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'Alien' Prequel Release Rumored To Be Pushed Back A Full Year To 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2010 3:59 AM
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Olivia Wilde & Noomi Rapace Apparently The Frontrunners For The Lead RoleAll year, Ridley Scott has been talking up his prequel(s) to "Alien," and things seemed to have been progressing smoothly. Fox was said to be quite happy with the script by Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek") and in late October, a list of candidates were said to be queuing up for the lead role including Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman. However, rumors are now surfacing that the prequel might be a bit longer off than expected.

Review: 'And Everything Is Going Fine' Is A Deeply Fascinating & Satisfying Closing Chapter

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 6, 2010 3:46 AM
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Spitting out detailed and personal monologues in a sometimes-comfortable-sometimes-manic fashion, Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers of our time. His minimalist style was deeply intimate, eschewing any kind of tool or prop in favor instead of spilling his guts out on stage. He quickly established such a connection with the audience (even going as far as interviewing audience members on stage) during his performances that calling it a "relationship" doesn't feel right -- "friendship" is a better word. Sadly, Gray took his own life in 2004 due to depression, and his absence is felt: there's not another performer like him out there, and it's likely that there never will be. The oeuvre he's left behind is a legacy; there are many writings but the printed word does no justice to his engrossing poise and voice. The best work was documented in four films "Swimming to Cambodia" (Jonathan Demme), "Terrors of Pleasure" (Thomas Schlamme), "Monster in a Box" (Nick Broomfield), and "Gray's Anatomy" (Steven Soderbergh), which capture his persona perfectly. Seeking to have a proper farewell, Gray's widow Kathleen Russo handed Soderbergh over 100 hours of video and he set out to cut an autobiographical tale told through many different Gray monologues and interviews. Behold the fruits of his labor, the 90-minute "And Everything Is Going Fine," an often hilarious and sometimes saddening final word from the late, great entertainer.

Robert Duvall Describes Late Director Stanley Kubrick As An "Actor's Enemy"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 3:32 AM
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Calls Performances In 'The Shining' & 'A Clockwork Orange' Some Of The Worst EverYou gotta love Robert Duvall. The great actor showed up to the recent THR's Awards Watch Roundtable and more or less played the part of the lovable uncle, amusing the rest of the table with his timeless tales and brutally honest observations and opinions.

How A Sequel To A 28-Year-Old Flop Costs $320 Million: Inside 'Tron: Legacy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 6, 2010 3:15 AM
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With the release date two weeks away, Disney are hoping for big things from their franchise reboot "Tron: Legacy" and have a lot at stake. With a reported $170 million budget, in addition to another $150 million for marketing worldwide (total cost: $320 million) the studio has a lot riding on the success of the film as does its helmer, Joseph Kosinki, who after making a name for himself in the commercials world, is making his feature directorial debut. In The New York Times there is a wonderfully entertaining piece on "Tron: Legacy" that shares intriguing information about the film, the director and how Disney's plans for 'Tron' extend far beyond the multiplex.

'The King's Speech' And 'Monsters' Split The Honors At The British Independent Film Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2010 2:55 AM
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With the Gotham Awards and the National Board Review giving out their prizes last week, awards season is firmly underway, and things continued apace this weekend with both the European Film Academy Awards, as reported below, and the Moët & Chandon British Independent Film Awards, which took place last night. The latter, now in its thirteenth year, was set up as a sort of UK equivalent to the Independent Spirit awards, intended to reward smaller British movies, which are funded at least 50% by British sources.

First Look: Vera Farmiga's Adaptation Of Carolyn Brigg's Religious Memoir 'Higher Ground'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 2:46 AM
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Following her Oscar-nominated turn in Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" alongside George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga took up a supporting role in Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller "Source Code" before deciding to try her hand at directing with an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs' religious memoir "This Dark World: A Memoir Of Salvation Lost And Found."

'The Ghost Writer' Inexplicably Wins Six At 2010 European Film Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2010 2:27 AM
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If there's one thing that Europeans love more than their single currency and topless sunbathing, it's the films of Roman Polanski. Even before his exile on the continent, Polanski was something of a darling in Europe, and even lesser work like "The Ninth Gate" tends to be rapturously received in France and Germany. So it's not entirely surprising that "The Ghost Writer" -- in the opinion of this writer, and a number of others on staff, his worst film since "Pirates" -- picked up the lion's share of honors at Saturday's European Film Academy Awards.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Script Due Today, Or Christopher Nolan's 'In Big Trouble'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2010 2:12 AM
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Latest Rumors Link Tom Hardy To Role Of Dr. Hugo Strange After a couple of years of speculation as to whether he would make the film, and after one passion-project turned box-office-blockbuster, Christopher Nolan finally confirmed that he would be directing the third, and final, film in the Batman series a few months back. We know that it's going to be called "The Dark Knight Rises," we know that "Bronson" star Tom Hardy will reteam with Nolan, who directed him in "Inception," by joining the regular cast, and we know... well, not much else really.

Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Eyeing Low-Budget Black Ops Thriller To Precede 'Triple Frontier'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 1:54 AM
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Drug Parable Now Set To Shoot Fall Of 2011, Johnny Depp To Star?Acclaimed and award-winning writing-directing duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have pushed back production plans for their sprawling "Traffic"-esque drug parable "Triple Frontier" -- also known as "Sleeping Dogs" -- and are currently shopping a mysterious low-budget international thriller which they hope to tackle next.

Will Ferrell & Zack Galifianakis Political Comedy Finds A Home At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 5, 2010 10:54 AM
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Two days ago, a pitch went out to studios with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis attached that would depict them as Presidential candidates timed to coincide with the 2012 elections. And now, the auction has ended: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. will back a Jay Roach-directed comedy that pits these two comedians against each other in the political arena.

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