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George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Will Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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We are all highly anticipating the fall festival season, and, for most of us, it couldn't get here sooner. The first big news of the season, is that George Clooney's newest directorial effort, "Ides Of March," will open the Venice Film Festival. Clooney will also star as a presidential candidate alongside man of the year Ryan Gosling as his head of media. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on a supporting role as a campaign manager with Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood rounding it out, making the film's cast a star-studded one to watch.

Danny Elfman Makes Peace With Sam Raimi To Score 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2011 12:55 PM
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Composer Also In Talks For 'The Hunger Games'Update: Movies.com confirms that Danny Elfman will be scoring "The Hunger Games" with T. Bone Burnett. That's pretty awesome.

Watch: Trailer For ‘Flypaper’ May Be The Worst Thing You See This Week

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 20, 2011 11:27 AM
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Here it is, folks: the trailer no one’s been waiting for. After a lukewarm reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Patrick Dempsey/Ashley Judd bank heist/comedy “Flypaper” finally has a trailer courtesy of Yahoo.

Terry Gilliam on 'Don Quixote': I Would Say "Fuck This, Except It's The Best Script I’ve Got"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 20, 2011 11:12 AM
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Is Robert Duvall Out?While recent years haven't been kind to filmmaker Terry Gilliam or his art, we love the dude (no, really) because he's a maverick and he's very outspoken. He has seen a lot of ups and downs since 2002's "Lost in La Mancha" which documented his heartbreaking attempt at getting his "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" film off the ground to disastrous results and it almost seems like that period marks a before and after stage in his work. Gilliam's trajectory has been Sisyphean of late, but you must hand it to the man who just keeps plugging away and forging ahead.

Michael Bay Says Steven Spielberg Told Him To Fire Megan Fox From 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 10:27 AM
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Tyrese Gibson Dreams Of Being On A Steven Spielberg SetLet the "controversy" continue. Weeks after Shia LaBeouf claimed that Megan Fox's "Spice Girl strength" and her desire to be more than drapery with breasts and a butt on the set of the "Transformers" movies eventually got her booted by director Michael Bay. But the helmer of the robots-fighting-each-other movies now has his own slightly different version of what went down.

Werner Herzog's Prison Doc Now Titled 'Gazing Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 9:00 AM
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Though he can be uneven at times, Werner Herzog's quest for ecstatic truth -- which can sometimes mean making up the existence of mutated albino crocodiles -- is always compelling, interesting and sometimes, just plain weird. But his next effort, if anything, should certainly be sobering.

Andrea Riseborough Takes The Female Lead Opposite James McAvoy In 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 8:30 AM
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Andrea Riseborough has quickly been making her way through the ranks of the film world, and seemingly omnipresent on the big screen over the past year or so. With roles in "Happy-Go-Lucky," "Made In Dagenham," "Never Let Me Go" and "Brighton Rock" the actress has established herself as a talent to watch. Later this year, she will turn in Madonna's "W.E." but it looks like she's just landed her biggest role yet.

Would We Have Been Better Off With Robert Smigel's Version Of 'Green Lantern' Starring Jack Black?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 8:13 AM
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Hal Jordan Conjured Up Superman & 5 More Things You Need To Know About The Unmade Comedic ScriptBefore Ryan Reynolds put on the CGI suit as Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern," the franchise was eyeing a completely different direction. Way back in 2004 Robert Smigel -- best known for his TV Funhouse shorts on "Saturday Night Live" and the creator and voice of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog -- had penned a comedic take on the character that had Jack Black set to star. In that incarnation, Black would've played a reality TV star who gets chosen to wear the power ring with comedic results. Needless to says, fans weren't so hot on this idea and while that version never got off the ground, we've always wondered what his film would've been like. Well, thanks to Vanity Fair, now we know.

Darren Aronofsky Says 'Noah' Will Be His "Big Event Film"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 20, 2011 7:03 AM
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Director Doesn't Confirm Christian Bale, But It Seems Pretty ObviousWhen your sitting in Jerry Bruckheimer's office and you're discussing next summer's big event film, the type of film you're generally discussing is usually along the lines of "Pearl Harbor," "Pirates Of The Caribbean," "Independence Day," a Will Smith film that features robots or Tommy Lee Jones, "2012," "Godzilla Destroys Things In New York," "The Avengers" and a bar mitzvah hosted by Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay.

A Completely Oblivious Martin Campell Says Marc Forster's 'Quantum Of Solace' Was "Lousy"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 6:21 AM
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First, let's get this out of the way: "Quantum Of Solace" was definitely a disappointing followup to "Casino Royale" but if anybody should be heeding to the rule of not throwing stones in glass houses, it's director Martin Campbell.

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