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Paul Greengrass Explains Why He'll Never Make Another 'Bourne' Film (For The Umpteenth Time)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2013 3:31 PM
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You hold out hope because, well, that’s what you do (and maybe because you weren’t so down with chems). Maybe, maybe maybe, Paul Greengrass will make another Jason ‘Bourne’ movie and then Matt Damon—who has repeatedly said he will not make one without Greengrass—will be back on board, right? ‘Bourne’ producer Frank Marshall has even said his "dream" would be to have a ‘Bourne’ film that stars both Jeremy Renner and Damon.

Hurt People Hurt People: Neil LaBute & Alice Eve On The Intricate Roleplaying Of ‘Some Velvet Morning’

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • December 13, 2013 3:05 PM
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Some Velvet Morning, Alice Eve, Neil LaBute
Since his award-winning debut feature “In the Company of Men” in 1997, Neil LaBute has developed a diverse career that spans writing and directing for both the stage and screen. Depicting unsettling and often cruel relationships between men and women, his work can be difficult to stomach, but there is no denying his unique voice. Over the years, LaBute has experimented with directing other people’s work, venturing into the horror (“The Wicker Man”), thriller (“Lakeview Terrace”) and comedy (“Nurse Betty,” “Death at a Funeral”) genres, to varying degrees of critical success. At the same time, he is a prolific playwright, with “The Mercy Seat,” “Fat Pig,” “reasons to be pretty,” and “The Shape of Things,” among others, making theatrical waves.

Soundtrack To Spike Jonze's 'Her' Features The Breeders, Arcade Fire, Karen O, Plus Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix Duet

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2013 2:46 PM
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Spike Jonze, Her, Joaquin Phoenix
It would seem that at the moment, Joaquin Phoenix is drawn to stories of oddball relationships. Last year, he found himself entwined with Philip Seymour Hoffman in a father/son, mentor/master union as part of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." And a year later he's back, this time romancing the voice of an operating system (really) in Spike Jonze's "Her." And yet, within that premise is film that we called "disarmingly funny, insightful and empathetic," and that we, well, fell in love with. It features a unique vision, tender soul and wouldn't you know it, a great soundtrack too.

Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg's Cover Of "Hey Joe" For 'Nymphomaniac,' Produced By Beck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 2:03 PM
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Nymphomaniac
Just when you thought Lars von Trier's sex-tacular "Nymphomaniac" couldn't throw any more curveballs your way, here is yet another: Charlotte Gainsbourg, in addition to taking the lead role which sees her tied up, spanked and lord knows what else, is also contributing to the soundtrack.

Watch: Peter Parker Cleans The Chimney In New International Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 1:32 PM
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We hope you like the world of Spider-Man that Sony is building, because you're going to be getting a lot of it over the next five to ten years. With the universe plotted out already to 2018 with the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" (which Andrew Garfield claims to have no part of, LOL, whatever), Sony upped the ante by adding two more to the slate: the long developing "Venom" movie that will now be directed by Alex Kurtzman, and "The Sinister Six," being written by Drew Goddard. With all this planning, you might have forgotten "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is coming next year.

Ridley Scott's 'The Vatican' Shut Down; Dennis Wilson Biopic 'The Drummer' Shuttered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 1:11 PM
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So, here's an interesting parallel. Earlier today we learned that Hollywood was deciding to reboot "The Naked Gun" and remake Sidney Lumet's "The Murder On The Orient Express," because that's the way things go today. And now, in a cruel irony, two much more original sounding projects have bitten the dust for a variety of reasons.

Review: David O. Russell's Delirious & Virtuoso 'American Hustle' With Christian Bale, Amy Adams & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 13, 2013 12:23 PM
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American Hustle
Since making his “comeback” in 2010 with “The Fighter,” David O. Russell has become a filmmaker to admire and respect—but not necessarily love. Both that film and “Silver Linings Playbook” expertly executed their narrative formulas, drawing adoration critical and commercial praise alike, but neither surpass the many, many others that used those same formulas, and unfortunately neither does “American Hustle.” But the difference at least with his latest effort is that it subverts the focus of other ‘70s-set movies about charming crooks—of which “Goodfellas” is the standard-bearer—by emphasizing emotional mechanics over the ones used to perpetrate their crimes.

Check Out The 114 Movie Longlist For Oscar Best Original Score Category

To those voting for the nominees for Best Original Score for this year's Oscars, they've got a lot of listening to do. A longlist of 114 eligible scores has been released, running the gamut of indies to blockbusters and everything in between. So what makes a score able to contend? Here's the official Academy rules: Read More »

Oscars: How Did The Golden Globe And SAG Nominations Affect The Acting Races?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2013 11:47 AM
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Oscars: How Did The Golden Globe And SAG Nominations Effect The Acting Races?
Given that we looked at some of the acting categories right at the start of the season, a lot's changed since then. Many of the initial predictions were on the money, of course, but plenty weren't (*cough* Cameron Diaz in "The Counselor"). If anything, though, the races have only got tighter, adding up to one of the toughest and most competitive years we can remember for awards-contending performances. In the last few weeks, things have started to crystalize a little, thanks to the beginning of awards season proper with the critics' groups last week, and the SAG and Golden Globe nominations in the last couple of days. So, with it being so long since we cast a light on these races, we thought we'd go back and see how they're shaping up. Which categories are locking up, and which remain very much in play?

Patricia Clarkson Talks New Projects, "Motherlover," Lars von Trier And The "Perks" Of The Movie Business

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2013 11:04 AM
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The very first thing we heard Patricia Clarkson say, at the opening press conference given by the jury of the 2013 Marrakech Film Festival, was that at that point in the proceedings, all they had actually been doing was drinking. At which the collected luminaries including Jury president Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Fatih Akin and Amat Escalante all laughed, somewhat sheepishly, and everyone kind of relaxed.

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