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Review: 'Bunraku' Wants To Be 'Sin City' But Is More Like 'The Spirit'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 1, 2011 2:31 AM
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When you go to see any movie, particularly a genre picture, you are required to make a handshake deal with the film regarding the world it's trying to establish. If the picture can successfully convince you that, yes, this is a world of superheroes who are now retired, or this is a planet where no one has ever told a single lie, then you have no choice but to evaluate the movie on these terms.

Gerard Butler Yells At A Banker & Learns Death Comes At Night In Clips From 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 1, 2011 2:08 AM
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Although it’s been hard to come to terms with, since Zack Snyder got him to strip down to his underpants and (doubtless) demanded he slather himself in goose fat for “300,” for whatever reason Gerard Butler is a movie star. The guy seems to enjoy scampering through sexist rom-coms (“The Bounty Hunter,” “The Ugly Truth”) with all the boundless gaiety of a Renaissance Man and otherwise crops up in hysterically misjudged vigilante pictures (“Law Abiding Citizen”) where he claims he’s going to “kill everyone,” perhaps in some deluded effort to test his "range" (more’s the pity, Gerry, you don’t catch Christian Bale pulling shit like this). Unfortunately for audiences, when it comes to giving nuanced screen performances, he’s about as versatile as Kangaroo Jack, though we’ll concede few can match the actor for sheer bovine intensity.

First Look At Kenneth Branagh As Laurence Olivier In 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 2:07 AM
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From directing "Thor," to starring, adapting and helming various Shakespeare works to playing troubled cop Kurt Wallander, Kenneth Branagh has pretty much done it all, but surely even he must have been slightly intimidated stepping into the shoes of the legendary Laurence Olivier in the upcoming "My Week With Marilyn." Empire has the first look at the actor playing the iconic thesp and he's certainly nailed down the imposing gravitas Olivier carried with him.

Watch: 4 Intriguing Clips From Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 1:57 AM
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When we first heard that Andrea Arnold was going to be tackling an adaptation of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," it seemed like an odd fit. Arnold's previous feature length films "Red Road" and her sophomore, breakout effort "Fish Tank" didn't exactly suggest that the helmer had it in her for a stodgy, stuffy literary based movie. But then again, Arnold is no ordinary director. Her first decision to shake things up came in casting newcomer James Howson in the lead role of Heathcliff, making him the first black actor to take on the part. And now with the film set to premiere in Venice, our pals over at C7nema have located four brand new clips from the film that show Arnold has clearly put her stamp on Brontë's material.

Random: Steve Coogan, Stephen Dorff & Rapper K'naan Team For Nick Broomfield's 'The Catastrophist'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:53 AM
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Even within the realm of random collaborations and teamings, this one still veers off to the higher end of the scale.

'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega Lands Lead Role In Spike Lee's HBO Drama 'Da Brick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 1:34 AM
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"Good Sunday Morning People. Last night I took my daughter Satchel to this New,Hip British Indie Film ATTACK THE BLOCK.It's about a Multi-Cultural group of Teenagers (Mostly Black)in London who fight the Invasion of Aliens.I know it sounds Bugged Out but it's DOPENESS.FUNNY TOO"

Brad Pitt's Plan B On Board For Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:33 AM
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Looks like Ryan Murphy's planned adaptation of Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play "The Normal Heart" is getting some big-name backing with Brad Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment shingle now coming on board to produce.

Paul Dano Reteams With Kelly Reichardt For Eco-Terrorist Film 'Night Moves'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 1:08 AM
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For her last effort, the uncompromising western "Meek's Cutoff," the growing cachet of indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt allowed the director to cast some bigger names than she had worked with in the past, nabbing Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano to pad out the ensemble. And the experience seems to have been a positive one for Paul Dano, as reps for the actor have confirmed with The Playlist that he is reteaming with Reichardt for the director's next effort, the eco-terrorist film "Night Moves."

New Coen Brothers Movie About '60s Folk Legend Gets Financing, Is Titled 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 12:43 PM
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It looks like the Coens are a little closer to getting their next film mounted, and with producer Scott Rudin -- who paired with duo previously on "No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit" -- now behind the film, it looks like the trio are gearing up for another run at the Oscars.

Watch: Slow Dance With Rachel Weisz & Tom Hiddleston In First Clip From ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 10:51 AM
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Rachel Weisz seems to be making a run at Jessica Chastain for most movies to be unveiled all at the same time. "360," "The Deep Blue Sea," "Page Eight" and "Dream House" will all play festivals or hit a theater near you in the next month or so (and that's not counting "The Whistleblower" which recently made its way to the multiplex) so we're gonna be getting a whole lotta Weisz. We can hardly complain about being bombarded by movies featuring one of the best actresses working today, but it does mean we're going to be seeing her pop up quite a bit in the next short while.

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