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Paul Dano Will Play A Young Karl Rove In Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:53 AM
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Last fall, a project burbled up to the surface entitled "College Republicans." Penned by Wes Jones -- and making the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays -- the project was gaining some heat with Richard Linklater rumored for the director's chair and Shia LaBeouf apparently sniffing around the lead role. Well, nearly a year has passed and the film is coming together with a few changes to the lineup.

Dan Aykroyd Decides To Milk Another Franchise, 'Blues Brothers' To Become 'Glee'-Esque TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 3:07 AM
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Well, since Bill Murray isn't returning his calls about "Ghostbusters 3," Dan Aykroyd is continuing to go all George Lucas in the second half of his career, and isn't content with shitting on the legacy of one just franchise. Nope, he's gonna now drag "The Blues Brothers" through the mud.

Review: 'Love Exposure' Is Four Hours Of Madhouse Kink

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 31, 2011 2:24 AM
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Sion Sono‘s “Love Exposure” is a film that, upon its conclusion, feels as if you’ve spanned the globe to tell its narrative. So broad is its scope -- addressing topics like religion, incest and murder -- that the film never once seems like its staying in one place, so hyperactive and eager to stimulate. Sion, who grows with each new picture, has begun to resemble a more mature sibling to fellow countryman Takashi Miike, not ignoring narrative so much as sliding it to the side, creating a believable marriage between absurd form and weighty content.

Ben Whishaw Reveals He Plays A Woman In 'Cloud Atlas'; Says Cast Is Swapping Gender/Race For Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 2:10 AM
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Reps Admit Actors Is In Discussions For 'Bond 23'"It’s very clever what [the directors are] gonna try and do. I’m really really really excited about it,” Jim Sturgess recently teased us about "Cloud Atlas." “I think it’s going to be bonkers, it’s either going to work or it’s not. I’m really excited to see if we can pull it off, because it’s ambitious what they want to do."

Dwayne Johnson & Taylor Lautner To Do Battle As 'David And Goliath'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 1:41 AM
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Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner? Sure, that's the kind of bicep and pec showdown any producer would love to have, particularly if your names happen to be Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Watch: Terrible 'The Double' Trailer Reveals Every Twist Of The Plot

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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If you like going into your Richard Tiffany Gere and Christopher John "Topher" Grace (together at last!) buddy movies unspoiled, try avoiding any upcoming promotional material for "The Double," because the trailer that has debuted over at Apple has no qualms about sledgehammering its various plot turns into your consciousness with all the subtlety of a massive, unexpected coronary. The film -- which is not that Jesse Eisenberg/Richard Ayoade Dostoevsky adaptation you’ve been hearing about -- pits two of Hollywood’s dullest acting talents against each other in what appears to be a ludicrous combination of Michael Mann’s “Heat” and Sally Field’s performance in “Sybil.”

Alan Dale A Late Addition To Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo'; Movie To Premiere At Stockholm Film Fest?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 1:03 AM
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With the release date for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" looming about four months from now, director David Fincher is working down to the wire to get the film in the can. From what we've heard, he's recently been in the midst of a few weeks of reshoots on the film which likely explains why Variety is reporting that longtime character Alan Dale has joined the story as a detective nearing retirement. Whether this is a new role or if Dale is stepping in for another thesp who couldn't make the grade (or maybe make the reshoots) we guess we'll find out soon enough, but if you want a reliable face who can deliver gravitas in his sleep, this is the guy you want.

Watch: Harmony Korine & Anthony Dod Mantle's Inspirational Ad For Indian Megacorp Mahindra

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 12:59 PM
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So just after Mark Romanek's hip hop hamsters Kia ad made the rounds yesterday, here comes another slightly odd pairing of a director and a marketing campaign.

‘The Deep Blue Sea’ To Close BFI London Film Festival

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 30, 2011 10:26 AM
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Schoolboy euphemisms aside, there are presumably worse predicaments to find yourself in than being bookended by Rachel Weisz. No sooner had the organisers of the London Film Festival announced that one of Weisz’s forthcoming films would open the proceedings, Fernando Meirelles' “360,” when Empire got word that the actress’ long-awaited lead performance in Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” will close out the festival. As is usually the case for the LFF, they’re cherry-picking the best of what’s on offer elsewhere. Both “360” and “The Deep Blue Sea” will premiere at Toronto in September, and the latter will also crop up at the San Sebastian International Film Festival the same month. An adaptation of the famous Terence Rattigan play (and not the Renny Harlin sharks-with-Alzheimer’s laff-fest) the film, which also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale, tells the tale of a suicidal, adulterous woman who leaves her husband and shacks up with a boozy ex-Royal Air Force pilot.

Indie Rock Jazzbos Tortoise Score 'Blair Witch' Director Eduardo Sánchez's 'Lovely Molly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 10:23 AM
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If you were on a college campus or were hip to what's cool in the mid-nineties, you knew about Tortoise. The Chicago-based indie band fused krautrock, jazz, electronica and god knows what else into a unique instrumental stew that inspired legions of imitators as well as a devoted following that continues to this day. To be honest, we haven't really kept up with the band since Standards but their self-titled debut and its followup Millions Now Living Will Never Die are staples for any record collection. The band have continued to evolve over the years adding new shades and dimensions to their sound, and now, they've added a film score to their list of accomplishments.

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