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R.I.P. Producer, Screenwriter & Art Director Polly Platt (1939-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 2:45 AM
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Sad news broke late yesterday, with the announcement of the death of the film producer, writer and art director Polly Platt, who passed away of Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 72. Platt's contribution to cinema has been greatly undervalued over the years, but she was someone with a diverse skill-set, who played a key role in a number of classic films.

Janus Films Takes U.S. Rights To Aki Kaurismaki's Cannes Crowd Pleaser 'Le Havre'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 2:26 AM
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While Sundance Selects Grabs Nanni Moretti's 'Habemus Papum'One of the more puzzling outcomes of the Cannes Film Festival has been the failure of Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," which was second only to "The Artist" as far as crowd-pleasing hits on the Croisette go, to land a distributor. Sure, Kaurismaki's never exactly been a cross-over director in the U.S, but his latest, a hilarious, touching look at illegal immigration, picked up outstanding reviews and audience reactions -- we called it a "pure delight."

Alia Shawkat Books Dayton/Faris' 'He Loves Me' & 'Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 28, 2011 2:10 AM
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With rumors of an "Arrested Development" film refusing to die, stars of the defunct Fox show continue to ride the wave of the cult classic. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera have obviously made the most of their time on the Ron Howard-narrated show, but another star is beginning to spread her wings as well.

Review: 'El Bulli: Cooking In Progress' Uses Simplicity To Achieve Quality

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 28, 2011 2:07 AM
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Television has always made a great home for food. Various cooking shows populate the airwaves, either becoming a staple of one's TV-diet or the one station you linger on during a desperate channel-surfing session. It also wouldn't be worthy of the tube if it weren't processed through the vomit of reality TV, with shows like "Hell's Kitchen" and "Ace of Cakes" morphing people into exestuated personalities and following their bouncy, sometimes-quirky-sometimes-emotional (whatever gets more ratings) adventures in the eats biz. Still, people watch them, and despite the redundant programming, nobody is exactly screaming for a more realistic study of cuisine and all that makes it happen. It's unfortunate, too, because there's something very fascinating about making what is generally supposed to be only for nourishment artful. Forget something tasting good; there are many eateries that consider food an art form, hoping to stimulate taste buds in different ways while also paying close attention to the presentation of each dish.

Terry Gilliam Working On An Adaptation Of Paul Auster's 'Mr. Vertigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 1:45 AM
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Perhaps no other filmmaker in recent memory is as talked about for the films they didn't make, as opposed to the ones they did, than director Terry Gilliam. But, you have to admire the man's perseverance. We're now coming on two years since "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and Gilliam has yet to mount another film, not that he hasn't been busy. He's done a couple of food and drink sponsored short films -- "The Legend of Hallowdega" and "The Wholly Family" -- knocked out a webcast for Arcade Fire, and more recently put on a terrific stage version of "The Damnation Of Faust." But it's those old projects that keep coming back to the surface.

David Oyelowo Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 1:22 AM
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Last year, it looked like rising British stage actor David Oyelowo was about to get the biggest break of his career, taking on the pivotal role of Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels' "Selma." But as things unfortunately go sometimes, the project -- which would have found the thesp hanging out with dudes like Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro, and Cedric the Entertainer -- was scuttled. Oyelowo rebounded well enough, and has roles in "The Help," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "Red Tails" around the corner, but Daniels hasn't forgotten about him.

'Pushing Daisies' & 'Breaking Dawn' Star Lee Pace Joins Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 1:04 AM
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For Lee Pace, it has always seemed that bigger things have just been on the horizon. Most people probably recognize his face from his work on two shortlived, but acclaimed television shows "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies," however, astute film fans have also picked up on his talents. He was great as the love interest in the underseen and hugely underrated charmer "Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day," and he nearly stole the show as the arrogant documentary filmmaker Whit Coutell in Max Winkler's "Ceremony" and Hollywood has certainly sat up and taken notice. Pace is now part of two huge franchises with roles in the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" films and in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" and now he can add one of the next year's biggest pieces of Oscar bait to his schedule.

Ron Howard Rules Out Returning For Third Dan Brown Film 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2011 12:58 PM
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Ron Howard's insanely ambitious "The Dark Tower," a three-film, two-TV series adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series, looks to be pretty much dead: it was delayed in search of budget cuts, before Universal dropped it altogether, and the chances of another studio picking up the slack looks to be slim at this point. But the director, still seen as one of the safest pairs of hands around, hasn't sunk into grief: he's prepping Formula 1 drama "Rush" with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, which should shoot at the end of the year, and he's got a number of other projects circling: fantasy actioner "Amnesty," MAD Magazine adaptation "Spy Vs. Spy" and the Dustin Lance Black-penned Mormon drama "Under The Banner of Heaven."

'The Darkest Hour' Star Joel Kinnaman Says The Scariest Scenes Of The Film Are During The Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 11:00 AM
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After his breakthrough performance in the AMC TV series "The Killing" and on the festival circuit with the celebrated "Snabba Cash," actor Joel Kinnaman will soon enjoy not one but two opportunities to stand out on the big screen: in David Fincher’s remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and in Chris Gorak’s alien-invasion opus "The Darkest Hour." Kinnaman joined co-stars Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella as well as director Chris Gorak at Comic-Con to premiere the film’s first theatrical trailer. Afterward, The Playlist sat down with Kinnaman for a quick chat about his character in the film, the scariest part of the film and about choosing roles that allow him to find new, different and hopefully bigger opportunities as his Hollywood profile rises.

Interview: Aziz Ansari Talks About Getting Some Action In '30 Minutes Or Less'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 27, 2011 10:26 AM
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28-year-old Aziz Ansari has had quite the meteoric rise over the past two years since audiences first got a taste of his unique sense of humor in scene-stealing moments from “I Love You Man,” “Observe and Report” and, most notably, Judd Apatow’s “Funny People.” The Columbia, South Carolina native landed on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” in 2010 and has, over the course of 46 episodes, created quite the memorable character in dapper, lady chasing Tom Haverford.

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