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Martin Scorsese's Unfinished 'Hugo' Is An Enchanting Fairytale & Affectionate Loveletter To Cinema

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  • October 11, 2011 3:51 AM
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Filmmaker Introduces Work-In-Progress 3D Film At Surprise New York Film Festival ScreeningWhat else could it have been? When Monday's New York Film Festival "secret" screening was announced last week, speculation went into overdrive. Most missed the fact that the picture would be a 2011 release which greatly narrowed down the field. Clint Eastwood's "J.Edgar"? The NYFF/Eastwood relationship is a close one, but the picture is already promised to the AFI festival in early November. David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was another big theory, but that film's still in the editing room. That left either Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" or one of Steven Spielberg's fall pictures, but considering Scorsese already debuted his George Harrison doc this month, it seemed rather obvious, even before the secret was unveiled this afternoon.

'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels To Direct Untitled LGBT Showtime Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 3:49 AM
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Director Lee Daniels continues to spend his post-"Precious" time stacking up projects. He's finally at work on his next full length picture, "The Paperboy" after his MLK project couldn't get off the ground due to financing and a lack of support from the civil rights leader's estate. As it goes for many high profile directors these days, television is proving to be a new and fertile creative ground, and for Daniels that's no less true.

Contest Giveaway: 'Sophia Loren Award Collection' & 'Great Italian Directors Collection' Boxsets

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 3:15 AM
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Need a break from the awards season movies and fall blockbusters vying for your eyeballs and your dollars? How about some classic Italian cinema instead? Hitting stores today is the "Sophia Loren Award Collection" on BluRay and the "Great Italian Directors Collection" on DVD, and they should definitely scratch your itch for foreign cinema. Both sets are excellent collections featuring some great classics. The Sophia Loren set boasts three Vittorio De Sica films in high-definition including "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," "Sunflower" and "Marriage Italian Style" along with the omnibus "Boccaccio '70" with the box rounded out by a documentary on the life and legacy of director Vittorio De Sica.

'Weekend' Director Andrew Haigh Developing L.A.-Set Follow-Up 'Simon Is Waiting' With Film4

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2011 2:57 AM
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We're literally about to head out the door to the BFI London Film Festival press screening of "Weekend," the second feature by British director Andrew Haigh, and we're firmly looking forward to it; ever since its premiere at SXSW earlier in the year, the indie gay romance has picked up glowing reviews, including ours, and has been doing quite nicely at the U.S. box office since it opened a few weeks back. It's definitely launched Haigh, a former assistant editor who worked on the likes of "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down", into the consciousness of film fans, and coincidentally, this morning brings news of his next project.

Anna Kendrick & Terrence Howard Are Part Of 'The Company You Keep' With Robert Redford

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:44 AM
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Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott & 11 Year-Old 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Jackie Evancho Round Out CastThe way it probably works with Robert Redford is that he calls you up, says he wants you for his movie and then you just ask when and where to show up. Quickly following up his musty Abe Lincoln assassination legal drama "The Conspirator," Redford is going behind the camera for the thriller "The Company You Keep." It will also mark his first onscreen appearance since 2007's "Lions For Lambs," and yes, this one has a political backbone to it as well.

Sequel To 1999 Taye Diggs Comedy 'The Best Man' Is Happening For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:39 AM
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Listen, we get it. It's far easier for studios to develop spinoffs, sequels and prequels based on pre-existing characters and franchises rather than (god forbid) throwing money behind original, new ideas. But even with that knowledge, Hollywood can still surprise us as Deadline reports that Universal is getting a sequel to the 1999 Taye Diggs comedy "The Best Man" underway. Yeah, we don't remember that movie either and we're not sure anybody is asking for new one, but whatever, right?

VIFF '11: Johnnie To's 'Life Without Principle' An Uneven, All Too Familiar Financial Crisis Drama

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 11, 2011 2:16 AM
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While movies are primarily considered a form of entertainment, they do have the ability to inform, especially to a mass audience. But that’s a slippery slope. All too easily, the audience can be taken right out of the story if things get too didactic. We at the secret Playlist headquarters (which is, naturally, surrounded by a piranha-filled moat where we toss in haters of the movie “Drive”) tend to like our cinema focused more on organic storytelling, not issue-driven diatribes.

Watch: 'The Avengers' Trailer Promises An Exciting Superhero Battle Royale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:02 AM
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We have to admit, the opening moments of this trailer had us worried with the ominous BRAAAAHM sound design and initial footage looking like "Rise Of The Inception Battle For Transformers In Los Angeles" but once it settles in, the first full trailer for "The Avengers" makes it look like the film will deliver the goods.

Writer Alex Garland & Director Pete Travis Say Everything Is Fine With 'Dredd'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 2:00 AM
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Just a few days ago, the forthcoming reboot/new vision on "Dredd" became the subject of some ugly advance word. Reports surfaced that director Pete Travis was effectively being locked out of the editing bay, that reshoots were possibly in the works and most surprising of all, that writer Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") was leading the charge behind the closed doors to get the film put together and was even going to see a co-director credit for his effort. The news was dispiriting for a film that promised fanboys an R-rated gritty take on the hero, but in a statement to 24 Frames released by Garland and Travis, they say everything is fine, without addressing any of the specifics surrounding the post-production of the movie at all:

Robert Downey Jr. Says Some Elements Of 'Iron Man 2' Were "Dissatisfying And Disappointing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 1:41 AM
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There is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.'s career is marked by two phases: before "Iron Man," and everything else after. Landing the lead role in the Marvel film was the validation of the actor's comeback and forgiveness from Hollywood. He had put his bad-boy ways behind him and proved to everyone he still had the goods in a string of films including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Zodiac" and "A Scanner Darkly" before Jon Favreau came calling, wanting to place him in a metal suit to fight bad guys. The result of the marriage? Over $585 million in ticket sales worldwide, the birth of a new franchise and RDJ's ascension to the A-list (you can bet the success of "Iron Man" led Warner Bros. to confidently cast him as "Sherlock Holmes"). Now set to receive the 25th American Cinematheque Award, and looking back on his films with the LA Times, RDJ admits what everyone else already knows: "Iron Man 2" didn't live up to its predecessor.

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