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Mel Gibson Is The Villain In 'The Expendables 3,' Alicia Vikander To Star in Asif Kapadia's 'Ali & Nino'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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Probably in an attempt to get everyone to stop talking about his falling out with Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone has spilled the beans on a few more additions to his "Expendables 3." Officially joining Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Milla Jovovich and recent additions Harrison Ford and, uh, Kellan Lutz, are a pair of names who've been rumored for a while, in the shape of Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas. The still-somewhat-disgraced Gibson will play the adversary in the film (as he does in the upcoming "Machete Kills"), while there's no firm word if Banderas will be on the side of the angels or the devils. Shooting is apparently getting underway any day now, so expect to see this in theaters this time next year. [Coming Soon]

10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters
There are a few stock criticisms often leveled at a new Woody Allen film: his characters are all neurotic messes; his films are relentlessly white and upper-middle class; when he tries for profundity, he flounders; when he leaves Manhattan, he never achieves anything like the heights of his New York-set stories; his eye for his own approximate generation's foibles and concerns has always been sharper than that for the much younger... the list goes on. But however much you may have your knives out, you just can't accuse Allen of not writing decent roles for women.

Berlin Review: River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' A Serviceable Movie, But A Fascinating Project

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2013 11:17 AM
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River Phoenix died at in 1993 at just 23 years of age, and to a certain generation of then-teenage movie fans, of whom this writer was one, it was maybe the first of that kind of celebrity death, the kind you remember where you were when you heard about it. I was in a car with my mom, and I recall the radio report ended with a mention of Federico Fellini's death the same day (at 73 the Italian director, despite his greatness, was always going to be the Farrah Fawcett to Phoenix's Michael Jackson in the coincidental celebrity death stakes). Now 20 years on, the Berlin Film Festival is showing Phoenix's last film, "Dark Blood," by Dutch director George Sluizer (the original "The Vanishing" and his vastly inferior American remake) in unfinished form, and it makes for surprisingly thought-provoking viewing.

New Images From Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'; Full Soundtrack Details Unveiled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 20, 2012 8:05 AM
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With a new geographically-specific title and a summer release just announced, Woody Allen's latest Euro-flavored venture, "To Rome With Love," is just around the corner. Looking to replicate the success of "Midnight In Paris," a career-best box office hit that won Allen his first writing Oscar since 1987 for "Hannah And Her Sisters," details of his latest film are being kept under wraps. Luckily, we now have a better look at what's to come as a host of photos from the project have been unveiled.

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.

Alan Cumming And Judy Davis To Star In Philippe Mora's 3D Salvador Dali Film

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 14, 2011 3:21 AM
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This is the kind of projects that has us excited about 3D technology. A biopic based on the life and times of Spanish artist Salvador Dali is reportedly in the works with Philippe Mora writing and directing, Alan Cumming to star as the surrealist and Judy Davis as his great love, Gala -- all, of course, in 3D.

Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More To Star In David Hare's Spy Thriller 'Page 8'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2010 2:23 AM
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Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Judy Davis & Ralph Fiennes Also In Cast It seems like a little while since we've had a really smart, compelling spy thriller -- there have been some valiant, but flawed efforts, like Billy Ray's "Breach" and the Don Cheadle vehicle "Traitor," but for the most part, the genre swings between ludicrous, rubber-mask filled efforts like "Salt," and the frankly dull "The Good Shepherd." But next year has the absurdly promising "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" in the pipeline, and it looks like another British effort is joining it.

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