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Ralph Fiennes Directing Charles Dickens Biopic 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 1:20 AM
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Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones, Abbie Cornish & Imogen Poots In Contention For Female LeadHis Lord Voldemort might *spoiler* have finally met his end this weekend in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two," but Ralph Fiennes isn't hanging about: he's playing an unknown role in Sam Mendes' "Bond 23," and he's in rehearsal to play Prospero in "The Tempest" on stage in London. But the thespian isn't just sticking to acting: his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," picked up strong reviews at the Berlin Film Festival at the start of the year, and will hit theaters in the fall, and the actor's now planning another venture behind the camera that will shoot next year.

Carey Mulligan Joining Director Gary Ross For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Outback'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 28, 2011 3:19 AM
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26 year old British actress Carey Mulligan may want to think about getting a second home down under. The "Never Let Me Go" and "An Education" actress is already set to start filming Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" in Australia later this summer and now she's boarded another picture that will take her down to Oz.

Cannes Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's Low-Slung '80s Crime Drama 'Drive' Has A Dark Majesty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2011 12:22 PM
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Why is "Drive" -- a seemingly trivial affair about a stuntman and part-time getaway driver, played by Ryan Gosling, pulled into deep and bloody waters on the neon-and-streetlight lit streets of L.A. -- even at Cannes, let alone in competition? It's not merely because of the bloody-but-brilliant background of director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose films (the "Pusher" trilogy, "Bronson," "Valhalla Rising") have demonstrated both an eye for composition and a taste for the jugular. It's not merely because of the film's cinematic roots, with the production seemingly crafted as a clear tribute to '80s-era Michael Mann and other synthesizer-and-faux-leather action-crime stories. Rather, you can make a case that "Drive" is here because action cinema and genre cinema are too important -- and too exciting, enthralling and, yes, artful when well made -- to be merely dismissed as suitable only for hacks to make and dolts to watch. French enthusiasm for American crime cinema from the '40s and '50s gave us the vocabulary and value set to truly appreciate film noir -- and anyone who can truly appreciate film noir will appreciate "Drive."

Baz Luhrmann Casts Joel Edgerton As Tom Buchanan In 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 12:29 PM
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The anointment of Joel Edgerton as a freshly minted A-lister looks to be complete. The Australian actor seemed to be on the brink of something for a decade, but 2011 may be the year in which the stars align: his small, but pivotal role in "Animal Kingdom" last year kicked off a string of new gigs, including the male lead in the prequel/reboot/preboot of "The Thing," opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the co-lead opposite Jennifer Garner in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," and starring across from Tom Hardy in MMA drama "Warrior," a film that's picked up major buzz from early screenings, with some even whispering that it could be an awards contender.

Watch: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan & Bryan Cranston In New Clip From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 6:30 AM
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Plus A Ton Of New Images From The FilmWe're only a few days for the Cannes premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," easily one of our most anticipated films of the year, and we can barely contain ourselves: in fact, we've built a cardboard car in the center of The Playlist office and are currently sitting in it with a full-sized body pillow of Oscar Isaac. Fortunately, a healthier way of passing the time before the film arrives at the festival on Thursday has arrived, with Rope of Silicon debuting a new two-minute clip from the film.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says REO Speedwagon Helped Him & Ryan Gosling Seal The 'Drive' Deal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2011 4:30 AM
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While Nicolas Winding Refn's "noir thriller Drive" threatens to be one of the most talked about films of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, especially considering its A-list cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks and "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston to name a few, the film has not screened so far, nor has the cast assembled to talk about it yet.

Plenty Of New Images Unveiled From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2011 2:49 AM
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First Look At Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston & Oscar IsaacWith the Cannes Film Festival right around the corner, one film we're champing at the bit to hear and see more of, is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest effort, "Drive."

Watch: First Two-Minute Clip Of Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Entry 'Drive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 1:02 AM
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Update: We've been informed that the music in the clip is actually Johnny Jewel's "Tick of the Clock." Originally it was song by his previous group Chromatics, but it was remade specifically for "Drive."

Baz Luhrmann To Shoot 'Great Gatsby' In 3D, Takes Production Down Under

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 20, 2011 2:21 AM
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Lensing To Begin This August For 17 Weeks After finally settling on the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" as his next project, Baz Luhrmann is now set to take the production to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, where lensing in 3D (yes, 3D!) will begin this August.

Colin Firth Again Being Pursued For 'My Fair Lady' Remake; Carey Mulligan Still Attached

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 2:13 AM
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Shooting Won't Start Til 2012, But Rights Issues May Cause More DelaysColin Firth's had a somewhat curious career trajectory so far. From boy wonder in "Another Country," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob in "Pride & Prejudice," to chubby villain in "Shakespeare in Love," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob (again) in "Bridget Jones' Diary," to singing dad in "Mamma Mia," he's finally become a bona fide leading man, and A-list star, after last year's brilliant "A Single Man," and the critical and commercial behemoth that "The King's Speech" has become. The actor is about ten days away from picking up a Best Actor Oscar (let's face it, any suspense has gone at this point...), but he's already become firmly in demand.

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