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'To The Wonder': 10 Actors Cut Out Of Terrence Malick Films & How They Reacted

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2013 3:39 PM
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To The Wonder, Actors Cut From Malick Films
We’ve all been there. Cast as the lead in a meaty, dialogue-heavy role in a surefire masterpiece from one of the most unassailable geniuses of modern filmmaking, only to be reduced to sifting through the finished film on freeze frame occasionally shouting "Look! That’s my shadow on that fern!" or "Hey! That’s the back of my head near that egret!" The one comfort we can take when this inevitability occurs, is that we’re in fine company on the Malick cutting room floor. The only question is, whose lead will we follow in reacting to our role’s excision or drastic reduction?

Darren Aronofsky Says 'The Fountain' Was Too Expensive, Talks Connecting 'Noah' With Modern Audiences & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 11, 2012 11:18 AM
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One of the most predictably oversubscribed events at the Marrakech International Film Festival this year was Darren Aronofsky’s masterclass. Lasting nearly two hours, however, and delivering a retrospective spin through the five feature films that make up his back catalog, as well as a few nuggets about the forthcoming “Noah,” it actually most caught fire when the proceedings were opened up to the audience. In this section, Aronsofky was at his most forthcoming and engaged, happy to share his expertise with the many film students who got questions in, and passionate in his encouragement of young local filmmakers.

Review: Straight-To-DVD 'The Courier' Hopes You Like Your 'Transporter' Glum, Boring & Cheap

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 11, 2012 9:59 PM
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Justice has a new face! And that face is sleepy! The appeal of actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan seems to lie in the suggestion that he’s giving his performance right after he just woke from a nap. This makes him the perfect leading man for “The Courier,” a new action thriller hitting DVD this week. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, who last helmed the Oscar nominated “Paradise Now,” “The Courier” almost seems embarrassed by its content, acting like a slow-moving character study that just happens to have ludicrous gunfights, preposterous code names, and a perverse downbeat ending.

Nic Cage On Board For 'The Expendables 3'; Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes & Harrison Ford Being Approached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 11:04 AM
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So, was 2010's over $270 million worldwide haul for "The Expendables" the indication of franchise starter, or just the result of a novelty concept doing well in the marketplace? We'll find out this Friday when the numbers roll in for the supersized "The Expendables 2," but it looks like producer Avi Lerner is feeling very confident, with an eye already on "The Expendables 3." And not only that, he has a name apparently already signed, and a wishlist of folks he wants (but probably won't get) for the third installment.

Mickey Rourke Latest To Join, Try And Rev Up 'Motor City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 7:02 PM
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After seeing various folks like Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Clive Owen, Amber Heard and Gary Oldman come and go from the long developing "Motor City," director Albert Hughes will probably take whoever he can get at this point. Right now, Gerard Butler is sitting in the lead role, and now he's got a co-star.

Back Together At Last: Nicolas Cage & Mickey Rourke To Have A Crazy-Off In 'Marble City'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 8:15 PM
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Guys and girls, we have some news: Cinema is over. Not that it's being replaced or anything, but if you're a professional screenwriter or director, it might be time to start looking for work in another industry. Because the movies have entered their endgame: some time in 2013, the artform will reach the aim it was created for, and present-day Nicolas Cage and present-day Mickey Rourke will share a screen together. And after that, there will be no point in making any new movies.

'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Hits Theaters On October 4th, 2013, Jessica Alba & Mickey Rourke Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 3:05 PM
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Ever since "Sin City" proved to be a robust hit on its release in April 2005, talk has percolated about a sequel. After all, the film was relatively inexpensive to make, and there were plenty more stories from Frank Miller's source material comics that could lead to another film. But between the ups and downs of the Weinstein Brothers' Dimension Films, the busy-ness of co-director Robert Rodriguez, and the difficulty of re-assembling the all-star cast, it was much-discussed, but never quite came together.

Robert Rodriguez Says Mickey Rourke & Rosario Dawson Will Be Back For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 12:42 PM
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Robert Rodriguez is busy in casting mode. With "Machete Kills" gearing up to shoot, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez are already being touted to return, and with "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" now headed for a summer start, it looks like he's starting to get his pieces into play.

Tom Hardy Apparently Eyed For Gareth Thomas Biopic, But Mickey Rourke Still Wants The Job

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 28, 2012 9:38 AM
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The story of rugby player Gareth Thomas is a fascinating one. The Welsh rugby legend represented his country on 100 occasions, scoring 40 tries and becoming one of the greatest to ever play the game. He had a brief swansong representing Welsh club side Celtic Crusaders, before making a foray into reality television with an appearance on "Celebrity Big Brother" earlier this year. But the remarkable part of the story is that in 2009, after finalizing his divorce from his childhood sweetheart, Thomas announced publicly that he was gay. That made him the first openly gay rugby player, and easily the most high-profile gay athlete in Britain.

Mickey Rourke Had Surgery To Look Like Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas, Biopic Shoots In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 9:38 AM
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The comeback of Mickey Rourke has been a faltering thing. After years in the wilderness, the actor returned in force with an Oscar-nominated turn in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," and followed it up with supporting roles in bona-fide blockbusters "Iron Man 2" and "The Expendables." Since then, however, things haven't been so hot, with long-delayed films "13" and "Passion Play" mostly disappearing on release, while Rourke's self-destructive tendencies came out again when he bashed not only those films, calling them (accurately) ''terrible," but also director Martin McDonagh, who Rourke labelled a "jerkoff" after he bailed on the helmer's film "Seven Psychopaths." The actor instead lined up the kind of direct-to-video actioners that he was stuck in the 1990s, films like "The Courier," "Black November" and "Java Heat."

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