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New York Film Festival Reveals First Sneak Peek At Nicole Kidman In 'Stoker'; Plus New U.K. Trailer Arrives

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 4, 2012 11:44 AM
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Surprises have been popping up all over the 50th annual New York Film Festival. Perhaps because it's celebrating an important semi-centennial milestone and its beloved chairman Richard Peña is stepping down after 25 years, NYFF is pulling in several riches this year. There's a surprise secret screening on Monday (which could be Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" if our guess work is right) and last night a small teaser was unveiled of a highly anticipated 2013 film: Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker."

NYFF: Lee Daniels Reveals How Oprah Winfrey Rejected 'The Paperboy,' Talks The Down & Dirty Production Logistics

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 3, 2012 6:49 PM
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Murder. Lust. Intrigue. Watersports. Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is not your usual festival fare. Screening at the New York Film Festival, however, director Lee Daniels was able to give context to this schizophrenic mystery, based on the Pete Dexter novel about a possibly innocent murderer on Death Row, the journalists tasked with freeing him, and the young man who falls for the inmate's fiancée.

Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 2, 2012 2:03 PM
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Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about any question of judgment for a long time based on that half-hearted ironic "endorsement" of one of the worst films of the year, never mind at Cannes. Like the patina on a bronze roof, there are two ways to acquire trashterpiece/camp/so-bad-it's-good status. One is through time, and patience, as entropy and erosion bring down the bright gleam to a more interesting set of colors and nuanced shades; the other is to spray it on artificially with a hose, with plenty of spillage and waste, toxic and cheap and jumped-up and unconvincing.

Watch: New Clip From 'The Paperboy' Shows Off Nicole Kidman & Zac Efron's Dueling Accents

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 1, 2012 9:20 AM
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While he’s already hard at work shooting on the Forest Whitaker-led ensemble drama “The Butler” (which just got picked up by The Weinstein Company), Lee Daniels’ latest film “The Paperboy,” which had a less-than enthusiastic response at Cannes earlier this year, is headed to theaters and Millenium Entertainment have released a new clip from the film.

First Pics Of Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman In 'The Railway Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 5:08 PM
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Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman together at last? That already puts this on up high on our must see list, but putting them in a potent drama that has them facing the horrors of WWII particularly makes this one worth keeping an eye on.

Watch: Chilling First Footage From Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker' Starring Nicole Kidman & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 9:03 AM
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After an almost unbearably long wait, with cameras first rolling a year ago, we now have our first footage from "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's English-language debut "Stoker," and yes, it looks pretty damn great.

You Look Like Your Picture: New Clip From 'The Paperboy' With Nicole Kidman & John Cusack

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 14, 2012 1:26 PM
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It’s probably fair to say that when Lee Daniels premiered his followup to “Precious” at Cannes earlier this year, it was one that certainly got critics and audiences talking. "The Paperboy," starring Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo and Zac Efron, split critics, with some heralding it as a complete misfire, while others found some merit within the film. So is it a disaster or a masterpiece? Well, we sided with the former and called it “a lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of money for the audience and for everyone who made it” before awarding it an F-grade.

Udo Kier Will Be In Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Hopefully With All Of His Clothes On

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 3, 2012 2:20 PM
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While much of the talk about Lars von Trier's upcoming sex epic (sexic?) "Nymphomaniac" has concerned the real life sex scenes the prickly auteur is insisting the film contain. (To blur or not to blur, that is the question!), the two-part movie is also amassing an impressive cast who are set to potentially bone each other, among them Shia LaBeouf, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielson and von Trier's current muse Charlotte Gainsbourg. You can now add frequent von Trier collaborator Udo Kier to the cast of characters. We sincerely hope he will keep his clothes on, though.

Paz Vega To Play Opera Legend Maria Callas In 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 2, 2012 9:17 AM
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Opera legend Maria Callas has been a talent many have sought to bring to the big screen, with a couple of biopics brewing in the past few years including one by Niki Caro that needs script work and has Eva Green on board, and another with Eva Mendes attached to star. However, before either of those projects come to fruition, it looks like Callas will first be played by Paz Vega in Olivier Dahan's "Grace Of Monaco" starring Nicole Kidman as "Rear Window" actress turned Monaco princess, Grace Kelly.

Nicole Kidman Will Reportedly Reunite With Lars Von Trier For A Small Role In 'The Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 8:56 AM
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A two-part movie entitled "The Nymphomaniac" that's aiming to hit the Cannes Film Festival in 2013...yep, that sounds about right for everyone's favorite (well, almost everyone) cinematic enfant terrible, Lars Von Trier. And now his brewing picture, which is set to star Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard and Willem Dafoe, may get a blast from Von Trier's past.

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