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'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

Peter Stormare To Confront Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Last Stand'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 7, 2011 1:00 AM
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In the blockbuster world, you've got your character actors, your heroes, and your villains. What's needed beyond that is the random scene stealer, the one who seems like he's walked off the set of a completely unrelated movie. Who, if a good guy, never seems entirely trustworthy, and if bad, always seems like he's having a better time than everyone else. Enter Peter Stormare, a guy who's got more scenery in his stool than Shepperton Studios, who has managed to be shot at, blown up million of times, who has alternately saved, and almost destroyed the world. And now, he's going up against Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he's the first co-star announced for Arnie's upcoming "The Last Stand."

Watch: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin & Jack Black Tackle Their Bucket List In 'The Big Year' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 12:11 PM
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We have to admit, we kind of totally forgot this movie even existed, but with the release date now six weeks out, Fox decided to actually start promoting the upcoming comedy "The Big Year." Judging by the first trailer, we probably would've been fine leaving this one to the recesses of our memory.

Cai Shangjun's 'People Mountain People Sea' Surprise Addition To Venice Competition Line-up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 11:59 AM
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In 2003, Venice Film Festival organizers decided to take a page from the Telluride film festival's book and leave one slot open in their 24-entry competition lineup each year, for a surprise entry to be announced during the fest. The announcements to date have been a mixed bag ranging from forgettable foreign films to some pleasant additions such as Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" and most notably, Jia Zhangke's "Still Life" which went on to win the Golden Lion in 2006. So, will this year's entry be a footnote or make an impact?
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‘Reno 911!’ & ‘Bridesmaids’ Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 11:50 AM
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And the "Bridesmaids" dividends just keep on paying off. With Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy benefiting from the success of the R-rated chick flick, Wendi McLendon-Covey (aka Rita) is the latest to cash in her chips. She's already landed a role in next spring's "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and now, in a move that would make Rita happy, she's getting ready to surround herself with man meat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2011 10:38 AM
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Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

Will Willem Dafoe Take A Role In Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 10:05 AM
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Lars Von Trier is racking up the phone bills these days. Over the weekend it was revealed that the troublemaking filmmaker offered Stellan Skarsgard a role in his upcoming arthouse porno thingy "The Nymphomaniac." Sorry ladies, should he take the role, Stellan won't be banging anybody in the film, of which details are scarce other than the fact that it will center on “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50.” But it appears the director has put in another call to another recent collaborator.

Guys Who Wrote 'Ed Wood' & 'People Vs. Larry Flynt' To Pen 'Monopoly' For Ridley Scott

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 8:54 AM
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So even though Universal has pretty much dropped every Hasbro game they had in development except for "Battleship" -- perhaps realizing that spending $200 million on a board game movie wasn't the best idea -- the game maker is still pushing ahead trying to show their movies can be successful and respectable. Believe it or not, Ridley Scott is still attached to direct "Monopoly," and while we'll go along and pretend that he'll eventually direct this (yeah right, our guess is he'll wind up "executive producing" with some protegé taking the director's chair), Hasbro has made a pretty surprising move which should at least keep the helmer interested.

Forget Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker Plots Roles In 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 8:43 AM
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While everyone getting excited about a possible Eddie Murphy comeback now that he has "Tower Heist" and the Oscar hosting gig coming up (jeez, people, have we already forgotten about “Hong Kong Phooey”?) it looks like another Brett Ratner buddy is making some even bolder steps back into the spotlight.

Venice '11 Review: Sono Sion's 'Himizu' Is Close To Unwatchable, And Yet Vitally Important

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2011 7:50 AM
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If you're after a quick response to recent events, particularly in the case of a cataclysmic disaster, cinema is not your medium. It takes years to write and develop even a bad script, let alone the financing, casting, shooting and pre-production of a film. And that's even without taking into account a reticence to address what has the potential to be traumatic material; there's a reason that it took half-a-decade for the events of 9/11 to reach the screen, and even then many believed that it was too soon for what some dismiss as mere entertainment to address such epoch-changing events.

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