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Review: The Suburban Horror Of Unhappiness In 'Rid Of Me'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 6:02 PM
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'Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father' Gets New Producer, But January Start Delayed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 5:24 PM
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There is probably a cautionary tale in here somewhere, but since the story is still playing out the lessons will have to be learned at a later date. Needless to say, however, when producer Marc Fiore organized a big showy press conference this spring (pictured above) to announce "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father" (aka "Gotti: Three Generations" aka "Gotti"), he put the cart in front of the horse to a certain degree. Lindsay Lohan, despite making an appearance without a bra and being extensively rumored, isn't in the film. Meanwhile, a few months later, Joe Pesci would sue the producers over the film and just last month, money problems looked to put the production on ice.
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Angelina Jolie To Play 'Gertrude Bell' In Upcoming Biopic, Ridley Scott Eyes Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:44 PM
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'Get Low' Director Aaron Schneider To Helm 'The Conscientious Objector' About Desmond Doss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:11 PM
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There are a lot things you can do on the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend: get some Christmas shopping done, crash out with a "Law & Order" marathon, eat unfamothable amounts of food, sleep, or use the time to catch up with some movies from last year you maybe have missed. If you're doing the latter, we urge to pop "Get Low" into the DVD player. A charming little film stars the pretty great trio of Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and carries with it a laid back charm that is genuine and fun to hang with. Director Aaron Schneider seems to have been laying low for the past little while, but he's got a promising new project in the works.

We Don't Need To Talk About Ezra Miller In 'Akira' Anymore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 3:20 PM
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While Tilda Swinton has rightfully been earning raves for her turn in Lynne Ramsay's wrenching "We Need To Talk About Kevin," the film's other MVP performance undoubtedly belongs to Ezra Miller. As the titular Kevin, he brings a cruel sexuality to the role that finds him matching wits and fraying the nerves of his mother to the point of no return. It has been a slightly divisive performance, with some saying he pitches his peformance too far into villain territory, but that would be missing the nuance and texture he brings in portraying a relationship that between two people that is largely fraudulent.

Paul Greengrass To Executive Produce, Possibly Direct Pilot Of Fox CIA Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 2:31 PM
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Try as he might, the next film for Paul Greengrass is proving elusive to get started. He was looking to direct his Martin Luther King Jr. flick "Selma" but unfortunately Universal put the brakes on that after the civil rights leader's estate expressed concern about some of the not so nice things in the script. He circled a couple of other projects that ultimately went to other directors, including "Frankenstein" over at Fox (now with Shawn Levy) and "Rush" (now with Ron Howard). At one point, the pirate rescue story "Maersk Alabama" with Tom Hanks looked like it would roll next, but talk has quieted. Lastly, over the summer, Greengrass was attached to an adaptation of Robert Harris' hedge-fund world drama "The Fear Index."

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams Listen To Meatloaf, Face Tragedy In Weepy New Trailer For 'The Vow'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2011 2:00 PM
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"Life's all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever, but what if one day you could never remember any of them?," Channing Tatum asks off the top of the new trailer for "The Vow," spelling out the film entirely, of course.

The Essentials: The Five Best George Clooney Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 1:44 PM
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When you're as offhandedly handsome as George Clooney, you could breeze through your career, doing easy, big-budget stuff that probably takes as much concentration and actorly skill as one of those Japanese soda commercials that movie stars used to sneak off and do over a long weekend. Instead, this star, who broke out two decades ago in the TV hospital drama smash "E.R," seems to constantly challenge himself, as both an actor and a director, repeatedly engaging with the kind of risky material that other actors (much less movie stars with his kind of planetary clout) might shy away from. Clooney frequently goes out on a limb, most often partnering with creative powerhouses like Steven Soderbergh, The Coens and Wes Anderson on projects that might not get the green light without his involvement. So, yes, he’s already a megastar, and we suspect he always will be, but while that level of stardom can and has led to increasing conservatism in the career choices of some other big names we could mention, Clooney's going in the opposite direction. As he recently told Rolling Stone, about his latest and excellent directorial effort “The Ides of March,” “It’s not designed for everybody to see, but I don’t give a shit. I don’t need to be more famous and we shot it for $12 million, so anything we do is nice.”

Watch: Carey Mulligan's "New York, New York" Powers Latest Trailer For 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 1:12 PM
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Steve McQueen's "Shame" continues to dominate much of the awards talk this fall, but the question is whether or not the stuffier members of the Academy will give the movie a fair shake. While dark and unrelenting, it's also a powerful character study, a portrait of a man's desire for human connection gone horribly wrong. The movie features Michael Fassbender in one of this finest performances to date. And oh yeah, Carey Mulligan sings.
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'The Avengers' Strut Their Stuff In 2 New Character Banners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 12:53 PM
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While it may be Oscar season, don't let it be forgotten that spring and summer are just around the corner, and while you're busy catching up on the films that will be nominated for awards for the next couple of months, Hollywood is already keeping an eye on the movies that are their financial bread and butter.

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