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IFFBoston 2011 Review: 'On the Ice' Falls Through the Cracks

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 30, 2011 2:14 AM
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It’s not often that we see an entire film taking place in the barren wilderness that is Alaska. When there is an Alaska-based movie, it’s usually a horror film manipulating the isolation and constant darkness factors for the ultimate scare. In Andrew Okpeaha Maclean’s “On the Ice,” Alaska is as stark as we’ve ever known it, but it’s the tight-knit community of people that cause the most trouble here.

Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci & Lenny Kravitz Sought For 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 12:57 PM
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Ethan Jamieson & Tara Macken Cast As District 4 PlayersWhile most of the "Hunger Games" casting so far has centered around the smaller names that populate the various Districts in the game (please see the most recent casting of Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken), it seems that the filmmakers are not done headhunting for big names to join the franchise-starting film and now three more stars are being tossed into the rumor mill.

Will Ferrell Says 'Southern Rivals' With Zach Galifianakis Is Next & Will Shoot This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 10:21 AM
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Comedian Says Paramount Pictures Are Being "Idiots" About 'Anchorman 2'Playing the Tribeca Film Festival this week is the low-key Will Ferrell film, "Everything Must Go," directed by first-timer Dan Rush. Loosely based on a Raymond Carver short story and co-starring Michael Peña and Rebecca Hall, Ferrell turns in one of his most understated and nuanced performance ever (yes, including "Stranger Than Fiction") as an alcoholic who relapses, causing him to lose his wife, his job and his home which forces him to hold a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over.

Robert Zemeckis Eyes Former Ben Affleck Sci-Fi Project 'Replay'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 9:55 AM
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Even though his planned adaptation of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" is now dead, director Robert Zemeckis doesn't seem to be short on options. It was just over a week ago that he was linked to the drama "Flight" with Denzel Washington loosely attached, now another project is crossing his desk.

Mark Ruffalo Hoping To Take Lead In Producer Scott Rudin's Erotic Drama 'Red Light Winter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2011 9:31 AM
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Says He Was Never Tipped For 'Cogan's Trade,' Reveals Brian Helgeland's 'Sidney Grimes' Fell Apart & Talks His Role As The Hulk In 'The Avengers'EXCLUSIVE: Actor Mark Ruffalo is a busy man and jack of all trades. While the Academy-Award nominee meant to retire from acting in hopes of starting a directorial career with his latest, the indie pic, "Sympathy For Delicious" starring Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis, (no really), his cooler head prevailed and thankfully for audiences, The Kids Are All Right," was an excellent experience that made him decide he couldn't leave his vocation.

Summit Picks Up Gavin Hood's 'Ender's Game,' Early 2012 Shoot Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 9:00 AM
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It's been a slow but steady march for "Ender's Game" to get on the big screen, but it now looks closer than ever to finally going in front of cameras.

A Martin Luther King Movie Is Coming, But It's Not The One You Were Hoping For

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 8:37 AM
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Well, the good news is civil rights leader Martin Luther King is going to get his due on the screen, but the bad news is that it won't be the mooted Paul Greengrass film "Memphis." As you might recall, funding on that film was yanked by Universal after the Martin Luther King estate raised concerns about some of the less-than-savory aspects of the MLK's personality that made their way into the script. But another film is moving full steam ahead.

Alexandre Desplat To Score George Clooney's 'The Ides Of March'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 8:05 AM
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While the next few months will find multiplexes dominated by jumbo bag buttery popcorn sized fare, Oscar season will quickly follow and one of the films expected to be a frontunner in the race is George Clooney's "Ides Of The March."

Interview: Zach Braff Talks Micro-Budget Movies & The Challenges Of Playing An Unlikable Character

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 29, 2011 7:33 AM
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After making a name for himself as the lead in the hit TV show "Scrubs" in 2001, Zach Braff stepped behind the camera in 2004 and unleashed "Garden State" on the world. You might have heard of it. This little indie that could earned over $35 million worldwide on a $2.5 million budget, had a best-selling soundtrack and resonated with a huge audience. Braff rode the rocket up, scoring lead roles in the comedy "The Ex" with Jason Bateman and Amanda Peet and, more notably, in a remake of the Italian film "The Last Kiss" with an adapted screenplay written by "Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash" writer/director Paul Haggis.

Jodie Foster Talks Balancing The Humor And Drama Of 'The Beaver'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • April 29, 2011 6:55 AM
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Says Her Mel Gibson-Led Drama Was "Something Simple to Hold On To Discuss Something Incredibly Complex"It's somewhat strange to consider what "The Beaver" could have been. Topping 2008's Black List, Kyle Killen's script was considered the best of those left unproduced from that year. The project originally had a star in Steve Carell and was set to be helmed by Jay Roach, but both parties eventually moved on, and after a brief flirtation with Jim Carrey, the script fell into the hands of Jodie Foster, who pushed to have former co-star and friend Mel Gibson play the lead. After production wrapped way back in the fall of 2009, the film is finally being released next week, to a mix of cautious anticipation and weariness -- with it's odd premise, dark tone and a star who, in recent years, has had personal troubles splashed all over tabloid pages, it will be interesting to see how the final incarnation of 'Beaver' fares. Our SXSW review found the tone somewhat difficult to grasp, but ultimately an affecting film, with performances from an ensemble of actors at the top of their game.

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