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Oscar Isaac Replaces Javier Bardem In 'A Most Violent Year,' Zach Galifianakis Teams With Owen Wilson & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 3, 2013 12:54 PM
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After working with Nicolas Winding Refn, Ridley Scott, Zack Snyder, Steven Soderbergh and hell, even Madonna, you would think that plenty of doors are already open for Oscar Isaac. Well, we're sure teaming with the Coen Brothers for "Inside Llewyn Davis" (and knocking it out of the park) kicked down a few more.

Olga Kurylenko Goes Horror With 'Mara', 'Catwoman' Director Pitof Returns With Thriller Starring Sharon Stone & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 8, 2013 3:02 PM
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Olga Kurylenko's name may have just entered the rumor mill in relation to possibly joining “Batman vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman, but as a batch of recent casting news shows, the “To The Wonder” actress will have a bout of horror first. While the star from “We're The Millers” aims to don a costume instead, “Catwoman” director Pitof re-emerges with his next project, and John Cusack plans to hire a getaway driver.

New Pics Of John Cusack, Julianne Moore & Olivia Williams In David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 10:00 AM
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Now that's he's through dissing Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," David Cronenberg can get back to finishing up "Maps To The Stars" for a rumored premiere next spring at the Cannes Film Festival. But until then, some new images from the flick have landed online, giving a closer look at his upcoming satire.

Ethan Hawke Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s 'Regression,' Dustin Hoffman Sings In The 'Boychoir' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been a while since we heard the name Alejandro Amenábar. After a terrific run of films including "Open Your Eyes," "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," the filmmaker stumbled slightly with his epic "Agora." But it looks like he's ready to return with a new film "Regression," which will star Ethan Hawke. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but it's being called an "elevated genre project," according to Variety, and one that will play with "our deepest primal fears." Production will begin next spring.

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Grand Piano’ Starring Elijah Wood Is Like The Best Brian De Palma Movie He Never Made

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 25, 2013 2:26 PM
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‘Grand Piano'
A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper with a secret agenda, director Eugenio Mira’s latest film breathlessly combines artistic anxiety and personal desperation, providing its character with a journey as intense emotionally as it is physically. In fact, probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made, “Grand Piano” expands the boundaries of single-location, real-time mysteries like “Phone Booth” and “Panic Room” with a brilliantly simple concept and nimble, elegant style.

Stream This: 'Tapeheads,' 'Bad Milo!,' 'Boy A' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 30, 2013 1:56 PM
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Happy Labor Day weekend, stream fans! Summer may be drawing to an official close, but there's nothing withering about the content we're highlighting for you this week. With "Passion" out in theaters today, we'd like to give Brian De Palma a high five: over forty years of filmmaking, and the director remains as polarizing as ever, continuing to delight and disappoint audiences with his unique style and scandalous content. Check out one of his earlier films below, followed by an homage to "Closed Circuit" director John Crowley with the inclusion of his feature debut. Also, a pre-theatrical release of a horror-comedy with the most disgustingly awesome villain we've ever heard of, a long-forgotten comedy with Tim Robbins and John Cusack, and a straight-to-DVD release of The Rock and Liam Hemsworth's latest vehicle. Okay, so maybe that last pick is a little withering. But the leaves have to fall sometime, right? And, of course, we have another treasured title from the bastion of goodness that is The Criterion Collection. Enjoy!

Review: 'The Frozen Ground' Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack & Vanessa Hudgens

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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What is the allure of true crime stories beyond the truth of “well, that happened”? It’s the sort of rubbernecking that not only kept “Law And Order” on the air for years, but spawned a cottage industry of shows and movies geared towards illuminating the dark side of crime, dramatizing, and attempting to bring structure to the cruel arbitrariness of violent murder, rape and assorted trauma. You wouldn’t think there would be so much entertainment value from seeing a star’s glassy eyes as he stands over a murder scene, attempting to register the horror before him. But that sort of mass media has always generated interest, particularly as it hides artistic deficiencies behind the veil of “true story” labelling in an attempt to render the genre critic-proof. Exhibit A: "The Frozen Ground.”

John Cusack Takes A ‘Kickback,’ Anton Yelchin & Dakota Johnson Go Shakespeare & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 12:54 PM
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A few bits of casting news to keep you apprised of all that’s moving and shaking in Hollywood’s various corridors. So without further ado........

Exclusive: Chilling 3-Minute Clip From Thriller 'The Frozen Ground' Starring John Cusack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 9:58 AM
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The Frozen Ground John Cusack
While John Cusack has cemented himself a place in film history thanks to memorable performances in movies like "Say Anything," "High Fidelity," "Grosse Point Blank," "Being John Malkovich" and more, he's also an actor with a diverse range of talents. Later this month, he'll be seen playing none other than Richard Nixon in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," showing audiences a different side of his skills. Also coming out in August, there's another movie that will highlight Cusack's range, one in which he takes a role about as far away from Lloyd Dobler as you can get.

Watch: Nicolas Cage Wants To Put John Cusack In Jail In Trailer For 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2013 11:51 AM
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Here we go, yet another low budget, crank-it-out-in-a-few-weeks Nicolas Cage movie, and if you forgot about it that's cool, because it's hard to keep track of his prolific, if unselective, output. The latest? "The Frozen Ground," a based on a true story tale with Cage as a cop, tracking down bad guy John Cusack, with Vanessa Hudgens playing a prostitute. Obviously.

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