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Josh Brolin Signs On For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 7:46 AM
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It looks like Spike Lee has got the man he wanted for his gestating "Oldboy" remake.

Oh Great, Now We're Going To Have To Wait Even Longer For 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 7:02 AM
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But At Least We Can Listen To The Score To Tide Us OverIs there any film this fall bigger than "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy"? Awards talk is already growing around Gary Oldman and with the film set to premiere in Venice in just a matter of days, the buzz is only going to get louder for the film is going to be a major player at the Oscars. While those in the U.K. will be lucky to enough to see the film when it opens on September 16th, Focus Features is testing the patience of those of us stateside as they've pushed back the date from the planned November 18th release date three more weeks to December 9th. The eagle eyed RopeOfSilicon noticed the date change that was confirmed by Pete Hammond over at Deadline in the midst of his latest awards season update.

Watch: Trailer For The Excellent Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 6:26 AM
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Cannes can be both boon and burden to filmmakers. A positive reception can see your career move forward in leaps and bounds, while a thumbs down from the critical Croisette faithful can serve as a major setback. For new rising filmmakers, the risk is even greater but for Mexican helmer Gerardo Naranjo his first visit to France will be a memorable one.

Listen: Chris Cornell's 'The Keeper' From 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 5:59 AM
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Remember when Chris Cornell was cool and kind of awesome? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Since his days fronting alternative godfathers Soundgarden, Cornell's hair got gradually shorter and thus drained him like Samson of any of once compelling musical powers. He formed the forgettable Audioslave with the guys from Rage Against The Machine who aren't Zach De La Rocha and after that he embarked on an embarrassing and increasingly terrible solo career that culminated in his attempt to be Justin Timberlake with 2009's Scream produced by Timbaland. That's right, the guy who once sang "Jesus Christ Pose" was working with the guy who twiddled knobs for Pussycat Dolls. Anyway, Cornell is rebounding somewhat. He's back with the boys in Soundgarden and has begun making steps into writing music for movies, having penned "You Know My Name" for Casino Royale, which brings us to his latest work, "The Keeper" for "Machine Gun Preacher."

First Look Aaron Eckhart In 'The Expatriate' & Rosario Dawson In 'Fire With Fire'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 29, 2011 5:51 AM
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Two first looks at what are upcoming B-movies? Hard to say, you be the judge. The first is the action thriller "The Expatriate" starring Aaron Eckhart. It's a picture without many stars outside of Olga Kurylenko, and while she's certainly attractive, she's hardly a big star. The film is directed by Philipp Stölzl, a German director known for "North Face," "Young Goethe in Love" and music videos by Garbage, Evanescence and Rammstein.

'Gangster Squad' Adds Nick Nolte

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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For a few years there, Nick Nolte seemed lost in the weeds. After "Hotel Rwanda" the actor's work was patchy at best, but he is gearing up one helluva career revival. On HBO he's got a role in Michael Mann and David Milch's forthcoming horse racing world drama "Luck"; he's Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton's Dad in "Warrior"; he's set to star in Robert Redford's political thriller "The Company You Keep," and he's even going to hang out with Jason Statham in "Parker." Well, he's about to bring his grizzled charm to a project that outshines all of these.

Two Shades Of Masculinity: Clips From 'Straw Dogs' & 'The Killer Elite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 3:58 AM
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This September will find two very different men united by one common theme: kicking ass.

Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Dodges Explosions, Wields A Bow & Arrow In 'Hunger Games' Teaser Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 3:43 AM
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So, 'Hunger Games' fans, here is the first teaser trailer for the film and the big question is: how does Jennifer Lawrence fare as the book's hero, Katniss Everdeen?

Anna Faris Rom-Com 'What's Your Number' Is Much More Awesomely Titled 'Sex List' In France

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 3:25 AM
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Movie titles getting translated for foreign markets is a timeless, mostly very hilarious art, which usually results in all meaning or coherence being completely stripped from the name of the film. But rarely, like an eclipse, comes a translation that not only nails the premise of the film, but is actually in improvement on the original title.

The Amazing Race: Is Hiding Your Films Until Dec, The New Anti-Film Festival Circuit Buzz Builder?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2011 3:02 AM
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Plus Why 'Apes' Actor Andy Serkis Has No Shot At Oscar & Why 'The Help' Is Not A LockSummer is fading away, and we're gearing up for festival season right now: we're packing our bags for Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York as we speak. And the inevitable consequence of the films that will be making their debuts means that the awards season will start to crystallize a little more. Up to now, most of the films have been under wraps, but we'll soon find out if heavy hitters like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Descendants" and "My Week With Marilyn" will continue to figure into the conversation. But all that is for another time. What interests us this week is those films which won't hit the festivals at all, and won't be seen until the very end of the year.

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