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Casting: Paul Dano Eyes 'War And Peace,' Iggy Azalea Joins 'Fast & Furious 7' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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It's probably not a total shock that a miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s doorstop "War And Peace" is being described as "the most ambitious event series ever made for the BBC." But it is interesting to see some of the actors being sought. Paul Dano and Lily James have been offered roles in the production, with the former eyed for "Pierre Bezukhov, the awkward illegitimate son who rises in society but leads a tumultuous life as he seeks to overcome his emotions" and the latter as Natasha Rostova, who falls in love with him. The plan is for this one to air in 2015 in the UK, so expect things to start coming together soon.

TIFF First Look: Kate Winslet In 'A Little Chaos,' Paul Dano As Brian Wilson In 'Love & Mercy' & Julianne Moore In 'Still Alice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 1:14 PM
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A Little Chaos-Alan Rickman-Kate-Winslet
TIFF will close out the 2014 festival with "A Little Chaos." The period film is led by Kate Winslet, with Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Alan Rickman (who also directs) in support in this film that has a fairly unconventional plot.

Rachel Weisz & Paul Dano Join Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth,’ Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick Team For 'Mr. Right' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 12:35 PM
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With an Oscar under his arm for "The Great Beauty," Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is using that momentum to line up Hollywood stars for his next effort, "Youth" (aka "In The Future"), which already has Michael Caine slated to star.

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait & Josh Johnson

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • January 30, 2014 1:32 PM
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DVD Is the New Vinyl Podcast: Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait & Josh Johnson, DVD Is the New Vinyl Podcast: January 2014
Yeah, yeah, this month's nearly over and all the best film news has come and gone: Sundance happened, the Golden Globes were half-boozy and half-boring as usual, and what got nominated for all the Oscars this season? (Yawn.) But while you were busy refreshing your Twitter feed anyway, another crop of essential titles hit the home-video shelves. Speaking of must-haves—in my first guest segment this month, a question arises that I now ask you: of all the DVDs and Blu-rays you currently own, what are your most coveted treasures that would have to be pried from your cold, dead hands? Feel free to answer in the comments below.

Watch: 2 Clips & Director's Vision Featurette For Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Of this year’s many awards contenders, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” (our review) is the one—unfairly or not—many prognosticators have hotly tipped to take it all at the Kodak Theater next year. With the film already out in New York and L.A. with more cities to follow, Fox Searchlight has released two more clips from the film alongside a featurette focusing on McQueen himself.

Duncan Jones' 'Warcraft' Gearing Up With Paula Patton Nabbing Lead, Colin Farrell In The Mix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2013 5:55 PM
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Oh right, "Warcraft"... We sort of forgot the big-screen version of the massively popular video game was in the works, with "Moon"-helmer Duncan Jones signing on to direct at the beginning of the year. Given how long this movie has been in development—Sam Raimi was once attached, before exiting—it was no sign that it would be moving forward with any speed. But it looks as though Jones has the wheels firmly turning on this, with casting getting underway.

Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and making a "surprise" screening appearance at Telluride, if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Watch: 5 Clips From Powerful 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal & Paul Dano

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 2:12 PM
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Prisoners
Running two and a half hours, soaked in rain and snow, and centering on the disappearance of two young girls that rocks the families involved to the core and finds them pushing their own ethical and emotional borders, there isn't much to smile about in Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners." But it's also one of the best movies you'll see this fall, and with the film gearing up to open next week, Warner Bros. is eager to keep the buzz from Telluride and Toronto going.

Telluride Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 31, 2013 10:55 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” instantly establishes itself as the most unflinching of all slave dramas, which is to say, there is plenty of flinching, not to mention cowering and recoiling and passing out, thanks to beatings and whippings that arrive at roughly 10-to-15-minute intervals throughout a 133-minute running time. “Amistad,” meet the Marquis de Sade, in the form of slavemaster Michael Fassbender, who puts his victims through more tortures than Mel Gibson ever could have imagined for Jesus.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

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