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New TIFF Photos: Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi,' Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' & 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
It's been over 10 years since Keanu Reeves was kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning in the "The Matrix Revolutions" (makes you wish they woulda quit after the first film), but while Reeves has been taking it kind of easy ever since (probably the two biggest films he's starred in since then have been the utterly forgettable "Constantine," and "The Day The Earth Stood Still"). But Keanu seems to be slowly coming out of his hiatus. His big-budget samurai/kung-fu spectacle, "Ronin 47," is finally scheduled for a December release after almost two years of delays (see the trailer here) and he also has a directorial debut on the way. Scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, we've already seen an international trailer and a few photos from Reeves debut, "The Man From Tai Chi," and now courtesy of TIFF we have a few more.

'Skyfall' Or Skyfail: What Worked & What Didn't In James Bond's Latest

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 12, 2012 12:17 PM
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Over the weekend, it sounds like more than a few of you checked out "Skyfall" -- $80 million+ worth of you, in fact. And around the rest of the world, it's even more, the film having taken over $500 million internationally since it started rolling out two weeks ago. And for the most part, it's been acclaimed as one of the best (if not the very best) entries in the long-running spy franchise to date.

Review: Sam Mendes' 007 Film 'Skyfall' Sees James Bond Back To His Best

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 7:00 PM
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Christopher Nolan is, famously (like many British directors), a big fan of the James Bond franchise. He said that he approached "Batman Begins" more like a Bond flick than a superhero movie, he directly nodded to one of 007's high watermarks in "Inception," and has publicly expressed interest in, at some point, directing one of the films in the franchise.

Judi Dench & Steve Coogan To Star In Stephen Frears' 'Philomena Lee'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 4:46 PM
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Stephen Frears is on a goddamn tear right now. He kicked off 2012 by heading to Sundance to premiere "Lay The Favorite," spent the spring shooting "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," and now will get another movie in front of cameras this fall. Damn. Who does he think he is, Terrence Malick?

Ben Kingsley Circling 'Mary Mother Of Christ' With Julia Ormond, But Didn't Peter O'Toole Retire?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 28, 2012 11:04 AM
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With Mel Gibson having only slightly fallen in the ranks of public perception since his $600 million-grossing “Passion of the Christ,” it's only natural that when stirrings of a quasi-prequel to the Jim Caviezel-starring film began this year at Cannes -- who else -- but the director of 3D cave thriller “Sanctum” would be the one to helm it. Alister Grierson signed on early to direct “Mary Mother of Christ,” but only lately have any new casting hints begun to trickle out, and they're a reliably fitting bunch to boot.

New Images From 'Skyfall' Featuring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 3, 2012 9:59 AM
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With the James Bond series turning 50 this year -- and a host of events being planned for October 5th -- the November release of the Sam Mendes-helmed “Skyfall” will mark the 23rd entry in the franchise. The latest issue of Empire has a wealth of material devoted to the new Bond film, including some new images below.

Watch: Full Trailer For Sam Mendes' James Bond Film 'Skyfall' With Daniel Craig & Javier Bardem

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 9:00 AM
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Now that we're coming to the end of summer blockbuster season, many eyes are turning towards the fall line-up, and while there's the usual selection of prestige fare there, we're not exactly going to be starving for blockbusters. "The Hobbit," "Jack Reacher," "Breaking Dawn Pt. 2" -- all films with the potential to be huge without necessarily troubling Academy voters. But one of the most anticipated of all is "Skyfall," the 23rd official James Bond film, which hits in November.

Watch: First Video Blog For Latest James Bond Flick 'Skyfall' Arrives, Is Mostly Footage Of Sam Mendes Looking At Things

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 9:03 AM
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Bond is back. Again. With the MGM financial situation sorted, production on the 23rd official film to feature Ian Fleming's super spy, and the third to star Daniel Craig in the role, got underway late last year, but as ever the security around "Skyfall" has been airtight. We know the cast, which sees Craig joined by Javier Bardem as the villain, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Helen McCrory, and we know a vague logline, which suggests that the plot revolves around Judi Dench's M, but not a lot besides.

Judi Dench To Put On 'Italian Shoes' With Kenneth Branagh & Anthony Hopkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 4:22 PM
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Now free from any obligations with the "Thor" franchise, director Kenneth Branagh, having dipped his toes in the tentpole world, is doing something on the total opposite end of the spectrum. First announced very early this year, Branagh it looking to bring an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" to the big screen and with Anthony Hopkins already eyed for a lead role, he's got another distinguished thesp looking to join as well.

Sam Mendes' James Bond Film Officially Titled 'Skyfall,' Movie Is A Stand-Alone Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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First Synopsis Suggest That Judi Dench's M Will Be Front-And-CenterUpdate: The official Bond twitter account, @007, have revealed the first synopsis for the project, which reads: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." It certainly backs up the idea that it's a stand-alone tale, and suggests a bigger role for Dench, as Bond's superior M, than ever before. Intriguing stuff...

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