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George Miller Says 'Fury Road' Just The Start Of A Potential New Mad Max Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 2:38 PM
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The fourth entry in the Mad Max series, the tentatively titled "Fury Road," has been stopped and started so many times that in today's climate of studios wary of hanging onto anything that will cost them more money than it should, it's a minor miracle the movie's getting made at all. And it's been nearly a decade since development on the project started, once mooted as a vehicle for Mel Gibson but with Tom Hardy now retrofitted into the retooled script that is essentially keeping the same story, Miller has seemingly used that time to expand his vision considerably.

"Old Fashioned" Steven Spielberg Says Film Processing Labs Could Be Gone In 10 Years; Pleads With Audiences To See 'War Horse' On The Big Screen

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 29, 2011 2:10 PM
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Steven Spielberg seemingly might be following in the steps of his old guard peers -- James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott – veteran filmmakers jumping headfirst into 3D and new technologies. After all, his upcoming adventure film "Tintin" is his first digitally shot motion-capture film in 3D, and it’s employing state of the art technology all around.

'The Hobbit' Trailer Will Debut In Front Of 'The Adventures Of Tintin' (Which Is Killing It Overseas In Case You Were Wondering)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 1:49 PM
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While for a big chunk of the world "The Adventures Of Tintin" is old news, having arrived in theaters throughout October and November, for those of us in North America, the film still remains the holiday season treat we're eager to unwrap. The classic comic being brought to life from the minds of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is tantalizing enough, but there will be one more reason you'll want to scoot to theaters when it opens in December.

'The Artist' Wins Best Film & Best Director, While 'The Tree Of Life' Wins 3 From The New York Film Critics Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 1:18 PM
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You know what's a really good idea? Drawing out your award winners on Twitter all day. In what seems like the final act in a disastrous public relations year for the New York Film Critics Circle, they made the ridiculous decision to tweet their winners, one-by-one, as they vote today, turning the simple act of compiling a press release into a drawn-out social media exercise by people who clearly don't understand how to use it (case in point: Roger Friedman tweeted out the Best Director win before NYFCC could). Couple that with new president John Anderson's embarrassing whining that Warner Bros. wouldn't screen "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" in order to meet their arbitrary and way too early voting date (so they can be first out, and consequently first forgotten), which they had to move anyway for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and you have a 2011 the members are likely glad is over. Politics and infighting aside, the group, having got their Fincher on last night, finally met to pick their winners, and while their standing has certainly been diminished by recent controversies (there goes our invite), the results are always a strong barometer for Oscar.

Spirit Awards Nominations Announced, 'Take Shelter' And 'The Artist' Lead The Pack

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 12:06 PM
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You know it's the start of the awards season when two big groups are announcing their awards simultaneously, and despite the NYFCC's attempts to gain attention of late, the big news of the day is the nominations for the 27th Film Independent's Spirit Awards, which were unveiled by Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale this morning.

'Elizabeth' Helmer Shekhar Kapur Replaces Michael Winterbottom On Adaptation Of Martin Amis's 'London Fields'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 11:26 AM
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Exclusive: Earth 2 Emerges In Deleted Scene From 'Another Earth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 11:07 AM
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If you've paid any attention to movie news this year, you've undoubtedly heard the name Brit Marling. The actress, writer and producer was one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival in January, arriving with two films that both played to strong reviews: "Sound Of My Voice" directed by Zal Batmanglij and "Another Earth" helmed by Mike Cahill. No only did Marling star in both films, she co-wrote them as well, marking her as a unique talent to watch, not solely for the multiple hats she wears both in front and behind the camera, but for the original, unique concepts she helped dream up for these movies.

Long Lost Walt Disney Cartoon 'Hungry Hobos' Uncovered In U.K. Archive

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2011 10:54 AM
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Before there was Mickey Mouse, there was a plucky, similarly styled character that Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While not as widely known as Mickey Mouse, since Disney recently reacquired the rights to the character (more on that in a minute), he has been sneaking into the atmosphere (most notably appearing in last year's wonderful "Epic Mickey" Wii game) and one day should be a fully integrated member of the all-star Disney roster. And over in England, one of his very first appearances has finally been uncovered.

Theo Angelopoulos' New Film 'The Other Sea' With 'Il Divo' & 'Gomorrah' Star Toni Servillo Starts Shooting In December

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 29, 2011 10:33 AM
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Italian heartthrob Toni Servillo (“Gomorrah,” “Il Divo”) announced at the Turin Film Festival this week that he will be starring in the new film from Palme d’Or winning Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. Principal photography on the picture, titled “The Other Sea (L’altro Mare)” begins on December 26th (way to tip off the paparazzi, guys).

Review: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 10:01 AM
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As English-language directorial debuts of the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature films by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, managing not to flinch from any of the grim details, using takes of up to 20 minutes in length, and showcasing a blazing performance from the now firmly-planted-on-the-A-list Michael Fassbender. It picked up an enormous amount of critical support, including the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 2008, and signified both director and star as major talents to watch.

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