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Eric Bana To Pull Off 'Brilliant' Diamond Heist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 3:19 AM
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Is the heist movie making a comeback? Last year's "The Town" excited audiences with its gritty heist sequences, while this summer's "Fast Five" found the car franchise refashioning itself into something else entirely, and later this year Louis Leterrier will combine illusions and bank robberies when he starts filming "Now You See Me." Well, "Legally Blonde" and "Killers" director Robert Luketic is getting in on the action, and having signed on to direct "Brilliant" earlier this year, he's now found his leading man.

Michael K. Williams & Isaiah Washington Team For Indie-Thriller 'The Suspect'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 27, 2011 2:59 AM
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After years of excellent work, Michael K. Williams is finally starting to reap the rewards in a mainstream capacity with a recurring role on the Martin Scorsese-backed HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," a guest spot on this season of "Community," and more recently, a role that looks good to go in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" specifically written after Williams lost out the lead role to Jamie Foxx.

Rodrigo Santoro In Talks To Team Up With Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 2:52 AM
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So, can Arnold Schwarzenegger put his philandering, baby-making ways behind him and make a big screen comeback? He's certainly going to try. Next summer, he'll star alongside a bunch of other aging 'roid-heads in "The Expendables 2," but his first post-gubernatorial leading man vehicle will come in the form of the B-movie thriller "The Last Stand." And it's already amassing some strong talent to back him.

Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 2:42 AM
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When we saw that "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen," the latest from director Lasse Hallstrom had been added to the TIFF slate, we didn't go out of our way to find time to see it. The director, who impressed with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" has long settled into helming a string of increasingly mediocre films like "An Unfinished Life," "The Hoax," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" and last year's intolerable "Dear John." So can you blame us if we didn't carve out time to see it in Toronto? Turns out the joke was on us, as according to most people we heard from, "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" was a pleasant surprise. Nothing earth-shattering, but a worthwhile, entertaining little nugget that was certainly a step up from the director's other recent work. Well, CBS Films didn't waste any time in acquiring the rights and though we didn't get a chance to see it, our pals over at C7nema have pointed us in the direction of a couple of clips from the film.

Jacki Weaver Will Be Bradley Cooper's Mom In David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2011 2:24 AM
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In all honesty, two years ago, few outside of Australia had heard of veteran actress Jacki Weaver. Indeed, while she worked on a number of seminal films at home in the 1970s, winning two Australian Film Institute Awards and turning up in Peter Weir's "Picnic At Hanging Rock," she'd been mostly absent from the screen since, focusing instead on stage work in Oz (most recently appearing alongside Cate Blanchett in "Uncle Vanya").

Michael Shannon Reteams With Jeff Nichols For Third Film, 'Mud'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 2:24 AM
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Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks Round Out CastThere is perhaps no more exciting actor/director pairing going right now than Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols. The duo first got together on the outstanding "Shotgun Stories," a slow burn firecracker tale of two half brothers who enter a blood feud. That was followed by "Take Shelter" which begins rolling out this weekend, one of the year's best films that takes a deeply personal tale woven into a gripping apocalyptic framework. And now, they're going to make it three for three as Deadline reports that Shannon has found time in his increasingly busy schedule to take a role in the film.

Brian Geraghty Will Co-Pilot With Denzel Washington In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2011 2:02 AM
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It might have taken a little time (18 months passed between the film's premiere in Venice and its Oscar victory), but basically everyone came out of "The Hurt Locker" with a ton of heat behind them. Directing and writing pair Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal attracted the attention of most of the A-list for their thriller "Triple Frontier," before switching streams to head to the unexpectedly timely "Kill Bin Laden," which is gearing up to go next. Jeremy Renner has become the most sought-after leading man in town, with lead roles in "The Avengers," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "The Bourne Legacy," while Anthony Mackie has done equally well, cropping up in everything from the imminent "Real Steel" to the upcoming "Gangster Squad."

Watch: 'Human Centipede 2' Trailer Is Still Gross & Disturbing In Black & White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 1:45 AM
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We have to admit, despite the minor hoopla surrounding Tom Six's upcoming "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)," we had no idea the film was in black-and-white until we caught up with it ourselves, but the limited color palette didn't prevent us from saying the film "almost reaches the all-time gross-out pantheon." Indeed, when you witness twelve people getting stitched up ass-to-mouth, you're bound to get a bit queasy.

Watch: Jennifer Garner Campaigns For Her 'Butter' In Clip From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 1:23 AM
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Well, this is a bit surprising. Even though it was reported just a couple of weeks ago that The Weinstein Company were going to give "Butter" a one-week Oscar qualifying run in October before a wide release in 2012, the sudden launch of a website for the film, complete with a clip from the movie (below via ComingSoon) and an accompanying viral Twitter account, perhaps point to a bigger release than previously intended. Or maybe a much more concerted Oscar or Golden Globes push. Either way, it's our biggest look at the film yet, and it seems perfectly primed for the build-up to next year's presidential election.
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Jessica Chastain Joins Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' Alongside Tom Cruise

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 27, 2011 1:22 AM
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Up-And-Coming Actress Will Play One Of Two Female Leads In Now Untitled Sci-Fi FlickOn the last episode of Wheel of Shortlist Casting Future, five actresses were vying for the two lead roles opposite Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinki's untitled sci-fi picture formerly known as "Oblivion" and "Horizons." The quintet, who had all tested for the role, included Brit Marling (Sundance indie-darling of "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice"), Olivia Wilde ("Cowboys & Aliens," "TRON: Legacy"), Noomi Rapace (the original "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") & Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum Of Solace") and "Tree Of Life" co-star Jessica Chastain.

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