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Review: David Mackenzie's Music Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead' Has A Tin Ear

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 12, 2011 6:45 AM
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Not many films are set at music festivals. D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, “Monterey Pop” is vital, we’ll grant you, and other rock docs that expose something fundamental about the artists they’re profiling (“Don’t Look Back,” “Gimme Shelter”) remain compelling portraits of some of the most important artists of the twentieth-century. But, much like stand-up comedy or running for high office, fictional recreations of what compels a human being to get up onstage in front of thousands of people and expose themselves to the public at large, are far and few between.

Oliver Hirschbiegel To Re-Team With 'Five Minutes of Heaven' Writer For Thriller 'Eye In The Sky'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 6:15 AM
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Basically no-one saw "Five Minutes Of Heaven." Which was a shame, because it was a powerful drama of guilt and reconciliation set amongst the Troubles in Northern Ireland, was easily German director Oliver Hirschbiegel's best since "Downfall," and showcased excellent performances from James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson, the latter given a now-rare opportunity to do something other than punch Europeans in the head.

I Feel The Need, The Need For 3D: 'Top Gun' 3D Re-Release In The Works

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 5:45 AM
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The honeymoon has certainly been over for 3D in 2011; U.S. audience have been staying away from the format in droves, choosing to seek out 2D screenings of blockbusters, and it all culminated in August in a goggled-clusterfuck where "Final Destination 5," "Conan," "Fright Night" and "Spy Kids 4" all cannibalized each other, while 2D pictures "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Help" dominated the box office. But Hollywood executives aren't done with wringing every penny that they can from the format. The next phase? taking proven blockbusters and giving them the headache-y, pop up book treatment.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Machine Gun Preacher' Is Essentially A Botched 'Rambo'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 12, 2011 5:15 AM
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In 2008’s blitzkrieg actioner “Rambo,” writer-director Sylvester Stallone recognized the real-life struggles of the people of Myanmar, dramatizing the struggle in a blood-drenched exploitation film that, despite its inelegance, emboldened the people of that region while lionizing a fictional hero of guerilla warfare. The problem with “Machine Gun Preacher,” Marc Forster’s third world drama about a real-life would-be savior who ventured into the Sudan and attempted to build an orphanage with sheer will and a smidgen of gunpower, is that it’s afraid to be “Rambo.”

Shirley Maclaine, Alan Arkin & Vera Farmiga Are 'The Locals' In Italian/Jewish Romeo & Juliet Riff

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 4:45 AM
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For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. It's not surprising that William Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers has provided the inspiration for dozens of films over the years, but there seems to be something in the water at the moment in particular: Disney had a surprise hit at the start of the year with their (very loose) animated take, "Gnomeo & Juliet," while Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth are gearing up for a more faithful version, while Keira Knightley and Lily Collins are supposedly competing for the lead in "Rosaline," which will focus on the titular girl, who Romeo is in love with before he gets all flustered by Juliet.

Gael Garcia Bernal To Team With Chilean Helmer Pablo Larrain For Political Satire 'No'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 12, 2011 4:15 AM
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Mexican thesp Gael Garcia Bernal is set to team with Chilean director Pablo Larrain ("Post Mortem," "Tony Manero") for a political satire which will see the actor play an advertising executive who "changes the course of history."

Michael Fassbender, Steve Coogan & Robert Sheehan Not Feeling The 'Good Vibrations'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 12, 2011 3:45 AM
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Irish Comedian Dylan Moran & Jodie Whittaker Now On BoardGlenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa, the husband and wife duo behind the Rupert Grint vehicle "Cherrybomb," pulled a major coup earlier this year when they managed to recruit Michael Fassbender, Steve Coogan and Robert Sheehan among others for "Good Vibrations," their biopic of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley.

TIFF '11 Review: Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' Has Insights And Edges Sharp Enough To Stab

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 12, 2011 3:15 AM
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In Sarah Polley's Toronto-set drama "Take this Waltz," Margo (Michelle Williams) stumbles across Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip, only to find he lives across the street; despite being married to Lou (Seth Rogen), Margo can't stop thinking of Daniel. Or maybe it's because she's married to Lou that she can't stop thinking of Daniel … Following up "Away from Her," Polley's second film is sharply dividing critics and audience in Toronto: Many find it simultaneously exhilarating and depressing; others find it ugly and hateful; a third faction seems to be kicking against the film not for how it says what it says, but, instead, for what it says in the first place.

'Sherlock Holmes' Star Kelly Reilly Lands Female Lead Opposite Denzel In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 2:48 AM
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Robert Zemeckis is finally returning to the live-action world, having spent the decade since the one-two punch of "Cast Away" and "What Lies Beneath" with dead-eyed motion-capture pixel people, with increasingly diminishing returns. It was confirmed last week that the "Back to the Future" helmer would be teaming up with Denzel Washington for the drama "Flight," and things are moving at top speed on the project, as Deadline report that Zemeckis has now found his female lead for the film.

David Chase's Rock 'N' Roll Coming-Of-Age Feature Debut Scheduled For October 2012 Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 12, 2011 2:45 AM
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Ever since the controversial finale to "The Sopranos" in 2007, David Chase has been fairly low key, avoiding the spotlight perhaps as a method to steer clear from questions about how his defining series concluded.

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