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VIFF '11: 'Elena' Is A Dramatic Masterwork From Russian Director Andrey Zvyagintsev

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 2:57 AM
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For this writer, there are fewer things in cinema more satisfying than a filmmaker in total control of their story. Sure, we love the visceral thrill of a well-choreographed, impeccably staged action sequence as much as the next red-blooded human being. And there’s the perfect combination of song/score over moving images, blissful moments heightened through all the tools available in the medium. But then there are those rare moments when a film has just begun, and the feeling sets in immediately that you’re in good hands; that no matter what happens in this film, you can trust the filmmaker has thought everything through and knows what he or she is doing. It’s a good feeling. Comforting even. But it’s rare.

Shia LaBeouf To Play A 20-Foot-Tall Man-Child in 'A Giant'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 18, 2011 2:41 AM
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Anyone remember the 2009 sci-fi family-friendly "City Of Ember" starring, among others, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray? We barely do either but that film was the sophomore directorial effort of Gil Kenan that somewhat halted his career after 2006's animated flick "Monster House."

William Monahan Reveals His Idea For A 'Departed' Sequel & Says 'Gambler' Remake Will Change Setting

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 18, 2011 2:20 AM
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U.S. Trailer For 'London Boulevard' Arrives; Also Says He'll Channel Frank Miller For 'Sin City 2'Despite only five films next to his name, William Monahan is one of the most renowned writers in Hollywood. After taking home the Oscar for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" half a decade a ago, Monahan now has his hands on more projects than you can shake a stick at. He recently spoke at length to Collider about his upcoming slate namely the long-gestating, much-talked-about sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," which he recently came on board to rewrite.

'Transformers 4 & 5' May Shoot Back-To-Back, Jason Statham Being Eyed As New Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 2:06 AM
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Michael Bay May Come Back To DirectWhen it was reported earlier today that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner was already talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about an (inevitable) "Transformers 4" details were vague, but some new intel has cropped up and clearly, neither the toymaker or the studio are fucking around.

George Clooney Says Script For 'Monster Of Florence' Being Tweaked Due To Amanda Knox Verdict

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 18, 2011 2:05 AM
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Says He Won't Direct Remake Of 'Our Brand Is Crisis'Exclusive: George Clooney is awash in Oscar buzz right now, for both "The Ides of March" (which he directed and stars in) and "The Descendants" (in which he stars). So is he excited? Not really. “I’ve been in and out of buzz so many times,” he says, “I’ve learned not to pay attention.”

Lars Ulrich Regrets Turning Down Quentin Tarantino's Request For Metallica On 'Kill Bill' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 1:41 AM
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Chalk this up as yet another entry in the category of "What Could Have Been" but honestly, it's probably for the best that this never worked out.

Nicolas Cage Makes Another Dent In Tax Bill, Signs To Headline Thriller 'Black Butterfly'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 1:24 AM
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You'd be absolutely correct if you were to say that Nicolas Cage seems to be working more than usual these days. The actor has had three films in theaters this year, and could have as many as six next year. And there's a reason for this -- the eccentric star ran into major financial problems a few years ago, with several of his many homes being foreclosed on, following the discovery of a substantial tax bill owing to the I.R.S.

'Zombieland' Writers Penning TV Series That Will Probably Kill Any Chance Of A Movie Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 1:03 AM
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Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese Penning 'Micronauts' For J.J. Abrams To ProduceThis is a bit of a good news, bad news situation, but for fans of "Zombieland," at the very least it ensures that there is more undead killing comedy in your future.

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.

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