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Ethan Hawke Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s 'Regression,' Dustin Hoffman Sings In The 'Boychoir' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been a while since we heard the name Alejandro Amenábar. After a terrific run of films including "Open Your Eyes," "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," the filmmaker stumbled slightly with his epic "Agora." But it looks like he's ready to return with a new film "Regression," which will star Ethan Hawke. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but it's being called an "elevated genre project," according to Variety, and one that will play with "our deepest primal fears." Production will begin next spring.

Exclusive: Tattoos Tell A Story In Clip From Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Broken Circle Breakdown
With the days getting shorter, and the months colder, it means it's the season for thoughtful dramas and character-driven stories at the movies. It also means that with the awards season in full swing, some of the best movies from around the world will be getting a chance to shine, and one that has picked up buzz all year long is "Broken Circle Breakdown." After winning awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival (among others), you'll finally get a chance to experience for yourself what all the good word has been about.

DreamWorks Picks Up 'Lincoln' Writer Doris Kearn Goodwin's 'Bully Pulpit' About Roosevelt/Taft Rivalry

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2013 10:40 AM
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Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner added a dash of backroom intrigue and punchy exchanges to his script for Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln” last year, and while the film brought us a typically excellent performance from Daniel Day Lewis and a sort of genius, odd turn from James Spader as a political operative, it also garnered appropriate rewards—12 Oscar nominations (winning a second for DDL and Production Design) and more than $275 million at the box office. Obviously that's a result that begs for follow-up considerations, and now, DreamWorks are turning to the source that wrote of Lincoln's political tactics once more for another historical drama, this time on the 26th and 27th Presidents of the United States.

Robert Zemeckis Is Going On A 'Miraculous Journey'; D.J. Caruso Enters 'Disappointments Room'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 10:23 AM
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Robert Zemeckis Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane
This morning we have news regarding two very different projects—one children’s book adaptation, the other a horror film—from a couple of certified Steven Spielberg acolytes.

Watch: Full Web Series 'Walking Stories' With Kaya Scodelario & Directed By Luca Guadagnino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 9:39 AM
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While Luca Guadagnino hasn't helmed a narrative feature since 2009's sublime "I Am Love," he's nonetheless been keeping himself busy. This year he dropped the documentary "Bertolucci On Bertolucci" at the Venice Film Festival and he's helmed a variety of fashion and design-centric shorts including "One Plus One" for Giorgio Armani and "Here" for Starwood Hotels, co-written by Tilda Swinton, scored by Jason Schwartzman and starring Agyness Deyn. Now the director has tackled another mini-project, this time for Salvatore Ferragamo.

First Images Of Carey Mulligan & Matthias Schoenaerts In Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 9:23 AM
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After landing on cinephile radars with 1998's "The Celebration," Thomas Vinterberg went on a weird and wild cinematic journey. From pictures that didn't or barely got a release stateside, to disappointments like "Dear Wendy" or "It's All About Love," Vinterberg failed to match the acclaim of his Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize-winning film. That's until this year's "The Hunt," the gripping tale of community persecution that earned rave reviews, and more Cannes awards (an Ecumenical Jury Prize for Vinterberg, a Best Actor trophy for Mads Mikkelsen). And the helmer isn't wasting a moment riding that momentum.

Review: 'Diana' Biopic Starring Naomi Watts Not Worthy Of A Crown

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 9:02 AM
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From the use of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (twice) to choice morsels of quotes such as, "Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you hide yourselves in firmly constructed towers" (from the Koran), the specter of death haunts "Diana." While that's not a surprise, given that the story tracks her life in the two years leading up (and including) her passing, it's just one of many elements the script by Stephen Jeffreys ("The Libertine") isn't quite sure how to handle. Set against a chronicle of Princess Diana's last and most meaningful relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, it's a fine balance between tragedy and ghoulishness, and sadly, the film never finds it. Graceless, clumsy and uncertain, "Diana" is the result of what happens in trying to honor the late Princess by engaging in the very tabloid speculation that marred her life.

Michael Fassbender Goes Gangster In 'Trespass Against Us,' Chemical Brothers To Score The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 8:43 AM
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Michael Fassbender
There's little sense in trying to stop the Michael Fassbender train—you roll with it or get the hell out of the way. Closing off 2013 with two movies in theaters, "The Counselor" and "12 Years A Slave," Fassy isn't spending a moment putting his feet up. He's already in production on the western "Slow West," he'll kick off the new year by shooting "Macbeth" and then there is little superhero movie you might have heard about called "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" opening next spring. And now? Dude is going gangster.

Spike Lee May Be 'Spinning Gold' With Justin Timberlake In Neil Bogart Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 9:21 PM
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Spike Lee
You gotta hand it to Spike Lee, he's keeping us on our toes. Never one to take the easy road or obvious path, the filmmaker has been bobbing and weaving with a diverse slate of projects, going from Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," to little indie "Red Hook Summer," with a trio of wildly different upcoming projects including the "Oldboy" remake, stage show adaptation "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and his crowdsourced "Da Blood Of Jesus." So what direction is he going next?

Review: Domnhall Gleeson Uses Time Travel To Romance Rachel McAdams In 'About Time'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 30, 2013 7:05 PM
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We’ve sat through an entire generation of fantasy and science fiction films about a protagonist gifted with extraordinary powers who first Resists, then Accepts The Call, which almost always involves saving the world, defeating a powerful villain, and re-establishing the status quo. Very rarely does anyone seek a cause beyond preventing the apocalypse, placing them within a narrative where they are rewarded not for being proactive, but rather reacting to the latest large-scale disaster. Imagine where we’d be as a film society today if Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker fully dedicated himself to wrestling. Right off the bat, the young lad at the center of Richard Curtis’ “About Time” does what any of us would do if we were gifted with extraordinary powers: he tries to romance Rachel McAdams.

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