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Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney's 'Wish List'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 2, 2011 1:21 AM
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It can be puzzling how A-list actresses make their choices, but you just have to remember that most of them get paid a lot of money to make movies that aren't very good. Take Reese Witherspoon. Since her well-deserved Oscar for "Walk the Line" in 2005 her box office record has been up and down, as for every "Four Christmases" or "Water For Elephants," there was a "Rendition" or "How Do You Know" -- and none of them have exactly been a critical darling. She keeps finding employment because her movies bring in the bucks, even if nothing she's made in the last few years has had any real substance.

Watch: Sam Worthington & Chloe Moretz In Moody Italian Trailer For 'Texas Killing Fields'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 1:01 AM
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The most surprising pick in the line-up of the Venice Film Festival was undoubtedly "Texas Killing Fields." The latest attempt from "Avatar" star Sam Worthington to return to non-tentpole territory, following the tepidly received "Last Night" and the long-delayed "The Debt," is a based-in-fact thriller revolving around a series of unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or disappeared since 1971, and marks the big-screen coming out party of Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of "Heat" director Michael Mann, who makes her directorial debut with the film.

Images From Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Comic-Con Footage Leak

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 12:49 PM
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Comic-Con wrapped up over a week ago so we're kind of surprised it's taken this long for this to happen, but some pretty grainy, lo-res but no less intriguing snaps from the "Prometheus" footage shown in San Diego have made it to the web, providing us our first look at Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba in the film.

Review: ‘The Whistleblower’ Plays More Like A Whisper

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 1, 2011 11:00 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from IFFBoston.

MIFF '11 Reviews: 'A Separation,' 'Norwegian Wood' & 'Knuckle'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2011 10:28 AM
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It's that time of year once again: the Melbourne International Film Festival has hit town and, as ever, we're right amongst it. For a change, we'll endeavour to focus on films not extensively covered on the site before, possibly with a general recap later on. One of the early highlights of the festival (which runs between July 21st and August 7th) so far has been Asghar Farhadi's "Nader & Simin, A Separation," which took home the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

'Drive' Soundtrack Features Kavinsky, College, Chromatics & Cliff Martinez; Hits September 6th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 10:00 AM
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There's no arguing that one of the most talked about films so far this year is Nicolas Winding Refn's lean and mean thriller "Drive." And while Refn took home directing honors from Cannes, and Ryan Gosling earned plaudits for his efficiently cool lead performance, one of the most discussed aspects of the film has been the neon sign soundtrack.
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Watch: Bikini & Butt Is Bait In 'Shark Night 3D' Clip; 'Arena' May Be The Worst Sam Jackson Pic Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 9:28 AM
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It's Monday, the beginning of August and another long work week so here's some pulp nonsense to rest your brain with.

Marvel Moves Ahead With 'Doctor Strange' As Script By Thomas Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer Handed In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 8:18 AM
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You may have missed this bit of news during the blitzkrieg of Comic-Con, but Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish finished their long-gestating script for "Ant-Man," submitted it before they hit San Diego and have even done some preliminary concept work. Now, another long, long awaited comic adaptation is taking its next step to becoming a reality.

Joe Cornish, Justin Lin & Nicolas Winding Refn Join John Moore On Shortlist For 'Die Hard 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 6:53 AM
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Over the weekend, word cropped up that Noam Murro, previously attached to direct the forever gestating "Die Hard 5" had left the project to focus on "300: Battle Of Artemisia" with John Moore (“Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne”) as a contender to take his place. Well, he's going to be facing some stiff competition.

Watch: Trailer For Tale Of Long Distance Love 'Like Crazy' Starring Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 6:19 AM
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Young love is already a frenzied cauldron of emotions, but young long distance love is whole other kettle of fish (or ball of wax) with geographic and heartache adding another sense of heightened feeling to a relationship. And so enters the Sundance hit "Like Crazy," the low key romancer starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones which walked away from Park City with the Grand Jury Prize for director Drake Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones.

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