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DOC NYC: 'Tabloid' Finds Errol Morris Back In Exceptional & Weird Territory

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 27, 2010 9:45 AM
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Doc NYC, New York’s Documentary Film Festival, runs November 3-9. We’ve got an early peek at a few films.

Peter Jackson Talks Casting Richard Armitage As New Heroic Figure In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 9:20 AM
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Director Says Heartthrob Actor Could Rival Legolas Or AragonWhen the first round of casting for "The Hobbit" was announced last week most of the names were unknown (but check out our handy guide to figure out just who these folks are) but for those of us familiar with Richard Armitage, he seemed to be a strange fit. Best known perhaps for his role on the Brit spy series "Spooks" ("MI: 5" in the United States), the decision to have him play the crabby old dwarf Thorin Oakenshield seemed slightly odd. We weren't quite sure what to make of Armitage being tasked to play a four-foot codger, but of course, Peter Jackson knows exactly what's he doing.

Matt Damon Says His 'Bourne' Comments Overblown; Says 'Liberace' With Michael Douglas Still On Track

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 27, 2010 8:53 AM
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Damon Say He's "Thrilled" Door Is Open For A Paul Greengrass-Led Return; Says 'Liberace' Still Aiming To Shoot In The Summer Of 2011 Despite Douglas' Battle With CancerNo sooner did Matt Damon say that "no one bothered" to call him regarding the Tony Gilroy-to-direct-"The Bourne Legacy"-announcement and all hell broke loose on the Internet. While Damon did sound partly miffed, those comments were soon expounded upon to be some sort of angry 'Bourne-gate' by overzealous writers (let's face it, as we said, Damon was aware this was happening and his newer comments essentially admit as much).

Exclusive: Larry Fessenden Talks Horror Genre & 25 Year Anniversary Of His Glass Eye Pix Productions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:46 AM
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Outspoken Indie Horror Auteur Discusses Wanting To Make 'Werewolf By Night,' Almost Working With Guillermo del Toro & The State Of Modern HorrorHorror auteur Larry Fessenden's had an active 25 years in the industry. Starting out in the field of no-budget horror, he created Glass Eye Pix, a Brooklyn collective that has since become a breeding ground for promising young indie horror filmmakers. Once only seen in the credits for Fessenden's own movies, Glass Eye continues to expand into other genres as well, and this year they're celebrating a quarter of a century with a 25 year retrospective, taking place at the ReRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn, running until November 4th.

'Ghost Rider 2' Gets Budget Slashed By $60 Million, Will Be Made For A Paltry $75 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:11 AM
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Nicolas Cage Will Somehow Have To Survive With A $7 Million PaycheckIndustry analysts claim the recession ended in June 2009, but how can that be true if it still troubles our superheroes? It was just 2007 when Nicolas Cage was suited up to play Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider," a film budgeted north of $110 million. Cage received somewhere between $12 and $20 million upfront, and the film grossed $229 worldwide before a healthy DVD life. Mortgages were paid, Sony was flush with cash, and everyone was happy.

Exclusive: Tim Blake Nelson Talks 'Leaves Of Grass,' Edward Norton & Working With Tony Kaye

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 8:03 AM
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Filmmaker Talks Distrib Who Bailed On 'Leaves' & The Mad Genius Of Kaye's 'Detachment'One of the best films of the year is Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass,” now available on DVD. You may not be familiar with the picture, however — yanked from the schedule plenty of times, it completed a small theatrical run in September, the kind of treatment given to disappointing low-fi indies or schlock genre fare.

John Slattery & Sam Elliott In Early Mix For J. Jonah Jameson In 'Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 7:25 AM
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John Slattery Doomed To Life Of Silver Haired Characters Thanks To Premature Graying; Hollywood, He Will Dye For RolesWith every other major tentpole breaking news this morning, why not one more right? It looks like casting news is once again heating up around Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" as filmmakers are now on the hunt for J. Jonah Jameson. So what does that mean? Every man with gray or white hair in Hollywood are going to banging on Sony's doors to get an audition.

Review: 'Monsters' An Inventive Alien Invasion Road Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 7:09 AM
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This is a repost of a review that ran earlier this year during TIFF 2010. The film is in limited release starting this week.

Review: 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' Completes Tepid Crime Trilogy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2010 7:04 AM
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Oh, Noomi Rapace, how you’ve dazzled us. Through three Stieg Larsson-inspired adventures, you’ve jumped, screamed, sexed and hacked your way into filmgoers’ imaginations, even if they were only art house patrons. Your angular cheekbones, androgynous chin and bouncy night-black hair have undergone several transformations for the sake of this colorful narrative, a three-movie epic involving Neo-Nazis and their modern-day positions of power. Through all this, you have persevered.

J.J. Abrams' Mysterious 'Super 8' Will Hit Theaters On June 10, 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 6:42 AM
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While details are being kept under lock and key for J.J. Abrams' forthcoming alien pic "Super 8" we won't have to wait too long to find out what just what's in store. The film has been given a summer blockbuster ready release date of June 10, 2011.

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