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Hilary Swank Joins Matthew McConaughey In 'The Dallas Buyer's Club'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 9:17 AM
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A tough based-on-a-true story AIDS-and-drugs drama doesn't exactly seem like the usual domain for Matthew McConaughey. In fact, "The Dallas Buyer's Club" has been knocking around for years with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt (who are now doing "World War Z" together) set to take it on at one point, while more recently, Ryan Gosling and Craig Gillespie were looking to make it but the picture never got off the ground. But this spring, McConaughey put his name to the project to get it going again and now another major name has come aboard.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 9:15 AM
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While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

Watch: Trailer for 'Horrible Bosses' Promises Some Twisted Summer Comedy Fun

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 11, 2011 8:42 AM
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And finally a non-Cannes related clip of the day. The highly anticipated trailer for New Line's "Horrible Bosses" finally dropped today and all signs point to a comedy classic. Or well... at least a comedy worth our $13 bucks. Directed by "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon (who also directed "Four Christmases" but we'll try not to hold that against him), who has a host of episodes for "Parks and Rec," "Community," "The Office," and "Modern Family" under his belt, the film boasts a script by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley ("Freaks and Geeks") and Jonathan Goldstein. It was on our Anticipated Summer Flicks list based on the hilarious script and talent involved, and the trailer doesn't disappoint.

'Green Lantern,' 'Drive,' 'A Better Life' Lead New Los Angeles Film Festival Additions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 8:22 AM
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Guillermo Del Toro Announced As Guest Director, Will Premiere "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Considering it's the world center of the movie industry, it's surprising that historically speaking, Los Angeles never really had a film festival to rival the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. But a quarter of a century ago, things started to change: the excellent AFI Festival celebrated its 25th year in its most recent incarnation, while the Los Angeles Film Festival, goes from strength to strength every year.

Cannes Review: 'Midnight In Paris' Is A Classically Whimsical Woody Allen Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 8:18 AM
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Sometimes it feels hard to badmouth Woody Allen at all, even when he's in the creative doldrums. Movies like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Hannah and Her Sisters" aren't just masterpieces, they're benchmarks of American cinema. So when he lets off a largely forgettable trifle, like last year's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," you have to shrug in indifference rather than ball your fists in anger. After all, homeboy gave us "Love and Death."

Dan Rush Talks 'Everything Must Go' & The Influence Of 'Chungking Express,' 'Being There' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 8:14 AM
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While he's made his living playing characters in comedies who have names like Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, Jackie Moon, Chazz Michael Michaels and more recently on the small screen, Deangelo Vickers, Will Ferrell, like many comics before him, has dipped his toes into the dramatic world as well. He's turned in fine performances in films like "Winter Passing" and "Stranger Than Fiction," but perhaps nothing has challenged his non-comedic chops more to date than the upcoming indie "Everything Must Go."

Ben Whishaw & Hugo Weaving Join Tom Hanks & Halle Berry In 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 7:23 AM
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Actors Will Play Multiple Roles In ProjectTo date, The Wachowskis have never quite lived up to their promise. After a strong debut with lesbian noir "Bound," they reinvented the action movie with "The Matrix," a film as seriously influential as any since "Star Wars" -- hence the slavish copycats that have clogged up sci-fi pictures in the last 10 years. But the sequels were bloated and near-unwatchable, failing to understand what made the first film special, while their only other directorial credit since -- "Speed Racer" -- gave us a giant headache, even if we can sort of understand those who defend it as a piece of pop art.

SFIFF '11: Matthew Barney's Persistence of Vision And 'Ancient Evenings'

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • May 11, 2011 7:14 AM
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During the final weekend of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Matthew Barney (“Cremaster Cycle” and “Drawing Restraint 9”) was presented the annual “Persistence of Vision” award to accompany a discussion with art critic Glen Helfand and the North American Premiere of “Drawing Restraint 17.”
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Katie Aselton To Direct & Star In Thriller 'Black Rock' With Kate Bosworth & Lake Bell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 6:45 AM
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If you don't know the name Katie Aselton, don't be too worried, but you'll likely be hearing more of it very soon. The actress has knocked around the indie world notably in the films of her husband Mark Duplass, and she was also a regular on the series "The League." But she took a big step with her directorial debut "The Freebie" last year, a comedy starring herself and Dax Shepherd that was not unlike this year's "Hall Pass" -- at least in its premise -- focusing on a couple who give each other one night off from their relationship. However, for her next gig behind the camera, Aselton is switching up directions big time.

First Look At David Tennant In New 'Fright Night' Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 6:08 AM
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A couple more pics from the upcoming "Fright Night" remake/reboot and with the release date just a few months away, we're going to get a trailer soon, right?

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