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IFFBoston Review: 'The Whistleblower' Plays More Like A Whisper

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 5, 2011 2:44 AM
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Hollywood hasn’t gotten tired of taking great leading actresses and sticking them in films meant to showcase their strengths, usually in an exaggerated plea for an Oscar. Larysa Kondracki’s “The Whistleblower” is just this for Rachel Weisz, only the major flaws in the film’s structure detract from the admittedly great performance Weisz turns out.

'Bad Teacher' Director Jake Kasdan Circling Action-Comedy 'Family Getaway'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 2:22 AM
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You probably didn't see "Zero Effect" when it was released way back in 1998. But you should have -- it's one of the most terminally underrated pictures of the last couple of decades, a fearsomely smart, funny, touching rejig of the Sherlock Holmes archetype, with a career best performance from Bill Pullman, and tremendous support from Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens and Ryan O'Neal. And writer-director Jake Kasdan made it when he was only 23.

'Catfish' Directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman To Helm 'Paranormal Activity 3'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2011 2:02 AM
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After cravenly exploiting the misery and loneliness of someone who needed therapy in private and not on 500 screens nationwide, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost established themselves not as filmmakers but as crass, dishonest provocateurs. So is it a surprise that the "Catfish" directors would make a lateral move into a nakedly opportunistic film series that prides itself on being fast and cheap? Bloody Disgusting has learned that the two of them are jumping into production as co-directors on "Paranormal Activity 3," which is already slated for a Halloween release this year.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will 'Cry Macho' This Fall

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2011 1:45 AM
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After a back-and-forth over his next project, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen in "Cry Macho." The drama, to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman, deals with a former horse trainer who is forced to kidnap a boy, only to realize the boy's mother is in no way interested in getting the boy back. Bonding ensues. And, apparently, violence, as The Hollywood Reporter informs us "some action elements have been added to accommodate the star." What, did you expect Arnold to ACT his way out of a hostage situation?

Bradley Cooper To Play Lucifer (What?) In 3D Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost' (Again, What?)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2011 1:24 AM
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Unaware that the concept seems to be an Onion headline come to life, Bradley Cooper is eyeing the role of Lucifer in a big budget 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" according to Variety. Take a second, and let that sink in. A big budget, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost." With Bradley Cooper. Got it? Ok, great. Great pains are being made to stress that negotiations are not yet underway, but that apparently Cooper is chomping at the bit for the chance to star in what deserves to be the biggest cinematic punchline of the next couple of years.

Watch: First Two-Minute Clip Of Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Entry 'Drive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 1:02 AM
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Update: We've been informed that the music in the clip is actually Johnny Jewel's "Tick of the Clock." Originally it was song by his previous group Chromatics, but it was remade specifically for "Drive."

William Petersen, Adam Brody & Rob Corddry Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 4, 2011 12:56 PM
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Most comedians, once they're anointed stars, use their newfound fame to sign on to seemingly dozens of projects, reaching a kind of overexposure in speedy time. After the success of "The 40 Year Old Virgin," it seemed as though Steve Carell was heading that way, with the likes of "Evan Almighty" and "Get Smart," roles that could have been filled by any comic star, clogging up his big screen appearances. But to his credit, now that he's freeing up his schedule by departing "The Office" last week, he's taking on more interesting roles -- the excellent-looking comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" lands this summer, and he's got more dramatic projects like "Great Hope Springs," opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and the oddity "Dogs of Babel" on his slate alongside more straightforward fare like "Burt Wonderstone."

Justin Lin Debunks "Original Cast" Rumors For Next 'Terminator' Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 4, 2011 10:26 AM
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Last week, rumors surfaced that the project reuniting Arnold Schwarzenegger with the "Terminator" franchise was going to be a present-day affair featuring the cast of the original film. "Terminator 2012" as it may be called, is still without a home, the project being shopped to studios with director Justin Lin ("Fast Five") aboard, but Lin claims that the original cast chatter is just a hunk of balderdash.

John Travolta's Wife & Daughter Join Him In 'Gotti: Three Generations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 10:04 AM
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With Barry Levinson now on board to direct "Gotti: Three Generations" replacing the recently departed Nick Cassavetes, casting continues on the crime family saga, and it's getting strange.

Review: 'Passion Play' Is An Excruciating, Unbearable Disaster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 9:49 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF.

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