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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.

Rade Sherbedgia Will Ruin Liam Neeson's Istanbul Vacation In 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 1:26 AM
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Oh shit, Bryan Mills is back and once again, some vaguely foreign types are gonna make him mad, and he will look for them, and will find them, and then, he will kill them with his special set of skills.

Review: Birding Bro-mance 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin, Jack Black & Owen Wilson Is A Lame Duck

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 14, 2011 1:21 AM
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It is, perhaps, too unkind to call "The Big Year" the perfect film to screen on a trans-oceanic plane flight whose compliment of passengers is made up solely of AARP Members. But we can think of no words of praise less slight and no words of condemnation more heated, so there it is. Inspired roughly by Mark Obmascik's non-fiction book of the same name, three fictional characters are our guides through the biggest event in American birdwatching, the annual competition to see the most North American birds in a year.

Watch: Michael Fassbender Wants To Play In First Trailer For 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 1:01 AM
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Sex, addiction, attraction, need, loneliness, fear, desire, connection, emptiness. There is so much to discover below the chilly surface of Steve McQueen's "Shame" that it's no wonder the film has been slaying critics and audiences during its fall festival run, which has seen the movie play Venice, Telluride, TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival and next the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema. Until now, unless you managed to catch one of those screenings, the only taste of the film has come from an array of stills and a couple of clips, but the first trailer, debuted at the Guardian, is a great sampler of what the movie has in store for viewers.
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Roger Avary To Direct Bret Easton Ellis' 'Glamorama' In 2012?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 13, 2011 12:12 PM
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The last time Roger Avary directed a film, it was in collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis. Together, the two of them were responsible for the hyperactive 2002 adaptation of "The Rules Of Attraction" and something of a spinoff in the mostly-improvisational "Glitterati" cut together from the extensive footage shot for Victor's European trip sequence. And how did that go? 'Attraction' pulled in less than $12 million worldwide, while "Glitterati" has only been seen by a handful of people and may never obtain any sort of release due to its pornographic content. So, naturally, Avary hasn't directed anything in almost a decade (not to mention his brief stint in jail). And in a perfect example of Hollywood logic, it looks like he'll return to directing with another collaboration with Ellis.

Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul & Milo Ventimiglia In The Mix To Play John McClane's Son In Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 11:50 AM
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Well, that didn't take long. Just one day after "A Good Day To Die Hard" got a new title and release date, the shortlist process has begun for the actor who helps Old Man McClane defeat some Russians as his son. And as it usually goes with this sort of thing, it's a grab bag bunch of folks.

Woody Allen Changes Confusing Title 'Bop Decameron' To Still Confusing 'Nero Fiddled'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 10:42 AM
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Oh, And It's Not Based On Boccaccio’s NovellasApparently, Woody Allen's forthcoming, Italy set "Bop Decameron" was too confusing for some people, so the jazz loving, Euro hopping director has gone ahead and changed it to something worse, and still baffling. His next movie will now be called: "Nero Fiddled."

'The Kids Are All Right' To Become A TV Series On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 10:24 AM
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The movie-to-TV train continues in full force this year and following in the footsteps of "The Transporter,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Anger Management” and most recently, "Source Code" another film -- albeit one quite different from this list -- is now getting the small screen treatment.

Horror Maestro Tom Savini Joins 'Django Unchained' As Elvis Brittle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 9:52 AM
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With Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz in the lead roles of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino can pretty much cast whoever the fuck he wants in the rest of the movie, so no surprise he's been favoring smaller/forgotten/veteran/cult names for the rest of the parts. And now he's added another.

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