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Watch: Italian Teaser Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 2:24 PM
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As the man behind such films as "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker" and "Malena," there was an era when Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore was a familiar name at the arthouse. However, it has been a while since he's had a movie arrive stateside with quite the same attention as those pics, but "The Best Offer" could change that.

Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Get 'The Best Offer' With Giuseppe Tornatore, Ennio Morricone To Score Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 1:55 PM
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Celebrated Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore doesn't exactly crank them out, and while he made waves on American shores in the late '80s and '90s with "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "The Legend Of 1900" and "Malena," it has been over a decade since the latter and the subsequent movies -- "The Unknown Woman" and "Baaria" -- have made the same splash. But his next effort is gearing up, and drawing upon two well-known names, it could see him once again back in American arthouses in bigger form.

Geoffrey Rush Sought To Take Over Lead In Former Marlon Brando & Johnny Depp Project 'Divine Rapture'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 12:21 PM
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At the best of times, particularly in the latter stages of his career, Marlon Brando was pretty unpredictable; you never knew what you might get from the mercurial actor once he was on set. But in the case of the never-made "Divine Rapture," the filmmakers never got a chance to see what might happen out of their starry production. Set to star Brando, his friend Johnny Depp (they worked together on "The Brave" and "Don Juan DeMarco") and Debra Winger, the film was all set to shoot in Ballycotton, Ireland (indeed, you can see the cast in costume above) when producers CineFin failed to secure the $4 million they needed to make the movie, leaving the movie and many villagers in the lurch. This was back in 1995, however producer Barry Navidi (Al Pacino pics "The Merchant Of Venice," "Wilde Salome" and the upcoming "King Lear") has stuck with it and it looks like nearly two decades later, the movie will be made.

Watch: Trailer For Fred Schepisi's TIFF Entry 'Eye Of The Storm' With Geoffrey Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 7:28 AM
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It has been a long time since Australian director Fred Schepisi has been behind camera. His last effort was the acclaimed HBO mini-series "Empire Falls" and before that his last feature film was 2003's forgettable "It Runs In The Family." But the director is back, and we'll soon see if he still has his mojo and he heads to TIFF with the acerbic looking drama "Eye Of The Storm" and the first trailer certainly shows some promise.

Production On 'The Wolverine' May Be Bumped To Spring 2012 So Hugh Jackman Can Do 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The rocky road to "The Wolverine" continues to bump as yet another delay may push back the film even further.

Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Is a Soggy Sea Chanty That Seems Awfully Familiar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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Executive producers of television series talk about needing to do a "bottle episode," usually about a third of the way through the season when they've unnecessarily overspent on the earlier episodes and need to save up so that the finale can go out with a bang. In a lot of ways "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (yes, that's the actual title) feels like a "bottle episode" in the franchise, one in which the scale is cut back tremendously, extraneous mythology shaved away, with the lavish direction of the original trilogy (by Gore Verbinski, who helmed one of this year's very best movies, "Rango") replaced with someone whose vision is, if not entirely lacking, somewhat more made-for-TV.

'Green Lantern' WonderCon Footage Impresses; New Posters Released Too

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 2, 2011 5:59 AM
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Last night, Ryan Reynolds may have said he's reached his super hero film quota with "Green Lantern" already completed and "Deadpool," plus the genre-y graphic novel, "R.I.P.D.," but he may be getting ahead of himself, since none of these pictures has been released. We've been pretty skeptical of "Green Lantern" so far, and more importantly, so has the vocal movie geek community who the movie is aimed at. Early trailers looked like lame SyFy channel tele-movies and even Warner Bros. admitted that all the early footage was weak.

Geoffrey Rush To Voice Tomar-Re In 'Green Lantern'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2011 2:27 AM
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Hal Jordan Will Not StutterIf the buzz around "Green Lantern" is non-existent, don't worry, because Warner Bros. is well aware of the problem. They recently admitted that the first trailer wasn't so hot and conceded that the effects are taking much longer to lock down than they expected, hence the lack of whizzbangwow show-off footage as yet. The movie is racing to the finish line -- a new trailer is expected to arrive in front of "Thor" with a big marketing push likely to follow -- and director Martin Campbell is assembling his voice cast fairly late in the game.

Tom Hooper Says He Won't Cut 'The King's Speech' For PG-13 Rating; Weinstein Says F-Bombs Hurt Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 7:08 AM
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With "The King's Speech" now the odds on favorite to take home a significant chunk of Oscar gold in a few weeks, Harvey Weinstein is looking to ride that momentum by getting as many eyeballs on the film, and asses in the seats as possible. Just this past weekend -- the first Friday after the Oscar nominations were revealed -- the film expanded to over 2,500 screens but there's just one little problem. An R-rating -- mostly found in one key sequence -- is keeping the film away from even bigger crowds and apparently educators who want to screen the film for their students. Last week, Harvey Weinstein revealed his desire to re-cut the film to pass the MPAA's rigorous standards, but director Tom Hooper isn't having it.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

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