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Nick Frost The Final Dwarf In Universal's Suddenly Awesome 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 8:03 AM
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While Universal may have lost the release date battle against Relativity for their competing Snow White films, they may have very well won the war. Time will tell, but while Tarsem is currently very, very busy filming his movie and hoping to make it in time for its spring release, Universal has calmly cast up "Snow White and the Huntsman" and fuck, if we didn't care before, we're definitely on board now.

Joaquin Phoenix Attached To Star In Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman's Untitled Satire

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 7:35 AM
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Film Now Has A Home At Warner Bros.Bravo, Joaquin Phoenix, bravo. After effectively putting himself into the wilderness following the faux/mock-doc "I'm Still Here," he is marking his comeback by choosing a variety of fantastic projects. He's currently filming Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," he's going to reteam with James Gray on the period drama "Low Life," and now he's lined up another outstanding project.

'Battle: Los Angeles' Director Jonathan Liebesman Sets Up 'Patton'-Esque Julius Caesar Pic At WB

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 7:18 AM
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Say what you will about the quality of "Battle: Los Angeles" or "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," but with those films bringing in $202 million and $51 million, respectively worldwide (the latter on a slim budget of $16 million), the bottom line is that even if critics don't get with director Jonathan Liebesman, audiences seem to. And with "Clash of the Titans 2" around the corner, Warner Bros. want to make sure they stay in the Liebesman business.

Watch: Harrison Ford Growls In Clip From 'Cowboys & Aliens' While Zoe Saldana Lights Up 'Colombiana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 6:29 AM
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A couple of clips for some movies coming your way very soon, so let's get crackin'.

Will Vincent Cassel Fall Under Danny Boyle's 'Trance'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 5:39 AM
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It's an offer story! So don't put too much in this yet as it just means some phone calls are being made and not much else. But still, when it comes something like Danny Boyle's forthcoming "Trance," we suppose we'll have to take updates where we can.

Watch: Trailer For Sean Penn's Weird Goth Holocaust Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 4:30 AM
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So, here's the skinny: in Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Il Divo," he cast Sean Penn as a (seemingly) barely functioning goth rocker who finds out his father he hasn't seen in 30 years is dead and then goes on a road trip to find the SS Officer who made his life hell when he was imprisoned at Auschwitz.

'Gossip Girl' Chace Crawford Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 4:06 AM
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'Children's Hospital' & 'Human Giant' Star Rob Huebel Also JoinsOh no, it's happening again. This writer fell down the weirdly compelling rabbit hole of casting on "New Year's Eve" and that same feeling of obsession is now creeping for "What To Expect When You're Expecting." Somehow random cast ensembles are my porn. Anyway, taking narrative cues from "Love Actually" and "Valentine's Day," the film actually tracks four different couples on their various journeys to parenthood and it is assembling a huge ensemble to tell the tale.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Interrupters' The New Documentary From The Director Of 'Hoop Dreams'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 3:38 AM
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It has been over 15 years since Steve James delivered his beautiful and heartbreaking documentary, "Hoop Dreams." A powerful look at the lives of two high school boys who are working on making it to the NBA, James' sensitive film didn't just focus on the journey of his subjects but also opened the lens to the impact their goals had on their families and on the community as a whole. The film initially flew under the radar but was tirelessly championed by Siskel & Ebert and it has since earned the rightfully deserved status of one of the best documentaries of all time. Since then, James has directed a handful of films -- the narrative feature "Prefontaine" and the docs "Stevie" and "Reel Paradise" among them -- none have been met with same buzz as "Hoop Dreams," but that may all change.

NYAFF Reviews: 'Milocrorze', 'Love And Loathing And Lulu And Ayano' & 'The Seaside Motel'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 13, 2011 3:20 AM
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“Milocrorze: A Love Story”Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s hyperactive ode to the destructive power of romance is all things at once -- focused on three narratives, “Milocrorze” attempts to encapsulate the crushing defeat of male romance as if it was exclusive to one sex. The picture is book-ended with a boy’s (later a man’s) crush on the immaculate Milocrorze, a woman of no discerning traits who appears to have storybook beauty and, for the sake of his fantasies, might as well walk on water. The tone is set for the rest of the film by making her an object of pursuit with no particular personality -- whether you’ll accept the film or not relies on how much you’re willing to accept this. Given that 90% of all Hollywood films are guilty of the same crime, it’s a bitter pill but one that we’ve all swallowed at one point.
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Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Deborah Ann Woll, Elliott Gould & Chris Messina Join 'He Loves Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 3:11 AM
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'The Daily Show' Correspondent Aasif Mandvi Also Circling A RoleIt says something about directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, that half a decade since they rocked the indie movie world with "Little Miss Sunshine," that they are able to assemble the kind of cast they have lined up for "He Loves Me." Written by actress Zoe Kazan, the project is a meta-strange sounding road-trip film that centers on Calvin (Paul Dano) a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. As the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block, he ends up willing her into existence. Annette Bening is also on board as Calvin's concerned and artistic Mom. It's a concept worthy of Charlie Kaufman and ripe with potential so no wonder this thing is packing itself full of stars.

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