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New Looks At Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' & Rebecca Hall-Led Ghost Story 'The Awakening'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 4:25 AM
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1998 was the last time we had a film from Whit Stillman—“The Last Days of Disco”—and it has taken thirteen years, and a few projects that never got off the ground, to finally bring the indie filmmaking legend back, and we hope the wait is worth it.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Reminds Us Why We Love The Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 4:02 AM
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Good god, it's been a bad year at the cinema. It's not so much that there've been a lot of awful films, although of course there have. It's more that there have been a lot of deeply average ones, and very little greatness to share around. Even the better end of the scale, it's not quite scratched the right itch for us: as good as, say, "Beginners" or "Win Win" or "Midnight in Paris" are, they don't quite get the synapses firing in the way that truly great cinema does. It's the kind of thing that the crime flick has always done well -- there's a reason that the Cahiers du Cinema crowd worshiped early American genre pictures, for example, but there's been little to be excited about even in that department. So it's lucky that Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" has come along: it's a shot of pure cinema straight to the eyeball, and one that's stopped us from losing the faith just as we were about to start looking for gigs at What Yacht Magazine.

Trailer For Maggie Gyllenhaal Vibrator Comedy 'Hysteria' & Emily Blunt In 'Your Sister's Sister'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:52 AM
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Looking for some excitement? Maybe a little bit of a buzz to boost your mood? Yeah, we could throw around double entendres all day, but let's just get straight to it, shall we?

First Look & Trailer For Rachel Weisz Spy Pic 'Page Eight' And Saoirse Ronan In 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 3:22 AM
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So with TIFF unveiling its final batch of flicks, here come the first looks at the films that will be throwing elbows for attention in Ontario.

'Page Eight,' 'Alps,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Wuthering Heights,' Machine Gun Preacher' & More Go To TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Massive Slate Of Final Additions Includes 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Hysteria,' 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Miss Bala' & Many, Many MoreTIFF has just dropped the final batch of films slated to hit Toronto next month, and you might want to pack some Red Bull before heading up north. The number of additions is staggering, so let's get right to it shall we?

Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy To Commit 'ID Theft'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:09 AM
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It has been one helluva summer for R-rated comedies with some big successes ("The Hangover Part II," "Bridesmaids," "Horrible Bosses") and some notable misses ("The Change-Up," "30 Minutes Or Less") and Jason Bateman has been on the receiving end of both. He was part of the ensemble who off their employers in 'Bosses' but opposite Ryan Reynolds, the duo couldn't compel audiences to come out to their bawdy body switching comedy. But Bateman is a savvy, smart guy who has certainly been around the industry for a long time, and now ready to move into producing, he has smartly snagged one of the season's biggest breakout stars to co-star with him in yet another high concept laffer.

First Look At Keanu Reeves In The Indie Drama 'Generation Um…'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:07 AM
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Keanu Reeves tends to switch it up between blockbuster extravaganzas and lower-key indie fare (with mixed results on both ends). In recent years, he followed "Constantine" with "A Scanner Darkly," "The Day The Earth Stood Still" with "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and before kicking ass in "47 Ronin" he got two smaller flicks under his belt, the comedy "Henry's Crime" (released earlier this year) and "Generation Um..."

First Look At The Extensive Ensemble Cast Of Channing Tatum-Led 'Ten Year'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:04 AM
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While Channing Tatum hasn't impressed us with his acting prowess just yet, it's hard to hate on the guy because he's driven by a sincere desire to do good work. For every "Step Up," "Fighting" or "Dear John" the actor has a "Public Enemies," "The Eagle" or "Haywire" to balance things out and wisely, he's moving into producing to get vehicles he's more interested in doing off the ground. Both "21 Jump Street" and the upcoming Steven Soderbergh stripper flick "Magic Mike" will find Tatum with a more active role behind the scenes, but before both of those pictures, his first producing effort "Ten Year" will hit TIFF next month.

Bradley Cooper Flies From 'The Crow,' Mark Wahlberg & Channing Tatum Sought To Go Goth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 1:40 AM
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The road to "The Crow" remake/reboot hasn't been without its bumps. Things seemed to moving along swimmingly with Relativity pushing the project ahead, with "28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo at the helm and Bradley Cooper set to take the lead role. Things got derailed slightly when The Weinstein Company launched a lawsuit against Relativity regarding the rights to the franchise -- the case is now in arbitration -- it put the project on hold for a couple of months, enough time for Cooper to start booking his plans for the rest of the year, and even though the legal imbroglio is still being resolved, a new writer, Alex Tse ("Watchmen") was brought on to rewrite the project. Well, Cooper is booked up for the rest of the year with "The Place Beyond The Pines," "The Silver Linings Playbook" before heading into "Paradise Lost" and his schedule has forced him to fly the coop, but no worries, as the studio is now beginning to look at potential replacements and the first two choices to rise the top couldn't be more different.

Empire Big Screen '11: Nicolas Winding Refn Says 'Wonder Woman' A Go If He Does 'Logan's Run' Right

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 1:37 AM
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Plus Nine More Things We Learned From The 'Drive' DirectorMore and more of The Playlist team are catching up with Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," and every one of us that has seen it has loved it: it's easily one of the best movies of the year. The film was the secret screening at Empire Big Screen in London on Saturday night (we'll have a full review later), and Refn came up for a Q&A afterwards, moderated by the magazine's Damon Wise, which revealed a few insights into his top-notch crime drama, as well as an update on the status on what Refn hopes will be his biggest film to date. Below, ten highlights from the Q&A. Warning: some mild spoilers for "Drive" may be ahead.

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