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Jeremy Irvine & Phoebe Fox To Star In 'The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 30, 2013 9:00 PM
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Jeremy Irvine
Whether the success of “The Woman in Black” was down to it being Daniel Radcliffe’s first big post-'Potter' role or simply a yearning from audiences for old-school chilling horror, it performed well enough at the box office ($127 million worldwide) to justify a sequel. Anyone who saw the first film will know that a direct sequel wouldn’t be the easiest thing to pull off, so “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death” will pick up 40 years later during World War II at Eel Marsh House, and will focus on a new couple being haunted by the titular ghoul.

Gael Garcia Bernal & Alice Braga To Star In Modern-Day Jungle-Set 'El Ardor'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 30, 2013 8:30 PM
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Gael Garcia Bernal has made such a name for himself over the years, naturally any project he gets involved with these days will perk our interest. He most recently starred in “No,” the Chilean film which garnered acclaimed when it debuted in Cannes last May, leading to an eventual Foreign Language Oscar nomination. Now Participant Media, the studio that produced “No,” looks to get involved with the Mexican actor once again, this time heading out east to Argentina.

Review: 'The Iceman' Starring Michael Shannon Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

Watch: Saoirse Ronan & Alexis Bledel Are Hired Killers In Trailer For 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 6:23 PM
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Violet and daisy
Premiering at TIFF way back in 2011 and arriving in theaters nearly two years later, it isn't exactly the best indication that "Violet & Daisy" is a winner. But with Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel playing teen killers, and with James Gandolfini popping in for some support, perhaps this will at least be a curiosity worth tracking down.

Chris O'Dowd Is A 'Coward' With Adam Driver

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 30, 2013 5:45 PM
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Earlier this year came the news that Adam Driver -- Lena Dunham’s weird carpenter ex-boyfriend on “Girls” -- would be make a full-fledged jump to the big screen with “Ceremony” director Max Winkler for the period comedy “Coward.” Now it appears he’s bringing one of his “Girls” co-stars along for the ride.

‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams On Shortlist For 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 5:08 PM
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Allison Williams, Fantastic Four
Say what you will about "Girls" -- and people have no shortage of opinions on Lena Dunham's show -- the cast is pretty much uniformly excellent (Zosia Mamet forever) and one of those standouts is Allison Williams. Initially seen as the clean cut, rational and polar opposite to Hannah, the character of Marnie has gone a fascinating journey, particularly as the less savoury aspects of her personality have come to light. Talented, and yes, attractive as well, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking, and could she be making the leap to the tentpole world for one of her first feature film roles?

Natalie Portman Joins Michael Fassbender In 'Macbeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 4:34 PM
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It seems that after Michael Fassbender bailed on the troubled western "Jane Got A Gun," there were no hard feelings between himself and Natalie Portman, who is also producing that movie. They also paired up on Terrence Malick's forthcoming music scene movie (provided they don't get cut) and indeed, they're set to try working together again on a different project, one that will hopefully keep the drama in front of the camera, instead of behind it.

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 4:21 PM
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that. With Kathleen Kennedy hinting at a slightly more open book once "Star Wars: Episode VII" starts moving in earnest, so far most of the rumors about the new sequels have been centered on the old cast likely to return. And it seems in another department, Disney is sticking with the familiar rather than trying to shake up a formula that works.

You Can Go Ahead And Add Michael Shannon To The List Of Actors Cut Out Of 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 3:37 PM
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By now, Terrence Malick's tendency to enlist lots of big name stars to come hang out his sets, only to subsequently cut them out of the movie, is as legendary as his press shyness. In fact, we devoted a whole feature to that very topic. And his latest film, the divisive "To The Wonder" -- listen to our podcast about it here -- is no different. While the finished movie pivots around four characters played by Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, there were a handful who worked on the movie, in both big and small parts, that were ultimately cast aside including Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Jessica Chastain. And now, you can add one more to that list.

Does 'World War Z' Need To Make $400 Million To Break Even? Vanity Fair Looks At The Runaway Brad Pitt Zombie Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2013 3:02 PM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos
Paramount must be annoyed. Just a few weeks after the Entertainment Weekly piece on the much-maligned Brad Pitt-starring "World War Z" zombie movie played down the signal to noise on the “troubled production,” Vanity Fair has jumped into the fray dredging up more of the dirt on this runaway-freight-train of a blockbuster. To be fair, the "World War Z" story seems complicated, a series of many small and medium size issues snowballing into a near-disaster of a production, but in comparison, EW's feature is kind of a damage-control-y "nothing to see here, please disperse" response.

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