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Olivia Wilde Replaces Jennifer Garner In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 26, 2011 1:01 AM
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After having Jeremy Renner replaced by Sam Rockwell for the male lead, Geoff Moore and David Posamentier's "Better Living Through Chemistry" has once again seen another equal casting substitution with rising star Olivia Wilde set to take on the role recently left vacant by Jennifer Garner after news of her third pregnancy.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says Ryan Gosling May Appear In Terrence Malick's Next Film

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 25, 2011 12:59 PM
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'Drive' Director Also Says Another Carey Mulligan Collaboration In The WorksIs Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's upcoming modern adaptation of classic sci-fi "Logan's Run" set to be delayed by a teaming between the latter and renowned auteur Terrence Malick? Apparently so, according to Film School Rejects, who were on hand at a Q&A with the director for his latest effort "Drive."

Watch: Johnny Depp Once Again Goes Into The Mind Of Hunter S. Thompson In 'The Rum Diary' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 12:56 PM
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One film that has been curiously absent from the festival circuit in 2011 thus far is Bruce Robinson's long-awaited "The Rum Diary." It won't be in Venice, Toronto or New York and while Telluride or London are possibilities with the release date coming up in October, it seems FilmDistrict have been more busy building the buzz around "Drive." Well, the first trailer has arrived and it seems indicate why this movie has been flying somewhat under the radar.

Peter Sarsgaard Eyes Kelly Reichardt's Eco-Terrorist Pic 'Night Moves'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 11:21 AM
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Draws Parallels Between His Character And The Documentary 'If A Tree Falls'It's no secret that Kelly Reichardt is one of our favorite filmmakers, a unique voice in cinema whose films to date, such as "Old Joy," "Wendy & Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff," have arrived in deceptively low key packages, and upon viewing, open up a rich interior world. Word has been quiet since the director dropped her 'Cutoff' but it appears that after delivering that hard scrabble western, she is looking to make a distinct swing into a new direction.

Olivier Megaton Admits 'Colombiana' Inspired By Luc Besson's Unmade 'The Professional' Sequel Script

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 25, 2011 10:45 AM
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French Director Admits They Have To Step Up Their Game For Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2'; Says Maggie Grace Plays A Bigger RoleExclusive: If you’ve never heard of the director of “Colombiana,” it’s not because he lacks a cool-sounding name: Olivier Megaton. Rather it’s probably due to the fact that he made one movie in his native France, “Red Siren,” which failed to find its way to Hollywood, and then helmed a sequel, “The Transporter 3,” whose behind-the-camera bona fides were of less interest to viewers than the on screen body count. Perhaps appropriately, his new film is primarily noteworthy because it began its life as the follow-up to an imminently more famous one: “The Professional,” whose writer-director Luc Besson wrote and produced both of them. But at the Los Angeles press day for “Colombiana,” Megaton insisted that it became its own entity because too much time had passed between Besson’s 1994 classic and this would-be next installment.

Jim Sturgess Joins The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 9:40 AM
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With production set to begin in just a few short weeks, it looks like the last few pieces of casting for the ambitious adaptation of "Cloud Atlas" are falling into place as "One Day" star Jim Sturgess is the lastest actor to come aboard. USA Today confirms what we've been hearing about Sturgess' involvement in the picture as they say, he "next ventures to Berlin to film the Wachowski brothers' new movie 'Cloud Atlas.'"

Dan Aykroyd Likes 'Criminal Minds' Star Matthew Gray Gubler For 'Ghostbusters 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 9:19 AM
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Once again, Dan Aykroyd has been given a microphone and once again, he is sounding off about the movie that will probably never happen, "Ghostbusters 3." Last we heard, the $150 million movie was more or less going to sit on the shelf at Sony unless Bill Murray stopped being awesome and decided to read the script and then decided to actually make it. But he's currently shooting "Hyde Park on Hudson" and would likely rather do anything other than play a faded version of the role that helped launch him to superstardom in a sequel arriving more than two decades after the fact. But hey, maybe he'll pull a "Garfield" and do it regardless. Anyway, Aykroyd was recently on Dennis Miller Radio (via ComingSoon) and he begrudgingly admits that Murray is vital to this thing, while quickly adding that no one man makes a movie.

Watch: Trailer For The Silent Movie Sensation 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 8:29 AM
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So, are you one of those people who refuses to watch a film that's in black and white or worst yet [shudder] a silent movie? Well, we're not gonna lecture you on the countless number of great films you're missing out on or just the ignorance of that stance altogether, but we will tell you this: whether you embrace classic film or not, "The Artist" is a huge entertainer and crowd-pleaser.

Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow & Marion Cotillard Try & Stave Off The Virus In New 'Contagion' Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 8:08 AM
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Not washing your hands is pretty gross, but if events unfold like they do in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," you can use all the hand sanitizer that you want but it won't help when some douchebag sneezes on you without covering their mouth. That's all it will take for infection to set in.

Review: 'Colombiana' Is An Exploitation Actioner Devoid Of Thrills & Humor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 25, 2011 7:28 AM
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"Colombiana," an ornately florid title for a hopelessly pedestrian Euro-trash action movie, has been marketed and sold around various images of its comely star (Zoe Saldana) brandishing firearms while in her underwear. As far as exploitation hooks go, it's about as old as the format itself, and just as dependable. But "Colombiana," with its rapid-fire editing, humdrum supporting cast, and choked knot of superfluous subplots, doesn't have the thematic incisiveness of an exploitation movie, or the playfully go-for-broke, hands-in-the-air sense of naughty impishness.

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