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HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's News Room Drama, The Formerly Titled 'More As The Story Develops'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Get ready for a weekly dose of Aaron Sorkin once again. After a number of celebrated television ventures including "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and most recently "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," Sorkin will soon be back on the small screen, as his hour-long, untitled news-room drama series, formerly called "More As The Story Develops," was picked up by HBO this week.

First Look Clip From Rodrigo Garcia & Glenn Close's 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 11:49 AM
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After premiering to largely lukewarm reviews last weekend at the recent Telluride Film Festival, we now have our first look clip at Glenn Close in her titular, gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs."

Coen Brothers Going The Indie Route With 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 10:32 AM
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After the runaway success of "True Grit," which nabbed a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, you'd figure Joel and Ethan Coen would cash in their chips with a major studio, try to get something expensive made, or force the major studios to pony up prior to shooting. The Coens haven't operated independently for awhile, as a distributor has been in place for their last few films before the project was even shot. This time, however, the brothers are doing something different: out of the Toronto International Film Festival, the rumor is that the Coens' latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," will be filmed without a domestic distributor attached, with only Studio Canal backing the picture for international rights.

'Drive,' 'Restless,' 'Melancholia,' 'Skin I Live In': Over 20 Films From TIFF2011 We've Already Seen

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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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If you're at all into film and read movie blogs you know it's all about the Toronto International Film Festival for the next nine days (the festival started yesterday, September 8). Arguably the biggest film festival in the world aside from Cannes (who are probably more prestigious, but not quite as big), no other festival can boast the amount of stars and number of films that Toronto can. So there are several hundreds of flicks rolling out this week that cinephiles are eagerly anticipating.

It's Official: Denzel Washington, Robert Zemeckis To Team For 'Flight'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 9:32 AM
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After months of rumors, it's official: Robert Zemeckis will be directing Denzel Washington in the Paramount production "Flight." The film tells the story of a commercial airline pilot who saves his passengers after a flight goes awry. However, he begins to buckle under the pressure when several investigators question his role in the disaster. Did somebody fly with the emergency break on again??

Peter Sollett, Anne Hathaway Teaming For Romantic Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Could Be The Project 'Cover Your Assets'Peter Sollett is in talks to direct an untitled romantic comedy at Lionsgate with Anne Hathaway in the starring role. In the very vague logline, which sounds a little like it has a typo, Hathaway would play "a career woman looking to break her streak of losing romantic relationships to her job." This truly, honestly does not sound like any romantic comedy we've ever heard before! Anne Hathaway, breaking the mold! We're a little disappointed Hathaway would go in this direction, especially after "The Dark Knight Rises," where she'll probably be playing the fourth or fifth lead in a Boy's Club Adventure Movie. It could be the similar sounding project "Cover Your Assets" which is about a high-powered female lawyer used to intimidating the opposite sex, who pretends to be an assistant in order to attract a man.

TIFF '11 Review: 'From The Sky Down' A Disappointingly Incomplete Look At U2's "Achtung Baby"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2011 8:55 AM
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Whether you are a U2 fan or not, there is no denying their 1991 album Achtung Baby launched the band into the stratosphere of super-stardom and is simply one of the defining records of the '90s. With over 5.5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, two Grammys for Best Rock Performance and Producer of the Year (for Daniel Lanois), the record not only found the group adjusting to the changing musical landscape of the late '80s and early '90s, it redefined their image and put them at the forefront of a select bunch of groundbreaking and hugely popular bands. 2011 will mark 20 years since the album first hit shelves on November 19, 1991, and U2 are celebrating in style. This summer they made their first festival appearance at Glastonbury, kicking off their set with a slew of songs from Achtung Baby and a massive reissue of the album is set to be released in October. And to cap it all off, the band has teamed with Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth," "It Might Get Loud") to create "From the Sky Down," a look back at the making of the album. It's an exciting prospect, but unfortunately, it leaves you wanting much, much more.

Jonah Hill Says "Call Me": 'The Sitter' Has A New Number

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 9, 2011 8:53 AM
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Any of you moms or dads need a night off? The AV Club tipped us to a number for a new babysitter. We've called five times now and he won't pick up, but here are the deets if you're interested: "Hi this is Noah Griffith, if you're calling about the babysitting job let me just say: I will toke up in your house, I've been known to shoplift when I've had too much to drink, I DON'T play games, unless you've got a safe word, you hear me lady, I will not clean up after myself, I will not even report on the whereabouts of your children, I will not say no in the face of danger, and I charge $18 an hour, if this sounds good, leave your information and i will probably get back to you."

Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear To Star In 'The English Teacher'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 8:26 AM
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Indie comedy "The English Teacher" is about to get an infusion of 1990's-flavored star power. Julianne Moore has signed on to play the title role, with Greg Kinnear in an unspecified supporting position (filthy!). Moore plays a small-town high school educator who has to deal with the unannounced return of a star pupil who crashed and burned trying to start a career in New York City. Moore eventually convinces the former student to direct his unproduced play at the high school, which yields all sorts of misunderstandings. Frankly, we'd rather see Amber Waves in this role than Moore, but perhaps that's our old high school teacher fantasies flaring up again. And again. And right there, again.

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Become 'Captive'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 8:09 AM
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The end of a political career and an illustrious marriage means that, age be damned, Arnold Schwarzenegger is jumping back into action movies. With roles in "The Expendables 2" and "The Last Stand," Arnie's loudly announced he's not done, and it looks like that will continue with "Captive." Arnie plays an American real estate magnate (hahahaha) who is kidnapped and held for ransom, while a detective races against the clock to find him. Unfortunately for us (and them?) Arnie's being held captive in an armored truck hidden in a landfill. Wait, so it's like Schwarzenegger's "Buried"? Groan.

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