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Casting: Maude Apatow Joins 'Girls,' Uma Thurman Cooks Up 'Adam Jones' With Bradley Cooper & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 4:42 PM
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Kill Bill Vol. 2
Let's take a break from festivals and comic book news for a (brief) moment and pivot toward some casting that's going on. Uma Thurman is the latest to join the massive ensemble — Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Lily James, Jamie Dornan and Alicia Vikander — in the John Wells directed "Adam Jones."

Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, & Imogen Poots Join 'The Blunderer'; Toby Kebbell & Nicholas Hoult Will Build A 'Sand Castle'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2014 6:02 PM
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Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots, Blunderer
It’s a casting-o-rama Friday. With Cannes around the corner and the entire industry getting together for their quarterly wheeling and dealing, it means a lot of pacts are being made. Perhaps the most interesting is the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel ‘The Blunderer.” She is obviously the writer of the Talented Mr. Ripley series and this non-Ripley-centered psychological thriller will star Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Toby Jones and Imogen Poots. Andy Goddard will direct.

Review: Clichés & Frustration Fill 'The Truth About Emanuel' Starring Jessica Biel & Kaya Scodelario

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 9, 2014 7:08 PM
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The Truth About Emanuel
There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films—dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on—and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much interest for a large portion of the viewing public. Of course festivalgoers know this is not the case at all, and if you dig deep enough into any category you’ll find a wide array of films from comedies to dramas to science fiction to any combination thereof. Last year’s U.S. Dramatic competition (known for producing past hits like “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Winter’s Bone”) featured a surprising number of comedies, for example, which shows that the programmers are always interested in mixing things up. Unfortunately, if you see enough films at the fest, on occasion you’re bound to get one film that fits the mold of the cliché Sundance film. And in 2013, "The Truth About Emanuel” was one such film.

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You? David O. Russell's 'Nailed' Gets Rated By MPAA Plus More Pics From The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 6, 2013 9:06 AM
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More than five years since cameras first started rolling Spring 2008 on David O. Russell's "Nailed," the saga of the "unfinished" (at least by the director) movie continues. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that the movie was headed to some kind of release before the end of 2013, and while that's probably not happened, it seems some wheels are turning on the film that could yet find it seeing the light of day.

Watch: New Trailer For Thriller 'The Truth About Emanuel' Starring Jessica Biel & Kaya Scodelario

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 11:42 AM
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As we recently featured, close relationships on the big screen between mothers and daughters aren't always the healthiest, but what happens when that daughter isn't even real? That's where things begin with the thriller "The Truth About Emanuel" and a new trailer for the oddball tale has dropped online.

Peter Dinklage Goes R-Rated For New Comedy, Jessica Biel & Zosia Mamet Are 'Shiva And May' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 12, 2013 10:19 AM
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With his turn as a Marvel supervillain in “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” in the can, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage has found a new project. The actor is set to star in an R-rated comedy about a man who tells people he’s a real leprechaun. In the vein of “Bad Santa,” the untitled comedy will be penned by Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman’s less than stellar directorial debut “Bad Words.” Based on the premise, the Dinklage comedy looks to be a better bet.

Al Pacino, Jessica Biel & Billy Bob Thornton Among Cast In First Incarnation Of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'; Plus New Photos

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:01 AM
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“The new phrase that's floating around is you need a 'hard-bender' if you're doing a film of a certain size. A 'hard-bender' is one with either Tom Hardy or Michael Fassbender and it never stops, it always astonishes me.” During our recent two-part chat with director Terry Gilliam, he described the casting hoops required to jump through in order to get a movie made; his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” stuck him with the lowest budget he's had for decades, but while he still ended up with a enigmatic cast led by Christoph Waltz, the film's original cast was even more curious choice.

New Images Of Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal & James Marden In David O. Russell's Abandoned 'Nailed' Surface

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 10:16 AM
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Nailed, Jessica Biel, James Marsden
It seems the saga of David O. Russell's "Nailed" isn't quite ready to end just yet. Or at the very least, it's not fading quietly into the night. Where to begin? We'll try and keep it brief. The once promising movie started shooting in the spring of 2008 with Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and James Marsden all in the cast, but things quickly went down hill. Plagued with dodgy financing, production started and stopped a handful of times as crew members waited to get paid, eventually shutting down completely with only one day of filming left to complete it.

Watch: Trailer For 'Emmanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Starring Jessica Biel & Kaya Scodelario

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 18, 2013 6:44 PM
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“Emmanuel and the Truth About Fishes” made its debut at Sundance in January, and with Sundance London taking place next week, it seems like the perfect time to debut a new trailer for the film. Starring rising British star Kaya Scodelario (who replaced Rooney Mara), Jessica Biel, Frances O’Connor and Alfred Molina, the film tells the story of Scodelario’s Emmanuel, who becomes obsessed with a mysterious new neighbour who bears a resemblance to her dead mother.

Sundance Review: 'Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes' Is A Frustrating Sea Of Clichés

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2013 12:11 PM
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There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films – dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on – and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much interest for a large portion of the viewing public. Of course festivalgoers know this is not the case at all and if you dig deep enough into any category you’ll find a wide array of films from comedies to dramas to science fiction to any combination thereof.

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