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Johnny Knoxville & Forest Whitaker Round Out Cast Of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 10:12 AM
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Harry Dean Stanton Also JoinsEven at 64 years old, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still capable of surprises -- and we're not just talking about bastard children. The action star's career has pretty much been one blockbuster movie after another to varying degrees of success but he's certainly never done something like "The Last Stand." A modestly budgeted quasi-western, with a gaggle of character actors in supporting roles, all in a film marking the Hollywood debut by a foreign filmmaker, in this case, “I Saw the Devil” helmer Kim Ji-woon. We're definitely curious and now that production is officially underway, a few more names have joined the genuinely random, sort of WTF cast.

Yawn...It's The Trailer For 'The Devil Inside,' Yet Another Exorcism Horror Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 9:36 AM
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Considering it was made on a shoestring budget, as part of Paramount's "micro-budget" shingle Insurge, "The Devil Inside" has probably already made it's cost on pre-sales, so it's likely no one at the studio particularly cares if this entry in the exorcism genre has absolutely nothing new to say.

Watch: Backwards Driving & Futuristic Payphones Feature In 4 Clips From 'In Time'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 9:04 AM
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Andrew Niccol's "In Time" is released next week and Fox is gearing up for a marketing onslaught, with four clips from the movie hitting in the last few days. For your appraisal, we've gathered the lot and posted them below.
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Juliette Binoche & Edgar Ramirez To Star In The Romantic Drama 'A Monkey On My Shoulder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 8:08 AM
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Casting is a tricky business, and doing it right sometimes means balancing egos, the needs of the film, the characters on the page and a host of other factors to find the right people to come together and bring a project to life. Or sometimes, it's as simple as just getting a couple of great people together and just letting them do their thing. And that must have been what director Marion Lainé was thinking, pairing up the stars of recent arthouse favorites "Certified Copy" and "Carlos" in her next feature film.

David Fincher Says Despite A Great Audition, Scarlett Johansson Was Too Hot To Play Lisbeth Salander

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 7:00 AM
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David Fincher Views The Series As A "Pervy Franchise"While Rooney Mara eventually won the coveted lead role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," it was an arduous wait and the list of the contenders was fierce. Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe and Léa Seydoux were said to be the final candidates, and a mix of established and lesser known names like Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning and Katie Jarvis were all in the running at various points. However, people might remember that just before Mara snagged the part, Scarlett Johansson was surprisingly being tipped as a "shoo-in." At the time it seemed somewhat unlikely, but talking to Vogue magazine as part of a profile on Rooney Mara, Fincher confirms that Johansson did indeed deliver strongly at the audition but that she was ultimately just too darned attractive to play the squirrely, oddball and rebellious Lisbeth Salander.

Magnolia Picks Up 'Take This Waltz' With Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen For Summer 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 6:20 AM
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Five years after the excellent drama "Away From Her," Sarah Polley delivered her sophomore directorial effort "Take This Waltz," premiering it to critics and audiences at TIFF last month and the reception was mixed. Described by James Rocchi -- who gave the movie an A grade review -- as "a modernist version of a late ‘60s or early ‘70s relationship film," the film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, as a young couple who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, as the former is torn between her husband and a new man. Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby round out the film that has been described as sexually frank (and somewhat explicit), but bracingly honest about the complex emotions that arise out of sex and love. Frankly, it sounds right up our alley and though it took a bit longer than we thought to happen, the movie now has a U.S. distribution deal in place, though we'll have to wait until next year to see it.

LFF '11 Review: 'Dreams Of A Life' Is An Authentically Moving Portrait Of A Forgotten Life

  • By Sam Price
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  • October 17, 2011 6:01 AM
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Joyce Carol Vincent died in her flat in 2003. An unmarried forty year-old woman living alone in a less-than-luxurious one bedroom London bedsit, and surrounded by unopened Christmas presents, it would be three years before her remains (now simply decomposed to that of a skeleton), would ever be found -- and only then able to be identified by dental records.

Hasbro Talking To Director Michael Bay & Producer Steven Spielberg About Another 'Transformers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 5:52 AM
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$1,119,241,043 worldwide for "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon." That's pretty much the only reason why Hasbro is (obviously) looking at another entry in their "Transformers" franchise. That, and the fact that it's the only movie property they have right now generating any money (not to mention it played a big role in the company's third quarter earnings going up 10%).

James Mangold To Direct Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'City State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 5:11 AM
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Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.

Review: 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey' Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 17, 2011 5:03 AM
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Suddenly, it’s a good time to be a Muppet again. After a few decades of sub-par films, co-writers (and massive Muppet fans) Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller appear to be bringing some of the magic back with “The Muppets,” their attempt to revive creator Jim Henson's beloved characters for a new generation of kids. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens has assembled a massive exhibit to the fuzzy creatures and their creator called “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” which includes drawings, storyboards, props, and a puppet making workshop as well as screenings of the films. “Sesame Street” has been plugging along steadily on PBS since it’s debut in 1969 but some recent high profile guest stars like Katy Perry have really put the show back into the public consciousness. And now we have director Constance Marks and her feel-good documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey” about Kevin Clash, the man who brought Elmo to life.
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