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Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Second Unit Shooting On 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 9:24 AM
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While retirement is still in the cards for Steven Soderbergh, the director moves to the beat of his own interests and impulses and if anything, his always-full calendar proves he likes to be occupied and on the move. But even with that said, we never could have guessed he would take on something like this.

Marvel Is Going To Give 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Their Own Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 8:24 AM
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It's no surprise that Marvel has been trying to figure out what to do with their movie franchises now that they've pretty much milked their A-list characters. There are only so many "Iron Man" movies you can do (we hope) and the comic house is now looking to get their second tier characters on the big screen. As you know, "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange" are pushing ahead and last year, chatty Marvel head Kevin Feige hinted at what may be around the corner saying, "I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with 'Iron Fist' lately is exciting. I think 'Black Panther' and Wakanda has some amazing potential to be a feature film. 'Doctor Strange,' as you've mentioned. There are some obscure titles, too, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I think they've been revamped recently in a fun way in the book."

Watch: Trailer For TIFF Vanguard Entry & Controversial Cannes Critic's Week Winner 'Snowtown'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 7:32 AM
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Here's the thing with film festivals, you may head into them thinking that you already know what the "must see" films are but inevitably, the real surprises and pleasures aren't easily predictable and arise from smaller flicks that thanks to word of mouth begin to take on a life and shape of their own. Such was the case with "Snowtown," a film that played the Cannes Critic's Week sidebar back in May (and took home a FIPRESCI Prize) and was a picture we heard murmurs about before we left for France, and once we arrived on the Croisette was something that kept coming up in conversation. And after turning heads -- and revolting many -- in Cannes, it's headed for Toronto and a trailer has arrived.
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Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'The Sitter' Is Basically 'Superbad'/'Pineapple Express' With Kids

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 7:28 AM
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It seemed earlier this spring everyone's funny bone was severely damaged when no one showed up for the awesomely retarded "Your Highness," David Gordon Green's R-rated fantasy adventure. Maybe it was the swords or perhaps James Franco, but for whatever reason, no one wanted to get with it. Your loss really, but Green is back for another stab at the R-rated apple with "The Sitter."

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell & Alan Cumming Set For Irvine Welsh's 'Filth'; Filming Starts January 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 6:51 AM
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Earlier this year, in an interview with The Daily Record, James McAvoy hinted at a tantalizing potential project on the horizon saying, "I'm looking at a part soon, like the second half of this year, that is quite extreme I mean, quite full on mental." While the actor is currently shooting the crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," the premise of that film -- about a London detective whose old nemesis, an armed robber, reappears after five years away -- doesn't sound "quite extreme" or "full on mental." However, one project that has been floating with his name attached is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's "Filth" and it now seems the long-gestating project is coming together.

Natasha Lyonne Joins Kristen Wiig's Pet Project Comedy 'Imogene'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 4, 2011 5:03 AM
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June Diane Raphael Also Joins CastIn case you're unaware, the aughts weren't particularly kind to indie actress Natasha Lyonne. After break-out roles in "Slums of Beverly Hills," "But I'm a Cheerleader" and the hit franchise "American Pie," things went seriously awry for the actress. From 2001 through 2007 she was in various drug and alcohol treatment centers and was arrested several times for her exploits (friend and fellow actor Michael Rapaport wrote a lengthy and candid article in a 2005 Jane magazine about her downward spiral and how he was forced to evict her from the New York apartment she rented from him).

Review: 'Magic Trip' A Pleasant But Unremarkable Trip Down A Druggy Memory Lane

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 4, 2011 4:18 AM
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Best known for his forward, concise, and unyielding documentaries attacking big business, the government, and the media, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes a brief sabbatical from the "heavy issues" and partners up with frequent editing partner Alison Ellwood for the Ken Kesey LSD-extravaganza "Magic Trip." The two cobble together footage and audio recordings from a free-wheelin' cross-country jaunt to the World's Fair in New York lead by the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" scribe, the end result feeling something like a cross between Gibney's own "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" and last year's enjoyable "Lennon NYC." However, much like those examples, those who are uninterested in Kesey and his generation (or worse, can't even stomach it) won't find much to bark about.

'My Week With Marilyn' Starring Michelle Williams To Make World Premiere At New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:57 AM
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One film noticeably absent from the recent announcements for TIFF and Venice has been "My Week with Marilyn," teased by Film Society Lincoln Center in a Tweet this morning as a "movie about movies. Based on a forgotten chapter from memoir about young asst aiming to break into biz." Well, the New York Film Festival now has its centerpiece and another strong film added to the line-up for what will be a starry showing in the Big Apple this fall.

Olivia Wilde & Leslie Mann Talk About Breaking Out From The Scenery In 'The Change-Up'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 4, 2011 3:22 AM
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While this summer has seen a barrage of trends -- from superheroes to aliens to raunchy comedies -- perhaps prompting the most discussion around the season's cineplexes is the larger role women are beginning to play in those big, R-rated comedies. Kicking off the summer was the box office smash “Bridesmaids,” a quality raunch-fest but, in a rare twist for Hollywood, led by a cast of comediennes. And this Friday, "The Change-Up" delivers another big adult laffer with female characters that do more than just add to the scenery.

Oscar Season Gets Literary As ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’ Dated For Christmas Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:19 AM
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Warner Bros.' Oscar stable only has two entries this year -- Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" and Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- and if we had to put our money on one to be a serious heavyweight, with all due respect to Clint, we'd have to back Daldry's flick. Why? Well, he's repeating a formula that has worked very well for the director of "The Hours" and "The Reader" in the past.

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