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Fantasia '11 Review: 'The King Of Devil's Island' A Chilly & Compelling Nordic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:31 AM
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Stop if you've heard this before: an overbearing headmaster gets his comeuppance from his students after he pushes them too far, causing a violent uprising and revolt to take place. In literature and in films, variations on this theme have cropped up time and again usually with the same types of characters and signifiers, with the story and pacing playing out to the beat of a very familiar drum. And while on paper, Marius Holst's "The King Of Devil's Island" may seem like a trip down an already well-worn path, the film is a refreshing surprise that offers up a character-driven take on the genre that throws familiar notions of how this kind of story should play right out the window.

Tom Hardy May Play Al Capone In David Yates' 'Cicero' (That May Turn Into A Trilogy)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:25 AM
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Yates Also Considering Directing Stephen King's 'The Stand'Having spent the last four or five years deep in the world of "Harry Potter," making mad bank for Warner Bros. while delivering movies that have more than satisfied the legion of fans around the world, director David Yates and the studio are at an interesting crossroads. With lucrative franchise finished (for now), and with the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy set to finish in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is suddenly seeing two of their biggest moneymakers waving goodbye (though yes, they do have two "The Hobbit" films in their back pocket). Hoping that Yates can weave his magic on another property to get the money machine rolling, Yates is headed to Tinseltown this weekend to meet with honchos where he'll have his pick of the litter, and Vulture has the details on what he'll be considering.

Had Enough? First Look At Balin & Dwalin From 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:00 AM
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So, just how big will the media blitz be for "The Hobbit"? Well, when Time magazine of all outlets is being enlisted this early in the game to drop an exclusive photo of Balin and Dwalin from the film, you can bet the campaign is going to reach every major player in the media world no matter how odd the fit.

Watch: 4 Clips From 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Keep Up Our Optimism

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 2:33 AM
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One the one hand, director Joe Johnston is a wild card. While he's celebrated for "The Rocketeer" he's also been behind stuff like "Jumanji" and "The Wolfman" so you're never quite sure who you're gonna get. On the other hand, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has a great lead in Chris Evans, a pretty solid supporting cast, and thus far evinces the perfect tone of loyalty to the comic and character, with a good dose of goofy charm to show that it's not taking itself too seriously. So you can see, we're a bit conflicted about the forthcoming superhero flick, arriving on the heels of three comic movies that have been good ("X-Men: First Class"), middling ("Thor") and bad ("Green Lantern"). However if the latest batch of clips from the film is anything to go by, we could be in for a treat.

Review: 'Without' An Assured Dramatic Debut By Director Mark Jackson

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 15, 2011 2:03 AM
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"Without" was screened last weekend as part of Outfest 2011 in Los Angeles and Sound Unseen International Duluth in June.
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Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey Picked Up By Millennium

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 1:39 AM
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Director Richard Linklater needs a hit. The indie filmmaking icon has been in the cinematic wilderness for a while following a trifecta of films -- "Fast Food Nation," "A Scanner Darkly" and "Me And Orson Welles" -- that didn't play to many people at all and came and went from theaters in the blink of an eye. However his latest effort, the black comedy "Bernie," certainly has the ingredients to get the director back on the radar. Starring “School Of Rock” star Jack Black and “Dazed & Confused” thesp Matthew McConaughey, the story centers on the titular character (Black), a beloved mortician in small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. The film premiered last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival to largely strong reviews, including one from us that noted the film has the "slow burn of a crime thriller" in telling its odd, messy (and true) tale.

John McTiernan's 'Shrapnel' Moving Forward As Financing Lines Up, But Without Nicolas Cage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 1:20 AM
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Update: The Wrap has heard back from reps for Cage who say he's dropped out of the movie. Moreover, while a fall start is being eyed, it's not quite a sure thing just yet.

Dimension Makes Sure 'Bad Santa 2' Will Be Doubly Excellent By Commissioning Two Competing Scripts

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 15, 2011 1:00 AM
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In the years since “Bad Santa” was released in 2003, it’s become something of a holiday season anarcho-classic and alternate required viewing to off-set the occasionally cloying feel-goodery of bona fide golden oldies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” It’s also one of the few legitimate bright spots in the wizened and dull sub-genre of the “Christmas movie” that’s been particularly bankrupt of late (to wit: “Christmas with the Kranks,” “Fred Claus,” “Four Christmases,” Billy Bob Thornton’s own “Ice Harvest,” etc) which tend to be lazily executed and have an extremely short cultural shelf life. Talk of a sequel has been bandied about for years but only recently did “Bad Santa 2” seem to gain any traction, first with star Thornton announcing he’d be up for it and now, as The LA Times reports, the hiring of two writers, Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips who, somewhat bizarrely, will write separate and competing drafts of the same film. The ‘winning’ script will move forward into production for a mooted Christmas 2012 release date, with the possibility of material in the other script being folded into another potential sequel.

Steven Spielberg To Make First Comic-Con Appearance, Will Receive Award & Present 'Tintin' Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 12:58 PM
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The argument about whether or not showing stuff off early to geeks at Comic-Con is worth the investment has strong arguments on both sides, but if one thing is clear, the alarmist worries a month ago that the event would be bereft of major studios and films seems to have been premature. Not only that, one of the biggest directors in the world is now set to grace Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center.

New Photos Of Michelle Yeoh As Aung San Suu Kyi In Luc Besson's 'The Lady'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 11:06 AM
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Believe or not, Luc Besson, the hugely successful producer behind action fare like "The Transporter" franchise, "Taken," and the "District 13" films, and the director of "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional" is now directing a film about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Seriously. Shot last fall and due to hit theaters overseas later this year, we're now getting our first major look at "The Lady."

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