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Under Your Spell: 'The Hurt Locker' Backers Voltage Productions Acquire Heist Actioner 'The Driver'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2011 9:44 AM
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"Drive" might not have made too many waves at the box office, or swept the awards circuit (although it's doing rather better than expected), but it has been a critical favorite, and shows all the signs of being a cult classic, and the kind of movie that will be endlessly copied over the next few years. Indeed, we shudder to think of the number of film school students currently working on shorts with big gaudy retro fonts and French electro scores.

Jessica Chastain Reportedly To Star In 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve's Adaptation Of Russell Banks' 'The Darling'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 9:20 AM
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2011 certainly seems to be actress Jessica Chastain’s lucky year, as she had a series of fine performances in parts both big and small in acclaimed films ranging from “The Help” to Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Life.” Throw in turns in the apocalyptic “Take Shelter” and director John Madden’s thriller “The Debt,” and it certainly feels like it’s been the breakthrough year for Chastain’s up-and-coming career.

Watch: Michel Gondry Swedes 'Taxi Driver'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2011 9:05 AM
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Remember sweding? The trend that was hot for all of five minutes in the wake of Michel Gondry's underrated "Be Kind Rewind" found folks doing lovely, lo-fi remakes and sequels to their favorite movies, and that spirit also informs his upcoming, mysterious sci-fi movie (of sorts) "The We And The I." But Gondry has found time in his schedule to knock out another sweded movie, and it's pretty great.

Robert Redford Teams With 'Margin Call' Director J.C. Chandor For Man Vs. Nature Tale 'All Is Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 11:07 PM
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The story of J.C. Chandor in 2011 can be described in two words: slow burn. He hit Sundance in January to unspool his financial crisis drama "Margin Call" where it received very good, but not quite ecstatic reviews. But something curious happened. This fall, that very good word out of Park City started to turn into serious awards season buzz, and while the major awards have eluded him, Chandor and his film earned a handful of nods from various guilds, with "Margin Call" striking a chord in more than one critic. Well, he's caught the eye of the Sundance Kid himself and together they're going to embark on an adventure.

Watch: Bryan Singer Plants Some Beans, Grows Trailer For 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 10:44 PM
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Well, you can't say that Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer" isn't delivering what the title implies. Yes, it's a movie based on the classic fairy tale, for better or worse, and this first trailer promises a movie somewhere between the ridiculounsness of "Mirror Mirror" and the awesomeness of "Snow White and the Huntsmen."

Reese Witherspoon Joins Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 10:23 PM
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The saga of the West Memphis Three is far from over. "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" hits HBO next month and the Peter Jackson-produced documentary "West Of Memphis" will make its premiere at Sundance in January. Their story will still very much be in the public eye for the next while, and now, the West Memphis Three will be getting the big screen movie treat courtesy of Atom Egoyan.

D.A Pennebaker's 'The War Room,' David Lean's Noel Coward Films & More Head To Criterion In March; 'Last Temptation Of Christ' Goes Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 4:43 PM
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It's the middle of the month, which means Criterion has unveiled their latest batch of titles and once again, it will test the strength of your wallet. But this March, the boutique label is also showing some savvier then usual marketing muscle as well.

Watch: Trailer For Dario Argento's 'Dracula 3D' Promises It Will Be Awesome Because Of That Giant Praying Mantis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 4:06 PM
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We kind of totally forgot/put it out of our minds because he hasn't made a halfway decent movie in years, but the legendary Dario Argento is nearing completion on "Dracula 3D" and now a sales trailer for the movie has arrived. The effects aren't done, but as expected, it looks fucking awful. On the other hand, however, there is a giant fucking praying mantis in this, so basically, now we're gonna have to watch this thing.

Bret Easton Ellis Says 'American Psycho' Remake Will Be "Genuine"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 3:42 PM
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Of all the remakes to be announced in the last little while, Lionsgate's do-over of "American Psycho" has generated the most (outraged) chatter. Already deemed a contemporary classic starring a wickedly deranged Christian Bale and directed with finesse by Mary Harron, the film took the source novel's satircal edge to its logical ends. Anyway, the story is being updated to contemporary New York by commercials and music video director Noble Jones (who also helmed the Grammy nominated "10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroad"), and of all people, it's the author Bret Easton Ellis who has become a champion of sorts for the movie.

Rewind: Orson Welles Was Victorious In Ad For Board Game 'Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2011 3:17 PM
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Orson Welles is essentially known for three things: 1) making The Greatest Movie Of All Time with "Citizen Kane" 2) forever being plagued by a variety of issues on pretty much every movie he made afterward (weep for the lost 30 minutes of "The Magnificent Ambersons") and 3) making a handful of bizarre ads in the latter stage of his career.

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