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Jodie Foster Asks: Can You Put Aside Things You Know About Mel Gibson While Watching 'The Beaver'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2011 8:43 AM
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And Many Other Revelations Learned From The Actor/Director and Co-star Anton YelchinIt feels like we've been practically stalking director/actress Jodie Foster, whose latest film, the comedic drama, "The Beaver" hits theaters today (May 6) in select cities. We've spoken to the actress in Austin, Texas at SXSW, in L.A. for recent press rounds and heard her speak at various screenings in New York (at the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Austin. Each time she has illuminated her intentions and reiterated the same sentiment: "The Beaver," which stars current persona non-grata Mel Gibson, has been a tricky film, not only to market -- due to Gibson's infamous personal exploits last year -- but a challenge to get the tone right.

Matt Damon Eyes Crime Spree Pic 'Father Daughter Time' For Possible Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 8:37 AM
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Matt Damon has made no secret that he's eager to take his turn behind the camera like his good pal Ben Affleck, but with all the opportunities that have come his way to work with top tier filmmakers and on exciting, unique projects, he hasn't quite found that time. But he's going to put all that experience working with people like Steven Soderbergh, Paul Greengrass, Francis Ford Coppla, Gus Van Sant, The Coen Brothers, Clint Eastwood and Cameron Crowe to good use as it seems he's finally found a project with which to make his directorial debut.

'Gone' With Amanda Seyfried & 'Day' With Henry Cavill Get 2012 Dates: 'Project X' Gets Bumped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 8:19 AM
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Get our pens, a couple movies have some dates and one....doesn't.

Ricky Gervais Gets On All Fours For Voice Role In 'Spy Kids: All The Time In The World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 7:23 AM
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Yes, the (very successful) "Spy Kids" franchise is still alive and kicking and another entry is on the way in what might be the most star-studded entry yet.

The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 6:55 AM
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Hal Ashby
Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy Riders and Raging Bulls generation of filmmakers more than Hal Ashby.

In Theaters: 'Thor' Brings The Hammer Down On 'Something Borrowed'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 6, 2011 6:27 AM
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Guys, guys, guys, I KNOW. I know "Fast Five" is still in theaters and all we want to do is go back and watch it 5 million more times. Has there ever been another film that has latched itself into our nation's consciousness so firmly and so quickly? God bless and keep Justin Lin, and thank you baby Jesus they ripped "Terminator" out of McG's sweaty fists and handed it over to this true artist. Action movies have been saved! So if last weekend was the first official start of summer blockbuster season (ALREADY?) this weekend really cements it as "Thor" brings the hammer down in the First Comic Book Movie in the Summer of Comic Book Movies. Marvel is on the MOVE this summer, with "Thor" being the first of their babies to debut at the box office. For those ladies who don't love a Hemsworth sesh, there's the rom com "Something Borrowed," and on the urban wedding-com side, "Jumping the Broom," and a bunch of interesting and buzzworthy selections in limited release. So pick your Cinco de Mayo-hungover self up off the couch and deposit your ass into one of these theater seats.

Keanu Reeves To Get The $230 Million 'Akira' Off The Ground?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 6:09 AM
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After every young white boy in Hollywood was shortlisted for "Akira" -- Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy for Tetsuo and Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix for Kaneda -- Warner Bros. suddenly seemed to realize they needed a big-name, worldwide, bankable star to make this expensive movie work. So get ready to hit the comments section with your complaints on the next choice.

Neil LaBute & Aaron Eckhart To Reteam For 'The Geography of Hope'; Ed Harris Also Stars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 5:44 AM
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Breakout movie roles don't come as memorable -- or repulsive -- as Aaron Eckhart's slimy performance as Chad in Neil LaBute's "In The Company Of Men." It was a wickedly dark turn in a movie that itself was blackly hilarious that lead to two more collaborations between the writer/director: the excellent "Your Friends & Neighbors" and the far less successful "Possession." And then the two parted ways. Eckhart went on to become one of the top leading men and character actors in Hollywood, while LaBute fell into a bit of spiral directing a string of bad movies including, at the bottom of the barrel, "The Wicker Man" and "Lakeview Terrace." But almost a decade since they last worked together, it looks like the duo are ready to pick up again.

Catherine Hardwicke To Direct 'The Bitch Posse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 5:07 AM
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For a moment there, we thought we lost director Catherine Hardwicke to the tentpole world. She made a smash success out of vampire/human romance with "Twilight," teamed up with Warner Bros. for the egregious "Red Riding Hood" (which this writer already places on the Worst Of The Year list) and late last year, she signed on for another tween blockbuster, "The Maze Runner." But it looks like she's ready to get her hands dirty again.

New Posters For Miranda July's 'The Future,' 'Melancholia,' 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 4:47 AM
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Here's an update of a few one sheets you might be seeing during your next trip to the theater.

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