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What In The Name of Jessica Chastain Is Going On With 'The Tree of Life' And Its U.K. Release Date?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Probably the biggest controversy of the week (despite the efforts of Disney and Jennifer Garner) has come over "The Tree of Life," the latest film from Terrence Malick that has been whipping up near-religious levels of anticipation in film fans everywhere, ourselves included. The film was all-but-confirmed to be playing Cannes last week, something that's been rumored ever since Fox Searchlight announced they'd be opening it in the U.S. at the end of May. But a spanner was thrown into the works by Empire's story on Monday that Icon, the distribution company originally founded by Mel Gibson, and who have the rights to the film in a number of territories, were planning to release it in the U.K. on Wednesday May 4th -- a week before Cannes gets underway, and over three weeks before the film opens in the States.

David Gordon Green Acquires Rights To Original 'Suspiria' Score By Italian Prog-Rockers Goblin

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 30, 2011 12:59 PM
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Will Utilize For Own Remake, 'Your Highness' Composer Steve Jablonsky On BoardWith his "Suspiria" remake now set as his next project, versatile director David Gordon Green is beginning to tease the long-gestating remake in bits and pieces as the first half of his 2011 double feature, medieval-stoner-comedy "Your Highness," nears release.

Interview: Rose Byrne Talks The Similarities Of Horror & Comedy In Making 'Insidious'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 11:42 AM
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Say what you will about James Wan and Oren Peli, but with "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity" under their respective belts, it's hard to deny that they have been a major force in Hollywood, helping to shape much of the direction of contemporary horror films. So when the two decided to team on "Insidious" -- with Wan directing from a script by "Saw" co-creator Leigh Whannel and Peli producing -- curiosity about what they would conjure ran high. So who knew that it would be an old school haunted house flick in the vein of "Poltergeist"?

Interview: Susanne Bier Bemoans Violent Society And Modern Parenting For 'In A Better World'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 30, 2011 11:15 AM
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In one unattainable and colossally perfect universe, "Dogtooth" won the best Foreign Oscar statue. Our current universe is admittedly less deranged than that, with the Academy generally awarding whichever non-U.S. movie hits all the cliché buttons and shies away from originality. Thankfully, the 2010 winner "In A Better World" breaks their usual reductive routine. Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (the Academy Award nominated "After the Wedding," "Things We Lost In The Fire") latest focuses on a friendship between two troubled boys and is told in a distant, completely unnerving way. Sure, it doesn't feature a woman being repeatedly beaten with a VHS tape of "Rocky" -- which, spoiler, happens in Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" -- but you can't always get what you want.

Interview: 'Rubber' Helmer Quentin Dupieux Talks Killer Pic, Says 'Inception' Is "Not Cool & Boring"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 30, 2011 10:44 AM
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Reveals His Next Project 'Wrong' Is About A Missing Dog But He'd Rather Not Try And Pitch ItThere are few films we can think of as singularly weird as "Rubber." The story, following a vindictive, lovelorn tire that goes on a killing rampage in a small Southwestern town, is strange and oddly affecting – a tale of loneliness, where the protagonist just happens to be a rubber wheel. And this is before you start talking about the audience who is "watching" the movie unfold (and getting picked off one by one). Hearing the premise for "Rubber," your first thought is probably, "Who the hell came up with this?" Well, that'd be French filmmaker and musician Quentin Dupieux. He talked to us about the origins of the film, his approach to the score (which he co-composed with Justice's Gaspard Auge), and what's next.

Zack Snyder Says 'Justice League' Film Will Be Separate From His 'Superman' & Nolan's 'Dark Knight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 9:56 AM
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Filmmaker Says Batman & Superman WILL Appear In New 'JLA' FilmNewly installed as the head of Warner Bros., Jeff Robinov has wasted no time in getting the studio's priorities straight for the next few years and they plan on diving head first into the comic properties they have, and no wonder. With Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" marking the end of a chapter (though he will produce the eventual reboot), WB already has "Green Lantern" hitting this summer, with "The Flash" and "Wonder Woman" films in development. But perhaps the biggest news to emerge in the last few days is that a "Justice League" movie is in the works to hit screens in 2013 -- just a year after Zack Snyder and Nolan bow their Superman and Batman films. It's an ambitious move with a lot of questions still to be answered. But Snyder has cleared up the biggest query around the film so far: it will be separate from the worlds he and Nolan will have created.

John Travolta Locked For Title Role In 'Gotti: Three Generations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 8:48 AM
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We'll give credit where credit is due. We didn't think producer Marc Fiore could pull it off. But lo and behold, he's landed a big actor to take on the lead role in the upcoming saga "Gotti: Three Generations."

David Yates Eyed For Al Capone Pic 'Cicero'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 8:08 AM
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Warner Bros. has a thing for crime pics and it's easy to see why. They got Oscar gold for "The Departed" and Ben Affleck's "The Town" was a surprising smash hit at the box office so no wonder they want to feed audience hunger for pics focusing on the seedy criminal underbelly. Ruben Fleischer's "Tales From The Gangster Squad" is already heating up with offers out to Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling and now another gangland pic is building steam.

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Haywire' Moved To Summer; Happy About His 'Reshoot' Luxury On The Picture

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 30, 2011 7:36 AM
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Filmmaker Gives More Details On The Leni Riefenstahl Project He Deep-SixedLate last year we reported that Steven Soderbergh's spy action thriller "Haywire," starring MMA fighter and non-actor Gina Carano, was set to bow on April 22. In January, Soderbergh himself confirmed that date, but obviously if you've been paying close attention, you know that's not happening.

Warner Bros. Wants Sean Penn & Ryan Gosling For Ruben Fleischer's 'Tales From The Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 7:20 AM
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There is no doubt that "Tales From The Gangster Squad" is very, very high on the priority list at Warner Bros. With names like Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass, Francis Lawrence, Martin Campbell, Greg Berlanti, Scott Cooper and Jose Padilha all being tossed around at various points to direct the film, "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer landed the gig late last year. But WB isn't done yet trying to lure top talent to their crimeland pic.

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