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Ryan Gosling Directing & Starring In Remake Of Music Biopic 'The Idolmaker'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 11:21 AM
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After what seems like years and years, it appears that we're finally on the verge of something that's been in the works for a while: the arrival of Ryan Gosling as a fully fledged, honest-to-god movie star. The actor might have captured teen hearts in "The Notebook" and picked up an Oscar nomination for his astonishing performance in "Half Nelson," but he's spent the past half-decade since firmly avoiding tentpoles, landing mostly in indie fare like "Lars and the Real Girl" and the wonderful "Blue Valentine," with only one studio outing, the immediately forgotten Anthony Hopkins thriller "Fracture," in the last seven years.

Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Is An Endless Number Of Quirks Searching For A Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 11:00 AM
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Easily the first hard flop of the Cannes Film Festival, the warning signs were there but perhaps we didn't pay them much mind. If everything had gone according to the original plan, "Restless" would have already come and gone in theaters and never hit the Croisette. And that probably would have been the better for everyone involved. Instead, a rightfully nervous Sony scuttled a planned January release and shuffled the film over to their indie division Sony Pictures Classics to handle. Kudos for them for getting the film into the opening slot of the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, because after seeing it, that must have been nothing short of a coup.

Jeremy Renner May Star In 'You’re Not You' With Hilary Swank, Clive Owen & Uma Thurman Go 'Blind'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 9:31 AM
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More Casting Bits: Alice Eve & Liev Schreiber Join Director Mark Pellington, Craig Bierko Will Play A 'Stooges' VillainProducers in Cannes talk loose. There's a bevy of talks, negotiations and (shudder) pre-attachment deals going on around the Croisette this week, but don't be surprised if all the actors announced don't actually appear in the films they're touted to be in (see last year when, for example Amy Adams was listed in the original version of John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," which died and then came back to life this year). A lot of these are early teasing promises to get investors involved and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

Cannes Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 8:33 AM
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Just a note: No, this isn't part of the official lineup, but we missed it at Sundance and took a trip into the Cannes marketplace today to catch up with it.

Will Ferrell Calls His Spanish-Language Film 'Casa De Mi Padre' Rodriguez & Tarantino-esque

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 13, 2011 7:45 AM
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Plus A Negligible Amount Of 'Step Brothers 2' News/HopeIn support of the upcoming indie drama "Everything Must Go" (which we dug), Will Ferrell has been making the press rounds with various outlets speaking of not only his angle and his interest in the film, but also a few of his upcoming projects -- namely "Casa de mi Padre" and "Step Brothers 2."

Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 7:36 AM
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"They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

Trailer And Poster For Craig Gillespie's 'Fright Night' Doesn't Suck...

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 13, 2011 7:19 AM
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But Isn't What We Thought It'd Be, Either After a slew of teasing pictures, DreamWorks has finally unveiled the trailer for upcoming horror remake "Fright Night" starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, adorable next-big-thing Imogen Poots, Toni Colette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Chris Sarandon. And the verdict?

6 New Photos From Pedro Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 7:01 AM
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Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "The Skin I Live In," has not yet screened to critics at the Cannes Film Festival, but it sounds like a tantalizing offering from one of cinema's consistently modern auteurs. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale," this revenge tale tells the story of a plastic surgeon (Banderas) on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter and looks like part horror, thriller and melodrama which is a nice change of pace for Almodóvar(though arguably, the film noir tones in the uneven, but ever-watchable "Broken Embraces," had some of those notes too).

In Theaters: 'Bridesmaids' Races 'Priest' To The Altar

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 13, 2011 6:31 AM
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Yeahhhhhh!! "Bridesmaids" is here! Ladies and the dudes who love them have been waiting with bated breath for the premiere of the only seemingly smart female-centric comedy, um, ever? Suck it all you Cannes-goers, we've got quality comedy over here! Regular readers of this site will know that we are big fans of the film and hope that it does bonkers bidness to open the door for more equal opportunity female driven comedy. Less "Something Borrowed" and more "Bridesmaids" please! Also opening is "Priest," but seriously, the less said about that the better. And some interesting festival hits appear in theaters in limited release as well.

Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire & Zac Efron Starring In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 6:18 AM
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'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Confirmed For CastLee Daniels hasn't quite had Hollywood bowing before him in the same way that some directors do after picking up an Oscar nomination -- in his case, for "Precious." It's not that the director hasn't gotten involved in projects -- he's attached to no fewer than five, and two, the civil rights drama "Selma," and the White House-set tale "The Butler," were close to happening, with A-listers like Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington attached. But the films never quite got going, for one reason or another, and Daniels is yet to make his follow-up to the film that made his name.

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