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'Face/Off' Duo Nicolas Cage & John Travolta Looking To Reunite On A Pair Of Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:00 AM
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Let's face it. Nicolas Cage isn't so much a movie star anymore as a continual riff on his own persona, selling movie after movie on his crazy-wigged eccentricity and personality. The idea of him playing characters has long gone out the window as these days, he pretty much just plays Nic Cage whether in a medieval flick like "Season Of The Witch" or a 3D throwaway B-movie like "Drive Angry." Meanwhile, John Travolta has been vacillating between dumb family fare like "Wild Hogs" or "Old Dogs" while trying to scowl convincingly as a bad guy in action flicks like "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3" and "From Paris With Love." Wherever their careers are now, the duo teamed up to deliver one of the great, big dumb, yet totally awesome action flicks of the 1990s, John Woo's "Face/Off" so it's a little exciting (in a nostalgic sort of way) that the two are looking team up again.

Review: 'Potiche' A Frothy, Fun Distraction

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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French auteur Francois Ozon’s “Potiche” begins with a scene that seems straight out of a Disney movie; that is, if Sleeping Beauty were wearing a ‘70s-era tracksuit and she happened upon bunnies shagging like, well, bunnies. Catherine Deneuve’s Suzanne Pujol steadfastly treks through the woods, keeping her figure trim for her businessman husband as she composes poetry for the feathered and furry friends who surround her. But as Suzanne walks through an idyllic oasis and returns to her mansion, it becomes clear that her life is no fairy tale.

Mike Skinner Of The Streets Writing Music For Film Version Of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:34 AM
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The idea of popular musicians being used to score films is by no means a new one -- indeed, some of the top composers at present, such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell, got their start in bands (Oingo Boingo and Pop Will Eat Itself, respectively). But we seem to have reached an interesting tipping point in the last few years, with a whole spate of bands and musicians, particularly from the electronic music and hip hop worlds, penning full scores for high-profile movies.

Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

Emir Kusturica To Head Un Certain Regard Jury At The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 1:01 AM
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Two-time Palme d'Or winnter Emir Kusturica -- in 1985 for "When Father Was Away On Business" and in 1995 for "Underground" -- will be returning to the Croisette this year, but this time, he won't have a film in his hands.

Edgar Ramirez Being Sought For A Villain Role In 'Superman'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 12:57 PM
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After an early bout of casting rumors around Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman," the cord has quickly been tightened around the film, employing Christopher Nolan levels of secrecy (and no surprise really, given he's overseeing the project). In fact the only real concrete news of late is that Kevin Costner was confirmed as Pa Kent in the film, while Snyder himself revealed Viggo Mortensen won't be in the film (he was rumored for Zod). But this morning comes a fresh bit of potential casting, so get ready to put on your speculation hats on people.

Michael Shannon Rumored As Candidate For 'Superman' Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:59 AM
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Well, here's the best fucking idea we've heard all day. This morning the rumor mill started around Zack Snyder's "Superman" again with word that Edgar Ramirez ("Carlos") was being considered for a villain role in the upcoming film. Well, another actor has now emerged -- someone who is perhaps one of the finest character actors working right now.

Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund & Luke Evans Will Test For 'Bourne Legacy' Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:40 AM
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Shia LaBeouf And Logan Marshall-Green Are Also Names New To The Casting MixThe field for the next Jason Bourne -- well not really, but the next guy who will be-on-the-run in his footsteps is narrowing. About a month ago, a long list of contenders emerged including names both big and small such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Director Tony Gilroy was meeting with the actors but now he has decided who will go the next step and audition in front of a camera.

Paul Giamatti Will Manage Tom Cruise In 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:04 AM
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Yes, more "Rock of Ages" news. With the film lensing soon, you'll be hearing a lot more about the project before it gets in front of cameras.

James Vanderbilt Hired Back To Write Sequel To 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 8:43 AM
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With shooting still underway on "The Amazing Spider-Man," Columbia is wasting no time in getting their ducks in a row for the inevitable sequel.

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