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Whit Stillman Still Plans To Make Jamaican-Set 'Dancing Mood' After 'Damsels In Distress'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 9, 2011 3:04 AM
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Calls New Comedy "Jane Austen Meets Judd Apatow"While we wait with bated breath to find out if director Whit Stillman’s first film in over a decade, “Damsels in Distress,” can deliver on expectations, it would appear that the director already has his next directorial effort in mind. And for longtime fans keeping score, it's an old one that's been brewing for several years.

Rose Byrne In, Greta Gerwig Out For Derek Cianfrance's 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 10:05 AM
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Filming is already well underway but it looks like one actress wasn't able to make it to "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' To Close 2011 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 5:06 AM
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Frederick Wiseman's 'Crazy Horse,' Jean Marc-Vallee's 'Cafe De Flore' Head Up Venice Days Line-UpAnnoyingly, the fall film festivals seem to have gotten together and decided to release all their news at the same time, on the same day: just as Toronto was unveiling its line-up, Venice has now announced their closing film, ahead of the full line-up being revealed on Thursday. We already know that George Clooney's "The Ides of March" will open the festival on August 31st, rumors are flying thick and fast about the rest of the line-up, and now, we know the closer, which will wrap things up on September 10th. And it's a doozy.

Greta Gerwig & Alison Pill Join Woody Allen's 'Bop Decameron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 6:01 AM
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With "Midnight In Paris" getting some of the best reviews Allen has received in years, and hitting the box office with a force the director's works haven't seen in decades, it seems like the helmer is on a new peak with his career. As per usual, he's already at work on his next film, continuing his pace of one movie per year, and today the full cast has been announced with a couple of exciting additions.

Eva Mendes Goes To 'The Place Beyond The Pines' With Ryan Gosling; Greta Gerwig Circling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 5:14 AM
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While the two male leads -- Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper -- have been set for Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" followup, the generational crime flick "The Place Beyond the Pines," all that testosterone is about get balanced out by some strong female talent.

Bloom! Shake The Room: 'Lord of the Rings' Star Teaming With Greta Gerwig For Rom-Com 'Lola Versus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 1:02 AM
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It seems like the Orlando Bloom comeback is underway in full force. For a little while after he broke through in "Lord of the Rings," the actor was the go-to-guy for period actioners, with leads in "Troy," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Kingdom of Heaven." But he never had the same success in contemporary fare, or got to grips with the tricky task of delivering his lines as anything other than a bland, smirking robot, and the actor's been essentially absent from screens since the third 'Pirates' movie.

Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • April 8, 2011 2:21 AM
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“Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger philosophical question soon fades in favor of a strictly personal one: “Why me?” Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop.

Sony Pictures Classics Re-Teams With Whit Stillman For 'Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 1:44 AM
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Whit Stillman's first film in a staggering thirteen years has found a familiar home. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has picked up the worldwide rights to the filmmaker's next release,"Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress" (formerly known simply as "Damsels In Distress").

Watch: Second 'Arthur' Trailer Adds Greta Gerwig, Still Not All That

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:56 AM
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It's possibly just because the rest of the ceremony was such a painful, dull slog, but the presentation of Best Foreign Language Film by Helen Mirren and Russell Brand was one of the few lively points of this year's Oscars, with some suggesting on the night that the duo would make better hosts next year than James Franco and Anne Hathaway, although it could also be argued that the Pixar lamp and the rotting corpse of David Niven would have more chemistry as hosts than Franco & Hathaway.

Greta Gerwig Finally Acknowledged By 'Arthur' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2011 7:54 AM
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Don't ask us why movie marketers do what they do but when the trailer and poster for "Arthur" recently landed, the film's love interest, indie film sensation Greta Gerwig, was nowhere to be found. Well, Warner Bros. have rectified that situation with a new, horribly Photoshopped poster that crams Gerwig in there and even she gets her name at the top of the poster. Guess the indie thesp is moving on up.

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