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Casting: Rooney Mara Replaces Jessica Chastain In 'Secret Scripture,' Ed Helms Leads Iñárritu‘s 'One Percent' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2014 9:05 AM
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Jessica Chastain may seem like she can do it all, but there's one project it looks like she just can't squeeze in. Attached as recently as this spring to "The Secret Scripture," Cineuropa now reports that Rooney Mara is the young female lead opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the film.

Watch: Chloë Moretz Decides On Life In New Trailer For 'If I Stay'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 10:54 PM
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If I Stay, Chloe Moretz
When you're a teenager, everything feels like it's life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in "If I Stay," the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it's a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Satire 'Dear White People' Brings Black Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 6:26 PM
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Dear White People
How do you make a comedy about contemporary race relations in America, without being reductive or offensive? Hell, don't ask us, but writer/director Justin Simien seems to have figured it out and then some. His "Dear White People" was a buzz title at this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, and a new full-length trailer has arrived to present the sharp satire.

Watch: Spike Lee Powerfully Mixes Footage Of NYPD Chokehold Victim With 'Do the Right Thing' In Video Response

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 5:21 PM
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
One of the more heartbreaking and infuriating headlines of the past few days has come from New York City. Last Friday, five NYPD officers engaged with 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was stopped under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The situation escalated with the officers smothering and choking the 400 pound man, who is seen and heard on video caught by bystanders, stating clearly, "I can't breathe" nine times. Garner became unconscious at the scene, and shortly went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center. The incident has outraged not just citizens of New York City, but has made headlines around the world. And for Spike Lee it has struck a clearly personal chord.

Watch: Honest Trailer For 'Divergent' Which Is Basically 'The Hunger Games' Without The Games

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 4:19 PM
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Divergent
So, with "Divergent" now on its way to YA franchise ubiquity, maybe it's time to acknowledge that like "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" before it, the story is working from a very well established template. But don't take our word for it, as Screen Junkies is here with an Honest Trailer to highlight how this one is like the others.

From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2014 3:54 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett
For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters.

Hayley Atwell Returns For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Joss Whedon Says Heroes Face "Darker, Weirder, Tougher World"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter
The curious thing about the Marvel-verse is that the more it expands, the more strings need to be tied together to keep it all connected. And one strand that Marvel is continually threading belongs to Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter. First featured in "Captain America: The First Avenger," she returned in old-age makeup for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." And now the actress confirms she'll once again make a Marvel movie appearance, this time in "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron." And she can credit alcohol for helping make that happen.

Edgar Wright Will Make Long-Gestating 'Baby Driver' Next

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 22, 2014 2:46 PM
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Edgar Wright
May 2014 wasn’t a good month for filmmaker Edgar Wright. The director decided to painfully walk away from Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film, a project he had spearheaded to make with the then-fledgling company and spent eight years developing it. The move was heartache for the director, but as Marvel wanted something … potentially a lot more compromised, so Wright had to stick to his guns and bow out. While there were some—misplaced—talk that Wright would be tackling his adaptation of “The Night Stalker” with Johnny Depp next, that’s turned out not to be the case.

The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 22, 2014 2:33 PM
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Male Perfs In Woody Allen Films
Is it that time of year already? This week, 2014’s Woody Allen film opens. “Magic in the Moonlight” (review here) sees the director back on the frothy-fun-in-foreign-climes form that he’s made a stock in trade recently, after the deviation of last year’s “Blue Jasmine.” That film’s Oscar-winning central turn by Cate Blanchett led us to discuss some of Woody Allen’s best female characters, and if it’s unlikely that “Magic in the Moonlight” will prove the same awards-magnet for any of its cast, there’s certainly enough here to warrant another riffle through Allen’s back catalogue of performances. And with our reviewer calling attention to Colin Firth in particular, who, cast a little against type, “drives his incorrigibly cranky character right to the edge of unsympathetic” but pulls it back just in time to save his sarcastic and cynical illusionist from all-out detestability, perhaps it’s as good a time as any to take a look at Woody’s men.

TIFF Trailer: Colin Farrell Has Nasty Thoughts About Jessica Chastain In 'Miss Julie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 2:18 PM
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Miss Julie
One that we knew had to turn up somewhere on the festival circuit in 2014, Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie" will unfold in grand fashion as a World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. And get your excitement stoked a little bit further, the first trailer for the film has arrived.

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