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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.

Review: 'Father of Invention' A Mere Fabrication Of A Better Film

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • November 4, 2011 1:02 AM
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Sam Mendes' James Bond Film Officially Titled 'Skyfall,' Movie Is A Stand-Alone Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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First Synopsis Suggest That Judi Dench's M Will Be Front-And-CenterUpdate: The official Bond twitter account, @007, have revealed the first synopsis for the project, which reads: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." It certainly backs up the idea that it's a stand-alone tale, and suggests a bigger role for Dench, as Bond's superior M, than ever before. Intriguing stuff...

Kal Penn Says He Doesn't Consider The 'Harold & Kumar' Films To Be Stoner Movies

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 3, 2011 11:57 AM
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Since “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” was released in 2004, much has happened to both of its stars, Kal Penn and John Cho, but Penn’s career trajectory in particular took some genuinely unexpected turns. In addition to playing a villainous henchman in “Superman Returns,” a teenage terrorist on “24,” and a sports medicine specialist on “House,” in 2009 he became Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which took him out of Hollywood and put him in a political spotlight. Amazingly, it was another installment of the series that gave him his breakthrough, entitled “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” which prompted his return to acting. But at the Los Angeles press day for the film, Penn told The Playlist he wasn’t worried how playing a mischievous pothead might reflect negatively upon the prestige of his work in Washington, D.C.

'X-Men: The Last Stand' Writer Simon Kinberg Hired To Write 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 11:46 AM
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Just to show that studio thinking is not really ever easily understood, this summer's "X-Men: First Class" was not only one of the better superhero movies of the summer, it also was a big relief to fans who saw the franchise on the verge of collapsing after Fox fumbled with both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," widely regarded as two of the worst entries in the series. But Matthew Vaughn, along with a crack cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, delivered a clever, involving, and gritty origin story reboot of sorts with 'First Class.' One that took the superheroes back to their '60s beginnings, and pitted them against a real life threat, giving the movie the kind of raised stakes realness, that none of the other movies could claim to have. So you would think that it would just be a no brainer to bring back the same creative team as the first film to ensure a repeat success for the sequel, but it isn't that easy.

Darren Aronofsky To Direct Video For Metallica/Lou Reed Track "Iced Honey"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 10:20 AM
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Will Probably Look Great, Sound AwfulWith "Noah" not set to film until next year, and now probably looking for a new leading man since Christian Bale is gonna spend his 2012 tossing back brews with Terrence Malick as they embark on two films together, Darren Aronofsky is likely looking to keep his directing skills a well oiled machine, so what the hell, he's just gonna go direct a video for Metallica and Lou Reed.

First Look At Bill Murray Not Ghostbusting As Franklin Delano Roosevelt In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 9:44 AM
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That's right. Peter Venkman is getting all presidential on us. In case you forgot, Bill Murray has gone ahead and done something more interesting than reading the "Ghostbusters 3" script, taking the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming period piece "Hyde Park On Hudson."

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