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David Fincher Latest Name In The Mix To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'; Jon Favreau Reportedly Chasing The Job

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 1:43 PM
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We live in a time where Jason Flemyng sort of pausing and making a funny face in an interview is "confirmation" that the rumored Matthew Vaughn is going to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7." But that's not to say that among the fanboy wishlists and speculation that there isn't legitimacy to some of the names being tossed around.

Producer Says Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Aiming For Late 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 1:14 PM
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“You know his films do well at the Academy Awards,” producer Albert Berger told the Billings Gazette about Alexander Payne, and with "Sideways" and "The Descendants" earning a total of ten nominations and two wins (each for Best Screenplay) he's certainly not exaggerating. So perhaps this next bit of news isn't so shocking.
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Listen: "100 Black Coffins" By Rick Ross From 'Django Unchained'; Leonardo DiCaprio Worried "Are We Going Too Far"?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 12:51 PM
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It has been a good week for those eagerly anticipating Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" as a new trailer and soundtrack details dropped for the film (check out our breakdown of what movies those tracks were sourced from). But that's not all, Tarantino himself came out of the editing bay for THR's directors' roundtable chat and dropped all kinds of nuggets, including his assertion that "Death Proof" is his worst film and that even he doesn't want to see a three-hour "Django Unchained." And with the film set to unspool for critics on the weekend, another little treat has landed online.

Oscars: In A Field Of Epics Who Has The Best Chance To Win Best Editing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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This week's "Killing Them Softly" is something of an outlier this season, in that it runs at a brisk 97 minutes. As has been noted by many -- not least a seemingly ADD-afflicted senior Variety staffer -- many of the big movies in awards contention have come with epic running times.

They're Back: Watch The First Trailer For 'Girls' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 12:06 PM
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Let the excitement/backlash begin. While certain corners of the Internet continue to bemoan the success of Lena Dunham, she's just brushing that dirt off her shoulder, as season two of "Girls" gets ready to return. And the first trailer is here to give a taste of what's in store.

Watch: One-Armed Elijah Wood Stars In Video Flying Lotus' "Tiny Tortures" Directed By 'Tron: Legacy' Animator David Lewandowski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 11:39 AM
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While he'll soon be gracing screens around the world once again as Frodo in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Elijah Wood has been keen to keep of a diverse array of projects outside the franchise. He's launched his own horror production company and has number of genre flicks on his slate, and his latest endeavor finds him losing an arm. Not literally of course.

Watch: Trailer For Spike Jonze Co-Directed Skateboarding Video 'Pretty Sweet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 11:19 AM
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While Spike Jonze has risen from a music video director to an acclaimed filmmaker, he's never forgotten his roots. He still finds time to produce the "Jackass" movies with his longtime friends, and dips his toes back into the music video world as well from time to time. His love of skateboarding hasn't wavered either: a longtime fan of BMX bikes and boards, Jonze is co-owner of the company Girl Skateboards. While we patiently wait for his next film "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix, the director grabbed a camera and got back out on the street just like the old days.

Watch: Trailer And 2 Clips For Miguel Gomes' Magical & Captivating 'Tabu'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 30, 2012 10:59 AM
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As Miguel Gomes’ “Tabu” has worked its way around the festival circuit during the course of the year (and also during its theatrical release in a few lucky international markets) the critical acclaim it has garnered has been nothing short of stupendous. We were bowled over by it here at The Playlist when we caught it at TIFF, describing it as “charming, witty, beautifully shot and inexplicably captivating” and awarding it an A grade. Critics across the world seem to have been just as complimentary.

Nick Fury Gets A Day Off, Probably Won't Be In 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 10:44 AM
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As the Marvel universe continues to expand, the one sort-of constant has been Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, popping his head into "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and of course, "The Avengers" to ensure he can provide the exposition to keep the movies connected. But it seems he'll finally get to take a bit of break as the "Iron Man 3" won't be needing his services.

Susanna Clarke's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell' Will Be A BBC Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 10:19 AM
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I'm not a fantasy fiction buff by any stretch, but in 2004 it was hard to ignore the mammoth accomplishment of Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell." A wildly original and inventive epic, running nearly 800 pages, the work was one of the few to crossover to the mainstream, becoming a critical darling and a best-seller. Its dazzling weaving together of history, magic, romance and more (combined with David Foster Wallace style footnotes) made it one of the most unique reading experiences in a long time. It would no doubt be a difficult text to adapt, but BBC is going to give it a try.

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