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Sean Durkin And Elizabeth Olsen Discuss The Optimism At The Heart Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 18, 2011 4:06 AM
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From the mind of Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an unsettling and stunning experience (check out our Sundance review). The film follows the dual narrative of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a young girl who becomes absorbed into a small cult community, only to escape to the confines of her sister’s lake house. As we see both parts of this story run parallel, we discover that Martha may not be ready to assimilate back into society, as she quarrels with her sister and her sister's husband, unable to understand what could be considered a “right” way to behave. Meanwhile, we also are given a window into her life on the cult commune led by the creepily magnetic Patrick played by John Hawkes.

James Cameron Tours Future Site of 'Avatar' Land In Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2011 3:59 AM
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When it was announced almost a month ago today that Disney would partner with James Cameron to bring the seventies prog-rock album cover world of "Avatar" to its various international theme parks, beginning with Florida's Animal Kingdom park in 2014, the news was met with some confusion and a healthy dose of skepticism. Why would Disney, which has a whole host of franchises and properties that could easily be outfitted for the parks, seek an outside partner? And would the appeal of "Avatar," even with two sequels in the pipeline, continue for decades to come (a necessity given the expense and expansiveness of the project)?

By Sea, Land & Air: It's The New Trailer For ‘The Adventures Of Tintin’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 3:55 AM
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"Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical" "...simply amazing...""...visually alive...""...lovingly detailed..."

Watch: 3 Clips From Tony Kaye's Classroom Drama 'Detachment' Starring Adrien Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 3:40 AM
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Update: Clips have been moved at the request of the Tribeca Films and Paper Street Films.

Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave & Mélanie Laurent Join Bille August's 'Night Train To Lisbon'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 3:23 AM
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Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, August Diehll & Jack Huston Also In CastFor a man with two Palme d'Ors and a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, we don't hear much from Danish filmmaker Bille August these days. The "Pelle the Conqueror" director has only made two films in the last decade, potboiler thriller "Return to Sender," with Aidan Quinn, which we had no idea existed, and Nelson Mandela biopic "Goodbye Bafana," which similarly disappeared without a trace. But he's got a Danish picture "The Passion of Marie" coming next year, and his name still clearly holds enough sway to get an impressive cast for his film after that.

Scott Derrickson To Direct Charlize Theron In Remake Of Dutch Horror Film 'Zwart Water'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 3:01 AM
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For a brief moment, it seemed as if Charlize Theron was going to be struck hard by the Oscar curse. Following "Monster," she hit a bit of rough patch. Yes, she was nominated for "North Country" but the film didn't exactly make waves with audiences. "Æon Flux" was nothing short of a disaster, and "In The Valley Of Elah" and "Battle In Seattle" weren't quite received as well as the filmmakers might have hoped. However, the actress is set to make a big leap back into public view. Later this year she'll make another run at Oscar with a starring role in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" and 2012 finds her back in tentpole territory with two mega projects: Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and the fairy tale movie "Snow White And The Huntsman." So forgive us if we think the actress can do much better than a tread through horror remake territory.

VIFF '11: 'Elena' Is A Dramatic Masterwork From Russian Director Andrey Zvyagintsev

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 2:57 AM
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For this writer, there are fewer things in cinema more satisfying than a filmmaker in total control of their story. Sure, we love the visceral thrill of a well-choreographed, impeccably staged action sequence as much as the next red-blooded human being. And there’s the perfect combination of song/score over moving images, blissful moments heightened through all the tools available in the medium. But then there are those rare moments when a film has just begun, and the feeling sets in immediately that you’re in good hands; that no matter what happens in this film, you can trust the filmmaker has thought everything through and knows what he or she is doing. It’s a good feeling. Comforting even. But it’s rare.

Shia LaBeouf To Play A 20-Foot-Tall Man-Child in 'A Giant'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 18, 2011 2:41 AM
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Anyone remember the 2009 sci-fi family-friendly "City Of Ember" starring, among others, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray? We barely do either but that film was the sophomore directorial effort of Gil Kenan that somewhat halted his career after 2006's animated flick "Monster House."

William Monahan Reveals His Idea For A 'Departed' Sequel & Says 'Gambler' Remake Will Change Setting

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 18, 2011 2:20 AM
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U.S. Trailer For 'London Boulevard' Arrives; Also Says He'll Channel Frank Miller For 'Sin City 2'Despite only five films next to his name, William Monahan is one of the most renowned writers in Hollywood. After taking home the Oscar for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" half a decade a ago, Monahan now has his hands on more projects than you can shake a stick at. He recently spoke at length to Collider about his upcoming slate namely the long-gestating, much-talked-about sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," which he recently came on board to rewrite.

'Transformers 4 & 5' May Shoot Back-To-Back, Jason Statham Being Eyed As New Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 2:06 AM
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Michael Bay May Come Back To DirectWhen it was reported earlier today that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner was already talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about an (inevitable) "Transformers 4" details were vague, but some new intel has cropped up and clearly, neither the toymaker or the studio are fucking around.

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