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Takashi Miike's 'Ninja Kids!!!' Gearing Up For American Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 3:02 AM
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Two Films From Takashi Shimizu That Aren't 'The Grudge' Get Picked Up By Well Go USAAnother day, another remake, but this one is bit stranger than usual.

Ti West Planning A Werewolf Film, Still Looking For Funding For 'The Side Effects'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 30, 2011 2:48 AM
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Given the tenous state of financing these days, young directors are eager to pile their plates with as many options as possible, and “House of the Devil” director Ti West is no exception. Having told us at SXSW back in March that his next film may be the pharmaceutical testing/space film “The Side Effects,” West gave an update on the progress of that project to the crowd gathered in London for Film 4’s Fright Fest.

Will Anne Hathaway Lend Her Pipes To 'Les Miserables' As Fantine?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 2:36 AM
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Updated: Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hathaway is at least considering the role.

Judi Dench Heads To India In New 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stills

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 30, 2011 2:26 AM
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If the film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has thus far escaped your attention, it’s probably because you don’t spend your afternoons unironically knitting wool hats for your eight grandchildren, nor do you pine for five o’clock to roll around so you can hit the bingo lounge and kick back with a six-pack of prune juice. If you think that’s a patronizing caricature of what happens after you hit sixty-five, wait until you set your peepers on the production stills for the actual film, which have cropped up on Fox Searchlight's site. The plot, which will be invariably be described as “feel-good” and “heart-warming” when the film's released, appears to involve a group of senior citizens who are hoodwinked into checking into an apparently plush luxury retirement home in India, but all is not what it appears to be. What hilarious high-jinks will ensue for the film’s fresh-faced stars (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie) we can only speculate. It does vaguely resemble “The Darjeeling Limited” with its theme of self-discovery in one of the most culturally rich countries on the planet, except with a combined age of 236.

New Poster & Photos From Ami Canaan Mann's Venice-Bound 'Texas Killing Fields'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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One of the more intriguing pictures on the upcoming fall festival calendar is "Texas Killing Fields," which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow. Featuring a strong cast including action staples Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and rising stars Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain (co-stars in John Hillcoat's upcoming 'Wettest County') and Chloe Moretz, the story revolves around the true story of a series if unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or have disappeared since 1971. We've been lukewarm on what we've seen so far, but surely there is more to the film than its cast and the surname of its director, Ami Canaan Mann?

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Adds The Trio Of Taylor Schilling, Nelson Franklin & Tate Donovan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 30, 2011 1:45 AM
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Ben Affleck's third effort behind the camera after the critically adored combination of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" probably doesn't need more hype heaped on it but with a cast featuring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler and Affleck himself, in a story based on fascinating Wired article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," it's hard not to get excited.

Ryan Gosling Eyeballs George Clooney In New 'Ides Of March' Posters; 'Drive' Revs Up Classy Banners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 1:17 AM
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Get ready to feast your eyeballs on some snazzy new marketing materials from what will be two of the biggest films this fall.

Leonardo DiCaprio Won't Lead 'A Star Is Born'; Beyoncé's Pregnancy Pushes Back Production

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 12:18 PM
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Of all the stuff that happened last at night at MTV's VMAs -- Lady Gaga's lame Chris Gaines-esque alter ego! Tyler The Creator winning! "Hunger Games" teaser trailer! -- the biggest news belong the baby bump sported by Beyoncé. That's right universe, the "Single Ladies" singer and Jay-Z are procreating, so get yourselves ready (the fetus even has its own Twitter account). But alas, while we await the momentous day when that child arrives in the world, her collaboration with Clint Eastwood on a new take on "A Star Is Born" will have to wait.

'The Departed' Writer William Monahan Takes On 'Sin City 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 11:37 AM
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The grim world of "Sin City" is getting a visit from some classy Oscar level talent.

Watch: Mark Romanek Directs Dancing Hamsters In Futuristic War Zone In Weird Ad For Kia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 10:34 AM
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While some folks are surprised that "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go" helmer Mark Romanek has directed a commercial for Kia, he's been taking on that kind of work for years. But yes, we'll grant you that none of them has been as strange as this.

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