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George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Will Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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We are all highly anticipating the fall festival season, and, for most of us, it couldn't get here sooner. The first big news of the season, is that George Clooney's newest directorial effort, "Ides Of March," will open the Venice Film Festival. Clooney will also star as a presidential candidate alongside man of the year Ryan Gosling as his head of media. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on a supporting role as a campaign manager with Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood rounding it out, making the film's cast a star-studded one to watch.

Review: 'The Hangover Part II' Is A Lazy, Unpleasant & Unfunny Mess

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 25, 2011 3:24 AM
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Unlike most of the summer movies, which seem to be thundering into theaters without any real anticipation beyond the cacophonous marketing hype, "The Hangover Part II" seems to be a film people are unreasonably excited for. The 2009 original, directed by Todd Phillips, has metamorphosed from simply being the biggest R-rated comedy of all time (and winner of a Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Golden Globe) to being a movie that average filmgoers consider an instant "classic" of the genre and a staple of any fun-lover's DVD collection. (It's also the biggest selling comedy DVD of all time. Jesus.) The prospect of another movie, again starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, coming this quickly, has been tantalizing for cinemagoers and something that is getting people really, really jazzed, which makes it somewhat harder to report that "The Hangover Part II" is one of the laziest, unself-aware and most unpleasant Hollywood products we've seen all year. And we just saw the fourth "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movie a couple of weeks ago.

Jay Baruchel Joins David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' Maggie Grace Will Be 'Taken' Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 12:39 PM
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Casting News Explosion Includes Rob Riggle As Villain In '21 Jump Street,' Tim Roth In 'Arbitrage' & Much MoreJay Baruchel is joining the cast of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." The rangy young actor will play a "financial whiz kid" in the film, who makes a fortuitous gamble over the course of the film's single-day narrative. Baruchel is joining a loaded cast, including Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. Baruchel will next be seen in the Michael Dowse-directed "Goon," which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, before lending his voice to the second film in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series. Update: First tipped by C7nema and confirmed by reps for the film, Kevin Durand ("Lost," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Emily Hampshire ("The Trotsky") and Patricia McKenzie have also joined the film playing Torval, Jane Melman and Kendra respectively.

Paul Giamatti Will Manage Tom Cruise In 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:04 AM
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Yes, more "Rock of Ages" news. With the film lensing soon, you'll be hearing a lot more about the project before it gets in front of cameras.

Interview: Paul Giamatti On The Comedic Balance Of 'Win Win'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 21, 2011 6:27 AM
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Actor Also Discusses Working With George Clooney, David Cronenberg, And The Death Of 'Bubba Nosferatu'In "Win Win" (our review here), Paul Giamatti stars as Mike, a beleaguered lawyer and father who decides to care for an elderly man (Burt Young) in order to receive a lofty commission. What he doesn't count on is Kyle (Alex Shaffer), the man's grandson who comes to live with him. Mike, a part-time high school wrestling coach, soon learns that the chain-smoking, moody Kyle is a world-class grappler, and he brings him onto the team. As you would expect, complications result.

New Images From 'The Hangover 2'; Justin Bartha Says Doug Isn't Lost This Time Around

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2011 2:41 AM
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Last month, a teaser trailer for the highly anticipated "The Hangover 2" arrived and announced the return of The Wolfpack, but once again, Justin Bartha's character of Doug was nowhere to be found. But there was a monkey featured very prominently (this writer thinks Doug is the monkey but no one else in The Playlist office will listen). There's still two months to go before the film hits theaters and full length trailer will likely shed some light on what's happening, but until then, these latest images from Empire (print edition, not yet online) will have to do. They also managed to speak to the cast and Bartha reveals that Doug will likely to get play along with the Wolfpack.

The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Predicts Best Supporting Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 10:32 AM
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So, yes, you know the drill by now: we've done Best Picture for 2012 and we've done our Actor and Actress picks. Now, we're turning our hand to the ever-undervalued supporting players.

Juliette Binoche & Mathieu Amalric Join David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 11:47 AM
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Update #2: A press release from Canadian distributors Entertainment One now confirms the casting of Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Amalric in "Cosmopolis."

Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston & Paul Giamatti Confirmed For Ari Folman's 'The Congress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 8:43 AM
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Ari Folman has been steadily moving forward with “The Congress,” his animated, sci-fi followup to “Waltz With Bashir.” The director unveiled some early footage last year at the Cartoon Movie Symposium in Lyons, France and has Robin Wright long attached to star, with Kodi Smit-McPhee revealing last month that he had joined the project as well.

Keira Knightley Not Part Of David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' With Robert Pattinson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2011 12:57 AM
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Perhaps this is why the new transparency sucks and why a salient argument can be made for the halcyon days of film development behind closed doors: watching the back and forth progress and decline of David Cronenberg‘s gestating “Cosmpolis” is heartbreaking. First, it's an A-list project out the door with Colin Farrell, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti and then it's a slightly less desireable project with Robert Pattinson and Keira Knightley in the leads instead of Farrell and Cotillard who bailed for a tentpole ("Total Recall") and a baby, respectively (Cotillard is pregnant, the dream for Playlist suitors is collapsing).

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