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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.

Watch: 3 Bone-Chilling Clips From Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:18 AM
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Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin," with Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly is undoubtedly one of our most anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival and these snippets from the film are even better than we could have expected.

Sony Lands Foreign Rights To 'Django Unchained' In Bid To Court Will Smith For Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:50 AM
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How badly does Quentin Tarantino want Will Smith? He's willing to give him the world to make it happen.

Jessica Chastain Has A Smart Part In Terrence Malick's Next, Still Untitled Romantic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:34 AM
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Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree Of Life" will unspool a week from today at the Cannes Film Festival, and the picture that had remained hidden for so long, will finally be revealed and talked about. In the past, we'd just have to wait patiently until the director decided what he would do next. However, Malick seems to have a fire lit under him as before "The Tree Of Life" was done, last fall, he got started on another film.

F. Gary Gray Headed To 'The Last Days Of American Crime' With Sam Worthington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:01 AM
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F. Gary Gray has had a bit of a bumpy ride in finding his next film after "Law Abiding Citizen." Last year he was on board to direct the video game adaptation "Kane & Lynch" with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx before that project ran into development hell, and earlier this year he was shortlisted for "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" (with that job going to Jon Chu) but it looks like he's landed on something new.

'Thor': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 4:33 AM
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"Thor" is waking up on Monday morning with a bit of a curious hangover. While most critics seemed to give the Marvel comic adaptation a shrug of approval (including us -- we gave it a B- and called it "mostly entertaining" though around the offices, most of us were split on the film, and audiences were a bit more cagey about seeing the mighty hammer up on screen. The film opened to a conservative $66 million. Yes, it was the second highest first-weekend gross this year so far, but for May, this is considered a soft summer opening if you look at the past ("Iron Man" movies and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" both did higher numbers). This could make rival studios quiver in their boots about bringing lesser-known, expensive comic films to the big screen (you can bet Warner Bros. execs are meeting today to figure how to avoid a similar opening for "Green Lantern," again not a bad one, but not quite the numbers they want to see considering the expensive budgets).

Hot Docs Review: 'Carol Channing: Larger than Life' Is Surface-Skimming, But Sweet

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 9, 2011 4:12 AM
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Director Dori Berinstein is clearly a devoted Broadway fan having already directed one critically acclaimed documentary on the business we call “show.” In fact, it's no surprise that Berinstein has made a film about the life of Broadway icon Carol Channing - "Carol Channing: Larger than Life" is a marriage of two people with a genuine love of live musical theater which giveth to the movie as much as it taketh away.
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First Look At 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 3:52 AM
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Described As A Cross Between D. W. Griffith’s 'Abraham Lincoln' & F. W. Murnau’s 'Nosferatu'While filming is currently underway, it looks like 20th Century Fox is getting the press machine rolling very early on this one, granting the New York Times an early set visit.

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