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Cannes Review: 'Miss Bala' A Visceral, Layered Look At The Mexican War On Drugs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2011 3:23 AM
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Cinema, television and even the music world have always had a somewhat romantic notion of the drug trade. Guys like Scarface and Omar from "The Wire" are seen as badasses making their way, while hip-hop has a whole sub-genre dedicated to raps about slinging crack. And while in our homes and on our iPods it may seem far away or even harmless, in Mexico, they are in the midst of a very real war. The statistics are staggering -- 36,000 dead from 2006-2011 including women and children -- and the economics moreso. $25-40 billion is generated by drugs alone; the crime lords definitely have a vested (and violent) interest in keeping their business going. But unlike movies, music and TV, in the real world, no one just decides one day they are going to get in the game -- sometimes you just end up there. And as we learn from "Miss Bala," once you're in, getting out is nearly impossible.

'Zodiac' & 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Writer Jamie Vanderbilt To Pen 'Red Riding' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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You might not have seen "Red Riding," the trilogy of British crime films that hit theaters at the start of last year. The films only received the briefest of releases, with a simultaneous video-on-demand release, although they attracted millions of viewers when they aired in the U.K. in January 2009. If you didn't, you should: the three films -- "In the Year of Our Lord 1974," "In the Year of Our Lord 1980" and "In the Year of Our Lord 1983," directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, respectively -- were among the best crime movies of recent years, with an outstanding cast including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey, Eddie Marsan, Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan and many, many others.

New Documentary To Go Inside 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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A long time ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to make the greatest movie of all time. It was an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s “Dune,” and he was ready to employ Salvador Dali, Douglas Trumbull, Michel Seydoux and Pink Floyd amongst then-unknown names like Moebius, Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. For a variety of reasons, some bordering on hearsay (many claim Jodorowsky was wholly dismissive of the source), the film fell apart, leaving movie lovers to imagine “what-if,” even if the picture was eventually made by David Lynch and a significantly less colorful group of collaborators.

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures Wins Rights To The 'Terminator' Franchise

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 1:00 AM
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To my dearest Megan Ellison,

Mark Wahlberg Re-Uniting With David O. Russell For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:55 PM
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Film Will Seemingly Shoot Ahead Of Video Game Adaptation 'Uncharted' The first time David O. Russell teamed up with Mark Wahlberg, it was on the outstanding "Three Kings," but their follow-up was something of a mixed bag: "I Heart Huckabees" divided critics, and was mostly ignored by audiences. But Wahlberg was brilliant in it, and their third collaboration, "The Fighter," was far more successful, picking up Oscar nominations and a hefty box office take, and the two seemed to be a good team. Unfortunately, their next mooted film was the video game adaptation "Uncharted" which, while we have faith that Russell would turn out something more interesting than, say, "Mortal Kombat," it didn't necessarily seem to be the best use of their talents.

Watch: Full, Brilliant 25-Minute Short 'Successful Alcoholics,' With Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:37 PM
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So, the weekend is finally here, and you're hopefully getting ready to unwind a bit. We'll be bringing you more from Cannes over the weekend, but to tide you over, the one thing you must watch this weekend (aside from "Bridesmaids," which again, we urge you to see, for your own good, because it's absolutely terrific) is the below short: "Successful Alcoholics."

Holy Fuck: Martin Scorsese & Lars Von Trier Teaming To Remake 'The Five Obstructions'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:16 PM
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Daniel-Day Lewis Flick 'Silence' Confirmed To Be Scorsese's Next, Shoots In Early 2012As anyone who's seen any of his work before, Lars Von Trier is something of a trickster (there's an amazing story from the "Dogville" shoot about the director filling Paul Bettany's hotel room with wall-to-wall pornography, and then showing Nicole Kidman before she met the British actor, that pretty much crowns him as king of the pranksters), so you'll forgive us if we don't believe any little rumor that circulates about the Danish director. Particularly when it was one as seemingly outlandish as a collaboration between him and Martin Scorsese.

'The Dark Tower' Still Alive At Universal, But Film Delayed And Budget Will Be Trimmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:09 PM
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There's no question, despite the somewhat vanilla nature of its director, that Ron Howard's planned adaptation of "The Dark Tower" is one of the most ambitious projects in years, if not ever. So, despite a trouble-free first few months for the project, we weren't entirely surprised by the rumors last week that Universal, who were meant to be backing the epic three-film, two-TV-series project, were getting cold feet over spiraling costs and were considering scrapping the film entirely.

Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Is a Soggy Sea Chanty That Seems Awfully Familiar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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Executive producers of television series talk about needing to do a "bottle episode," usually about a third of the way through the season when they've unnecessarily overspent on the earlier episodes and need to save up so that the finale can go out with a bang. In a lot of ways "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (yes, that's the actual title) feels like a "bottle episode" in the franchise, one in which the scale is cut back tremendously, extraneous mythology shaved away, with the lavish direction of the original trilogy (by Gore Verbinski, who helmed one of this year's very best movies, "Rango") replaced with someone whose vision is, if not entirely lacking, somewhat more made-for-TV.

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.

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