Dictator,' 'Chronicle' & 'The Expendables 2' Arrive

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 16, 2011 10:23 AM
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A handful of new posters have arrived in the last twenty-four hours, for some of next year's potential big hits including two possible blockbusters, one big comedy, and an intriguing take on the “Regular dudes who become superheroes” genre. So let's get crackin'.

Review: Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' An Awards Bait Movie Overloaded With Nostalgia & Sentiment

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 16, 2011 10:02 AM
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If David Thomson was accurate when he said of Tom Hanks, “he carries the automatic sentiment of a dog in a film about people,” then the hero of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is the equine equivalent of Tom Hanks: among his human counterparts he attracts such instantaneous concern and compassion that audiences are helpless but to sympathize with him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean you’ll care about the film itself as automatically, because here, Spielberg dials up the sentimentality to almost unbearable levels. His film version of the 1982 novel by Michael Morpungo, which became, in 2007 Nick Stafford’s stage play, comes to us overloaded with nostalgia both historical and cinematic as well as a joylessly persistent sense of nobility. “War Horse” is the type of film for which the term “Oscar bait” was invented, precisely because it feels like there’s no motivation for it to exist except to win awards.

Under Your Spell: 'The Hurt Locker' Backers Voltage Productions Acquire Heist Actioner 'The Driver'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2011 9:44 AM
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"Drive" might not have made too many waves at the box office, or swept the awards circuit (although it's doing rather better than expected), but it has been a critical favorite, and shows all the signs of being a cult classic, and the kind of movie that will be endlessly copied over the next few years. Indeed, we shudder to think of the number of film school students currently working on shorts with big gaudy retro fonts and French electro scores.

Jessica Chastain Reportedly To Star In 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve's Adaptation Of Russell Banks' 'The Darling'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 9:20 AM
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2011 certainly seems to be actress Jessica Chastain’s lucky year, as she had a series of fine performances in parts both big and small in acclaimed films ranging from “The Help” to Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Life.” Throw in turns in the apocalyptic “Take Shelter” and director John Madden’s thriller “The Debt,” and it certainly feels like it’s been the breakthrough year for Chastain’s up-and-coming career.

Watch: Michel Gondry Swedes 'Taxi Driver'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 9:05 AM
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Remember sweding? The trend that was hot for all of five minutes in the wake of Michel Gondry's underrated "Be Kind Rewind" found folks doing lovely, lo-fi remakes and sequels to their favorite movies, and that spirit also informs his upcoming, mysterious sci-fi movie (of sorts) "The We And The I." But Gondry has found time in his schedule to knock out another sweded movie, and it's pretty great.

Robert Redford Teams With 'Margin Call' Director J.C. Chandor For Man Vs. Nature Tale 'All Is Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 11:07 PM
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The story of J.C. Chandor in 2011 can be described in two words: slow burn. He hit Sundance in January to unspool his financial crisis drama "Margin Call" where it received very good, but not quite ecstatic reviews. But something curious happened. This fall, that very good word out of Park City started to turn into serious awards season buzz, and while the major awards have eluded him, Chandor and his film earned a handful of nods from various guilds, with "Margin Call" striking a chord in more than one critic. Well, he's caught the eye of the Sundance Kid himself and together they're going to embark on an adventure.

Watch: Bryan Singer Plants Some Beans, Grows Trailer For 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 10:44 PM
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Well, you can't say that Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer" isn't delivering what the title implies. Yes, it's a movie based on the classic fairy tale, for better or worse, and this first trailer promises a movie somewhere between the ridiculounsness of "Mirror Mirror" and the awesomeness of "Snow White and the Huntsmen."

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