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Watch: Vincent Gallo Confronts British Critics About 'Buffalo '66' On UK Show 'MovieTalk'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 19, 2012 9:21 AM
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As the cinematic year draws to a close, one of the more curious scenes to behold within it found Julie Delpy integrating multi-hyphenate artist Vincent Gallo into the inspirational third act of her film “2 Days in New York.” Not just because Gallo has remained somewhat quiet on the film scene lately, but more due to the absence of his sharp, slightly caustic sensibilities. Well, look no further for a reminder of those qualities.

'The Wolverine' Scribe Christopher McQuarrie Pitched Fox On Curating Their X-Men Universe

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 19, 2012 9:05 AM
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Given Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's duties on “The Wolverine” -- a gig that stuck even after Darren Aronofsky's departure from the director's chair last year -- it would make sense that in 20th Century Fox's aims toward building a consistent franchise, discussions between McQuarrie and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer would occur. And according to the director, that's exactly what transpired, with some surprising additional results.

Watch: Soaring Trailer For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' With Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko & Javier Bardem

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 8:02 AM
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If you weren't one of those who saw the film in Venice or Toronto this year, you've likely seen very little of Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," the director's uncharacteristically fast-in-arriving follow-up to his wildly acclaimed "The Tree Of Life." Two images from the film have been released, but those who've been avoiding the reviews might not yet have much of an idea of what to expect.

Finally Finished? Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster' To Open The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 7:50 AM
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The legend goes that when Wong Kar-Wai brought "2046" to the Cannes Film Festival, the print was still dripping as he worked until the very last minute to finish it. And to say that his latest, the martial arts biopic "The Grandmaster," has had a few road bumps and delays would be an understatement. The film has been in production on and off for the past couple of years, and had things gone according to plan, it would be in theaters in China now, opening this week. But of course, WKW had to continue tinkering, and the release date was pushed to January 8, 2013. But it seems the end is nigh, god willing, and "The Grandmaster" has set an international bow.

Francis Lawrence Out, Angelina Jolie In To Direct WWII Film 'Unbroken'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 10:52 PM
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This fall, Francis Lawrence suddenly got very busy. Not only is the director helming "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," he locked himself in for the final two movies of the franchise, parts one and two of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." This effectively means he's busy with the series right through to the end of 2015, which means that the handful of projects he'd been linked to, some of those are going to fall by the wayside. And indeed, one of them has, but it's been picked up by a very big name.

Watch: The Big "One Day More" Sequence In New Clip From Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 9:13 PM
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By this time next week, Santa will have already come down the chimney and delivered the presents, and you might be in the middle of a turkey feast. Or, you might be in your local cinema, as one of the millions of fans of "Les Miserables" who are eagerly awaiting the star-studded big screen adaptation. And if these generous five clips weren't enough to hold you over, now another big serving has come along.

Nick Carraway & Jordan Baker Get Character Posters For 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 7:43 PM
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With "The Great Gatsby" now about five months away from hitting theaters, in marketing terms, it's not a long time, and it looks like Warner Bros. is getting the campaign started on the literary adaptation they hope will be a big hit. Earlier today we got character posters for Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher), and now a couple more people from F. Scott Fitzgerald's book are getting the one-sheet treatment.

Review: 'Barbara' A Fresh Look Into 1980s Germany, Focusing On Life & Love

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 18, 2012 7:26 PM
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Though maybe a bit too stiff and straight-laced, "Barbara" is a frequently subtle, moderately interesting character study set in a grievous East Germany during the 1980s. What are especially nice are the painstaking ways that director Christian Petzold ("Jerichow," "Dreileben: Beats Being Dead") avoids obvious nods to the time period -- forget drenching the film in some kind of filter as a signifier (a la the once-abused-now-Instagram-friendly sepiatone), the filmmaker even refuses simple explanatory title cards and instead dresses the environment appropriately, offering hints of the current year in the background set pieces and radio programs. This kind of understated nature runs the entire feature; in fact, one of the most intriguing aspects of "Barbara" is the lack of narrative hand-holding, with the lead's main intent remaining a mystery for a good chunk of the movie. There are no twists to spoil, but admittedly, much of the film's pull anchors on its masterful use of low-key storytelling -- take a gander at the next paragraph at your own risk.
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Review: Beat Classic 'On The Road' Comes To The Screen In Lustrous-But-Long-Winded Fashion

  • By James Rocchi
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  • December 18, 2012 6:34 PM
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Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been heralded for decades: an important novel, a cultural signifier, a sociological landmark, a cracking good read. It's also been considered "unfilmable" -- but now Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water") brings the novel to the screen, and "The Motorcycle Diaries" turns out to be a pretty good template for understanding how Salles has shot his adaptation. "On the Road," like 'Diaries,' is scenic and episodic, full of youth's passion but with a shade of the future yet to come dimming the brightness of its vision, as a charismatic young man travels with another young man, saying little but watching everything along the way.

Mumford & Sons Member Helped Record The Soundtrack For The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 5:51 PM
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One movie we hoped might squeak its way onto the release calendar in 2012 was the Coen Brothers' upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis." The sibling directors have lined up a killer cast for this one with Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund in the pic that's loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk, an American folk singer who presided over the ‘60s Greenwich Village scene. And as you might expect from that brief description, music is going to be a big part of the movie, and it seems a member of one of the most popular bands around is helping out.

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