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Neil LaBute & Aaron Eckhart To Reteam For 'The Geography of Hope'; Ed Harris Also Stars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 5:44 AM
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Breakout movie roles don't come as memorable -- or repulsive -- as Aaron Eckhart's slimy performance as Chad in Neil LaBute's "In The Company Of Men." It was a wickedly dark turn in a movie that itself was blackly hilarious that lead to two more collaborations between the writer/director: the excellent "Your Friends & Neighbors" and the far less successful "Possession." And then the two parted ways. Eckhart went on to become one of the top leading men and character actors in Hollywood, while LaBute fell into a bit of spiral directing a string of bad movies including, at the bottom of the barrel, "The Wicker Man" and "Lakeview Terrace." But almost a decade since they last worked together, it looks like the duo are ready to pick up again.

Catherine Hardwicke To Direct 'The Bitch Posse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 5:07 AM
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For a moment there, we thought we lost director Catherine Hardwicke to the tentpole world. She made a smash success out of vampire/human romance with "Twilight," teamed up with Warner Bros. for the egregious "Red Riding Hood" (which this writer already places on the Worst Of The Year list) and late last year, she signed on for another tween blockbuster, "The Maze Runner." But it looks like she's ready to get her hands dirty again.

New Posters For Miranda July's 'The Future,' 'Melancholia,' 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 4:47 AM
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Here's an update of a few one sheets you might be seeing during your next trip to the theater.

Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like this, it's even more important than ever that those who truly care about cinema don't just settle for the big movies, but seek out the smaller releases as well.

Watch: Mystique Character Trailer Hits For 'X-Men: First Class'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:49 AM
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We can't even begin to imagine what the marketing budget on "X-Men: First Class" will be, but clearly, Fox are outspending their rivals with new TV spots, posters and now, character based trailers landing seemingly every other day.

Jay Baruchel To Write 'Random Acts Of Violence' & 'Exorcism Diaries'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:43 AM
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It's not a big surprise that actor Jay Baruchel has grander aspirations than being "that awkward guy" in Hollywood movies. Give him half the chance, he'll gladly talk your ear off about his love of the horror genre and his plans to eventually move into the director's chair. In fact, last year, he talked up his racially charged slasher pic "Pig" that he hopes to mount, during the press rounds for "She's Out Of My League." And of course, there's been the long talked about "Seth And Jay Vs. The Apocalypse," which speaks to his comic influences. And it looks like the actor is serious about his intentions to work more off camera.

Alec Baldwin & Rory Culkin Round Out 'Hick' With Blake Lively & Chloe Moretz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:26 AM
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As the film nears the end of production, it looks like the last bits and pieces of casting have quietly fallen into place.

Joel Edgerton Confirmed For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:16 AM
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Aussie Actor Turned Down 'Snow White And The Huntsman' For the FilmFour days ago, Osama Bin Laden was killed. Today, it looks like we have a lead actor signed on for the movie about it. Hollywood moves fast.

Kevin Macdonald To Direct Adaptation Of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:09 AM
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Director Kevin Macdonald has had an interesting career thus far. He came out of the documentary world with the acclaimed "One Day In September" and "Touching The Void" under his belt, and then helped Forest Whitaker win an Oscar for "The Last King Of Scotland." And while his follow up features -- "State Of Play" and "The Eagle" -- have been somewhat underwhelming, his choices continue to fascinate.

Vince Vaughn Will 'Lay The Favorite' With Stephen Frears

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:02 AM
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It's a been a while since Vince Vaughn truly stepped outside his comfort zone. Oh sure, he was very briefly in "Into The Wild," but for the past decade he's been phoning it in with films like "The Break Up," "Fred Claus," "Couples Retreat" and this year's "The Dilemma," so color us very pleasantly surprised by his next....roll of the dice.

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