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Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 3:03 AM
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"...but what I really want to do is direct" is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It's a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry. But as folks like Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, George Clooney and more have shown, the leap can be made and done very successfully, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on Keanu Reeves.

Watch: Welcome To Heartbreak; Full Trailer for Sundance Hit 'Like Crazy' Lands

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:55 AM
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Arriving barely a week after the teaser trailer, a full-length spot has arrived for Sundance hit "Like Crazy." The long-distance romantic drama stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence and it struck a nerve with audiences at Park City earlier this year, taking home the Grand Jury Prize for director Drake Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones. This writer saw the film back in January and thought it was easily one of the best of the fest. The film was mostly improvised and manages to capture that suffocating feeling of being in a long-distance relationship delivering a few moments that are truly crushing.

Guillermo Del Toro Says PG-13 Is The Refuge Of Cowards

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:46 AM
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How The Weinsteins Messed With 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More From The Filmmakers On The Horror RemakeOn Monday night, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center hosted a screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as part of their Film Comment Selects series. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV film about a young couple being pursued by malevolent creatures in a spooky old house they’ve inherited. The new version swaps in Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as interior decorators renovating an old house and gives Pearce’s character an 11-year-old daughter, Bailee Madison (“Brothers”), who ends up the subject of most of the torment.

Dakota Johnson & Nicholas Braun To Star In Chris Nelson's High School Comedy 'Gay Dude'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 10, 2011 2:20 AM
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Rising thesps Dakota Johnson and Nicholas Braun are set to lead Chris Nelson's upcoming high-school comedy "Gay Dude" with Hunter Cope and Dreama Walker ("The Sitter") rounding out the cast.

Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 2:04 AM
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There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happy. But that said, we don't think we've ever seen him personally get involved in promoting a film like has here.

Watch: Cross-Dressing, Line Dancing & Lizzy Caplan In 'Queens Of Country' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 1:46 AM
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Lizzy Caplan wasn't kidding when earlier this year she told us that the forthcoming indie comedy, "Queens of Country," was "a super strange, really funny movie." The trailer that has landed certainly confirms the "strange" part, but as for the "funny," we'll let you decide.

Bruce Willis Spins The Casting Wheel Again, Lands On 'G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2011 1:26 AM
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There are certain actors for whom any attempt to follow the logic or reason in their career choices can only end in failure. What drives Al Pacino to follow playing himself in Adam Sandler comedy "Jack & Jill" with a Phil Spector biopic? How does Samuel L. Jackson film both Cormac McCarthy adaptation "The Sunset Limited" and direct-to-video actioner "Arena" in the same year? At least Nicolas Cage owes the government millions in taxes, but some of these elder statesman seem to delight in veering between the sublime and the ridiculous, and one of the greatest offenders is Bruce Willis.

Oren Moverman To Write, Maybe Direct 'Terrorist Search Engine' For Scott Rudin & Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2011 1:01 AM
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Israeli-born writer-director Oren Moverman isn't just the owner of one of the best bald heads this side of Greg Mottola,, he's also becoming one of the most in-demand screenwriters around. Having gotten early credits on the likes of "Jesus' Son," "Married Life" and Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," Moverman broke out with his 2009 directorial debut "The Messenger," which saw him, co-writer Alessandro Camon and star Woody Harrelson all nominated for Oscars. His follow-up "Rampart" is one of our most eagerly anticipated films at Toronto this year, and he's taken a number of high-profile screenwriting jobs of late, including biopics of Kurt Cobain and, more recently, Brian Wilson.

'Footloose' Soundtrack Features Cee Lo, Smashing Pumpkins & More; Due September 27th

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 9, 2011 12:22 PM
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If you didn't lodge your complaint way back when, there's no point in kvetching now. The "Footloose" remake is signed, sealed and almost delivered. The film that does not star unlikely teen heartthrob Kevin Bacon, or love interest Lori Singer, or have Kenny Loggins' version of the original theme, opens nationwide in theaters on October 14th.

Zombies Will Attack When 'World War Z' Is Unleashed On December 21, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 10:24 AM
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You hear that sound? It's the studio heads of Relativity, Fox and Disney collectively cursing as Paramount have just thrown a major spanner in the works on the December 2012 calendar.

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