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Exclusive: Alexander Payne's Next Film Will Be 'Nebraska'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 18, 2011 5:32 AM
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It's been almost seven years since Alexander Payne released his critically acclaimed road trip drama "Sideways" in 2004. The film earned four Academy Award nominations (including one win for Best Adapted Screenplay) and that helped put Fox Searchlight on the map, paving the way for future success with films like "Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Documentary 'Pearl Jam Twenty' To Get Released In 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 4:15 AM
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Has it really been that long? 2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of grunge rockers Pearl Jam and they've got a whole lot planned. Today will see the release of "Live On Ten Legs," and as the title suggests, it's a live album culled from material spanning 2003 to 2010. In the spring, deluxe reissues of their albums "Vs." and "Vitalogy" will hit store shelves but for us, the most interesting piece of anniversary-related material is a documentary helmed by one of our favorite directors.

Vera Farmiga & Mia Wasikowska Join 'A View From The Bridge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 3:24 AM
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Sam Neill, Anthony LaPaglia & Sebastian Stan Also On BoardVera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska are set to boost their already strong indie cred as they lead a strong cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Arthur Miller's play "A View From A Bridge."

The Spike Jonze-Directed Arcade Fire Short 'Scenes From The Suburbs' To Premiere At Berlin Film Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 2:53 AM
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You gotta hand it to Arcade Fire. The hard-working indie rockers pretty much write their own playbook and their growing success has allowed them to work on their own terms with likeminded collaborators. Earlier this year they tapped Terry Gilliam to direct a webcast of their Madison Square Garden gig, but long before that, they were hard at work with Spike Jonze on a secretive short film based around the loose themes of their latest album "The Suburbs."

Béla Tarr's 'The Turin Horse,' 'Margin Call,' 'Unknown' & More Join Berlin Film Fest Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 2:39 AM
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The full competition program for the Berlin Film Festival has been revealed and it's an interesting mix of arthouse fare and straight-up Hollywood schlock.
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Watch: Trailer & Behind-the-Scenes Footage For Park Chan-wook's iPhone Shot 'Paranmanjang'

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • January 18, 2011 2:33 AM
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So the ball continues to roll on the marketing for the latest offering from Korean master Park Chan-wook. Last week brought word of his latest work -- a 30 minute short film shot entirely on Apple's iPhone 4, accompanied by both the first official image and the project's poster. This week brings the brief yet effective teaser trailer along with a 5-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

Once More, For The Cheap Seats: Jon Hamm Says He's Too Old To Play 'Superman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2011 2:20 AM
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It's a few months since Zack Snyder was announced as the director of the Christopher Nolan-shepherded "Superman" reboot, and we've gone through various stages: denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and now, just about, acceptance. Still lots of depression, but we've accepted that we're going to be depressed about it. With production set to kick off in August, it can't be too long before the announcement of who will be playing the man in the cape, arrives.

'Primer' Director Shane Carruth Doing Effects Work On Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Looper'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2011 2:01 AM
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We're feeling optimistic about 2011, for a number of reasons. One of the principle reasons is that filming is now underway in Louisiana on "Looper," the long-awaited third film from Rian Johnson. Johnson made one of the great debut films of the Noughties with "Brick," and his follow-up, "The Brothers Bloom," while more divisive, is, in the view of this writer, a charming, inventive con-man piece, and continued to demonstrate, along with some sterling recent TV work on "Terriers" and "Breaking Bad," that Johnson was potentially one of the most exciting filmmakers of his generation.

Simon Beaufoy Talks Alternate Ending To '127 Hours' That Was Cut (Poor Lizzy Caplan)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 1:38 AM
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When we first saw Danny Boyle’s survival tale “127 Hours” at TIFF, we called it “Lean, efficient, despairing, thrilling and ultimately life affirming” as well as one of the best films of the year. By now you know the film is the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco) who was stuck in a Utah canyon for days after his arm became trapped under a boulder. Little did we know at the time that the film’s leanness was partially the result of a major trim to the third act of the film. The film’s writer Simon Beaufoy recently spoke with the NYTimes about this last minute alteration. “We had a much more resolved ending, so they [the audience] had an emotional connection. There’s a long scene with his mother in the hospital, there’s a long scene with the ex-girlfriend where she told him a few hard truths, there was a scene at his sister’s wedding, which he referenced in the movie. So we had this very unusual movie, and we resolved it in this very Hollywood way.”

'Red' Sequel In The Works, Jon & Erich Hoeber Hired To Write The Screenplay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2011 11:16 AM
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For whatever reason, audiences in 2010 loved seeing aged movie stars play action hero. Sylvester Stallone scored a huge hit with "The Expendables" a movie sold as a riff on dumb '80s action movies that was actually just a dumb '80s action movie. And two months later, "Red" scored big at the box office too, as audiences wanted to see Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren kick some ass. In our opinion, that film was also a letdown, leaving us wondering how Robert Schwentke gained so much late summer hype based on early word from a film was tonally inconsistent and far too long for what it was. But hey, box office numbers speak and it's no surprise that a sequel is in the works.

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