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Commercial Helmer Michael Gracey To Direct Disney's Snow White Film 'The Order Of The Seven'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 4, 2011 1:02 AM
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Film Unsurprisingly Now Pretending Not To Be A Snow White FilmDisney has been developing their kung-fu take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" for nearly a decade now, with names like Michael Chabon, Natalie Portman and Francis Lawrence coming and going at various points, but their thunder looked to have been stolen in the last year or so by two more traditional takes on the fairy tale, which will go head to head at the box office next year: Tarsem's currently untitled comic take, which stars Lily Collins as the fairest in all the land and Julia Roberts as the wicked queen, and Universal's more action-heavy "Snow White and the Huntsman," which toplines Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

'Bellflower' Director Evan Glodell Owes Adam Yauch A Flamethrower & Got $1,000 Bucks From P. Diddy

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 3, 2011 10:33 AM
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And More From Our Chat With The Creator Behind The Flame-Spewing Sundance SensationThe Playlist crew has definitely taken a shine to director Evan Glodell's thunderous debut, "Bellflower", calling it "a film that interacts with the audience at every step of the way," "a roadmap to a mushroom cloud," and in this writer's review, "a turbo charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo."

Fantasia '11 Review: 'Kidnapped' Starts Smart, But Ends As A Sleazy & Cheap Exploitation Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 10:02 AM
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The single setting thriller is a tough trick to overcome as a director, as it constrains nearly every aspect of a production making it all the more difficult to elevate the film from its static surroundings. Last year saw a spate of single-setting flicks hit theaters, and while Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and J Blakeson's underrated "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" showed what inventive filmmaking and a smart screenplay can do in opening up the narrative in compelling ways, the Ryan Reynolds-led "Buried" was an example of what happens with a director can't get past the basic conceit of the picture. Which brings us to "Kidnapped," the first film in eight years from director Miguel Ángel Vivas and one that came to Montreal riding some decent buzz including Best Horror and Director prizes at last year's Fantastic Fest. We don't get the hype.

Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Awaited 'Margaret' With Matt Damon & Anna Paquin Hits September 30th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 9:34 AM
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Ten years after the tragic events of 9/11, that also serves as the backdrop to the film, Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited and forever delayed "Margaret" will finally hit theaters on September 30th, according to Exhibitor Relations.
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Watch: Button-Pushing Clip From Nick Broomfield's Documentary 'Sarah Palin - You Betcha!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 9:08 AM
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No, you're not confused, a Sarah Palin documentary is already making its way around the country, the hagiographic, softball portrait "The Undefeated," a grassroots sensation -- or so the producers want you to believe -- though in actuality, no one really cares all that much. Nevertheless, despite what you may think of her, it's undeniable that Palin is an intriguing political figure, someone who has managed to rally a huge group of followers who do have some impact on the discourse of the nation, no matter how misinformed and ridiculous that discourse is. And while "The Undefeated" is being pitched right to her core, controversial filmmaker Nick Broomfield has teamed with Joan Churchill to offer a response.

'Like Crazy' With Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones Re-Edited From R-Rating To PG-13 For Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 7:54 AM
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Drake Doremus Says New Film With Guy Pearce & Amy Ryan A "Darker Cousin" To 'Like Crazy'The journey to Sundance is difficult as it is, but leaving is even harder as after all the hard work filmmakers put into their efforts, only very few leave Park City with the kind of buzz that Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy" has. With a Grand Jury Prize for Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones, the film which also co-stars Anton Yelchin and features Jennifer Lawrence in a small role as well, walked away with a distribution deal with Paramount and a wave of momentum for the director. But sometimes, to make that leap to a bigger stage you have to make some concessions, and in the case of "Like Crazy," it looks like Doremus had to make some tweaks to the movie in order to make sure its potential wasn't just limited to those aged 18 and over.

Watch: Brad Pitt Tells Philip Seymour Hoffman To "Adapt Or Die" In New 'Moneyball' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 6:46 AM
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America's greatest pastime may exist in an aura of nostalgia about warm summer evenings at the ball park, with a hot dog, the smell of fresh grass and that unique sound of a ball hitting a bat. But the reality is that it's bloated game, with overpaid players who in turn force us to play inflated prices to even gain entry to theme parks they now call baseball diamonds. But in 2002, the Oakland Athletics bucked the trend you needed money in order to win.

Watch: Sizzle Reel For TIFF Midnight Madness Pic 'The Day' With Dominic Monaghan & Shannyn Sossamon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 6:19 AM
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In case you were on your way to work or in a meeting this morning and missed, TIFF announced a new slate of films for the upcoming festival including the first round of titles in the Midnight Madness slate, and topping the list (at least alphabetically) was Douglas Aarniokoski's post-apocalyptic thriller "The Day."
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Universal Drops Gore Verbinski's 'Clue' But Project Still Moving Ahead With New Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 5:50 AM
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You not remember, but near the end of 2009 we made up a list of the Dumbest Movie Projects announced that year and among the them were "Battleship," "Candyland," "Monopoly" and "Clue." Yes, Hasbro is ready to turn their boardgames into viable franchises and while movement has been probably a bit slower than they might want -- "Battleship" won't come out until next year -- they are taking matters into their own hands whether or not they have studio participation.

Point Counter-Point Review: 'The Change-Up' Is Gross-Out Unfunny Or Messy But With Amusing Laughs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 3, 2011 4:48 AM
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“The Change-Up” is nothing if not honest. Before the title card has even popped up on screen, Jason Bateman, playing a stressed out husband, father, and (pivotally) lawyer, gets poop sprayed onto his face and, seconds later, into his mouth. It’s a very gross gag very early on and sets the stage for what might be, in the summer of raunchy comedies, the very raunchiest of them all. The problems arise, later on, though, when the truly outrageous stuff uneasily mingles with more earthbound relationship issues and the film winds up being a tepid mixture of both.

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