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Coen Brothers 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Picked Up By CBS Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 1:26 PM
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"Extraordinary Measures," "The Back-Up Plan," "Faster," "Beastly," "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen"... to date, CBS Films' slate hasn't exactly been bursting with quality fare from established auteurs, nor has it had any massive box office success stories. Even more, outside of the surprise Golden Globes presence for 'Yemen,' they haven't been awards season players either, which makes this announcement all the more puzzling.

Listen To Mariah Carey's Theme To 'Oz The Great & Powerful,' Plus Clips, A Featurette And Spoiler-y Images From The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 1:08 PM
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After the quietish few months of the year, we're only a few weeks out from the first would-be major blockbuster of the year (if you exclude the underperforming "A Good Day To Die Hard," and the noticeably buzz-free "Jack The Giant Slayer"); Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great & Powerful," the first theatrical film to go back to L. Frank Baum's magical land, featured in the beloved "The Wizard Of Oz," since "Return To Oz" in the 1980s.

Watch: New Trailer For Slamdance Grand Jury Prize Winner 'Welcome To Pine Hill'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 19, 2013 12:44 PM
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Since its inception in 2008, the Adam Yauch co-founded Oscilloscope Laboratories has been the distributor behind an eclectic slate of films, and that tradition continues this year with the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury winner “Welcome To Pine Hill.” The company picked up the film last fall and now a new trailer has been released online.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 12:24 PM
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Last week, we started to warm up for the Oscars by taking a look at some of the best of the early roles of the supporting actor and actress nominees, and the early films of the directing nominees. Now that the long weekend's finally over, we're continuing right where we left off, with a look at some early highlights from this year's crop of Best Actor nominees.

Christian Bale & 'Contraband' Director Baltasar Kormakur Planning 'Everest' Movie To Rival Doug Liman/Tom Hardy Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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Mountains: the new volcanoes. Fifteen years ago, erupting hills of lava formed the basis of dueling studio tentpoles, in the form of "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak," and now a similar showdown is brewing over their more dormant, solid cousins, with the announcement of a second film focusing on the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. A little while back it was announced that Sony were planning "Everest," with Doug Liman directing and Tom Hardy starring, about George Mallory, the first man to attempt the peak, only to die on the third attempt (spoiler!).

Rumor: Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher Returning For 'Star Wars Episode VII,' Plot To Revolve Around Children Of Original Characters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 11:44 AM
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Last week's news that Harrison Ford could be returning to reprise the role of Han Solo in J.J Abrams' "Star Wars Episode VII" was, if true, big news for fans of the franchise. It means that there'll be clear continuity between the classic films and the new ones, and means that there'll be a chance for them to see arguably the most beloved character in the franchise on the big screen, played by the man who embodied him, before the mooted Solo-centric prequel.

Discuss: John Williams Wants To Return To Score ‘Star Wars,’ But Would Michael Giacchino Be A Better Choice?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 19, 2013 11:15 AM
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In the instance of top directors announcing their latest projects, you can bet a select few composers are confidently clearing their calendars for work to come. But while Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson rely on Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore for iconic scores, both composers in turn hold parts of franchise iconography for iterations to come -- a matter thrown into relief lately with J.J. Abrams’ take on “Star Wars” and its musical direction.

Nicolas Cage Says 'I Am Wrath' With William Friedkin Is Not Happening, Reveals Dream Project With Roger Corman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 11:04 AM
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While his decision making process still remains somewhat inscrutable, the undeniably talented Nicolas Cage always defies expectation. Undoubtedly, we're excited for his pairing with David Gordon Green on the thriller "Joe," which the director told us at Sundance was "a slow-burn, dark, heavy movie." And last fall, when he signed up for the awesomely titled "I Am Wrath" with William Friedkin slated to direct, it was another project that showed that the actor was perhaps returning to the kind of material of his early career highlights.

Watch: Trailer For Takashi Miike's Upcoming Cop Thriller 'Wara No Tate/Straw Shield'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 19, 2013 10:42 AM
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The filmography of Takashi Miike is so massive it can make your head spin. The Japanese filmmaker’s most notable recent works include “13 Assassins” and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” the latter premiering in Cannes just two years ago. He’s already made four feature films since then and has yet another one, “Wara no Tate,” coming out this year. A Japanese trailer for “Wara no Tate” -- aka "Straw Shield" in English -- has now landed online (sorry, no subtitles), and it looks like we could be in for yet another thrill ride from the prolific director.

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ Director & Star Mike Birbiglia Writing A New Movie Based On His Stand Up Act ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 19, 2013 10:22 AM
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Last year was a big one for comedian Mike Birbiglia, who won an Audience Award at Sundance for his film “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical story starring himself and based on his stand-up comedy act by the same title that had also spawned a "This American Life" radio segment and a book. The purportedly unembellished story about Birbiglia’s stagnant comedy career, his ailing relationship, and his worsening sleepwalking problems charmed critics and earned him a name in the world of indie filmmaking, and now it looks like he’s about to apply the same comedy routine-to-screen formula again.

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