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New Looks At Ben Kingsley & Jude Law In Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 5:29 AM
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It has been a while since we've seen anything from Martin Scorsese's upcoming 3D family adventure "Hugo." Granted, the director has been busy executive producing "Boardwalk Empire," putting the finishing touches on the massive documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" as well as editing Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret." However, the first trailer for the film was released in July and is now somewhat of a distant memory, but with the movie gearing up to land next month the marketing campaign is likely just moments away from starting in full swing.

David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Is An "Intellectual Ménage à Trois"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 5:07 AM
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Still Hoping To Make 'Eastern Promises 2' With Viggo MortensenIt has been a very busy fall so far for David Cronenberg. His latest film "A Dangerous Method" has been traveling the globe, premiering at the end of August at the Venice Film Festival, going to Telluride and then TIFF last month for its North American debut and now, hitting the New York Film Festival. For a director whose filmography generally displays a tendency towards the freakier end of the spectrum, his new movie is bit straighter than we're used to from Cronenberg. Starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Russian-Jewish patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), which turns sexual, ultimately causing a rift between Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but also catalyzing strong findings in regards to Jungian psychoanalysis.

NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Corpo Celeste’ Is A Quietly Moving Coming-Of-Age Tale

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 3, 2011 4:43 AM
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The subtle, affecting “Corpo Celeste” is the story of Marta (Yle Vianello), a 13-year-old Italian girl who has spent the last decade growing up in Switzerland. She returns to Calabria (an act that’s described in the press materials as a “return emigration”), in southern Italy, to be bombarded with family and thrust into the rites of Catholic confirmation. She doesn’t stumble across a conspiracy or gain a magic key that transports her to another dimension but you hang on her every move, action, and glance, just the same.

George Clooney’s Smoke House Partner Grant Heslov Says 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Is Likely Next

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 3, 2011 4:22 AM
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Director For The Film Being SoughtWith “Ides of March” hitting theaters this Friday, writer/producer Grant Heslov is nearing the home stretch of a lengthy press tour that began in late August with its Venice Film Festival premiere. Directed by George Clooney, the political thriller is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, and follows the exploits of a twenty-something presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate (Clooney) the nomination against a rival senator. Paul Giamatti , Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood round out the solid supporting cast of the starry project, and Heslov's next producing effort is not wanting in star power either.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up 'Hysteria,' The Vibrator Comedy You Can Watch With Your Mom

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 3, 2011 4:02 AM
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If vibrator comedies become a popular new subgenre in the vein of "frat comedies" and "spoof comedies," perhaps we'll have to revert back to the classic comedy titles we have in our DVD collection while the trend passes.

'Real Steel' Soundtrack Features New Tracks By 50 Cent & Timbaland; Tunes By Beastie Boys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 3:45 AM
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The rock 'em, sock 'em futuristic fighting robot movie "Real Steel" swings into theaters this weekend, and tomorrow the soundtrack will drop with some tunes to get you pumped for the pugilistic pic.

'Universal Solider' Is Going To Be A TV Show Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 3:21 AM
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We don't get it exactly, but there is a big fanbase for the "Universal Soldier" franchise. The 1992 Roland Emmerich film starring the incomparable team up of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren has spawned a staggering five followups (including the forthcoming "Universal Soldier: A New Dimension") and it seems the creative well isn't dry on the premise centering on reanimated soldiers brought back to kick some ass.

Scorsese Says Working On 'George Harrison: Living In The Material World' Was "A Real Life Saver"

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 3, 2011 2:57 AM
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And 5 Other Things Learned From The Press Conference At NYFFThe New York Film Festival kicked off its 49th edition on Friday and we'll be spending the next few weeks digging into all that the lineup has to offer. The festival is curiously light on World Premieres this year (the only notable one being awards question mark "My Week With Marilyn"), but the fest makes up for it with some serious auteur power bringing in the latest from Alexander Payne, Lars Von Trier, Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, Pedro Almodóvar and the city's own Martin Scorsese, who will unveil his new 3 1/2 hour two-part documentary "George Harrison: Living In A Material World" this week about 24 hours before it premieres on HBO. The film was screened for press this weekend and both members of The Playlist staff in attendance were extremely impressed by it (read our review here).

D.J. Caruso Herds 'The Goats' For His Next Film

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 3, 2011 2:41 AM
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Update: Variety reports Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly have also joined the film. Kilmer and Mitchell will play parents in the movie, with Maberly taking the role of a camp counselor.

Kylie Minogue Has A Role In 'Holly Motors' The New Film By Leos Carax Starring Juliette Binoche

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 2:23 AM
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While Kylie Minogue rose to worldwide fame thanks to the breakout album Fever, whose smash hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" finally brought the singer the kind of stateside notice Aussie and Europe audiences had already showered on the singer, what many don't know is that before Minogue strutted her stuff on stages around the world, she got her start as an actress. And for those down under, she is still just as well known for her role on the long running soap opera "Neighbours." Well, it seems Minogue is taking an earnest stride back into her first profession (and yes, she has taken roles here and there over the years, most notably in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge").

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