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'Paradise Lost' Director Joe Berlinger Prepping Paul Simon 'Graceland' Doc For Sundance Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 3:13 AM
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Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Funding Hunt For Actual Killers; HBO Wouldn't Mind A 'Paradise Lost 4'For more than fifteen years, director Joe Berlinger (along with Bruce Sinofsky) has been tracking the tragic story of the West Memphis Three in his "Paradise Lost" documentaries, and late last week bittersweet justice was served: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelle were freed under under a plea deal that will still leave with them the stain of a guilty verdict (all orchestrated so they can't sue for wrongful prosecution) even though they had nothing to do with the horrific child murders. And we'll have more on that in a moment, but for now, Berlinger has a much more lighthearted project on the way that should excite music fans.

Michelle Williams Is Beautiful In Blue In Poster For 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 2:08 AM
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There is no doubt that Michelle Williams, twice nominated for an Oscar, is a tremendously accomplished, talented actress. Taking on the iconic Marilyn Monroe may be her biggest challenge yet, and we'll see how she fares in "My Week With Marilyn."

Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala' & Na Hong-Jin’s ‘The Yellow Sea’ To Get U.S. Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 2:01 AM
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Film festivals are a great place to see films from around the world, and are sometimes the only opportunity to catch certain movies, since, due to the vagaries of film distribution, some pictures never get off the festival circuit or get released outside of their native country. However, this isn't one of those stories, as two terrific thrillers that premiered at Cannes earlier this year will be making their way to theaters in the U.S.

Todd Phillips' 'Project X' Pushed To March; Sly Stallone's 'Bullet To The Head' Hits In April

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:39 AM
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Looks like Warner Bros. have rejigged their 2012 calendars a bit with the Todd Phillips-masterminded "Project X" and Sylvester Stallone's teaming with Walter Hill for "Bullet To The Head" now due to unveil in the first quarter of 2012.

Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Pic 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:17 AM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Adds Phyllis SomervilleA couple of casting updates on two highly anticipated projects from acclaimed international helmers. Firstly, character actor Clifton Collins Jr. has joined the growing cast of Guillermo Del Toro's monster-pic "Pacific Rim" in an unnamed role. The actor joins Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Max Martini for the Travis Beacham-scripted tale set in Japan which will see the cast members form the human resistance against a series of devastating monster attacks.

TIFF Rounds Out Slate With Films From Dardennes, Aki Kaurismäki, Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant, More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 12:47 PM
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TIFF has finalized their already impressive slate for 2011, and if you didn't get a chance to hit the Croisette this year, you can catch the highlights in Toronto.

'The Artist' Gets An Appropriately Elegant Poster; Shepard Fairey Designs One Sheet For 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 10:41 AM
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Uninspired by boring blockbuster movie posters all summer? Well here's some classy work that should chase those blues away.

Dude! Alex Winter From 'Bill & Ted's' Directing A Documentary About Napster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 9:59 AM
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While we all know what happened to Keanu Reeves after the "Bill & Ted's" movies, what happened to Bill S. Preston, Esq (Alex Winter)? Well, he soldiered on behind the camera, helming a couple of features -- the thriller "Fever" and the comedy "Freaked" -- and since staked out a career mostly as a director of television shows and commercials. But as with nearly everyone in Hollywood, Winter has a had a long gestating project that's he been trying to get off the ground and it looks like it finally will, albeit in a different shape than he intended.

Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 23, 2011 8:57 AM
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If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone make an engrossing experience, the filmmaker instead finds the guys responsible for discovering Ray and Peter and delves into the history surrounding the craze, while also dissecting the moral ambiguities associated with these precious tapes.

Clive Barker Thought That 'Hellraiser: Revelations' Trailer Sucked Too

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 8:03 AM
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So here's the long and short of it, in order for Dimension to keep the rights to the "Hellraiser" franchise, they need to make something fast. And so they did. And the resulting "Hellraiser: Revelations" as you can see below looks every bit like the cheap rights-retaining production it set out to be. Marking the first time Doug Bradley isn't portraying the iconic Pinhead -- some guy named Jay Gillespie steps in instead -- the franchise is now scraping the bottom of the barrel with the cheapie sequel specialist Víctor García ("Mirrors 2," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") being given $75 and an empty warehouse to shoot the found footage film that reveals the only thing that fits the Dimension Extreme label it's being released under is how extraordinarily shitacular it looks. And it looks like someone showed it to series creator Clive Barker. And he's not happy.

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