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Michael Cera Joins Indie Thriller 'Magic Magic' With ‘The Maid’ Director Sebastian Silva

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 12:27 PM
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A frequent though somewhat unfair criticism leveled at Michael Cera is that he always plays the same George Michael Bluth-esque role that made him popular in "Arrested Development." Although, those haters seemed to conveniently overlook that he side-stepped that persona with ease as the much more suave and badass Francois Dillinger in the underrated "Youth In Revolt." Well, no matter, because Cera's next gig is going to be straight 180-degree turn from anything you've seen in him in before.

Watch: Cannes Clips From Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre' & French Police Pic 'Polisse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 11:08 AM
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Yep, more glimpses and peeks at some of the films playing Cannes which kicks off of Wednesday, so let's get right to it, shall we?

Darren Aronofsky Eyes Sci-Fi Pic 'Human Nature' With George Clooney Linked To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 10:48 AM
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What is in the water today? News about Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and now this. We guess people are clearing their desks of news before grabbing their flight to Cannes.

Mark Strong Joins James McAvoy In British Crime Thriller ‘Welcome To The Punch’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 9:57 AM
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With filmmakers, buyers, producers, actors and directors all packing their bags and crowding airports for Cannes, it's going to be a very busy week for casting announcements as projects hope to find legs in the busy festival marketplace.

Martin Scorsese To Edit Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Hopes Of Creating A Releasable Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 9:22 AM
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Where do we start with Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," his followup to the critically acclaimed "You Can Count On Me." Well, here goes. The film has been sitting in limbo for the past few years -- it wrapped way back in 2005 -- for a variety of reasons. Foremost, a legal battle erupted between Fox Searchlight and the film's producer Dan Gilbert, with suits and countersuits filed, as Lonergan simply could not find the picture in the editing bay. Lonergan apparently requested further time in the editing room, while multiple editors apparently also took control of the film at various points both with and without Lonergan's ok. Even late producer Sydney Pollack become infuriated with Lonergan's "unprofessional and irrational behavior," and we pretty much had figured the movie would end up as an historical curiosity rather than an actual finished film. At one point, it was rumored that 300 pages of script were shot, so no wonder he had trouble wrangling this thing into a manageable size.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Future' Won't Change Your Opinion On Miranda July

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:43 AM
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Either you thought that "Me And You And Everyone You Know" was insufferably twee or it was the arrival of a new cinematic voice, but there seems to be very little in of a middle ground when it comes to Miranda July and the trailer for her latest effort will do little sway your opinion no matter which side of the fence you're on.

Nicole Kidman Circles James Wan's Low Budget Horror Pic 'Spectre'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 8:20 AM
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While we may not be huge fans of his oeuvre, it's easy to see why Hollywood loves director James Wan. He delivers big scares and big box office on tiny budgets. In fact, "Insidious" is already past $50 million domestic with worldwide numbers still to come in all on a tiny cost of $1.5 million. Not bad. So it's no wonder talent around Hollywood is paying attention, and for his next film, the director may be working with one of the respected actresses in the game.

Stanley Tucci Is Caesar Flickerman In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 7:43 AM
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Now that we got news about Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Cannes Film Festival out of the way, here's a "Hunger Games" update. Yawn.

Rob Marshall Makes It Official, Signs On To Direct 'The Thin Man' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 7:17 AM
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Considering that these days Johnny Depp rarely strays too far from his comfort zone and seems content to keep working with the same folks over and over, this news is hardly that surprising.

Paul Thomas Anderson To Shoot 'The Master' In June With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre & Laura Dern Contenders For Supporting RolesExcuse us a second, our brains just exploded. Not only does Paul Thomas Anderson's brewing untitled quasi-Scientology flick, formerly known as "The Master," now have a distributor in The Weinstein Company, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are set to star, according to Deadline, with a June start now scheduled.

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