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'Anonymous' Star Sam Reid Joins The Cast Of Alex Proyas' Big-Budget Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 24, 2011 7:02 AM
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This may be one of those rare occasions when a thespian jumps from Shakespeare to Milton, and it’s not all that big of a deal. That’s because the Shakespeare and Milton work in question are two big budget studio films with CGI-loving directors at the helm, and in the former’s case it’s more of an unraveling of the lore surrounding William Shakespeare than an adaptation.

First Look At Scarlett Johansson As A Sexy Alien In Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 6:33 AM
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When it was first announced this summer that "Sexy Beast" and "Birth" director Jonathan Glazer was finally getting to work on his long-awaited next film this fall, we had our doubts. "Under The Skin" had been brewing for a while -- it was once lined up for 2010 shoot, and Gemma Arterton was mooted for the lead -- so while we were excited, we tempered our enthusiasm a bit because particularly with indie financing the way it is, a lot of things could happen between then and now to put the project on hold yet again. But lo and behold, not only has the October start stuck, the film is now shooting and the first glimpse of Scarlett Johansson in the starring role has made its way online.

HBO Movie With Robert De Niro Playing Bernie Madoff Moves Forward As Writer Comes Aboard

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 24, 2011 6:04 AM
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Looks as if fellow legendary actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino must have had lunch together recently, because De Niro could follow in Pacino’s footsteps by playing a notorious real-life individual for an HBO movie. Perhaps hearing good things from Pacino about his work on “You Don’t Know Jack,” where he walked away with a Best Actor Golden Globe for playing assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, it was announced back in May (something we missed due to the crush of Cannes) that De Niro was in negotiations to play Ponzi scheme enthusiast Bernie Madoff in HBO’s adaptation of the bestselling “The Wizard Of Lies: Bernie Madoff And The Death Of Trust.”

Watch: New Trailer For Martin Scorsese's Family Fairytale 'Hugo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 5:49 AM
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With Emily Mortimer recently telling us the film was a "hymn to the imagination," and the picture creating some very strong buzz thanks to its recent surprise screening at the New York Film Festival where we said it was an "enchanting fairy tale," we have to say that while we definitely encourage people to see Martin Scorsese's "Hugo", the first trailer and now this most recent, aren't doing much to instill excitement.

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Team For Whitey Bulger Biopic By 'Boardwalk Empire' Writer Terence Winter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 5:18 AM
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Casey Affleck To Co-StarGranted, they've got some competition for this one, but you can bet Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have taken the lead on getting a biopic on famed Boston mobster Whitey Bulger onto the big screen.

Book Review: 'Pauline Kael: A Life In The Dark' Is A Compelling Look At The Famed Critic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2011 4:24 AM
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Pauline Kael famously once said that people keep asking her to write a memoir, but she had to stress to them that she already had – her life was in her work, in her vivid, long-form essays and critiques (most notably for The New Yorker) on her favorite subject: film. As Brian Kellow's new biography, thrillingly written and exhaustively researched shows, there was a whole lot more to Kael that what was in her reviews.
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Review: Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is A Gloriously Enjoyable Mo-Cap Marvel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 24, 2011 4:05 AM
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Across his 40 year career as Hollywood's most beloved filmmaker, Steven Spielberg has tried his hand at many different things -- the blockbuster thrill ride, the family film, the comedy, the war film, hardcore science-fiction, serious dramas and whatever it was that "The Terminal" was, a diverse range of pictures united by that certain Spielberg je-ne-sais-quoi. But there's something he's never tackled directly himself; the animated film. Sure, he's produced TV cartoons like "Animaniacs," and even the occasional big-screen one, like "An American Tail" and "We're Back," but for the most part, the Bearded One has always preferred live action to ink and pixels.

Contest: Tickets For 'Beyond This Place' At BAM With Live Score By Sufjan Stevens & Raymond Raposa

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 3:35 AM
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While Sujfan Stevens is best known for this state themed albums "Michigan" and "Ilinois," along with the well received "Seven Swans" and his latest effort "The Age Of Adz," the singer song-writer is no stranger to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. In 2007, he was commissioned by the venue to create a work celebrating the Brooklyn Queen Expressway. The result, was the film/music hybrid, "The BQE," a sprawling, inspired exploration at the familiar highway. But that isn't the only detour Stevens has made from this main gig as a celebrated indie rocker. He also took some time out recently to team with Castanets' Raymond Raposa to compose the soundtrack to Kaleo La Belle's documentary "Beyond This Place." The film has been making its way to festivals and screening around the country, and this weekend it heads to BAM where it will be presented with a live score performed by Stevens and Raposo. If you'll be in town, we've got 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway. But first, here's the synopsis of the film:

Watch: Scarlett Johansson Likes Her Lips For Kissing In Dolce & Gabbana Ad By Jean-Baptiste Mondino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 3:15 AM
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Even though she might have been too sexy for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Scarlett Johansson is just right for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana and this new ad finds the actress playing a version of herself in the short film/advertisment "The One."

Review: 'The Double' Is A Moth-Eaten Bag Of Cold War Clichés & Implausible Plot Twists

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 24, 2011 2:56 AM
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There are few movies whose tone, intent, and general content can be easily discerned from the front chosen for the opening title cards. But by the end of the title cards for "The Double," a new spy thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, you know what kind of movie you're in for: the blocky font flicks by, as if being decoded by some unseen force.; it's such a hackneyed stylish tic for this kind of enterprise, used in everything from direct-to-video thrillers to episodes of "24," that it was effectively lampooned in the Coen Brothers' send up "Burn After Reading" as yet another goofy aspect of the genre (watch them below).

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