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David Mamet's Gone Right-Wing, Taking On Affirmative Action In Next Screenplay

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 4:57 AM
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Day two of Von Triergate, and... oh, sorry, it's become almost automatic at this point. But enough of directors who haven't actually suddenly displayed right-wing tendencies, how about a director who actually has! David Mamet's always been a controversial figure, since at least his troublesome sexual harassment play "Oleanna." But a shift has started to be seen in his recent work, one explained in full by a lengthy article in the Weekly Standard.

Lars Von Trier Apologizes For Nazi Comments. Sort Of.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 3:58 AM
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Welcome back to the newly renamed Von TrierList, with the latest update from Cannes on the horrifying controversy the storm in a teacup that followed Lars Von Trier's comments at a press conference for his latest film about his 'Nazi' heritage, and the subsequent statement by festival officials announcing that the director was now "persona non grata" on the Croisette. The latest being that the director has responded to his 'ban.'

Bunk! 'The Wire' Star Wendell Pierce To Play Blues Legend B.B. King In New Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 3:10 AM
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Patrick Fugit Joins Him In 'B.B. King And I'We suspect we've said this before, but, while we love basically every character on HBO's much-missed masterpiece "The Wire," our favorite may have been Detective William 'Bunk' Moreland, as embodied by Wendell Pierce, the warm beating heart of the show, but capable of regular badassery (watch the Season 3 confrontation with Omar, one of the great pieces of television acting by both Pierce and Michael K. Williams, for proof). Like many of the show's stars, the 49-year-old actor has gone on to bigger, if not better, things -- he's currently one of the key cast members in David Simon's 'Wire' follow-up "Treme," and before the year is out he'll crop up in both the comedy "Horrible Bosses" and in mega-franchise film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1." But it looks like he's finally landed a long overdue starring role.

Trailers & Clips: The 'Zookeeper,' 'Super 8,' 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' & 'Good Neighbors'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2011 2:37 AM
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Also Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey-Centered Documentary, 'Magic Trip'Alright, a whole slew of new trailers and clips have arrived. Lets do this. Hold your nose.

James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel & Lilli Taylor To Star In Porn Drama 'Cherry'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 2:10 AM
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Guessing James Franco's next step is an entirely foolhardy pastime. The absurdly busy polymath star jumps from project to project seemingly at random, with recent movements including playing a guy who chops his own arm off, a blockbuster about super-intelligent monkeys, a stint on a soap opera, making his directorial debut, teaching a college class about himself, a collection of short stories, a Julia Roberts vehicle adapting a self-help book, a stoner comedy parody of 1980s fantasy movies, a mega-budgeted Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," and fucking up the Oscars.

Jim Cameron Honors Centenary Of Loss Of 1,517 Souls By Re-Releasing 'Titanic' In 3D On April 6, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 1:23 AM
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After a dozen years as the top-grossing film of all time, a seemingly once-in-a-generation phenomenon, James Cameron's action-heavy period romance "Titanic" was finally unseated from its position as the biggest grossing film of all time by... James Cameron's action-heavy futuristic romance, "Avatar," which topped the earlier film's seemingly unbeatable $1,800,000,000 haul by nearly a billion dollars. But with "Avatar 2" not expected in theaters until 2015, the director has to find some way of keeping his coffers topped up (transplanting yourself into a Na'vi doesn't come cheap, you know), so he's going back to his number two film to give it the one thing it was missing before: a third dimension.

Stephen Fry To Play The Master of Laketown In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 1:02 AM
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"The Hobbit" has been filming for over a month now -- indeed, the film's Bilbo Baggins, Martin Freeman, has finished his first block of shooting, and departed back to the U.K. to film the second season of "Sherlock." But that doesn't mean that the casting process has wrapped up -- not entirely surprising, for a film with fourteen months of filming scheduled. Director Peter Jackson's confirmed that one key role has been filled by an iconic British figure who's been linked to the film for some time.

Warp Developing 2 Paddy Considine Projects, Plus Films By Chapman Brothers, Matthew Holness & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 12:04 PM
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In a dark and uncertain time for the British film industry, Warp Films is becoming one of the most interesting outlets around. The big-screen offshoot of legendary dance label Warp Records, the home of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Grizzly Bear and Maximo Park, among others, the company has already been behind the high-quality likes of "This is England," "Submarine" and "Trash Humpers," and they're showing no signs of letting up.

Robert Rodriguez Calls 'Deadpool' Directorial Rumors Overblown & "Bizarre"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 18, 2011 11:06 AM
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A cautionary tale and here's why the offer story is dangerous (and not something we love, but something we recognize is part of the game these days). Back in the day we were the first to report that Robert Rodriguez had been offered "Deadpool," the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," spin-off starring Ryan Reynolds.

Cannes Review: Lars Von Trier Confronts Depression Head On In The Grim 'Melancholia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2011 10:38 AM
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Two years after Lars Von Trier caused a major stir at Cannes with his contentious "Antichrist," the enfant terrible returns to the Croisette in a much more subdued mood with "Melancholia." Despite the premise, which sounds tailor-made for Von Trier to provoke and prod his audience, the film is easily the most restrained the director has been "Europa." Essentially shock free, the operatic, three act film plays more like an Ingmar Bergman chamber piece than anything else and the biggest surprise is just how contemplative Von Trier is this time around.

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