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Review: 'Zero Bridge' Goes For Realism But Ends Up With Stiffness

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 18, 2011 3:09 AM
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It's always nice when filmmakers are open to collaboration. This teamwork isn't (and shouldn't) be limited to the actors, but their general environment as well. It takes an exceptional kind of artist to make these loose partnerships flourish, as a project could quickly become detached or too self-indulgent without the proper wrangling. Still, knowing that any sort of director is diving headfirst into a visually-rich area, planning to shoot guerilla style and working with non-actors to create something distinctive is pretty damn exciting. Tariq Tapa's arsenal had plenty of useful tools to make an incredible indie: a unique-looking cast of unprofessionals, decent video equipment, a simple improv-ready ten page outline, and the setting of the war-torn India-controlled Kashmir. Unfortunately, instead of resembling the works of the topically-fueled Nagisa Oshima ("Sing A Song Of Sex" was devised around national protests) or improv-heavy John Cassavettes, Tapa's much more grounded "Zero Bridge" has more in common with America's micro-indies, for better or worse.

Darren Aronofsky Still Eyeing 'Noah's Ark' For The Big Screen; Not Your Mom's Bible Story

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 18, 2011 2:51 AM
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The Darren Aronofsky masterminded, Nico Henrichon drawn graphic novel for the "Black Swan" director's revisioned biblical epic about the iconic Noah and his ark was recently released with a gust after kicking around as a film project for years. It came as somewhat of a surprise but it now looks like there was planning behind the sudden release. Speaking with the L.A. Times, Aronofsky has discussed his hopes that the novel will help "secure studio financing so he can move forward with the film after finishing 'The Wolverine,'" which is set to begin production this April.

'The King's Speech' Writer & Director Potentially Reteaming On 'The Lady Who Went Too Far'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 2:35 AM
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For all the success of "The King's Speech," there's been one behind-the-scenes story that's almost as heartwarming as King Bertie's: that of the film's screenwriter, David Seidler. A relative unknown, who hadn't racked up a major credit since he wrote "Tucker: The Man And His Dream" for Francis Ford Coppola thirty years ago, Seidler was a former stammerer himself, who finally started to write the script that he'd been planning for years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and looks likely to win an Oscar for the first time, at the age of 73, next weekend.

Watch: Video For Radiohead's 'Lotus Flower' Turns Thom Yorke's Spastic Dancing Into Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2011 2:23 AM
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Give it up to director Garth Jennings. The helmer, landing the pretty plum gig of directing the first video from Radiohead's brand new album "The King Of Limbs" (arriving for download from the boys a day earlier than expected) has hit the web and it has a pretty simple, genius concept. Put a vaudeville hat on Thom Yorke and just film his spastic dancing to the song "Lotus Flower." The result is a bizarrely compelling video with Yorke's flailing, curiously spellbinding limbs as the main attraction.

Colin Firth Again Being Pursued For 'My Fair Lady' Remake; Carey Mulligan Still Attached

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 2:13 AM
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Shooting Won't Start Til 2012, But Rights Issues May Cause More DelaysColin Firth's had a somewhat curious career trajectory so far. From boy wonder in "Another Country," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob in "Pride & Prejudice," to chubby villain in "Shakespeare in Love," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob (again) in "Bridget Jones' Diary," to singing dad in "Mamma Mia," he's finally become a bona fide leading man, and A-list star, after last year's brilliant "A Single Man," and the critical and commercial behemoth that "The King's Speech" has become. The actor is about ten days away from picking up a Best Actor Oscar (let's face it, any suspense has gone at this point...), but he's already become firmly in demand.

Summit Sets Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cancer Comedy, Retitled '50/50,' For Sept 30th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 1:58 AM
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Terminal illness and comedy: not always the easiest combination to market. While a film like "Terms of Endearment" was a colossal success, that was a quarter of a century ago, and a more recent example like "Funny People" showed how even the seemingly unstoppable pairing of Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler could come unstuck at the box office when death is on the agenda.

Interview: Jorge Michel Grau Talks 'We Are What We Are'

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • February 18, 2011 1:23 AM
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The New York Film Festival generally isn't known for featuring horror films, but they made an exception in 2010 with Jorge Michel Grau's "We Are What We Are." Though the film was billed as "the Mexican cannibal movie," first-time feature director Grau goes far beyond genre conventions to craft a story that paints a haunting -- and quite unflattering -- picture of his home country. When the patriarch of a cannibalistic family dies, his son is forced to take up his father's murderous mantel, revealing fractures in both family dynamics and in the Mexican social structure. During the festival, we sat down with Grau to discuss his film, which we raved about back in October. "We Are What We Are" opens in select theaters tomorrow and is available On Demand on February 23.

New 'Thor' Trailer Focuses On The Earthbound Hero; Is... Better, Marginally Better

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 18, 2011 12:12 AM
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At this point in the super hero tentpole sweepstakes of 2011, Kenneth Branagh has his work cut out for him and is playing catch up. When the venerable director was first announced as the helmer for Marvel's live-action adaptation of their Asgardian hero “Thor,” many of us discerning filmgoers presumed Branagh was going to class up the joint in a big, big, way.

Juliette Binoche & Mathieu Amalric Join David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 11:47 AM
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Update #2: A press release from Canadian distributors Entertainment One now confirms the casting of Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Amalric in "Cosmopolis."

Watch: 'Something Borrowed' Trailer Teaches If You Love Somebody Tell Them Or Life Will Be A Rom-Com

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 11:28 AM
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Yep, it's gonna be one of those tedious rom-coms. You know the kind. The sort where the entire movie wouldn't exist if the protagonist would just say what they actually feel instead of being too shy/scared/stupid/insecure. Such is the case with "Something Borrowed," which has a new trailer that telegraphs the entire movie in every annoying detail.

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