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Will Ferrell & Dan Rush Talk Expanding A 4-Page Short Story For The Indie Drama 'Everything Must Go'

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  • May 12, 2011 9:15 AM
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Filmmakers Didn't Want The Relationship With Rebecca Hall Go Hollywood & 12 Other Things We LearnedFirst-time feature-length director Dan Rush (known for his commercial work) must have naked pictures of some studio execs' off-hours, off-marriage tryst. Either that or his screenplay for "Everything Must Go," an adaptation of a four-page Raymond Carver story must have ruled. Considering the subtle, mannered, funny, yet not-broad dramedy that stars the very excellent cast of Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern, Michael Peña, Stephen Root and newcomer Christopher Jordan Wallace, we're thinking the latter.

Pixar Release New Trailer For 'Cars 2,' Total Duration Of Marketing Clips Now Longer Than 'Shoah'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 8:44 AM
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Soundtrack Includes Weezer, Robbie Williams & Brad PaisleyOK, so we know that Disney makes literally billions and billions of dollars a year off merchandise for the original "Cars," so the sequel was something of a no-brainer for them, but do they really need to sell it this hard? Apple has debuted the latest trailer for "Cars 2" on their site, which marks the 25th such entry for the film in the last year. Admittedly, most have been brief video introductions to seemingly every character glimpsed in the film, but it still seems like overkill.

Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl & Amanda Seyfried Starring In 'Gently Down The Stream'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 8:03 AM
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There's a basic appeal to the idea of the team-up movie. Since the dawn of fan fiction, people have dreamed of combining their favorite heroes, and it's proved to be lucrative big-screen niche, from "Godzilla vs.King Kong" and "Alien vs. Predator" to next summer's "The Avengers." So it only makes sense that we'd eventually get a female-driven version of the genre, and by combining a trio of the biggest stars in the rom-com world, along with an acting legend, that seems to be what the producers of "Gently Down the Stream" are doing: it's like "The Avengers," but with stars of terrible romantic comedies.

Shiloh Fernandez And Amber Heard Topline Indie Film 'Syrup'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 12, 2011 7:32 AM
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Everything's set to go for "Syrup," which will be author Max Barry's first big screen production of his debut novel. The very favorably-reviewed book will be directed by Aram Rappaport (upcoming "Summer Song" starring "Spy Kids" Alex Vega) and be lead by Shiloh Fernandez from the abhorrent "Red Riding Hood" (and the relatively interesting "Skateland") and Amber Heard from the anticipated, but seemingly long-delayed Hunter S. Thompson flick "The Rum Diary."

Jeff Garlin, Lynn Shelton, Kristen Bell And More Join 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 12, 2011 7:20 AM
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Even the most casual dabbler in Internet jokes have seen the ad at the bottom of this piece, a baffling classified entry that holds infinite potential for a good story (and apparently 834509 memes). However, aspiring screenwriters better minimize their pirated Final Draft because filming has already begun in Seattle on "Safety Not Guaranteed," the movie inspired by the ad that's being directed by Colin Treverrow from a script by constant cohort Derek Connolly. After working in some smaller TV production and movies, the Duplass brothers have taken the two under their wing and seem to have wrangled the right kind of talent.

Tim Robbins Joins Mark Ruffalo In Sex Addiction Comedy 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 6:59 AM
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Considering that the majority of his best-known roles are in the somewhat-serious likes of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Mystic River," it's easy to forget that Tim Robbins is a prodigious comic talent. At the start of his career, he appeared mostly in comedies, both good ones ("The Sure Thing," "Bull Durham") and bad ones ("Howard The Duck," "Eric The Viking"). Even today, as an Oscar-winner, Robbins occasionally finds time to crop up in brief roles in gutbusters like "Anchorman" and this summer's "Green Lantern."

Review: 'Cameraman' Is A Warm Tribute To A Genius Visualist

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 12, 2011 6:40 AM
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So you're at a bar, nearly exceeding your alcohol tolerance, when suddenly you find yourself in a conversation with an elder. Chalk it up to liquor-induced time traveling, but however the talk began is of no importance because this charmer is full of exceeding knowledge and incredible stories. Now imagine this intelligent, seen-it-all storyteller was actually the late Jack Cardiff, cinematographer of "War and Peace," "The Red Shoes," "Black Narcissus," and "The African Queen" just to name a few. Quite a night for a film fanatic, huh? While this ever happening is certainly out of the question, Craig McCall's "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" is not only as close to the real thing as you'll ever get, but much better, complete with clips and guest interviewees such as Martin Scorsese and Kirk Douglas to enrich the intimate conversation.

'Expendables 2' Releases Promo Poster And Fake Synopsis, While JCVD Rumors Persist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 6:20 AM
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You asked for it: Sly and the gang are suiting up for "The Expendables 2." As the last film made a killing in international pre-sales, so will this one, as Nu Image is shopping the yet-to-be-shot actioner in Cannes with this brand new poster. Yes, it reeks of cheese, but it's also a mock-up probably done by one lowly intern on his lunch break, merely an announcement that "this movie exists." It does seem telling that, unlike last time, there isn't a giant list of names all over this thing, as shooting is very tenuously planned for the fall despite the likelihood that cast members from the first film may be busy.

Rose Byrne Talks 'Bridesmaids,' Her Admiration For Kristin Wiig & The Rest Of The Comic Ensemble

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2011 6:00 AM
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There is no stopping Rose Byrne in 2011. Not only is the actress busy with the hit show "Damages," she's in three movies hitting theaters in three months and they couldn't be more different. Last month she starred in the low-budget horror sensation "Insidious" (one of the most financially successful films of the year, given its low budget), next month she'll be part of the massive ensemble featured in "X-Men: First Class" and this weekend, she's part of the troupe of actresses that lead Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids."

Jack White To Contribute To Soundtrack Of Bobcat Goldthwait's Kinks Musical 'Schoolboys In Disgrace'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 5:40 AM
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Update: A representative from William Morris Endeavor has told us that Screen Daily's report was incorrect, and that Jack White is in no way involved with the project. Well, there we go.

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