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'Festen' Director Thomas Vinterberg Teams With Mads Mikkelsen For Drama 'The Hunt'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:45 AM
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Considering that he co-founded the Dogme movement, and made the best of its films, in "Festen" (or "The Celebration"), a picture that's proved highly influential across the last decade-and-a-half or so (David Fincher seems to be a fan, as there are certainly echoes of the film in the trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), it's disappointing that Thomas Vinterberg's career has proceeded in fits and starts ever since. It took him five years to follow-up "Festen," and that sophomore picture, the ambitious, but misshapen "It's All About Love," with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn, was critically slaughtered, while the Lars Von Trier-penned "Dear Wendy" didn't fare much better.

Composer Jerod Tate Reportedly Scoring Terrence Malick's (Still) Untitled Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 2:17 AM
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It's hard to believe, but Terrence Malick essentially has three movies on the way, something we never thought we'd type. There is his "Voyage Of Time" documentary that has Brad Pitt and Emma Thompson signed up to narrate; that mystery Christian Bale project that popped up filming at the Austin City Limits music festival last month (more on that in a moment) and the already wrapped, and still untitled drama with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Charles Baker and in a small role, Jessica Chastain. Of the trio of pictures, this one seems to be the one closest to the finish line and it look like Malick is now getting the music together for movie.

David Tennant & 'Gavin And Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity! 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:00 AM
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Yes, Virginia, There Was A 'Nativity 1'Comedy doesn't travel well, historically. It's rare to find a giant comedy that performs as well abroad as it does in the U.S -- instead, each nation will have their own box office draws in the genre, with only the occasional slapstick hit, like the current "Johnny English Reborn," going great guns internationally (but dying in the States), uniting comedy fans worldwide. As such, it's easy to miss these localized box-office phenomena. Like "The Inbetweeners Movie," a big-screen take on the crude British sitcom, currently the third-biggest film of 2011 in the U.K. Like "Le Petit Nicolas," an adaptation of a beloved childhood character that was France's top-grossing home-grown hit of 2009. Or like "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," and its Italian-language remake "Benvenuti al Sud," which mined millions of Euros out of local cultural stereotypes.

‘Toy Story 3′ Writer Michael Arndt To Tackle Disney’s ‘Phineas And Ferb’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 1:37 AM
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If he doesn't have a key already, they might as well give him one because Michael Arndt -- the Oscar winning writer of "Little Miss Sunshine" and one of the co-writers of "Toy Story 3" (that also earned him a nomination) -- is going to be a fixture on the Disney lot for the next few years. This year the mouse house has been busy lining up projects for the man, tasking him with "Snow And The Seven" as well the ambitious, under wraps and currently untitled Pete Docter movie over at Pixar about the formation of ideas inside the human mind. Well, he's lined up yet another gig.

James Cameron Says 'Fantastic Voyage' Has Been Retooled Into A Love Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 1:17 AM
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While it still seems a bit of a way off just yet, the gestating remake of "Fantastic Voyage" is still very much in the works. The film has seen a number of helmers eyeing the director’s chair, but its Shawn Levy of "Real Steel" and "Night At The Museum" fame who is now set to take it on. The original 1966 film follows a group of scientists who are miniaturized and sent into a human body in a submarine to remove a blood clot from a colleague’s brain—a scientist who is invaluable to the CIA. Certainly, there is a lot of room to tell the story again particularly aided with all the special effects tools that are available today, but that's not the only change that's in store for the movie.

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 2:20 PM
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011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,”

Weekend Box Office: 'Puss In Boots' Purrs To No. 1 As Wintery Weekend Affects Bottom Line Totals

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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Opening up on 3,952 screens DreamWorks Animation’s 3D "Puss In Boots," a spin-off of the popular and lucrative "Shrek" series, was always going to do well. Even critics were on board this time (an 81% RT score), including our own positive Playlist review. However, competing with Halloween and Halloween parties is tough. Add on top of that an unexpected winter squall hitting the East Coast this weekend and numbers were much lower than any “Shrek” picture so far. But everything’s relative, even the seemingly low “Puss In Boots” $34 million opening set a Halloween weekend record, besting the $33.6 million record that “Saw III” set in 2006.

Robert De Niro Replaces Nicolas Cage In 'Killing Season' (aka 'Shrapnel') With John Travolta

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2011 4:32 AM
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Mark Steven Johnson Now Directing Instead Of John McTiernanIt's not the "Face/Off" reunion we were hoping nor will it be the John McTiernan comeback vehicle. Instead, it will be the next film from the guy who directed "Simon Birch," "Daredevil," and "When In Rome." Good grief.

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,” you know the medium is having an “off year.”) Thankfully, 2012 is poised to be an embarrassment of riches, with new movies from proven studios like Blue Sky (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”), Illumination ("The Lorax"), Disney ("Wreck-It Ralph" and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie") Aardman (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and the beloved Studio Ghibli (“The Secret World of Arriety”), as well as a brand-new Pixar property (“Brave,” plus the heavily Pixar-associated live action hybrid “John Carter”) and the debut features from children’s illustrator William Joyce (DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians”) and super-genius animator Genndy Tarkovsky (Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”). Also being released next year is “ParaNorman,” the new 3D stop-motion film from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio that gave us the wonderful “Coraline” back in 2009, and judging by the jaw-dropping new trailer, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Listen: David Lynch's “Pinky’s Dream” From 'Crazy Clown Time' Featuring Karen O

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2011 3:26 AM
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Halloween is on Monday, and if you're looking for something to set the mood between the jack o' lanterns and ghouls, this just might do the trick.

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