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Bradley Cooper Won't Be 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 4:37 PM
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The wheels continue to turn on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." over at Warner Bros. with Bradley Cooper offered the role of American spy Napolean Solo and Joel Edgerton in talks for Ilya Kuryakin, it seems things were moving swimmingly along for the project as it had two leads that made both the director and the studio happy but, alas, one has fallen.

Jonah Hill Had To Turn Down 'Django Unchained' Due To Scheduling Conflicts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 3:33 PM
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Update: In smaller, but related "Django Unchained" news, Deadline reports that character actor Todd Allen ("The Postman," "The Apostle," "48 HRS") has also joined the cast of Tarantino's film.

Eddie Murphy Bails On Hosting The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Well, this is hardly a surprise and we kind of expected as much when Brett Ratner stepped down from producing the Oscars yesterday. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this afternoon Eddie Murphy has withdrawn from hosting the Oscars.

Review: 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' Is A Frantic, Expertly Knotty Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 9, 2011 2:00 PM
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"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is a direct sequel to the original "Elite Squad," which was a smart, byzantine thriller largely defined by its bright bursts of color and raw, unhinged momentum that Paul Greengrass would have probably defined as "a little intense." The original film followed Captain Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura, his jaw as sharp as an axe blade), a member of the elite tactical unit BOPE – kind of Rio de Janeiro's more militarized version of the SWAT team, and the only police group that the bad guys knew not to fuck with. While there were tangled threads of plot in the first film involving police corruption, raids on dangerous slums, and drug dealers' involvement in non-profit student groups, it chiefly focused on Nascimento training and implementing a worthy successor to his position. With a baby on the way, he wanted out. And he found the perfect person in Andre Matias (Andre Ramiro), a ramrod straight arrow who would resist corruption and ferret out criminal activity wherever it lay.

Alexander Payne Says 'Nebraska' Likely To Be Retitled, 'Wilson' Keeps Moving

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 1:36 PM
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With "The Descendants" in the bag, having done its festival tour of duty and likely headed right into some awards season recognition, Alexander Payne -- who hasn't helmed a feature length film since "Sideways" seven years ago -- isn't wasting anymore time and is quickly moving into his next feature.

DOC NYC '11 Review: Inspirational Football Documentary 'Undefeated' Scores A Touchdown

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 9, 2011 12:52 PM
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Watching inspirational movies is often like eating ice cream. While you're taking it in, it's sweet and immensely pleasurable, but as soon as you've reached the end, all that's left is an empty carton. Maybe we won't go as far as saying this kind of cinema is empty, but those swooned by "The Blind Side" or "The Help" have little to ruminate on after the underdog stories are well digested (aside from a vague, lingering 'Uh, was that racist?' sentiment). There is also something very artificial and manufactured, as those films pretended to capture life at its most passionate when they were both smartly manipulative pieces of melodrama.

Jay Duplass Talks Moving To The Mainstream At The 2011 Savannah Film Festival

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 9, 2011 12:00 PM
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After four films in six years, directing siblings Mark and Jay Duplass are slowly but steadily inching their way towards the mainstream – and simultaneously making the mainstream come to them. Their first two films, “The Puffy Chair” and “Baghead,” were completely independent, although “Baghead” secured distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, and then last year’s dramedy, “Cyrus” was funded and distributed by Fox Searchlight. In each subsequent film, they’ve attracted bigger and bigger talent, and in their next film, “Jeff Who Lives At Home,” no less than Jason Segel and Ed Helms play brothers who band together to track down Helms’ character’s wife.

Exclusive: Trailer For Rosa Karo's Award Winning 'The Italian Key'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:54 AM
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While you probably already know the familiar names of the big films that have conquered Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and TIFF this year, there are plenty more films that journey their way city to city, country to country, festival to festival charming audiences and picking up accolades that don't quite get the same attention as their starrier competition. But they are definitely worth tracking down, and one such film is Rosa Karo's "The Italian Key."

Pedro Almodovar Presents 'Law Of Desire' & Talks Life, Love & Art At AFI Fest 2011

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 9, 2011 11:12 AM
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On Monday night, AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodovar presented his 1987 film “La Ley del Deseo” (“Law of Desire”), a dreamy, melodramatic noir about lust, jealousy and violence, starring Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura and Eusebio Poncela. The presentation at Grauman’s Chinese Theater began with a series of clips from the past 25 years of films from El Deseo, the film company operated by Almodovar and his brother Agustin that has produced all of their films to date. During an entertaining Q and A with festival director Jacqueline Lyanga, Almodovar talked about the themes of his work, his influences, his working partnership with his brother and his longstanding relationships with actors. He also promised (and failed to deliver) on word that Antonio Banderas would "dance a tango almost naked for you."

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Makes Drugs Look Scary Again With Anti-Meth PSAs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:09 AM
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Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem For A Dream" is easily one of the most potent chronicles about the downward spiral of addiction, so who better to deliver a PSA about the horrors of meth use?

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