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Criterion Adds 'Carlos,' (Finally) Some Claude Chabrol & More To Their September Release Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 8:04 AM
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It's the middle of the month, so you know what that means: an announcement from The Criterion Collection about what they've got coming next, and September looks like yet another strong month from the boutique label.

Russell Crowe To Father Superman As Jor-El In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 7:12 AM
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Sean Penn & Clive Owen Were Also In ContentionOne thing has been clear, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have been sniffing around a big talent to join the upcoming "Man of Steel" in an important role. Earlier this spring, Daniel Day-Lewis was rumored as being sought for an unspecified part and while that turned out -- as expected -- not to happen, another major star has landed.

Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro In 'The Comedian'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 6:56 AM
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We have to admit, when we first heard about "The Comedian" with Robert De Niro attached and the project being spun as a possible reteam with Martin Scorsese, we didn't give it much thought. With the project sounding similar in tone to "The King of Comedy" and just the overall scarcity of info, it seemed more rumor than fact, but the project seems to be very real with a few more bits of info coming today.

Ben Affleck Signs On To Direct Remake Of 'Tell No One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 6:05 AM
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With David Fincher getting ready to unveil his take on the acclaimed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just two years after the popular (but not so hot) Swedish version, it seems Hollywood has found a new niche to exploit: English-language versions of popular foreign films (okay, so maybe it's not that new). Back in 2008, Guillaume Canet's French thriller "Tell No One" was blowing away American critics and audiences as well as becoming one of the biggest foreign hits that year at the box office. Talks of a remake weren't far behind, and last year Andrew Dominik ("Chopper," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") was reported to be writing it. Well, it seems that didn't come to pass but the remake is still very much on the way.

Watch: Cruddy Bootleg Of 'A Dangerous Method' Trailer Makes Us Yearn For The Real Thing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 5:36 AM
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Has Sony Pictures Classics Picked Up The Film?No, this isn't like the "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" red band trailer which was (fake?) leaked to the interwebs and got a gajillion hits. Nope, this is a legitimately shitty capture of the trailer for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," seemingly captured on an iPhone which immediately cuts off the sides of the frame with some pretty bad sound. Even in such rough shape, it gives a pretty good idea of the tone of the film and honestly, has us eager for a proper version in HD.

New Look At Rachel Weisz In Terence Davies’ ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 5:05 AM
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Film Will Premiere On The Fall Festival CircuitWhile it may not have as much heat right now as a number of other films gearing up for awards contention later this year, Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea" is certainly one to be keeping an eye on. The legendary director who works about as often as Terrence Malick, delivered his last film, the documentary/memoir/tone poem “Of Time and the City” four years ago. Eight years before that was “The House of Mirth.” But with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston leading the way, his latest is certainly one that will be drawing a lot of attention.

Watch: The Onion Offers The Best Assessment Yet Of 'Green Lantern'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 4:32 AM
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With reviews dropping today for "Green Lantern" -- you can read ours right here -- the overall consensus is that it's a massive misfire with negative word coming from the most hardcore fanbase. That said, there are always the few fanboys who insist that anyone who doesn't like the movie has an axe to grind or simply doesn't understand the comic lore (see our comments section). But the hilarious folks at The Onion hit the nail on the head about what was wrong with this movie right from the outset.

Watch: First Brief Clips From 'Moneyball' Starring Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 4:04 AM
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It's been a while since we've heard much on "Moneyball" and given the history behind it, it's a minor miracle it's even arriving at all. So a bit of recap, shall we?

5 Things We'd Rather See David Lynch Do Than Open His 'Mulholland Drive' Club in Paris

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 15, 2011 3:48 AM
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You may have already heard the news: David Lynch is opening a nightclub in Paris. Yes, you read that correctly. The acclaimed director of "The Elephant Man" is to open an entertainment venue in one of Europe's cultural capitals. To sweeten and/or poison the deal, depending on your outlook, it's taking as its design premise Lynch's 2001 masterwork "Mulholland Drive" and the film's own night club, Club Silencio. For those who haven't seen the film in a while and need reminding, Club Silencio is the other-worldly mystical dive joint in which wide-eyed Hollywood starlet Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) finally leaves her self-declared comfortable "dream place" and awakens as the suicidal Diane Selwyn (also Naomi Watts) in a monstrous version of reality. This real-life iteration promises "a movie theater, concert hall, art gallery, restaurant and, of course, a bar" but there's no word yet on whether the establishment will stick with the film's continuity and have Rebakah del Rio doing the nightly floor-show where she collapses onstage in a death-trance, a whack-job in a blue powder wig who ominously mutters the club's title and a mustachioed emcee called Cookie who also runs a hotel downtown. Whatever the case, all of this is pretty dispiriting news for those of us still waiting for Lynch to announce another film project.

Hossein Amini To Do Rewrites On Universal's 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 3:25 AM
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There are two ways through life, the way of nature and the way of grace. Or in Hollywood terms, there are two ways to release a movie: rushed on a tight schedule, or finely tuned with a more realistic production. The battle between Relativity and Universal over their respective Snow White films has been ugly, with the former trumping the latter by moving their Tarsem-directed film all the way up to a March 16, 2012 release date -- nine months from now and no, it hasn't started shooting yet. Universal's "Snow White And The Huntsman" is currently set just under a year away on June 1, 2012, with a comparably luxurious year to get it on screens. And it looks like they're going to use that time wisely.

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