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Romain Duris Joins Michel Gondry's French Language Film With Audrey Tautou

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2011 9:26 AM
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Film Is An Adaptation Of 'L'Ecume des jours'; Filming Starts In March 2012While he may not yet be known on this side of the ocean, French actor Romain Duris has been earning praise and breaking hearts in his native France. You might best know the three-time César award nominee from Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" or last year's arthouse comedy hit "Heartbreaker," but the actor is set to reteam with a very familiar face for a film that could serve as his biggest exposure to a worldwide audience yet.

Martin Scorsese To Direct Remake Of James Caan's 'The Gambler,' Leonardo DiCaprio To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2011 2:22 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio will star. Damn.

New Photo: Jennifer Garner Carves A Car Out Of 'Butter'; Long-Form Synopsis Released

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  • August 27, 2011 1:39 AM
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One of the biggest question marks at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival slate is The Weinstein Company comedy, "Butter." It's a curious picture for several reasons. It's not entirely clear if it's a drama, dramedy or comedy, but the TIFF website firmly says comedy (with elements of "identity" and "politics"), so fine then, maybe it incorporates all those elements. The TIFF site isn't helping either, as one of the loglines say the principal cast is the family at the center of the picture that's played by Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, plus the African American girl Yara Shahidi, who ends up as a nemesis to Garner's character. Meanwhile, TIFF says the cast is lead by Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman, but all photos released so far are of Garner.

Taylor Lautner, Nicolas Cage & Christian Slater, Reportedly On 'The Expendables 2' Wishlist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 26, 2011 12:56 PM
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'80s Action Star Christopher Lambert Reportedly Sought For Sequel As WellSince nearly everyone and his mother was linked to casting rumors for the first installment of "The Expendables," it only makes sense that there would be a whole new list of potential recruits for the sequel. Moviehole confirms that previously suggested names like Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Donnie Yen are indeed being mentioned as possibilities, with Yen even receiving an offer But wait, there's more, as those names are just the tip of the iceberg because the folks at Nu Image, as well as director Simon West and star Sylvester Stallone, have reportedly drafted a pretty gaudy wishlist of potential players.

Zac Efron's 'The Lucky One' Hits Aug. 24, 2012; 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Checks In Mar. 9, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 10:07 AM
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A couple of updates to your calendar for next year, so get out your pencils.

'Friday Night Lights' & 'Super 8' Star Kyle Chandler Joins Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 9:28 AM
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Kyle Chandler is one of those actors who is a journeyman, logging time on a number of television shows -- "Homefront" and "Early Edition" among them -- and appearing in small roles in a number of films before finally landing what would be his star-making turn in "Friday Night Lights." The critically acclaimed show struggled for survival throughout its five seasons, but it was a launchpad for folks like Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki and Minka Kelly and for Chandler as well, it put him firmly on the radar thanks to his turn as Eric Taylor. J.J. Abrams made a great choice in slotting him in "Super 8" and now Chandler will see his stock rise with a role in another highly touted pic.

Zoe Saldana Is Half-Human, Half-Angel In Supernatural Thriller 'Dominion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 8:49 AM
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We'll say this about Zoe Saldana -- she is just not getting the kinds of pictures she deserves. She's the rare breed of actress who can more than handle her own in genre fare and she's been underserved for the most part, with thankless roles in "The Losers," "Takers" and this weekend's "Colombiana." But she continues to push forward, but man, we wish we could be more excited about this project.

Sony Jumpstarts 'Flatliners' Remake, Hires 'Source Code' Writer Ben Ripley To Pen Screenplay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 8:21 AM
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Oh, the jokes of bringing dead things back to life are just too easy so we'll avoid them, but in case you've just been aching for the 1990 medical thriller "Flatliners" to be retold, well today is your lucky day.

Exclusive: New Trailer For 'Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 7:47 AM
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Irvine Welsh & Director Rob Heydon Talk About Bringing The Adaptation To LifeWhen Danny Boyle delivered the groundbreaking "Trainspotting" it proved that the unique language, tenor and prose of Scottish writer Irvine Welsh could be brought to the big screen with both style and substance. An adaptation of "The Acid House" soon followed and "Filth" is gearing up to shoot next year, and the next Welsh story to hit the big screen will be "Ecstasy." But it was no easy journey.

In Theaters: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' or 'Colombiana'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • August 26, 2011 7:29 AM
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Ah, the dog days of August. Used to be that this month was just another typical dumping ground for films that withered on the vine, but it in recent years, it's expanded a bit to swallow up some of the summer blockbuster fare crowded out of May-June-July. But the last weekend in August? Yeesh. Kids are going back to school, college students are back on campus, and everyone's depressed because summer's ending. That psychological breakdown attempts to explain the box office offerings for this weekend. Katie Holmes gets scared in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Sundance comedy "Our Idiot Brother" takes advantage of the roomy playing field, and B-action flick "Colombiana" does the same. If you're not soaking up the last dregs of summer out of doors this weekend, or battening down the hatches on the East Coast with the arrival of Hurricane Irene, here are the releases available at your multiplex or art house.

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