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Michael Powell Realized The Awesomeness Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' Before Anyone Else

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 9:02 AM
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If the name Michael Powell doesn't mean anything to you, stop reading now and line up your Netflix queue with the some of the films he did with Emeric Pressburger, including "The Red Shoes," "I Know Where I'm Going!" and "A Matter of Life and Death," and then get back to us. But as Martin Scorsese fans already know, his connection with the filmmaker runs deep. He was a good friend of the legendary filmmaker, introducing him to editor Thelma Schoonmaker whom Powell would later marry. But Scorsese was a longtime admirer of the director and it turns out, he sent him an early draft of "Goodfellas" (back when it shared the title of the book it was based on "Wise Guys") to see what he thought. And likely before anyone else had their input, Powell knew it was a winner.

Exclusive Sadness: John C. Reilly Won't Play Steve Brule In 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 16, 2011 8:58 AM
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'Hunger Games' And 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Faker Than 'Green Hornet' EnthusiastsBetween the legion of "Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fanatics and those merely acquainted with their bizarre Absolut Vodka videos with Zach Galifianakis, people seem to be intrigued across the board concerning what the duo's upcoming star-studded feature, "Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" will ultimately end up like. Sporting a cast of comedic favorites like Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton, directors Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim go meta with their characters/personalities, saying that it's about "literally getting a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall." Even though they're known for their short spurts of random, screwy humor, the premise sounds insane and loose enough for it to work in their favor.

Confirmed: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 7:58 AM
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Just yesterday, we were wondering if David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" was headed to Sony Pictures Classics. A helpful reader recently pointed out to us that the website adangerousmethodfilm.com automatically redirects to the Sony Pictures Classics homepage, and while we put in some inquiries we received radio silence in return. Now we know why.

Annette Bening Joins Dayton/Faris Film ‘He Loves Me’ With Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 7:39 AM
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It’s been five far too long years since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' indie smash hit “Little Miss Sunshine” but they are coming back with vengeance. Their next project set up at Fox Searchlight is a meta, Charlie Kaufman-esque comedy, and they've snagged a four time Oscar nominee to join the gang of young thesps that includes Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.

Andrew Stanton Says No 'John Carter' At Comic-Con, Says Film Will "Gain Nothing" By Showing Early

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 7:20 AM
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So are studios now backing away from showing off their goods very early at Comic-Con? That seems to be the way the tide is shifting. Just a couple of days ago it was revealed that Warner Bros, DreamWorks, The Weinstein Company and Disney were going to be no shows this year in San Diego. While Jon Favreau will give fans "Cowboys & Aliens" a week before it hits theaters by premiering it at the geek convention, it seems studios are cooling on the idea of sneaking their movies six months or more before they hit screens. "Sucker Punch" and "Tron: Legacy" are probably the two biggest recent examples of films that got big Comic-Con hype only to fizzle or underperform at the box office (and yes, we know a sequel is in the works but you can bet Disney was expecting bigger numbers for a movie they started hustling two years before it came out). And it's not just studio honchos who are wary of questionable impact Comic-Con has on a movie.

Interview: 'Page One' Helmer Andrew Rossi Says David Carr Turned Down Solo Doc Opportunity & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 16, 2011 6:42 AM
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Opening this weekend, Andrew Rossi's eye-opening and entertaining "Page One: Inside the New York Times" is a peek behind the curtain at the last bastion of serious news journalism, in an age as tumultuous and violent as anything conjured up in the Hollywood blockbusters storming the multiplexes. We saw the film back at SXSW and were taken with the amount of stories that the documentary covers – everything from the Times' evolving relationship with the internet (including the introduction of the pay wall, implemented this spring) to its coverage of similar media institutions (like the titanic Tribune Company) falling by the wayside. It will also introduce many to one of the year's great superheroes – journalist David Carr, whose gravelly voice and no-nonsense attitude (watch as he gives the hipsters at Vice Magazine a verbal smack-down!) makes him seem both heroically resolute as the tide shifts, and hopelessly anachronistic. Either way, you want to be his best friend (and as you'll see, we nearly got a standalone movie about the man himself).
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Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 6:05 AM
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With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

Watch: 'The Muppets' Parody 'Green Lantern' Trailer 1000X More Entertaining Than 'Green Lantern'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 4:12 AM
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Say what you will about massive ad campaigns for franchise movies, but we can't remember the last time marketing for a tentpole movie was this much fun to watch. Following the rom-com style teaser and "The Hangover 2" riffing tailer for "The Muppets," a new one has landed today using this weekend's "Green Lantern" as a jumping off point.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig Says He's Rebooting A Comedy Franchise: 4 Possible Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 3:59 AM
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Plus Helmer Talks Upcoming Jon Hamm/Melissa McCarthy ComedyAlmost everyone involved in "Bridesmaids" has gotten a major boost from its huge success (although, note we said almost everyone: more on this later on), and none more deservingly though than its director, Paul Feig. Since co-creating classic one-season wonder "Freaks and Geeks" with Judd Apatow over a decade ago, Feig has worked consistently on some of the best TV shows around, including "The Office," "Arrested Development" and even "Mad Men," but big-screen success had so far eluded him, with features "I Am David" and "Grounded" landing with a thud.

Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin Join Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 3:44 AM
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It seems that Jason Reitman is using every opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. Building his rep with "Thank You For Smoking," breaking out with "Juno" and courting Oscar with "Up In The Air" the young helmer shows no signs of slowing down. Later this year, he'll unveil his next effort "Young Adult," a wickedly dark, Diablo Cody penned film starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt and now he's lining up his followup. But if you've been paying attention, this one has been batted around as early as last year.

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