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Jodie Foster Talks Balancing The Humor And Drama Of 'The Beaver'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • April 29, 2011 6:55 AM
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Says Her Mel Gibson-Led Drama Was "Something Simple to Hold On To Discuss Something Incredibly Complex"It's somewhat strange to consider what "The Beaver" could have been. Topping 2008's Black List, Kyle Killen's script was considered the best of those left unproduced from that year. The project originally had a star in Steve Carell and was set to be helmed by Jay Roach, but both parties eventually moved on, and after a brief flirtation with Jim Carrey, the script fell into the hands of Jodie Foster, who pushed to have former co-star and friend Mel Gibson play the lead. After production wrapped way back in the fall of 2009, the film is finally being released next week, to a mix of cautious anticipation and weariness -- with it's odd premise, dark tone and a star who, in recent years, has had personal troubles splashed all over tabloid pages, it will be interesting to see how the final incarnation of 'Beaver' fares. Our SXSW review found the tone somewhat difficult to grasp, but ultimately an affecting film, with performances from an ensemble of actors at the top of their game.

Surprise: Steven Soderbergh To Shoot Stripper Pic 'Magic Mike' Starring Channing Tatum In September

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 6:14 AM
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'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' To Shoot In February 2012, 'Liberace' To Follow In The SummerFirst off, Steven Soderbergh does still plan to step away from directing with more or less the same timeline, however he's a workhorse and seeing another interesting project cross his desk -- luckily for us -- he's decided to squeeze in one more picture onto his schedule.

Watch: Trailer For 'One Day' Starring Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess Is One Long Meet Cute

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 5:39 AM
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We'll start off by saying this is something we were definitely looking forward to and we're still holding out some hope, but the first trailer for "One Day" starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is a bit wobbly, to say the least.
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Retrospective: The Films Of Werner Herzog

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 29, 2011 5:21 AM
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Few filmmakers have had as varied, or colorful, a career as Werner Herzog. A man that Francois Truffaut, who should know, once called "the most important film director alive," Herzog has been knocking out classics, in both the fictional and documentary worlds, for over 40 years now. Perhaps still best known for his tempestuous relationship with Klaus Kinski, with whom Herzog produced many of his very best films, the director's oeuvre goes far beyond those five, from minor classics to eye-opening documentaries, from classics of German cinema to a star-driven remake of an Abel Ferrera film.

In Theaters: 'Fast Five' Ready To Drive Over 'Prom' & 'Hoodwinked Too'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 29, 2011 5:04 AM
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In theaters this week: THE ROYAL WEDDING!! JK, we already watched that this morning. Who got up at 5 am for the most splendid celebration of the year?! EEE!! So exciting, but this is neither the time nor the place for wedding recap so let's move on to entertainment of the cinematic variety. As always, there's a range of selections at the theaters, but the pickins are rather slim this weekend. Aside from the muscles n' 'splosions fest "Fast Five," from the inexplicably tenacious "Fast and Furious" franchise, there's not much else big opening this weekend. Of course, there's an offering for the children in "Hoodwinked Too" in 3D, and something called "Prom" (this is the first I'm hearing of it), and some semi-interesting looking limited releases.

Poster For Cannes Competition Film 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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Sales Poster For 'Albert Nobbs'; New One Sheets For 'Green Lantern'Here's a bit of poster round-up and we'll kick it off with what is sure to be one of the most talked about films at the Cannes Film Festival. A lovely one-sheet has landed for "Sleeping Beauty," Julia Leigh's competition contending film. Starring Emily Browning, the film is described as a haunting erotic fairy tale that centers on a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who is drugged into sleep while men do to her what she can’t remember the next morning. The provocative trailer for the film has already been making waves prior to the fest and it will likely be a very hot ticket on the Croisette.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Takashi Miike's 3D Cannes Entry 'Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 4:24 AM
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With Takashi Miike's latest effort, "13 Assassins," hitting theaters this weekend -- and according to our review, it's one of his most entertaining films yet -- fans of the Japanese auteur won't have to wait long for his next effort.

Tribeca Reviews: Best Documentary Winner 'Bombay Beach' & Icelandic Comedy Doc 'Gnarr"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2011 4:01 AM
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"Bombay Beach"Well deserved recipient of the Best Documentary award at Tribeca this year, "Bombay Beach" is an incredibly moving portrait of failed economic development and the humanity that continues to persevere even though forgotten in one of the poorest communities in southern California located near the Salton Sea. Three subjects are chosen to represent the community -- the elderly Red, a man who spouts prophetic musings and lives on cigarettes and booze; Cee Jay, a high-school football star dealing with the gang-related death of his cousin and hoping to score a scholarship to make a decent life for himself; and Benny, a young and imaginative boy suffering from bipolar disorder. Each is followed in their day-to-day routines, their interactions with their families, neighbors, and friends closely examined in a perfectly crafted, cinema-verite style.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Terminator' Movie To Feature "Entire Original Cast"?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 3:45 AM
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It seems folks around Arnold Schwarzenegger's camp have become very chatty over the last twenty four hours. Following news this morning of another potential Arnie movie, "Cry Macho," now comes some interesting tidbits about that "Terminator" movie that's currently trying to find a studio to take it on.

Matt Walsh & Lizzy Caplan Talk The Improv Comedy Of 'High Road'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 3:04 AM
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Getting your first feature film off the ground is no easy feat, but that task is made a bit easier when your friends include people like Rob Riggle, James Pumphrey, Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliot, Joe LoTruglio, Rich Fulcher, Horatio Sanz, Dylan Obrien, Zach Woods, Matt Jones, Ed Helms and Kyle Gass. For actor and now director Matt Walsh, those are the stars he brought on board for his directorial debut, the improv comedy "High Road." The film follows a weed dealer split between a pregnant girlfriend, a gestating rock opera and his illegal job which pays the bills. Things go from bad to worse when a deal goes wrong and he’s forced to go on the run with a teenager he’s mentoring, thus allowing for the rich cast of characters to come into play. We recently spoke to director Matt Walsh and actress Lizzy Caplan about their work on the film and how they approached the film, from both in front of and behind the camera.

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