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Review: 'Hobo With A Shotgun' Takes Aim At Good Taste, Obliterates Target

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 4, 2011 2:37 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Film Comment Selects program at Lincoln Center.

Danny Elfman To Once Again Reteam With Tim Burton To Score 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 2:22 AM
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Look at those two young dudes. Bet they didn't realize at the time that they would both travel through the industry together rising to the top of their respective fields, with Tim Burton one of a handful of name brand directors working today and Danny Elfman as one of the most distinctive composers on the block. Through all the shifts and tides of Hollywood, Burton and Elfman stuck together working together on every one of the director's films except for "Ed Wood" and "Sweeney Todd" and they're not about to change up that dynamic anytime soon.

IFFBoston Review: 'Terri' Follows An Odd Budding Bromance

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 4, 2011 1:59 AM
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Azazel Jacobs has built a career on slow-moving portraits of everyday life. He first came to the indie scene’s attention with “Momma’s Man,” a film that wowed Sundance audiences in 2008. This year he’s back with a much more refined film called “Terri,” about an overweight, teenage outcast who finds friendship with the school principal.

Why On Earth Is Take That Going To Be On The Soundtrack For 'X-Men: First Class'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 1:45 AM
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Sorry, Matthew Vaughn. We think you're great but dude, you have shit taste in music. While in pretty much every other department "X-Men: First Class" is looking like the classiest comic joint of the summer, that's all about to be gummed up by what is sure to be one of the oddest closing songs of a period set movie ever.

Rachel Weisz Gets Witchy With 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 1:33 AM
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While it was recently reported that Sam Raimi and Disney were fighting over a key female role in "Oz The Great And Powerful" -- the director wanted Hilary Swank, but the studio was looking at Michelle Williams -- another actress entirely has snagged the part.

Clive Owen & Anil Kapoor Attached To Roger Donaldson's Financial Thriller 'Cities'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 4, 2011 1:19 AM
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Nearly three years after the fact, filmmakers are finally catching up to the giant bastards behind the collapse of the economy at the end of 2008 that dumped the rest of us in the shit. Last year saw both Oliver Stone's mediocre "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job," which both looked at the events that led to the crash, while 2011 has already seen "Margin Call" pick up good notices at Sundance, and Curtis Hanson's all-star "Too Big To Fail" airs on HBO in a few weeks.

Hugh Jackman May Take A 'Fantastic Voyage' With Shawn Levy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 9:41 AM
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It's not secret by now that Hugh Jackman and "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy have hit it off in a huge way. Before their first collaboration has even been released studio types are feeling chuffed and already planning a sequel, while Jackman and Levy have already started eyeing another project with Carlton Cuse being tapped to write the action-adventure script. But their next team-up maybe be bigger than any of those.

IFFBoston Review: 'Bellflower' Is A Homespun Work Of Love

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 3, 2011 9:06 AM
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One of the great things about watching films on the festival circuit is that reviewers get to see some crazy films. “Bellflower” was the strangest this writer has seen in a long time. It’s a film that will probably get a very small audience, but with a little cleaning-up, there’s an opportunity for it to find its place in the niche market.

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.

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