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Alice Eve Joins Breast Cancer Drama 'Decoding Annie Parker'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 4, 2011 11:37 AM
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After playing the role of “Hard 10” in “She’s Out of My League,” and having her entire “Sex and the City 2” subplot revolve around whether or not her character wore a bra, it’s nice to see Alice Eve take on a role that requires some acting. The British thespian has just signed on to “Decoding Annie Parker,” based on a true story in which Samantha Morton plays the titular role of Parker, a woman who gets cancer and tries to fight it alongside geneticist Mary Claire King (Helen Hunt), who ends up discovering a gene linked to breast cancer. Eve will play a former friend of Parker, who has an affair with her husband, causing them to divorce.

The Weinstein Company Line Up Oscar Hopeful For Next Year, Close In On 'Song For Marion'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 11:22 AM
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Back in July, after taking a look at the script for Britflick "Song for Marion" which, at the time, was just about to start shooting with stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton, we wrote "If we were Harvey Weinstein we’d be snapping up the rights immediately; undoubtedly reminiscent of films like 'Brassed Off,' 'The Full Monty' and 'Calendar Girls,' with a little Mike Leigh thrown in, it’s rather lovely, and in places very funny, but Williams also brings emotion that’s perhaps more raw than similar films to the table. Mark our words, given the giant success of the choir-based 'Glee,' it’s got all the makings of a major sleeper hit, and Stamp has the kind of role that stinks of Oscar."

Christoph Waltz Won't Talk About His Role In 'Django Unchained,' Not Even After The Film Is Made

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 4, 2011 11:05 AM
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Christoph Waltz can be an intimidating presence, both on screen and off. Best known for his unforgettable, steely-eyed Oscar-winning performance as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds,” in person, Waltz conveys the same intensity and sharp focus. Sporting a thick salt and pepper beard and offering a firm handshake, The Playlist spoke to Waltz this week as he spoke with press for Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” which opens December 16th. As you already know, Waltz will soon head to New Orleans for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” in which he will play a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, who teams with the titular slave on a mission of vengeance.

First Look At Helena Bonham Carter As Miss Havisham In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 10:46 AM
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No, This Is Not A Tim Burton Production

'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 10:23 AM
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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'
Despite the (somewhat unfair) criticisms lobbed at "The Help," its director Tate Taylor has walked away smiling. Disney's movie powered its way to over $175 million worldwide and lest you think that number was padded out by foreign tickets, guess again -- 90% of that figure is domestic (no pun intended). Clearly winning over audiences in a big way, and with Oscar nominations a strong possibility for both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor could pretty much do anything he wants. And it looks like he might want to make a total gear change for his next effort, pairing up with another talent who is very hot right now.

Review: 'The Other F Word' A Disappointingly Thin Look At Punk Rock Dads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 10:03 AM
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First Reviews Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Are Lukewarm, But Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Praise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 9:42 AM
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This week has finally seen some of the awards season's last big question marks unspool, with early (although vaguely unofficial) screenings of "War Horse" and "Young Adult" taking place (the latter has been conducting a series of pop-up showings around the country). And perhaps the most intriguing, at least because of the degree to which the cards have been held close to the chest, is this year's AFI Festival opener, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar." The veteran actor/director is coming off a patchy recent run, with last year's "Hereafter" arguably his worst ever directorial effort, and the film had remained unscreened for anybody, despite opening next Wednesday.

First Reviews Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Are Lukewarm, But Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Praise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 9:42 AM
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This week has finally seen some of the awards season's last big question marks unspool, with early (although vaguely unofficial) screenings of "War Horse" and "Young Adult" taking place (the latter has been conducting a series of pop-up showings around the country). And perhaps the most intriguing, at least because of the degree to which the cards have been held close to the chest, is this year's AFI Festival opener, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar." The veteran actor/director is coming off a patchy recent run, with last year's "Hereafter" arguably his worst ever directorial effort, and the film had remained unscreened for anybody, despite opening next Wednesday.
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Flaming Nipples & 50 Minutes Of Lost/Deleted Scenes To Appear On Forthcoming 'Blue Velvet' Blu-Ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 9:22 AM
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It's amazing how time flies. It was in January that David Lynch first tipped off that a treasure trove of deleted scenes and lost footage from his classic 1986 psycho-drama "Blue Velvet" had been unearthed. And as the Guardian details, these scenes may have been lost forever were it not for the persistence of an MGM staffer who kept up a search for the footage.

Keira Knightley Being Pursued For 'Akira' & Gary Oldman Wanted For 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 8:57 AM
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With "Harry Potter" ending this summer, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy coming to a close in 2012, and "Green Lantern" proving a weak start to the DC heroes that the studio hoped would see them through the next few years, Warner Bros. are branching out a bit in their hunt for future franchises. Their hopes for 2013 might include Superman reboot "Man of Steel" and Spartan sequel "300: Battle of Artemesia," but neither are quite home runs, and they're joined by fresh starters like Guillermo Del Toro's giant monster movie "Pacific Rim" and period witch-hunting flick "The Seventh Son," with Sam Claflin and Jeff Bridges.

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