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Britta For The Win: 'Community''s Gillian Jacobs Joins 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 5:26 AM
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Castmate Danny Pudi Will Appear In Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy 'My Mother's Curse'Picking the MVP on NBC's excellent sitcom "Community" is a near-impossible task -- the tremendous ensemble cast, which includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, turn in top-notch work week on week, and each episode tends to show new strengths for a different character. But if we had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Britta, the politically conscious drop-out played by Gillian Jacobs.

New Restoration Of Nicholas Ray's 'We Can't Go Home Again' To Premiere At Venice & New York Fests

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 4:36 AM
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Nicholas Ray is a truly fascinating figure. The filmmaker, who was born 100 years ago this year, directed a series of hugely influential pictures in the 1940s and 1950s, most notably "Johnny Guitar" and "Rebel Without a Cause," but never quite got the respect he was due in the States (although the Cahiers du Cinema crowd were obsessed with him), and spent much of his life in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction, working on difficult, experimental projects.

Oscar Isaac To Romance Maggie Gyllenhaal As 'Sexy, Ukulele-Playing Teacher' In 'Still I Rise'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 4:00 AM
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We're Pretty Sure 'Sexy, Ukulele-Playing Teacher' Is An OxymoronOscar Isaac is definitely about to have a moment. The 31-year-old Guatemalan-born actor has made a striking impression in the last few years in projects like "The Nativity Story," "Che" and "Body of Lies," before really grabbing people's attention last year as the sole highlight of Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood." Since then, he gave the only tolerable performance in "Sucker Punch," and landed key roles in "Drive" and "W.E." as well as allegedly being director Tony Gilroy's favorite of the contenders to star in "The Bourne Legacy," before Jeremy Renner took the role.

Will Lars Von Trier's Next Project 'The Nymphomaniac' Actually Be A Porn Film?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 3:09 AM
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As we've already discussed this morning, Lars von Trier is something of a provocateur, a trickster. So, when he told the Cannes press conference that followed the first screening of his latest picture, the apocalyptic "Melancholia," that "My next film, and Kirsten [Dunst] demanded it, will be porn. That's how women are. Really hard core. That's what I'm writing now," while sat next to the ashen-faced "Spider-Man" star, you'll forgive us for not taking him too seriously. Except, as it turns out, he may not have been joking.

Mel Gibson Looking to Star In International Heist Thriller 'Sleight Of Hand'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 18, 2011 2:35 AM
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Keifer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Jane Are Already AttachedCall it a comeback? Well, not yet. Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" didn't exactly bring Mel Gibson back into the spotlight after his very public rants and raves at then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. The film got mediocre reviews and hasn't exactly returned financially on the $20 million budget. Needless to say, he's got a while before reaching Robert Downey Jr. heights of personal rehabilitation. That doesn't mean he isn't trying, as Variety reports that he's in talks to join Brad Mirman's "Sleight of Hand."

Lars von Trier Says Outrageous Shit About Nazis & Hitler To Rile The Press: Guess What? It Worked

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 2:05 AM
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Update: Lars Von Trier has apologized for his "Melancholia" press conference comments and recanted about saying he was a Nazi. "“If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologise. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

Ian McKellen & Judi Dench To Star In Period Zombie Comedy 'The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:49 AM
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Gillian Anderson and Mark Williams Also In CastOne of the hottest properties around Hollywood in the last few years has been Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," a revisionist take on Jane Austen's classic romance that chucks the undead into the mix. But despite being in development for a couple of years now, the film's made slow progress, burning through two directors, David O. Russell and Mike White, before landing its current helmer, "Lars and The Real Girl"'s Craig Gillespie, and it's yet to officially attach any cast members, despite the rumored interest of Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and others. Backers Lionsgate had better get a move on, because it looks like their zombies-in-corset shtick may get beaten to the box office by a low-budget rival, one that seems to have assembled an extremely prestigious cast.

Taylor Kitsch To Star In 'Lone Survivor' For Peter Berg, Because Navy SEALS Are Sooooo Hot Right Now

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:10 AM
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There's nothing like blasting a few bullets into the head of the world's most wanted man to make your profession all the rage. And that's what Navy SEAL Team 6 did by storming the compound of Osama Bin Laden a few weeks back. Since then, they've been everywhere, and of course, Hollywood has been all over them: Kathryn Bigelow's already-in-development "Kill Bin Laden," for which writer Mark Boal had spent some time tracking the group, suddenly became the hottest project in town, while Disney waited a whole 48 hours before trying to trademark the term 'SEAL Team 6.'

Polanski's 'Carnage,' Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' Set For Premieres At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:07 AM
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New Films From Todd Solondz, Steven Soderbergh, Steve McQueen, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, Tomas Alfredson, Yorgos Lanthimos & More All In Contention Too

First Teaser Poster For Walles Salles' Adaptation Of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 12:39 PM
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Here's the first glimpse at a teaser poster from Cannes for Walter Salles' upcoming adaptation of the iconic Beat Generation novel "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac.

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