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Angelina Jolie Confirms That She Wants David Fincher To Helm 'Cleopatra'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 5:46 AM
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Also Producing, But Not Yet Directing, Churchill/Roosevelt Film With Anthony Hopkins Angelina Jolie's a funny one. She's a good actress and a giant movie star, but at least for this writer, she's barely made any good movies. Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart," which features the actress' best performance, is great (and underrated), and "Girl, Interrupted," "Changeling" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" all have their defenders, but personally we can't find much to like in any of them. But, if the actress gets her way, there's one project on her dance card which certainly has our attention.

Julien Temple To Make Series Of Music-Specific Documentaries

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 17, 2011 5:20 AM
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Director Will Shoot Rio De Janeiro-Centric "Children Of The Revolution" SoonJulien Temple has made a career out of directing music videos, including icons like Van Halen, Whitney Houston and David Bowie. Aside from these, Temple hasn't really broken into the mainstream, preferring to focus his film work on top-notch music documentaries like "The Filth and the Fury" and "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten," and looks to continue in that vein, as THR reports that he's prepping a series of music documentaries focused on various cities around the world. He plans to shoot "Children of the Revolution" in September and October of this year about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then move to "This Is London" in London, of course. A film about Tijuana, Mexico, is also on the slate.

New Look: Seth Rogen & Michelle Williams In Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2011 5:00 AM
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Considering that her directorial debut, "Away From Her," was extraordinary, earning its star, Julie Christie, an Oscar nomination (and really, she should have won the thing, beaten at the last by Marion Cotillard), we've been eagerly awaiting the sophomore film from Canadian actress Sarah Polley for quite a while now. The story of a young Toronto married couple, played by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, the film also stars Sarah Silverman and relative newcomer Luke Kirby, and shot last summer in the Canadian city.

Jamie Campbell Bower & Ed Speleers Are Lead Contenders For 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 4:40 AM
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Model Leebo Freeman Also In The RunningWhile we're yet to see whether youthful, dickish star Alex Pettyfer's move into more serious territory with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and the actioner "Overdrive" is a good thing or not, there's certainly one group who are delighted with the actor's career shift: other high-cheekboned young actors! Only a few months ago, the hotly tipped young star of "I Am Number Four" was being courted for every prospective young adult franchise in town, with "The Hunger Games," "The Seventh Son" and "The Mortal Instruments" all said to be courting the 21-year-old actor.

New Photos: Woody Harrelson In Oren Moverman's L.A. Cop Drama 'Rampart'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 4:20 AM
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First Synopsis For The Film; Ned Beatty Also Part Of The Ensemble CastEven though producer/star Ben Foster has said a 2012 festival unveiling is the likely plan, we're still kinda hoping Oren Moverman's sophomore directorial effort, L.A. cop-drama "Rampart," will sneak onto 2011 calendars somehow.

Cannes Review: 'Snowtown' An Uneven But Still Mesmerizing & Disturbing Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2011 4:00 AM
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This film was screened as part of the Critic's Week sidebar.

New Photo: Tom Hardy As A Bustling Prohibition-Era Bootlegger In 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 3:40 AM
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With The Weinstein Company set to come out victorious in bidding for distribution rights on John Hillcoat's Prohibition era crime-drama "The Wettest County In The World," the Cannes Film Festival now also brings us a new look at Tom Hardy as the hustling middle Forrest brother in Matt Bondurant's novel of the same name.

Tim Burton Won't Direct Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, David Yates Could Replace

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2011 3:20 AM
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"Maleficent," the revisionist and live/action take on the "Sleeping Beauty" tale has lost its director.

More Thoughts & 3 More Reviews Of Terrence Malick's Luminous, But Uneven 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yes, you've read our initial review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," but we've got a few more, simply because it's a film that demands discussion and contrary to popular belief, members of The Playlist do not share a brain or utilize hivemind thinking, but three writers from the site saw the film at different times yesterday in New York and L.A., and all of us came to relatively the same conclusions. Three more writers, three different, but similar takes on the film. Find them after the jump.

Only Nicole Kidman Left: Lasse Halstrom & Rachel Weisz Are Officially Out Of 'The Danish Girl'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2011 2:40 AM
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When Swedish director Lasse Hallström ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" "The Cider House Rules") announced he would be directing the Sweden-set crime thriller “The Hypnotist” this year, we asked, ok, what did this mean for Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films' developing transgendered drama “The Danish Girl”?

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