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3 New Pictures From Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 4:46 AM
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Launch Of Website Gives First Listen To Cliff Martinez's Pulsating ScoreWe're a week away from the kick off of the Venice Film Festival where Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" will make its world premiere and ten days after that, it will arrive in theaters nationwide. Boasting a "Traffic"-like sprawl, this thriller about a global viral pandemic is earning some advance buzz for being truly skin crawling and with the launch of the official website a few more pictures from the film have emerged, but perhaps most excitingly, there is a nice preview of Cliff Martinez's score buzzing the background. It's a wickedly propulsive piece of electronic music, punctuated by some nice melodic piano lines and if anything, it certainly sets the tone for what promises to be a fast-moving, pulse raising picture.

New York Film Festival Presenting 10th Anniversary Screening Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 4:00 AM
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Sneak Peek At Oliver Stone's 'The Untold History of the United States' + Anniversary Screenings Of 'Spirited Away,' 'Exterminating Angel' & MoreThe constant debate between diehard Wes Anderson fans usually comes do which film is the director's best: "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" (with another, minority contingent usually backing "Bottle Rocket"). And while it usually comes down to personal preferences and attachments (this writer sides with 'Tenenbaums') it's undeniable that for Wes Anderson, "The Royal Tenenbaums" was his breakthrough work. Building on the cult and critical acclaim for his first two films, 'Tenenbaums' still remains his biggest box office hit to date, taking in over $70 million worldwide, spawning a hit soundtrack, an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and a seal of approval from The Criterion Collection. It has been a decade since the film first opened and the New York Film Festival is ready to take you on a trip down memory lane.

Ed Zwick Will Climb Legendary East's 'The Great Wall'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 24, 2011 3:17 AM
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Studios are always trying to find new ways to make money, and some ideas go bust, while others blossom. Legendary Pictures, a producer of big Hollywood hits like "The Hangover," "The Dark Knight" and "The Town," is taking their business to the Far East with their new standalone company called Legendary East. Their first project, according to Deadline, will be "The Great Wall," and Ed Zwick has signed on to direct.

'Paradise Lost' Director Joe Berlinger Prepping Paul Simon 'Graceland' Doc For Sundance Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 3:13 AM
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Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Funding Hunt For Actual Killers; HBO Wouldn't Mind A 'Paradise Lost 4'For more than fifteen years, director Joe Berlinger (along with Bruce Sinofsky) has been tracking the tragic story of the West Memphis Three in his "Paradise Lost" documentaries, and late last week bittersweet justice was served: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelle were freed under under a plea deal that will still leave with them the stain of a guilty verdict (all orchestrated so they can't sue for wrongful prosecution) even though they had nothing to do with the horrific child murders. And we'll have more on that in a moment, but for now, Berlinger has a much more lighthearted project on the way that should excite music fans.

Michelle Williams Is Beautiful In Blue In Poster For 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 2:08 AM
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There is no doubt that Michelle Williams, twice nominated for an Oscar, is a tremendously accomplished, talented actress. Taking on the iconic Marilyn Monroe may be her biggest challenge yet, and we'll see how she fares in "My Week With Marilyn."

Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala' & Na Hong-Jin’s ‘The Yellow Sea’ To Get U.S. Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 2:01 AM
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Film festivals are a great place to see films from around the world, and are sometimes the only opportunity to catch certain movies, since, due to the vagaries of film distribution, some pictures never get off the festival circuit or get released outside of their native country. However, this isn't one of those stories, as two terrific thrillers that premiered at Cannes earlier this year will be making their way to theaters in the U.S.

Todd Phillips' 'Project X' Pushed To March; Sly Stallone's 'Bullet To The Head' Hits In April

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:39 AM
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Looks like Warner Bros. have rejigged their 2012 calendars a bit with the Todd Phillips-masterminded "Project X" and Sylvester Stallone's teaming with Walter Hill for "Bullet To The Head" now due to unveil in the first quarter of 2012.

Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Pic 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:17 AM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Adds Phyllis SomervilleA couple of casting updates on two highly anticipated projects from acclaimed international helmers. Firstly, character actor Clifton Collins Jr. has joined the growing cast of Guillermo Del Toro's monster-pic "Pacific Rim" in an unnamed role. The actor joins Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Max Martini for the Travis Beacham-scripted tale set in Japan which will see the cast members form the human resistance against a series of devastating monster attacks.

TIFF Rounds Out Slate With Films From Dardennes, Aki Kaurismäki, Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant, More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 12:47 PM
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TIFF has finalized their already impressive slate for 2011, and if you didn't get a chance to hit the Croisette this year, you can catch the highlights in Toronto.

'The Artist' Gets An Appropriately Elegant Poster; Shepard Fairey Designs One Sheet For 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2011 10:41 AM
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Uninspired by boring blockbuster movie posters all summer? Well here's some classy work that should chase those blues away.

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