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'Pulp Fiction' Writer Roger Avary To Pen Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'Sanctuary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 5:12 AM
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It's been a while since we've heard anything about Roger Avary, the Academy Award winning co-writer of "Pulp Fiction" and there's a reason why. In 2009 he was sentenced to a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, following a car crash which killed Avary's best friend, Andreas Zini. In July of last year, he finished up his sentence and now it looks like he's getting back to work.

Mia Maestro Will Play Benicio Del Toro's Bitter Soccer Mom Wife In Oliver Stone's 'Savages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 4:33 AM
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What darkness lurks beneath the happy smiling faces of soccer Moms? In Oliver Stone's "Savages," it's the residue of a former gangland life.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Looks Pretty Epic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 4:08 AM
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Update: The official, English-language version is now embedded after the jump.

Five Louis Malle Films You Should Know

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 29, 2011 3:45 AM
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Driven by a fierce intellectual curiosity that would find the filmmaker hungrily roving from subject to subject, both in the narrative sense and the journalistic one (he shot around ten documentaries in his career), French filmmaker Louis Malle was a cinematic explorer who turned over various and many stones.

Exclusive: 'Page One' TV Spot Promises An Inside Look At The New York Times

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 3:26 AM
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With the ability to grab news from feeds on Twitter, Facebook and countless other social media and web sites, the print and paper outlets of old have found themselves in street fight to retain readership and relevance in this new digital age. And among them all, there is no institution as storied or respected as the New York Times, and Andrew Rossi‘s eye-opening and entertaining “Page One: Inside the New York Times” is a peek behind the curtain at the last bastion of serious news journalism.
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Warner Bros Moving Forward With 'Carter Beats The Devil,' Wants Johnny Depp To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 3:03 AM
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Plus 5 Directors Who Could End Up With The GigGlen David Gold's 2002 novel "Carter Beats The Devil" is something close to a masterpiece: following a famous stage magician, Charles Carter, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy after the death of President Warren G. Harding, it's a hugely exciting, terrifically-plotted, beautifully-written book, full of thrills and tragic romance, and as such, people have been unsurprisingly been trying to bring it to the screens

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Can't Conjure Up The Scares

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 29, 2011 2:43 AM
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In the 1970s, there was a number of made-for-television horror movies and among the best remembered were "Salem's Lot," "Burnt Offerings" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Of the last film, modern horror master Guillermo Del Toro has referred to it as "the scariest movie (he's) ever seen." If one were to watch it today, they'd scoff at that sentiment as the pacing is weird and the monsters are silly. But anyone could look back at the stuff that gave them the chills as kids with new, more cynical eyes, however, what Del Toro is trying to do as producer and co-writer of this new remake is to get all of us to feel what we felt as kids again. Whether or not he succeeds is another story.

'Slumdog Millionaire' Star Dev Patel Lands Role In Aaron Sorkin's 'More As This Story Develops'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 2:14 AM
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As far as starts to careers go for young actors, having your first role in the first-line-up of hugely popular U.K. teen series "Skins," and then going on to the lead role in a global hit that swept the Oscars, namely "Slumdog Millionaire," isn't a bad one, and Dev Patel must consider himself fairly blessed. But things have been rockier since then for the 21-year-old British actor, with his follow-up to Danny Boyle's film being in M. Night Shyamalan's much-mocked "The Last Airbender," a film which no one came out of smelling of roses.

Review: 'Larry Crowne' Finds Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts In A Miscalculated, Muddled Rom-Com

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 29, 2011 1:59 AM
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People get excited about a new Tom Hanks movie simply because people fucking love Tom Hanks. He's both an affable everyman and a huge movie star, and in the performances he leaves on screen, whether it’s a slow-witted American who happens into great moments of history, a gay man living with AIDS, or a modern executive stranded on a sandy desert island, you root for him to succeed, even when he takes missteps (like duplicating himself for a creepy computer animated project or playing the most mild "bad guy" imaginable), because you both love seeing him in the movies and also want to invite him over for dinner.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet May Return To English-Language Film With 'The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 1:34 AM
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'Amelie' Helmer Also Developing Drama 'Red Leaves'"Micmacs" may have been a minor disappointment from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet -- it's an enjoyable, but very slight piece of work -- but as the man behind "Delicatessen," "The City of Lost Children," "Amelie" and the under-rated "A Very Long Engagement," we're always excited to hear that the French helmer is working on something new. Never the most prolific of directors, word's been fairly quiet in the last two years, other than the director briefly being courted for the "Snow White" project now being made by Tarsem, but now news has come in that the director is developing two novel adaptations concurrently, at least one of which will see him work in the English language for the first time since 1997's misfire "Alien: Resurrection."

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