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The Films Of Pedro Almodóvar: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 14, 2011 5:50 AM
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Pedro Almodovar, I'm So Excited
Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most respected filmmakers in the world, an Oscar winner whose films have become Cannes mainstays, and who's capable of attracting almost any talent that he'd like, despite having never made a film in the English language (although he says that one is on the one way soon). But his global reputation is all the more remarkable considering just how challenging his fare can be. His violent, sexual taboo-pushing early work is the most obvious example, but throughout his career his interest in gay issues, Sirk-ian melodrama, explicit sex and obsessive behavior has hardly been the kind of thing that usually makes the chattering classes line up around the block.

Christopher McQuarrie To Take On Navy SEAL Drama 'Rubicon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 5:20 AM
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Even though he's already rolling on "One Shot" with Tom Cruise, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is not slowing down his busy schedule. In case you didn't know, the New York Comic-Con kicked off yesterday and today comes an announcement of a new project that will see McQuarrie dipping his toes in a few different areas.

Tang Wei, Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Shu Qi & Josie Ho All Rumored Contenders For 'James Bond 23'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 4:51 AM
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Even as the filmmakers behind "James Bond 23" continue to keep their cards close to the chest before officially making any official statements, casting rumors continue to swirl.

Liam Hemsworth Will Be 'Timeless' For Philip Noyce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 3:26 AM
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While his big bro Chris Hemsworth launched to worldwide fame thanks to "Thor," Liam Hemsworth is now ready to shine. "Hunger Games" fans already know he's gonna melt hearts (or not) as Gale in the upcoming film, and he recently booked a role with the old fogies in "The Expendables 2." Now he's stepping out of the franchise world to take the lead of a sci-fi romance all on his own.

NYFF '11 Review: 'Policeman' A Strong, Haneke-Inspired Rumination On Israeli Society

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 14, 2011 3:03 AM
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While it's absolutely an important issue that deserves coverage, we've already heard nearly every angle of the Israel-Palestine conflict seventy times over -- so much so that we barely have a clue about their other dilemmas. One of these issues starting to come to light is the large economic disparity that exists among the Israelis themselves, resulting in many protests against the abnormally high cost of living. In his assured debut "Policeman," journalist/novelist Nadav Lapid tackles this very problem with a reserved strength rarely seen in a filmmaker so green.

'Fast Five' Writer Chris Morgan Producing 'Crime Of The Century' For Director Of 'Portal' Short Film

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 14, 2011 2:51 AM
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When you've written box office hits like "Wanted" and the last two installments of the successful "Fast and the Furious" series for the same studio, you definitely earn some clout. That's why 5-year old writer Chris Morgan is now making good on his two-year first-look deal with Universal Studios, who would probably be more than happy to produce another film with hopes of capturing some of Morgan's "Fast Five" success (especially since the studio isn't doing too well with blockbusters like "Cowboys & Aliens" of late).

Watch: A Haunted House Creeps Out Harry Potter In New Trailer For 'The Woman In Black'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 2:26 AM
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Like we said yesterday about Emma Watson stepping out boldly in her post-"Harry Potter" career, same goes for Daniel Radcliffe. The actor, who has done a couple of small films in between the 'Potter' pics and earned raves on stage in "Equus" and "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," is set to taking his first leading role now that he's all grown up, in the horror film "The Woman In Black."

'Pacific Rim' Will Arrive Two Months Earlier On May 10, 2013; 'Piranha 3DD' Bumped To 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 2:07 AM
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It seems no one wants to be a summer movie anymore, at least not in July 2013. Yesterday, "Thor 2" moved from its summer date to November 15, 2013 and now, another major movie is changing gears.

Oscar Isaac Scores The Lead In The Coen Brothers Folk Music Movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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If you've been paying attention, you probably already know that Oscar Isaac is poised to be a major star. The actor has already logged time with folks like Steven Soderbergh ("Che"), Ridley Scott ("Body Of Lies," "Robin Hood") and Alejandro Amenábar ("Agora") but 2011 is proving to be banner year. Of course, we don't need to tell you that even in his small role in "Drive" his presence impressed, and he even managed to come out smelling like roses as one of the few pleasures in the otherwise dreadful "Sucker Punch." And later this year, he'll be seen in Madonna's awards season baiter "W.E." Tony Gilroy wanted him to take the lead role in "The Bourne Legacy," but when that went to Jeremy Renner, he found the actor a meaty co-starring role instead. But now, Isaac is lining up what may just be the biggest role of his career.

Dave Franco Joins Team Of Thieves In 'Now You See Me'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 14, 2011 1:49 AM
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Back in February, "The Incredible Hulk" and "Clash of the Titans" director Louis Leterrier came aboard Summit Entertainment's intriguing heist picture "Now You See Me." Written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, and produced by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" writing/producing powerhouse team Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the project has since assembled a star-studded ensemble which includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent and Woody Harrelson.

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