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Ellen Page Will Be Alexander Skarsgård's Former Lover In ‘The East’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 7:01 AM
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We'll say this for Ellen Page, she's not following anyone's playbook. After breaking out in a big way thanks to "Juno," the actress stuck it out (mostly) with smaller films, taking on roles in "Smart People," "Whip It" and "Peacock." Of course, you don't ignore the phone when Christopher Nolan comes calling, but while she starred in last year's "Inception," she followed it up with low-budget indie superhero spoof "Super." And after spending the summer tossing around bon mots with Woody Allen in Italy for "Bop Decameron," Page continues to seek out interesting work rather than just play the girlfriend/secretary/hipster in some studio rom-com.

French Actress Bérénice Marlohe Latest Name Rumored As New Bond Girl For 'James Bond 23'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 6:25 AM
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Presumably, official "James Bond 23" news will be coming any day now since the movie is about a year away from hitting theaters, but until then rumors will continue to swirl.

Review: 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!' Is A Surprisingly Toothless Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 29, 2011 6:02 AM
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Nick Broomfield is a British documentarian with a reputation for being boldly unafraid to ruffle people’s feathers. In films like “Biggie & Tupac” and, most notoriously, “Kurt and Courtney,” he seemed unconcerned with the status quo (or possibly lawsuits), making inflammatory claims and taking part in gleeful provocation, a welcome change of pace from the overtly mannered realm of current documentary filmmaking. Which makes “Sarah Palin: You Betcha!,” his new film about America’s one-time potential Vice President and former Governor of Alaska, so odd – it’s boring, toothless, and genial. Anyone (like me) smacking their gums in anticipation of the pointed evisceration Palin would receive from the guy who not-so-subtly suggested Courtney Love engineered Kurt Cobain’s death is going to be sorely disappointed.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg Gets Pulled Back Into The Life In Gritty, Familiar 'Contraband' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 5:37 AM
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Ruh roh. Mark Wahlberg is getting pulled back into DA LIFE. If you ever wondered what a Liam Neeson thriller mashed up with your average Jason Statham movie -- with a much better cast -- would look like, here's "Contraband" to give you an idea.

Jeff Nichols Talks About His Trust In Sony Pictures Classics & 'Take Shelter''s Memorable Ending

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 29, 2011 5:04 AM
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And More From The Cast & Filmmaker Of The Apocalyptic DramaLady luck is currently showing Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols her pearly whites. Though his strong debut feature "Shotgun Stories" took years to complete and be unleashed into the world, his sophomore effort "Take Shelter" was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before they even saw a cut. In addition to that, its two principal players, Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, are having a banner year and are quickly rising to household name-status. To top it all off, the filmmaker is already lensing his next feature, "Mud," in addition to writing yet another movie. Needless to say, Nichols is very busy and in demand.

Review: 'Tucker & Dale' The Hillbilly Horror Buddy Comedy You Never Knew You Wanted

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • September 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review prior to the VOD release. The film hits theaters in limited release starting Friday, September 30th.
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Tom Everett Scott To Hook Up With Marisa Tomei In 'Us & Them' With Billy Crystal & Bette Midler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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It has been nearly a decade since funnyman Billy Crystal has appeared on screen in a movie (and we'll overlook his cameo in "The Tooth Fairy"), seemingly perfectly content to just do voice work ("Cars," "Howl's Moving Castle") or appear in viral videos. But there is only so long you can keep somebody like Crystal away from a movie set. He's set to cameo in "The Muppets" later this year, he apparently pops up in Jonas Åkerlund's "Small Apartments" and, of course, he'll be bringing Mike Wazowski back to life in "Monsters University." But his first big starring role since "Analyze That" will be in "Us & Them" with Bette Midler and Bailee Madison, and now a couple more folks are along for the ride.

Fantastic Fest Review: 'Sleepless Night' A Deceptively Simple Thriller That Packs A Punch

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 29, 2011 3:59 AM
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Containment thrillers can often be limited by the landscape of their locale, but in the French film “Sleepless Night,” the nightclub where corrupt cop Vincent (Tomer Sisley) races to rescue his son is expansive enough to make it seem like a mini-mall. Writer-director Frederic Jardin somehow manages to squeeze every last drop of claustrophobia from the massive, multilevel building, even after he’s filled it wall-to-wall with clubgoers, diners, socialites, and especially the odd assortment of cops and crooks who all have a stake in Vincent’s future. Although it’s quite deservedly scheduled for an American remake via the folks at Warner Brothers, “Sleepless Night” is the kind of entertainment that requires little translation to succeed, as its characters and story are so cleanly and cleverly designed that they would work in virtually any language.

Like Father, Like Son: Lil' Eazy E Says He'll Play His Father In N.W.A. Biopic

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 29, 2011 3:38 AM
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Brandon Cronenberg, Son Of David, Set For Feature Directorial Debut 'Antiviral'While the director's chair has yet to be filled for "Straight Outta' Compton," the biopic on the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A., it sounds like casting for the project might be already creating a stir, particularly in the hip hop world.

Callan McAuliffe, Young Leo DiCaprio In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' Joins 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Star Diego Boneta Looked At To Play 'Adam'Hollywood is about to get Old Testament on this shit. Having presumably exhausted comic books, fairy tales and board games as sources of inspiration for their tentpoles, the big studios are going Biblical in search of the next big thing. Francis Lawrence is working on a futuristic take on "Samson and Delilah," Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner are looking to face off as David & Goliath, there are a pair of films about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee in the works, one of which is from Mel Gibson, and overnight it appeared that Warner Bros is trying to court Steven Spielberg to direct Moses flick "Gods and Kings."

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