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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Set to Head Back in Time Once Again With 'Peace Like A River'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 17, 2011 4:43 AM
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"The Help" has proven itself to be a big hit by all accounts this weekend. One of our writers seemed to be quite entertained by it, critics in general loved it, and according to the box office receipts and Cinemascore, audiences did as well. So it goes without saying that this late summer surprise is going to look good on the resumes of both cast and director alike. And it looks like Hollywood has spent no time at all lining up helmer Tate Taylor's next job.

New Look At Matt Damon & Scarlett Johansson In Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 3:32 AM
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So, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and...Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" is nowhere to be seen. Granted, the film was only shot earlier this year and the ever busy Crowe -- who already released the Elton John doc "The Union" and is finalizing "Pearl Jam Twenty" for Venice -- is likely still getting the the film finished, so pics will have to do for now (until we get a trailer).

Rosamund Pike Lands Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise In 'One Shot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 2:45 AM
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While we're still not quite convinced that Tom Cruise is the right man to be playing hulking Jack Reacher, at least when it comes to the female lead in "One Shot," they got it right.

First Images & Trailer From Si Kaddour Benghabrit Biopic 'Free Men' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 17, 2011 2:38 AM
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After debuting at Cannes to lukewarm reviews, the upcoming appearance at TIFF of Ismaël Ferroukhi's "Free Men" has brought us a handful of new images and a trailer for the political thriller led by breakout "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim.

Disney Exec Admits What We Already Knew, Says 'Alice In Wonderland' "Isn't Very Good"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 2:31 AM
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In case you had any doubt about where Hollywood suits stood on the issue of art vs. commerce, we'll turn the microphone over to Walt Disney Animation Studios' chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson.

Elizabeth Olsen Says 'Very Good Girls' With Dakota Fanning May Be Delayed

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 17, 2011 2:22 AM
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Elizabeth Olsen, the young sister of the Olsen twins, broke out earlier this year at Sundance with her performance as the titular character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." This writer recently saw the film at MIFF and found out exactly why the actress was the talk of the town in Park City with a magnetic, twisted turn in Sean Durkin's accomplished debut. One project Olsen soon attached herself to in the post-festival hype was Naomi Foner's "Very Good Girls," which is set to see her star along side fellow talent Dakota Fanning in a dramatic comedy also featuring Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek.

Review: 'One Day' Essentially An Overwrought Nicholas Sparks Movie With Dodgy English Accents

  • By The Playlist
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  • August 17, 2011 2:05 AM
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Treacly, oftentimes predictable, lacking real chemistry and sporting a narrative conceit that never really serves the movie well, if you thought the only thing missing from movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels was questionably convincing English accents, “One Day” may be the movie for you. While there’s something to be said for any film that takes relationships between young adults even semi-seriously, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess discover plenty of melodrama in their characters’ two-decade, on-off romance, but they unfortunately fail to fill out the other 364 days of those years with much depth.

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.

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