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First Images Of Shailene Woodley, Eva Green & Gabourey Sidibe In Gregg Araki's 'White Bird In A Blizzard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 6:09 PM
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It's almost hard to believe but in less than two months all eyes will be on the Sundance Film Festival where an entire year's worth of new indies will be unveiled for everyone to get excited for in 2014. While the lineup has yet to be revealed it's probably a safe bet that Gregg Araki's next effort, "White Bird In A Blizzard" will be there. Once again he brings together a fascinating cast for an unlikely tale.

Eva Green & Josh Hartnett Join Sam Mendes Produced Horror TV Series 'Penny Dreadful'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 31, 2013 10:20 AM
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Even throughout its preposterous narrative and wildly fluctuating tone, HBO's “True Blood” has nonetheless still garnered a consistent audience every week. Now in its sixth season, the erotic melodrama has laid down the working template that premium channels aspire to create, and with the Sam Mendes-produced series, “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime believes it has a prime contender, and also two newly-cast leads to front the enterprise.

Watch: First Muscular & Melodramatic Trailer For '300: Rise Of An Empire'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 12, 2013 7:35 PM
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300: Rise of an Empire
The bad news, it's been pushed a whole year until March 2014. The good news is, the new trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire” is here, even if it's now nine months early (maybe everyone figured, "hell, it's done!"). Don't look for many original players (though a few are back). Zack Snyder's not directing (though he is producing), Gerard Butler and all those dudes kicked that can at the end of the first film. Instead you've got indie director Noam Murro, the indie director behind 2008's "Smart People," who must have put together some impressive promo reel to convince Warner Bros. he could go from that tiny, talky indie to this would-be tentpole.

'300: Rise Of An Empire' Bumped From August To March 2014; Tom Cruise's 'Kill' Takes Primetime Summer Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 9, 2013 10:33 PM
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Every year studios tend to overestimate their tentpoles and then end up delaying them a year or more. 2013 saw an unprecedented amount of blockbusters originally slated for 2012 get pushed back six months off their originally intended bow: "The Great Gatsby," "World War Z," "Man Of Steel," "Jack The Giant Slayer," the list goes on (we took a deeper look at these films earlier in the year, see "The Delayed Films Of 2013: Why They Were Pushed Back & Which Ones Will You Be Seeing?"). The latest casualty is Warner Bros. "300: Rise Of An Empire," and it's easy to see why.

First Look At Mads Mikkelsen In Western 'The Salvation'; Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce & More Join Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 3:39 PM
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While he's probably still best known to North American audiences as that creepy guy who squared off against James Bond in "Casino Royale," Mads Mikkelsen, perhaps Denmark's biggest star, has made his most serious Hollywood inroads yet as part of NBC's "Hannibal." Believe it or not, the show -- if not quite there yet -- is bursting with potential, a police procedural with Hannibal Lecter at its core and assurances from the creators that the grisly nature of the eminent psychologists true culinary proclivities won't be secret for too long (though they have said that the reveal will only arrive if the show gets renewed.) Meanwhile, this summer Mikkelsen will lead the wrenching Danish drama "The Hunt," (we gave it an A-) which comes from Thomas Vinterberg, director of Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Festen." So what's next? How about a western?

Eva Green & Julia Garner Are The Latest Dames To Kill For In 'Sin City 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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Robert Rodriguez's CGI-heavy and visually stylistic "Sin City" movies require heavy technical demands, but also allow him a flexibility in filmmaking. Essentially, since everything is on green screens, and thanks to advances in technology, shooting can take place whenever cast members are available, and then everything can be stitched together afterward. Actors in the same scene don't necessarily don't have to be on the same set on the same day, so it's no surprise that as cameras keep rolling on "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," new cast members are being added.

Eva Green, Gabourey Sidibe & More Join Gregg Araki's 'White Bird In A Blizzard' With Shailene Woodley

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 21, 2012 9:21 AM
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The divisive Gregg Araki has continued casting his next effort, “White Bird In A Blizzard,” with the inclusion of “Law & Order: SVU” star Christopher Meloni and a pair of talented actresses.

Reacting To 'Twilight,' Potential Sequels & More From The Press Tour For Tim Burton & Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 2:07 PM
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Whether you end up loving it or hating it (as our reviewer did), one has to admit that there are few films like "Dark Shadows" in theaters this summer. Based on the popular 1960s/1970s ABC soap that included vampires, werewolves and witches, the film is a curious blend of comedy, drama and horror that's indelibly a Tim Burton creation.

Review: 'Dark Shadows' Is Another Lazy, Incoherent Disappointment From Tim Burton

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • May 8, 2012 5:59 PM
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“Dark Shadows” is not the worst movie that Tim Burton has ever made, but that’s only because there’s nothing worse than “Alice in Wonderland.” A desperate jumble of ideas in search of deeper substance, much less focus, Burton’s latest collaboration with actor Johnny Depp is the latest, and perhaps greatest, proof that yet exists for a director, Burton’s a hell of a production designer. Given the film’s incredible lack of cohesion – or follow-through – the film feels like the resigned end result of a studio’s best efforts to whittle an unwieldly mess into something manageable, but far too many of its shortcomings remain exposed for it to play as anything other than a showcase for the star and filmmaker’s laziness, hubris, or both.

Look Into My Eyes: 9 Clips From Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp & Eva Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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We've had an inkling thus far that "Dark Shadows" would be a return to form for both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, whose batting average over their last few films -- "Alice In Wonderland," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- has been inconsistent at best. But this latest, extensive look at the movie seems to indicate they are back on track in a big way.

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