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First Look At Lars Ulrich As An Old Timey Documentarian In Nicole Kidman's 'Hemingway and Gellhorn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 3:51 AM
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Filming is now underway on the HBO film "Hemingway and Gellhorn" starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen and they're got a top notch cast surrounding them including David Strathairn, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Molly Parker, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Coyote, Saverio Guerra, Diane Baker, Tony Shalhoub and Lars Ulrich. Yes, that Lars Ulrich.

Contest Giveaway: 15 Double Passes For The Montreal Advance Screening Of 'I Saw The Devil'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 3:23 AM
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We have 15 double passes to the advance screening of "I Saw The Devil" on Wednesday, March 30th, at 7 PM at the AMC Forum in Montreal, Quebec.Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, "I Saw The Devil" transcends the police procedural, pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in ways that will surprise and thrill fans of the genre.

Review: 'Peep World' Gathers A Promising Cast And Does Nothing With Them

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 25, 2011 3:04 AM
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Word on the IFC-distributed comedy "Peep World" has been enormously quiet, even for those who scour for the latest in upcoming indies. With a cast consisting of Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Judy Greer, Kate Mara, Ronn Rifkin, and Lesley Ann Warren flying under the radar like this without any buzz, it can't be a good thing. Barry W. Blaustein's second foray into narrative filmmaking (his first was, and let us never forget it, "The Ringer") is devoid of what makes comedy films work, including the whole "making the audience laugh" part.

Lily Collins Offered The Part Of Stormy Llewellyn In 'Odd Thomas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:59 AM
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Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday & Addison Timlin Were Also On The ShortlistWe nearly forgot this movie was happening, but there is fresh movement on "Odd Thomas" the next film from Stephen Sommers, and it looks Anton Yelchin -- announced last month to star in the film -- has found his leading lady.

Pics & Clip From ‘Confession Of A Child Of The Century’ With Pete Doherty & Charlotte Gainsbourg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:41 AM
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Producers Crowdsourcing Funding To Help Finish The FilmYep, believe it or not, Brit rocker bad boy Pete Doherty is taking his rugged charm to the big screen and he will have Charlotte Gainsbourg at his side to steer him in the right direction. First announced late last year, "The Confession Of A Child Of The Century" will find the pair firmly in period pic costuming and Cinema Teaser has some first look pictures as well as a behind the scenes video from the film's production.

Review: Belgian Oscar Entry 'Illégal' A One-Note Take On The Issues Surrounding Immigration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:21 AM
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There is perhaps no political issue -- aside from health care maybe -- that stirs passions more than that of illegal immigration. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it's undeniable that it's a complex one with ramifications that touch on education, the economy and yes, even the aforementioned health care. It's a thorny topic too, often rooted in personal experience, that it can be difficult to view it from any objective angle. But for director Olivier Masset-Depasse, there is no doubt where his sympathies lie and in "Illégal," Belgium's official foreign film selection for last year's Oscars, he makes his case with all the subtlety of a man pounding his fist on the table.

'Face/Off' Duo Nicolas Cage & John Travolta Looking To Reunite On A Pair Of Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:00 AM
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Let's face it. Nicolas Cage isn't so much a movie star anymore as a continual riff on his own persona, selling movie after movie on his crazy-wigged eccentricity and personality. The idea of him playing characters has long gone out the window as these days, he pretty much just plays Nic Cage whether in a medieval flick like "Season Of The Witch" or a 3D throwaway B-movie like "Drive Angry." Meanwhile, John Travolta has been vacillating between dumb family fare like "Wild Hogs" or "Old Dogs" while trying to scowl convincingly as a bad guy in action flicks like "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3" and "From Paris With Love." Wherever their careers are now, the duo teamed up to deliver one of the great, big dumb, yet totally awesome action flicks of the 1990s, John Woo's "Face/Off" so it's a little exciting (in a nostalgic sort of way) that the two are looking team up again.

Review: 'Potiche' A Frothy, Fun Distraction

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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French auteur Francois Ozon’s “Potiche” begins with a scene that seems straight out of a Disney movie; that is, if Sleeping Beauty were wearing a ‘70s-era tracksuit and she happened upon bunnies shagging like, well, bunnies. Catherine Deneuve’s Suzanne Pujol steadfastly treks through the woods, keeping her figure trim for her businessman husband as she composes poetry for the feathered and furry friends who surround her. But as Suzanne walks through an idyllic oasis and returns to her mansion, it becomes clear that her life is no fairy tale.

Mike Skinner Of The Streets Writing Music For Film Version Of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:34 AM
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The idea of popular musicians being used to score films is by no means a new one -- indeed, some of the top composers at present, such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell, got their start in bands (Oingo Boingo and Pop Will Eat Itself, respectively). But we seem to have reached an interesting tipping point in the last few years, with a whole spate of bands and musicians, particularly from the electronic music and hip hop worlds, penning full scores for high-profile movies.

Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

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