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Marrakech '12 Review: 'Mushrooming' A Pitch Black Comedy With A Pitch Perfect Cast

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 17, 2012 6:57 PM
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We must confess to being rather behind the curve when it comes to recent Estonian filmmaking, but if we'd hazarded a guess what it might look like prior to watching Toomas Hussar's “Mushrooming,” going on a purely geographical basis we’d have aimed for somewhere halfway between a Finnish film and a Polish film. And Estonia's official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, which takes the absurdist, deadpan humor of an Aki Kaurismaki, and gives it a certain Eastern European social realist spin, would not have disappointed. A darkhearted black comedy with satirical elements, it features a strong cast who negotiate the genre’s notoriously tricky tonal balance well, even managing to sell some of the script's more outlandish contortions. And while all three principals are excellent, perhaps Elina Reinhold has the trickiest arc to achieve, but she accomplishes it so well, with such a light touch, that it brought her a well-deserved Best Actress award at the Marrakech Film Festival.

Did The Nick Fury Solo Movie Get Folded Into 'Captain America 2'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 6:48 PM
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You may recall earlier this year in the summer we had a podcast about super hero films and much of our discussion touched upon rumors we had heard brewing from the Marvel Universe. One of the unconfirmed stories we had heard about centered on the mooted Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, which was in the cards back in the day before the S.H.I.E.L.D. concept moved to TV. Word was parts of the Nick Fury story would be folded into "Captain America 2," aka "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Sad Monkey News: James Franco Says He Likely Won't Cameo In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 6:18 PM
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Sad trombone face. James Franco, the star of "Rise Of The Planets Of The Apes" (aside from the chimpanzee Cesar of course), was all set to do a cameo in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The rub is that the original director Rupert Wyatt bowed out (Matt Reeves is now directing it) and so did Tom Rothman, who is no longer at Fox and Franco hasn't heard a peep since. So the actor assumes he's out. Via MTV.

Quentin Tarantino Says He Wanted To Make A 'Luke Cage' Film Starring Lawrence Fishburne After 'Reservoir Dogs'; Wrote 'Pulp Fiction' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 5:59 PM
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Add one more to the pile. Quentin Tarantino's "what if?" abandoned projects list is long. Ideas that he once toyed with included more Elmore Leonard adaptations, the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” an untitled '70s-like airplane/disaster movie and more (you can see a longer list in this old detailed feature we made back in the day).

Criterion Adds Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands,’ Robert Bresson’s ‘A Man Escaped,’ Fritz Lang & More For March 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 5:16 PM
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Going on spring break this year? Well, you might want to shorten the trip or dip into the budget, because Criterion is coming for you in March full throttle with an auteur heavy line up, led by the one and only Terrence Malick.

Eddie Redmayne Joins The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' With Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 4:54 PM
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To whoever is repping Eddie Redmayne as he makes his way into Hollywood: nice work. The actor has been taking a variety of roles, from the gritty indie "Hick," to the biopic "My Week With Marilyn" to this month's Oscar contending "Les Miserables," all allowing him to flex a few different muscles. And now that he's paid his dues and proved himself, he's getting into the tentpole game.

Ricky Gervais Takes The Lead Role In 'The Muppets' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 4:25 PM
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While he has dominated the small screen, Ricky Gervais has yet to find his niche at the multiplex. His lone leading man efforts "The Invention Of Lying" and "Ghost Town" didn't make much impact, while the dramatic-ish "Cemetery Junction" pretty much came and went without a trace. And while he's lent his face in support in a handful of studio films, he's still probably best known to most mainstream audiences as that British guy who insulted celebs for a couple years at the Golden Globes. Well now, he'll be bringing his wit to your children.

'Skyfall' Writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade Will Try And Make A 'Kojak' Movie Starring Vin Diesel Tolerable

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 4:16 PM
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Because we live in a world where there's going to be a straight faced "MacGuyver" movie, and because studios want branded content, not "films," your Dad's favorite TV show "Kojak," is headed to the big screen with Vin Diesel starring. Who loves ya baby!

The Black List: Where Are The Top Scripts Of Previous Years Now?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 4:01 PM
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One of the cannier inventions of the movie world in the last decade or so is The Black List, set up by Franklin Leonard, at the time an junior executive at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way company. Appropriating one of Hollywood's greatest shames (the banning from work of professionals -- mostly screenwriters -- with communist leanings) for good, with the intention of highlighting the best unmade scripts from Hollywood, Leonard polled executives for the best things they'd read that year, launching the first list in 2005.

Noomi Rapace Offered Role In 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy, Actors May Also Team For 'Child 44'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 3:40 PM
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Even though they may not have worked together yet on the big screen, Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace seem to already be good pals. The pair were on the cover of Blag magazine (see above), did some promo for it as well this year and seemed to have a blast (just do some Google searches). And now, we may see two of our favorite folks working together, in a very promising project.

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