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TIFF '11 Review: Discovering People Like Dirty Sex Breaks Juliette Binoche's Brain In 'Elles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2011 9:28 AM
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We live in a pretty progressive time where fetishes and other various sexual peccadillos are common knowledge if not comfortably discussed. But in Malgoska Szumowska’s weirdly old fashioned, quasi made-for-TV "Elles," Anne (Juliette Binoche) nearly has a nervous breakdown while researching an article for a magazine when she learns -- gasp! -- that some people pay for dirty sex with prostitutes. No way.
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Beautiful 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Promo Art From Designer Neil Kellerhouse Appears

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 17, 2011 4:21 AM
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David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is one of the biggest question marks of the fall. Will it be an Oscar contender, a franchise movie for adults, or is Fincher just seizing the opportunity again to take advantage of a major studio to make something a bit more subversive than they were expecting? We were not fans of the original Swedish films so there should be plenty of room for improvement here, though the jury is still out from the eight minutes of footage we saw the other night.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says 'Dying Of The Light' Fell Apart Because Harrison Ford Didn't Want To Die

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 17, 2011 4:16 AM
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We realize that you may be suffering from a little Nicolas Winding Refn fatigue from all the coverage we've been doing on the director and his fantastic new film, "Drive," but the filmmaker and star Ryan Gosling have been on a major press tour for the film pretty much since its Cannes debut. One of the hopefully final stops for the Danish director was at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) a few nights ago for a sneak preview of his latest, and we were on hand for the Q&A. Refn kept the Brooklyn audience rapt in attention as he told a few now-familiar tales about how the film came together and his first prescription drug-fueled meeting with Gosling. He also shared a little more info on a now-dead project called "The Dying of the Light" by "Taxi Driver" scribe Paul Schrader. The film centered on a C.I.A. agent who starts to become afflicted with blindness and Harrison Ford was attached to the lead.

What Were Terrence Malick & Christian Bale Doing At The Austin City Limits Festival?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 17, 2011 2:30 AM
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The Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend was the scene for a rare photograph of renowned recluse Terrence Malick, who was spotted with Christian Bale and a camera crew by a handful of tech-savvy attendees who duly tweeted details and photos of their appearance. The duo are, of course, slated to reunite for a mysterious project that also has relative unknown Haley Bennett on board but we weren't expecting many updates on its development, at least until Bale completed production on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

James Franco & Jonah Hill To Feature As Themselves In 'Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 17, 2011 1:30 AM
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Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel have teased and taunted fans of their feature adaptation of "Jay & Seth Vs. Apocalypse," the Internet sensation that hit all the way back in 2007, for far too long. But along with the recent announcement by Rogen that lensing will take place in early 2012, the actor has now revealed that two friends and regular collaborators in James Franco and Jonah Hill will be featuring in the film as themselves.

'Butter' To Get One Week Run In 2011 Before Wide Release In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 12:56 PM
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'Everybody Loves Whale' Changes Title To 'Big Miracle,' Sets February 2012 DateArriving in Telluride as a surprise screening, it wasn't quite clear if "Butter" was going to be a dark horse Oscar contender, a "Little Miss Sunshine"-esque crowd pleaser or something in between. Certainly the premise is ripe for quirky indie hit, as the story follows Laura (Jennifer Garner), the wife of former butter sculpting champion Bob (Ty Burrell), who tries to take the mantle from her husband only to be thwarted by a young adopted African American girl (Yara Shahidi), who has discovered that she has a natural talent for making art out of butter. Hell, it even has Olivia Wilde playing a stripper, what's not to like?

Exclusive: John Singleton Says He's Talking To Ice Cube About Directing N.W.A. Biopic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 16, 2011 11:47 AM
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In the last 10 years, John Singleton has made some unexpected choices, and perhaps as a result, his career has taken some unusual turns. Between 2001 and 2005 he revisited the ‘hood with “Baby Boy,” directed a big-league Hollywood sequel with “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and helmed the drama “Four Brothers,” but it’s taken six years for him to return to the director’s chair with the new thriller “Abduction.”

Will You Want 'A Thousand Words' From Eddie Murphy After The Oscars?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 10:02 AM
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So, is Eddie Murphy poised to make a comeback? Studio suits are certainly hoping so. With a role in Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist" that looks like a throwback to when Murphy actually used to be funny and with a hosting gig for next year's Oscars in the works, everyone is hoping the funnyman is done with family film paycheck gigs and ready to do something worthy of the comic chops he once so admirably displayed. While this writer has his doubts and thinks that Murphy will just continue to chase whatever movie gives him the biggest paycheck, others are more optimistic.

Review: Cool-Kids-Who-Kill 'Violet & Daisy' From 'Precious' Writer Isn't What You'd Expect

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 16, 2011 9:35 AM
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After winning an Oscar for his screenplay for "Precious," Geoffrey Fletcher probably had options. The fact that directing "Violet & Daisy" -- a candy-colored crime story about two teen girl killers and their latest target -- was his ultimate choice is worthy of note in and of itself. Fletcher could have stayed in the vocabulary and landscape of "Precious" -- or, less charitably, thrown a rock and hit another indie film tale of life in the big city -- but instead stepped up, and out, to do something completely different as his directorial debut.

Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

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