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Ewan McGregor Joins Noah Baumbach's 'The Corrections' For HBO

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2011 2:11 PM
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After an excellent, nuanced and emotive turn in Mike Mills' "Beginners" earlier this year, and with a Steven Soderbergh collaboration arriving in January of next year ("Haywire"), is Scottish actor Ewan McGregor finally back on track? Over the years, we've lamented his post-"Star Wars" prequels career, which basically leaves the actor's work in an unmentionables section, but we've always been rooting for the guy to find his footing again -- he's talented, as his early arthouse work illustrates, and apparently he's one of the nicest and easiest guys in the industry to work with. Well, it looks like he's back. Another fine addition to his upcoming resume is a lead role in Noah Baumbach's forthcoming adaptation of Jonathan Frazen's "The Corrections" for HBO, which already stars Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest.

Akiva Goldsman Sets Up Western Drama About Doc Holliday AT HBO With Ron Howard Attached To Direct Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 1:17 PM
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Say what you will about Akiva Goldsman, but the guy responsible for stuff like "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," "Jonah Hex" and the "Paranormal Activity" sequels does manage to deliver something a cut above his usual dreck whenever he pairs up with Ron Howard. While we'll politely ignore the Dan Brown adaptations, the duo collaborated in fine form with "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man," and were prepared to work together again on the expansive "The Dark Tower" before Universal walked away. And while Brain Grazer recently revealed that HBO will be taking on the television portion of the Stephen King adaptation, it looks like the other two-thirds of the trio have been busy talking to the network about something else.

Exclusive Video: Renny Harlin Talks '5 Days of War'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 22, 2011 1:00 PM
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In "Five Days Of War," director Renny Harlin shows us a very different side of himself. Most view him as a poster child for the excess of nineties-era action films, as the architect behind "Die Hard 2," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Cliffhanger." But few realized he would ever be interested in turning an eye towards the real life tragedy of the Russo-Georgia War, a five day conflict where the world sat by and watched as one much more powerful country inhabited the other, reigning bloodshed on the people of Georgia in an attempted regional takeover.

'Harold & Kumar Christmas' Helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson Gets Scary With 'Final Girls'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 22, 2011 12:33 PM
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Retrospective: The Films Of David Cronenberg

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 22, 2011 11:50 AM
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It’s been a long journey to “respectability” for David Cronenberg. In the early days of his career, the helmer was a favorite of the Fangoria crowd, crafting genre entertainment that relied heavily on nightmarish prosthetics to sugar (or rather, gore) -coat the elemental, sometimes philosophical ideas he was preoccupied with. Many of these ideas are captured succinctly in early-year masterpiece “Videodrome”: we are but slaves to our outer sheaths, mutation is the only real evolution and matters of the heart are merely an illusion, while the mind's fragility and propensity to conflate reality with dreams or hallucinations will always make it ultimately subservient to the desires of the flesh. Pit logic against the darker recesses of human nature, he suggests, and logic, control and intellectualism will always fail.

Berenice Bejo Talks About Not Talking In The Silent Movie Sensation 'The Artist'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 22, 2011 11:41 AM
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There’s not a whole lot of dialogue in “The Artist” that isn’t delivered via intertitle, but it’s all in English, effectively deceiving audiences about the fact that it’s a mostly French production. But when asked about the challenges of making what amounts to a silent film in an era of audiovisual spectacle, co-star Berenice Bejo revealed a technique that some might consider almost stereotypically European. “I think it’s all about pleasure,” Bejo explained during recent press rounds in Los Angeles for “The Artist.”

Nicholas Stoller Talks Revamping ‘The Muppets’ For The Modern Age & The “Core Sweetness” That Runs Through All His Work

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 22, 2011 11:20 AM
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As the director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and co-writer and director of “Get Him To The Greek,” Nicholas Stoller has found enormous success shepherding original ideas onto the silver screen. But when he decided to pair up with his ‘Sarah Marshall’ screenwriter and star Jason Segel for an update of “The Muppets,” he faced a considerable challenge, not only in handling a beloved property, but figuring out a way to reintroduce it to audiences who, unlike himself and Segel, might not automatically be as in love with Kermit and company.

Terrence Malick's Editor Billy Weber Says New 'Badlands' DVD "Coming Soon" & Confirms Longer 'Tree Of Life' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 11:04 AM
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It has been a good year to be a Terrence Malick fan. Not only did the director finally deliver is long-awaited "The Tree Of Life," he's simply never been busier with four projects currently in the works: the Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams-led, untitled romance; "Lawless" with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennet; "Knight Of Cups" with Bale, Blanchett and Isabel Lucas; and the documentary "The Voyage Of Time." And while we patiently wait for these films to arrive whenever Malick decides they are done, it looks like we'll have something to tide us over.

Jeremy Renner Reveals Some 'Bourne Legacy' Details; Says He Talked To Matt Damon About The Role & Had His Worries About Taking It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2011 10:39 AM
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What's "The Bourne Legacy," the newest film in the franchise without Matt Damon, all about? Well, it's directed by Tony Gilroy who steered "Michael Clayton" to seven Oscar nominations for his first feature-length effort, it's lead by heir-apparent star Jeremy Renner ("Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Hurt Locker") and it also includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, and returning members of the 'Bourne' franchise Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and Albert Finney.

Review: 'Hugo' A Touching Ode To Cinematic History & The Wonders Of The Imagination

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 10:19 AM
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Yes, we already pretty much reviewed Martin Scorese's "Hugo" when it surprise-screened at the New York Film Festival last month in a not-quite-complete version. Even then in its unfinished state, The Playlist staff on hand were swept away by the fable conjured up on screen, and with this writer now having caught up and taken in the finished version, it's another reason to talk about a movie that we hope isn't lost in the holiday shuffle. Magical, charming and brimming with the kind palpable love for cinema that only a devoted cinephile like Martin Scorsese can bring, "Hugo" is an endearing story where imagination is the biggest special effect of all.

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