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The Weinsteins Hire A Hack To Butcher 'Seven Samurai' In A Remake No One Wants

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 8:37 AM
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In the works for a long time now, this is a project we hoped would sit around, collect dust and never really happen but now there is fresh movement and we couldn't be more nauseated.

Nicole Kidman Eyes 'Our Wild Life' With Phillip Noyce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 8:08 AM
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Just before the end of last year, there was a little bit of an update on the Phillip Noyce front. While he ruled out directing a sequel to "Salt," we heard that he was eyeing the true life conversation story "Our Wild Life." And then that was all we had heard. The film has a bit of an interesting history. Lat year Nick Cassavetes (”The Notebook”) was circling the project—then known as “Peaceable Kingdom” or “Elephant Orphanage”—but he bailed acrimoniously in what resulted in an ugly lawsuit. Slightly more tantalizingly, Walter Salles (”The Motorcycle Diaries”) became attached to the project later on and Julia Roberts was rumored to have been eyeing the lead. Salles is now off the project and Roberts’ participation never seemed to materialize. Rumors then pegged Kate Winslet as having been offered the lead role, but her reps denied involvement (other actresses said to be interested at one point were Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore). Well, it looks like one of those names is possibly back in the mix.

Quentin Tarantino Keeps Mum On 'Django Unchained' & Christoph Waltz; Is The Script Really 366 Pages?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 7:40 AM
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Just when we thought word was locked down over the weekend about Quentin Tarantino, Christoph Waltz and the forthcoming spaghetti western "Django Unchained," the director and actor themselves continue to play their cards close to the chest or simply outright deny recent reports.

Racy Poster For Cannes Contender ‘L’Apollonide’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 7:17 AM
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It looks like there's going to be a good amount of skin on display at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The trailer for Julia Leigh's provocative "Sleeping Beauty" with Emily Browning has already teased that you should expected some R-rated bits and pieces and early stills for "L’Apollonide" haven't been lacking in total exposure either.

Anna Kendrick & John Francis Daley Prepare For 'Rapture-Palooza' With Craig Robinson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 6:36 AM
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We have to be honest, when we first heard of "Rapture-Paloooza," a title that is being developed as part of Lionsgate's new micro-budgeted genre film division, we didn't think much of it. But studios are now wetting themselves over the possible gains to be made with no-budget fare as they watch "Insidious" getting ready to clear about $90 million worldwide on a $1.5 million budget. And these movies are attracting better-than-usual talent who are likely hoping to make some decent back end coin if the film becomes a hit.

Saoirse Ronan Takes Dual Roles In 'The Host'; Andrew Niccol Might Return To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 6:21 AM
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Well here's some Saoirse Ronan news we didn't expect. Though it's largely assumed -- but still not confirmed -- that she will be re-teaming with Peter Jackson with a role in "The Hobbit" and Joe Wright is waiting on her for "Anna Karenina," Ronan's next announced project is neither of those and something quite different instead.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

Todd Haynes Will Direct My Morning Jacket Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 5:38 AM
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So is American Express and Vevo like the concert webcast version of HBO? Sure seems like it. So far, they've lured Spike Lee, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch to direct concert webcasts for John Legend & The Roots, Arcade Fire and Duran Duran, respectively, and now they've nabbed another high profile helmer.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Ledge' Says Sleeping With A Crazy Christian's Wife Will Make You Want To Die

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 5:08 AM
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Those quiet religious types are always hiding a bit of crazy, aren't they? Anyway, at least in "The Ledge" they are, as it centers as a Bible thumper who gets off-the-crucifix crazy when he finds out his wife is taking advantage of the pleasures of the secular flesh.

Watch: Musical Clip From Cannes Closer Christoph Honoré's ‘Les Bien-aimés’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 5:05 AM
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Just over a week to go now until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off and the sneak peeks continue to roll in.

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