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Weekend Box Office: 'Real Steel' Takes Number One, Looks More Like Imitation Scrap

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2011 5:48 AM
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There are only a handful of stars in Hollywood, and Dreamworks gambled on Hugh Jackman being one of them for “Real Steel.” While the picture is hitting number one with a $27 million tally, it’s clear they may have erred. Dreamworks and Disney were very aggressive in marketing this robot boxing movie, but they made three huge mistakes.

NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Pina’ Is A Gorgeously Photographed, Three-Dimensional Sleeping Pill

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 9, 2011 5:30 AM
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It’s strange to be truly startled and taken aback by the powerful effects of properly utilized 3D not in some Hollywood blockbuster where half of a major Midwestern American city is blown to smithereens by giant transforming robots, but during a quiet, understated, impressionistic documentary/tribute to influential German choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch (directed by Wim Wenders, no less). In fact, this might be the most amazingly you-are-there use of the technology since James Cameron landed us on Pandora. It’s just that, along with the fantastical visas and bounding, leaping, protruding dancers, you wish that the movie were more than just pretty. Sadly, it’s not. And boring is boring, even while wearing silly plastic specs.

Cliff Martinez Got His Big Break In Film Scoring From 'Pee Wee's Playhouse'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • October 9, 2011 5:00 AM
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'Contagion' & 'Drive' Composer Talks Working With Soderbergh, Nicolas Winding Refn & Possibly Working On 'Only God Forgives'When we last sat down with composer Cliff Martinez, the Matthew McConaughey-starring "Lincoln Lawyer" was his last work, and the film, and score, were both warmly received. Mr. Martinez, familiar to fans of Steven Soderbergh for scoring several outstanding films in the director's filmography, including his standout score for "Solaris", was generous enough to sit down with us again - with two very well received films now in theaters (Soderbergh's "Contagion" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive"), we talked about his first foray into composing, meeting Soderbergh, and just what is going with Refn's project "Only God Forgives."1. His first composing gig was doing music for "Pee Wee's Playhouse", the TV show.Already fascinated with music technology in the early 80s, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Martinez's brush with what would become a cornerstone of his composing career was seemingly fated. "I was recording the first Chili Peppers album and the producer, Andy Gill, walked into the room with a Lynn drum machine and he said 'Cliff, why don’t you check this out, maybe you’d like to program a few beats,'" says Martinez. "And I felt like I was holding in my hands the device that was going to replace me and all drummers, and from that moment I was turning into a dinosaur and I had to evolve or die."

U.K. Trailer And (Relatively) New Poster For Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 9, 2011 4:00 AM
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With the theatrical window of "Contagion" still wrapping up as we speak, we can now start to turn our attention to the next directorial effort of Steven Soderbergh; the prolific helmer's female-driven actioner "Haywire" starring former MMA-star Gina Carano is already in the can (and, having shot before "Contagion," has been for a while) and awaiting its January unveiling.
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Juno Temple Talks 'Dirty Girl,' First-Time Directors And Her Upcoming Indie Projects

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2011 3:30 AM
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She's already becoming an increasingly familiar face, but the next twelve months or so should see Juno Temple become pretty much inescapable. She's got roles from indies "Small Apartments" and "The Brass Teapot" to blockbusters "The Three Musketeers" and, of course, "The Dark Knight Rises." But first up for the 22-year-old British-born actress is "Dirty Girl," which opened on Friday, and stars the actress, along with Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy and Dwight Yoakam, in a 80s-set comedy about a promiscuous teen who runs away with her gay classmate to find her birth father.

NYFF '11 Review: Bela Tarr's Swan Song 'The Turin Horse' Is Despairing But Unforgettable

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 9, 2011 3:00 AM
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If the name Béla Tarr rings any sort of bell in your head, chances are you've already formed an unwavering opinion of his work. He hasn't exactly shaken up his approach since 1988's "Damnation" (that said, this writer -- probably like most -- isn't familiar with his crop of '90s short films), and if despairing (yet deeply moving) minimalist films composed of stark black-and-white single takes doesn't tickle your fancy, this film won't change your mind.

Idiot Woman Sues Distributor Of 'Drive' Because It Wasn't 'Fast Five'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 9, 2011 2:37 AM
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We've all had that feeling where we walk out of a movie and realize that we've been sold something quite different from the finished product. It's particularly prevalent with more "difficult"' projects; distributors will play up the sexier, genre-led elements in order to bring in the crowds. It's a fact of advertising, and one that most people are accepting of -- we've certainly never been left particularly angry by a trailer that feints one way, and a movie that goes another. In a world where so few surprises are left, it can actually be kind of exciting. But not for Sarah Deming.

Badly Drawn Boy To Reunite With Paul Weitz To Score 'Another Bullshit Night In Suck City'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 9, 2011 1:00 AM
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Cliff Martinez To Score Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage'After successfully collaborating for the Hugh Grant/Nicholas Hoult-led drama "About A Boy," singer-songwriter Damon Gough -- better known by his stage name, Badly Drawn Boy -- has re-teamed with helmer Paul Weitz for his upcoming adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoirs "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City."

Exclusive: James Edward Barker Signs On To Score Documentary 'The Bachelor King 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2011 12:30 PM
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Signs Soundtrack Deal With Movie Score MediaU.K.
 composer James
 Edward 
Barker 
has
 signed
 on to
 score 
the 
SKY
 3D
 and 
IMAX
 release
 of "The 
Bachelor 
King 3D." 
The 
film
, a documentary about penguins in South Georgia, will 
be
 narrated 
by 
Sir 
David 
Attenborough
 and 
is 
produced
 by
 Anthony 
Geffen’s
 Atlantic 
Pictures,
 the
 same
 team
 behind
 the
 BAFTA
 award
 winning 
"Flying
 With
 Monsters." The 
film
 will 
premiere
 on 
SKY 
3D at
 the
 end
 of
 the
 year
 and
 is
 then
 due
 for
 release
 in
 IMAX
 cinemas
 and
 a
 subsequent 
national
 theatrical
 release 
in 
the
 U.K. 
in 
early 
2012.

Tom Cruise Circling Doug Liman's Sci-Fi Actioner 'We Mortals Are' (Formerly 'All You Need Is Kill')

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 8, 2011 10:09 AM
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Tom Cruise is on the comeback trail in a big way. The star, for nearly two decades Hollywood's untouchable golden boy, has had a rough half-decade, grabbing the wrong kind of headlines for some bizarre public behavior and starring in a string of domestic disappointments; "Lions for Lambs," "Valkyrie" and last year's "Knight & Day" (although the latter two managed impressive overseas hauls).

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