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Emma Thompson Signs On As Another Narrator For Terrence Malick's 'Voyage Of Time' Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:59 AM
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Well, it's been nearly a month since any word out of the world of Terrence Malick, and granted this is just a tiny morsel, but it at least confirms that things are still moving forward.

Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Looking For Financing For 'The Dark Tower'; Javier Bardem Still Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:54 AM
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Is has not been a good time at Hollywood studios for ambitious projects. "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and more recently, "The Lone Ranger," have all been squashed as execs have been very reluctant to risk hundreds of millions of studio dollars (and possibly their jobs) to bring these epic visions to the big screen, but at least one of those films hasn't given up just yet. It was just last month that author Stephen King expressed his faith that director Ron Howard would still get the film made, and indeed, he's still trying to.

'Parks & Recreation' Star Adam Scott Finally Gets A Lead Role In Comedy 'A.C.O.D.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 17, 2011 1:42 AM
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We've made no secret of our love for Adam Scott in these parts, but he's somehow not quite become the massive star it feels like he's been destined to be for a while. The actor popped up as a vaguely familiar face in serious dramas like "The Aviator," "High Crimes" and, um, "Torque" (maybe not so much with the serious and the drama) in the first half of the last decade, but he then took a major about turn into comedy, stealing the show in "Step Brothers," leading ace sitcom "Party Down" and recently joining the cast of the amazing "Parks & Recreation." But at the same time, he's given some scorching dramatic performances in little-seen indies like "The Vicious Kind" and "Passenger Side," and even did the action movie thing in "Piranha 3D," leading to the impression that maybe Hollywood just doesn't quite know what to make of him.

Saoirse Ronan Out, Dakota Fanning In For Emma Thompson's 'Effie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:33 AM
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With a cast of Saorise Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Imelda Staunton, Greg Wise and Emma Thompson all set to go, everything looked good for Thompson's latest screenplay "Effie." Unfortunately, the long arm of the law reared its ugly head earlier this year, putting the film in limbo. What was the point of contention?

'Mad Men' Star Rosemarie DeWitt Joins Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn In 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 17, 2011 1:24 AM
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Anne Hathaway might have gotten most of the plaudits for Jonathan Demme's excellent "Rachel Getting Married" (and rightfully so), but the film was home to another terrific performance from an actress -- Rosemarie DeWitt, who played the titular Rachel. De Witt is a long-time TV & film veteran, probably best known for her turn as Don Draper's bohemian mistress Midge in "Mad Men," and she's deservedly gotten a boost from those two projects, landing parts in projects like "The United States of Tara," "The Company Men" and next year's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."

Matthew McConaughey To Play Ex-Stripper In Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 12:58 PM
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Richard Linklater, William Friedkin, Lee Daniels, Jeff Nichols and now Steven Soderbergh. These are just some of the helmers Matthew McConaughey has worked with since 2009's "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past," the tedious rom-com that seems to have spooked the actor into ditching the easy paychecks that required little more than taking off his shirt, and digging into some real material. That said, this next project may find a reason for the actor yet to flex those pecs.

Review: 'Amigo' An Observational, Powerful Film Linking America's Political Past & Present

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 11:58 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF in 2010.
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'Mirkwood,' A Fictional Tale About The Life Of J.R.R. Tolkien, Heads To The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2011 11:30 AM
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The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are a hot commodity in Hollywood. With Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy grossing billions of dollars worldwide, and Jackson set to continue to milk that success with a two-part adaptation of Tolkien's "The Hobbit," what better time is there to have your historical fiction novel based on Tolkien's life turned into a movie?

Review: '5 Days Of War' Is A Tribute To Georgia Both Bombastic And Political

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 16, 2011 11:03 AM
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In 2008, the world turned its back as Russia declared war on the neighboring region of Georgia. For five days, the vastly superior Russian forces descended on destitute Georgian villages, separating families, causing massive property damage and driving a fractured country into further disrepair, of which the area has yet to recover. For all intents and purposes, Renny Harlin’s “5 Days Of War” should not exist. And yet it does, not only as a war picture that emphasizes the ugliness of this conflict, but as a document of a dark moment in world politics, when women and children were under the gun in front of the world's closed eyes.

Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin & Luke Wilson Team For Dramedy, 'Straight A's'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 10:36 AM
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James Cox ('Wonderland') DirectingTalk about your random casting. "True Blood" star Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson have joined the cast of the Nu Image/Millennium Films dramedy "Straight A's." Directing the picture is James Cox, who hasn't helmed a feature-length motion-picture since 2003's "Wonderland" starring Val Kilmer as the infamous porn star John Holmes.

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