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Juno Temple & Michael Angarano To Star In Offbeat Comedy 'The Brass Teapot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 3:40 AM
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We like Juno Temple very much. She's shone in indies like "Cracks" and "Greenberg," and we're clearly not the only ones who've noticed -- the actress has been cast in a key role by Christopher Nolan in "The Dark Knight Rises." We also like Michael Angarano very much. The actor's been appealing in smaller roles from "Almost Famous" to "Snow Angels," and really staked his claim as a leading man earlier in the year in Max Winkler's firmly enjoyable comedy "Ceremony." So we're positively delighted to reveal that the pair are teaming up for a new independent comedy.

Review: 'Brother's Justice' Earns The Title Of Least Convincing Mockumentary Ever Made

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 13, 2011 3:27 AM
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There’s a couple of central jokes at the heart of “Brother’s Justice,” a new fake-umentary opening this weekend.

Cannes Review: Brazilian Pic 'Hard Labor' Finds Real Horror In The Job Market

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 3:25 AM
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For their first feature, the directing team of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra certainly made a reach for the brass ring. A horror film (of sorts) structured around an observation of the economic realities and class systems of Brazil, "Hard Labor" is an ambitious blend of genres that unfortunately is so concerned with teasing and eventually unveiling it's big last act twist, that the rest of the film is a tiring waiting game.

'Hunger Games' Helmer Gary Ross Sets Up Cyrano De Bergerac Reworking At New Regency

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 13, 2011 3:15 AM
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With the flurry of "The Hunger Games" casting going on in the last few weeks, director Gary Ross is almost set to start filming what seems to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of next year, at least to its vociferous fanbase. As long as it succeeds (and, financially, it probably will), Ross will be set to take on any project he wants. According to THR, that film will be a contemporary retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac legend, in which a plain man must seduce his love for a more handsome and richer man. In the kind of move that we're staggered hasn't yet happened, his version would utilize all the social media tools of today in order to provide a modern spin.
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First Look At Bruce Willis In Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 13, 2011 2:45 AM
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Rian Johnson, director of "The Brothers Bloom" and "Brick," has amassed quite a cast for his next sci-fi outing "Looper."

Cannes Review: 'Habemus Papam' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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Early word on Nanni Moretti's "Habemus Papam" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "Habemus Papam" is less about a newly elected Pope overcoming his fears to serve the church, but more about the expectations we put on these figures and in its own quiet way, it questions -- without condemning -- the Vatican's staunch rules that keep much of the higher cardinals and officials out of reach from the everyday world.

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass & Jake Johnson To Star In 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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We probably don't need to tell you about our admiration for Aubrey Plaza, and we're glad to see the actress rightfully getting her due with the lead role in the upcoming "The Hand Job" featuring a wealth of comedic talent. But another project, also featuring Plaza, will mount first and she's joined once again with some strong players at her side.

Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode To Star In Pierre Morel-Produced Action-Thriller 'Overdrive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 2:06 AM
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For a brief time after the release of surprise hit, "Taken," it seemed as though the world was Pierre Morel's oyster. The one-time DoP had cult success with "District 13," and his follow-up, the Liam Neeson starrer, was an enormous worldwide hit, landing the French director at the top of action/sci-fi wishlists, and giving him the plum job of replacing Peter Berg on the adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel "Dune." But things haven't been so smooth since: "Dune" was canceled by Paramount, he didn't land the job of directing Universal's tentpole "Ouija," and his third directorial effort "From Paris With Love" disappointed commercially.

Review: 'The Big Bang' Starring Antonio Banderas Is More Like A Bad Lay

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 13, 2011 1:45 AM
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Why is it that all hard boiled detectives in movies have to have the standard-issue growly deep-voiced monotone? Are there no soprano private investigators? The throat lozenge market would make a killing catering their ads specifically to people like P.I. Ned Cruz, the hero of this Friday’s “The Big Bang,” a silly noir pisstake hitting DVD soon after its theatrical run.

Cannes Review: 'Polisse' A Gritty Police Procedural That Can't Avoid Soap Opera Theatrics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 1:30 AM
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On paper, a film investigating the inner workings of the police department seems like an odd choice for the Cannes Film Festival which prides itself on breaking new voices in cinema. Certainly, the film world has never lacked in depictions of a cop's life in all its difficult detail. But "Polisse" brings something slightly different to the equation. Inspired by a documentary the singularly named director Maiwenn saw on television about the Child Protection Unit, she set out to do her own research and based on that she's spun "Polisse." No, this isn't just a two hour episode of "Law & Order: SVU" (though at its worst, it does evoke some of the shriller moments of that show), instead, it's a largely unflinching look at the harrowing crimes this group of undersung officers investigate on a day to day to basis and the repercussions it has on their personal lives.

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