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Ruben Blades Joins Ryan Reynolds & Denzel Washington In Blacklist Script Fave 'Safe House'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2011 10:58 AM
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Panamanian renaissance man (actor, musician, politician) Rubén Blades has joined the cast of "Safe House" already staring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Tim McGraw and Nora Arnezeder — probably best known to American auds for her turn in “Paris 36” — are also said to have roles in the film. A thriller set up over at Universal, the film centers on a junior field officer (Reynolds) who operates a CIA-run safe house in Rio De Janeiro that must help a rogue ex-agent (Washington) escape assassins who want intelligence that he won’t sell them.

Previously "Lost" Footage Of David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' May Appear On Upcoming Blu-Ray Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2011 10:24 AM
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Aching to take a trip down memory lane? Feeling nostalgic to revisit the great Frank Booth (the iconic Dennis Hopper) now that he has passed on to the other side? If this sounds appealing all of a sudden, hold a beat.

Sundance '11: IFC Makes 'Perfect Sense'; Magnolia Picks Up 'I Melt With You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 9:45 AM
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Yep, more acquisitions from a very busy Sundance Film Festival for buyers this week.

Updated: Javier Bardem Reportedly Offered Lead In 'The Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 8:42 AM
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Christian Bale Once Rumored To Be Frontrunner; Jennifer Carpenter Short ListedUpdated: Hmm, while the New York Post has really done their best to "own" this story, Deadline potentially has thrown a monkeywrench in their plans and says Javier Bardem has been officially offered this part. Then again, that may not mean much. Bardem has been offered lots of roles lately like "Clash Of The Titans 2" and "Cogan's Trade," and the man just had a baby, and as a serious actor, we don't see him jumping into a silly tentpole anytime soon.

John Travolta In "Serious Talks" To Play John Gotti In Upcoming Biopic Directed By Nick Cassavetes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 8:20 AM
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James Franco Sent Script But "No Plans" For Him To Join The Film

Watch: Trailer For César-Nominated 'Of Gods And Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 7:59 AM
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While it got some early buzz at Cannes last year and ended up being the official French entry for the forthcoming Oscars (it didn't make the cut), that's pretty much where the admiration ended for Xavier Beauvois’ religious drama "Of Gods and Men." At least on his side of the ocean.

Review: 'When We Leave' An "Issues" Drama With All The Subtlety Of A PSA

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 26, 2011 7:30 AM
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There's no question that the Academy Awards have gotten much stronger in the past few years. Big awards have been handed out to pictures that went against the norm -- at least in comparison to what else was nominated -- and while this writer wasn't a huge fan of all of them, there's no question about them being much different than what the Academy used to go for ("Slumdog Millionaire" was, at least in its style -- we won't instigate an argument about the overly moving fairytale narrative right now). Unfortunately that kind of forward thinking mentality has yet to hit the Foreign Oscars category, and even though some really good flicks have made the short list (this year included), the powerful few tend to pick the most manipulative, Hollywood-ish picture possible. Sometimes they click and sometimes they don't. Many, including some of the staff, loved last year's sentimental "The Secret In Their Eyes," whereas most could barely stomach the previous winner "Departures." Then there are ones that don't make it at all, ones so manipulative and forced it almost seems like they were manufactured solely to demand recognition by the awards committee. Germany's "When We Leave" is that kind of movie, one that has its heart in the right place but is hampered by juvenile direction.

Review: ‘Mechanic’ Remake Is Exactly What You’d Expect From A Jason Statham Movie In January

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 7:11 AM
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"The Mechanic" is the prototypical early year action movie -- nothing more and nothing less. Star Jason Statham, who again plays an infallible, lethal bad-ass, seems to have carved his niche as the current go-to guy for B-movie action flicks. The beefy Brit once seemed like a promising heir to the ‘80s blockbuster action hero throne left vacant by Sly and Ah-nold, but with a few exceptions ("The Bank Job," "The Italian Job"), his filmography over the past decade compares more realistically to the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal.

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Moves To Summer Date: June 8, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 6:51 AM
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Just last week, Disney moved their ambitious live-action sci-fi film “John Carter of Mars” from a previously scheduled summer 2012 date to March 8, 2012 pitting it opposite Ridley Scott's gestating "Prometheus." With both films being big, expensive sci-fi projects we figured it was only a matter of time before "Prometheus" shifted and now it has.

Rachel Portman Scoring Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' With Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 6:01 AM
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Rachel Portman is name that isn't mentioned often enough when talking about great contemporary film composers. She's a three-time Academy Award nominee, winning once for "Emma," and has provided a number of memorable scores over the years but most recently, she delivered an excellent, piano-impressionistic and forlorn (as well as sadly overlooked) score to Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" (one of the year's best, in our opinion). And while we're bummed the Academy didn't recognize, there will be plenty more to look forward to from the composer in the coming year.

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