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Ben Affleck Says 'To The Wonder' Makes 'Tree Of Life' Look Like 'Transformers,' But Has He Been Cut Out Of The Movie Too?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 2:07 PM
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The Telluride Film Festival is barely a few hours old, with things to kick off with the sneak screening of "Argo" later today, but already there is some curious buzz emanating the crisp, clear mountain air. And it's about a movie that's not playing the fest, though who knows if it will be one of the TBA slots on the schedule. It concerns Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," which as of late has been earning press mostly due to folks like Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet and Michael Sheen getting their scenes snipped out. But one of the biggest names attached also may have had his role severely reduced.

Oscars Change Rules For Best Original Song Nominees, Category Will Now Feature Minimum Of 5 Nominees

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 1:55 PM
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Last year the Best Original Song Oscar category reached an all-time low with only two nominees. It was a forgettable song from “Rio” facing off against a slightly less forgettable song by Bret McKenzie from “The Muppets.” (“The Muppets” song won and Figwit got his Oscar.) Mercifully, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is changing the rules for how the Best Original Song category is voted on. According to an Associated Press report (via EW), “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that the five nominated songs receiving the highest number of votes from music branch members will be up for the final award.” This is significant given that the voting process previously only allowed for songs that earned an average score to be nominated (which should put an end to things like two songs from “The Princess and the Frog” being nominated in the same year). At next year’s Oscar telecast, there will be a minimum of five nominees.

Synopsis For Spike Jonze's Film With Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Futuristic Setting, Official Title Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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Okay, this isn't entirely revealing stuff we sort of didn't already know, but considering how shrouded in mystery Spike Jonze's next feature is, this is a pretty nice new bit of official information. But before we get to it let's just recap for a moment. The new film, Jonze's first full length effort since 2009's sublime "Where the Wild Things Are," stars Joaquin Phoenix with a trio of leading ladies in "The Master" co-star Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. Plot details thus were said to center on a man who fell in love with a Siri-like voice. But that's not quite accurate.

Zac Efron Asks 'Are We Officially Dating?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 1:07 PM
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With Zac Efron using his good looks to try and carry "The Lucky One" earlier this year, the actor has been keen to take some risks as well. He got peed on by Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy," which premiered at Cannes to some savage reviews, and earned more ink for its camp factor than anything else. But this week, the actor steps into the festival spotlight again with Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," which just premiered in Venice, heads to Telluride this weekend and plays TIFF next, and critiques on his turn are still pouring in. But from our writer in Venice, he said, "Efron starts strongly, very reminiscent of twenty-something Tom Cruise somehow (maybe it was just the race driver uniform), but the strain sometimes shows as his character moves into self-destructive inarticulacy." Hmm. Maybe this next gig will be a bit less taxing.

Watch: Goth Sean Penn Clarifies The Difference Between Arcade Fire & Talking Heads In 'This Must Be Place' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 12:50 PM
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In "This Must Be the Place," Sean Penn plays a faded goth rock star named Cheyenne. If that alone doesn't make you chuffed to see this, you can pretty much stop reading right here. But for the rest of us, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival way back in 2011, the latest from "Il Divo" director Paolo Sorrentino now has a new trailer, and no matter the mixed reviews out of the Croisette, we're kinda dying to see this.

Liam Neeson Drinks Your Milkshake In Pics From 'Taken 2' Plus A New Poster & Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 12:24 PM
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In case you missed the plethora of "Taken 2" pics from a couple of days ago, a whole new batch of images have dropped. And these are notable mostly because they now contain what is probably our favorite movie still of the year so far: Liam Neeson enjoying the simple pleasure of a milkshake in a delightfully retro diner. This must be before he leaves for Instanbul, right? Either way, it feels lifted out of a completely different movie, perhaps one where Neeson plays a retired schoolteacher who solves mysteries in a small town. Man, we'd pay to see that movie.

Chill, Dudes & Grab A Slice Of Pizza, Michael Bay Says Leaked 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Script Was An Early, Unused Draft

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 11:58 AM
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Earlier this week, fans of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” franchise (who still wear footy pajamas and eat cereal stuffed with marshmallows) became incensed when an early version of the proposed remake’s script (entitled “Ninja Turtles” and written by “Alias” alums Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec) was both posted and reviewed by website TMNT NOT TANT (the website’s name is a reference to the reboot’s extraterrestrial origin for the characters). Paramount, who is set to distribute the Platinum Dunes-produced project in the summer of 2014, ordered the script to be taken down, and now Michael Bay, one of the film’s producers, has spoken about the script (Latino Review spotted his comments, via Screen Rant).

Hallelujah! Will Smith’s Biblical Vampire Tale A Go At Sony

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 11:43 AM
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Earlier this summer it was reported that Will Smith, former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and perpetual Man in Black, was set to make his feature directorial debut on “The Redemption of Cain,” a big-budget biblical epic based on the tale of murderous sibling rivalry. While it’s not clear whether or not he’ll direct the project, The Wrap is reporting that his production company Overbrook, will produce the film and Sony has just given it the green light, with production slated to begin next summer in London, Jordon, and Morocco. Casting will to commence under the guidance of Francine Maisler in the next few weeks.

Watch: Liam Hemsworth Discovers Hippies, Goes AWOL In Trailer For 'Love And Honor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 11:21 AM
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With the Vietnam war raging, one man will make a decision that tests his own morals, ethics and view on American life: fight for his country or go skinny dipping with Teresa Palmer? Yes, those are quandaries Liam Hemsworth faces in "Love and Honor," the kind of movie Channing Tatum used to do.

That Was Fast: First Official Image Of Chris Pine As Jack Ryan In 'Jack Ryan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 10:59 AM
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With a release date now all sewn up for Paramount's we-really-hope-it's-not-actually-called "Jack Ryan," it seems production on the movie is now off and running hard, and the studio has dropped a look at the lead character for a new generation.

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