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First Look At Josh Brolin & Sean Penn Squaring Off In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 12:13 PM
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With a ridiculously stacked cast including Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and many more, in many ways this will be a big test test for "Zombieland" and "30 Minutes Or Less" director Ruben Fleischer. Working with a top shelf ensemble on a period picture, this is a number of firsts for the director, but as he tells EW (who has the first official still from the movie) that was what made it exciting for him.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Sean Penn Have Their Eye On Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 6:20 PM
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It looks like the wheels are turning on the next film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Late this summer it was announced the helmer behind “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and "Biutiful" was setting up his next picture, "The Revenant." Well, it now has backing and two major Hollywood stars are now looking to star.

Kristen Wiig Joins 'The Comedian' Starring Robert De Niro & Directed By Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 5:05 AM
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"The Comedian" with Robert De Niro has been knocking around for most of the year, with updates coming in fits and starts but nothing ever seeming quite official. But with the American Film Market launching next week, a plethora of projects are beginning to be put together to shill to producers, investors and other industry folks, and this is easily the most tantalizing.

Sean Penn Has Issues But Recommends 'Tree Of Life'; Malick Says 'Burial' Is "Rushing Toward A Mix"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 1:45 AM
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Ah, selective quoting: it's a great way to stir up a beehive as Richard Brody from the New Yorker did this weekend when he cherry picked a comment Sean Penn made in a recent interview with French paper Le Figaro where he seemingly threw Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" under the bus.

Sean Bean To Bring Awesomeness To Untitled 'Snow White' Project

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2011 2:05 AM
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"Snow White and the Huntsmen" seems to have all the buzz, adding multiple actors as the dwarves in separate announcements over the past few days. By increasing the film's pre-production profile, the picture vaulted over the surprisingly buzzless untitled "Snow White" film currently shooting under director Tarsem Singh, and slated for a release almost three months earlier. While the film boasts Julia Roberts as the wicked queen menacing Lily Collins as our heroine, Armie Hammer as the dashing Prince Alcott and Nathan Lane as the oh god stop right there you're sold on Lane. Fortunately, it does appear that the Singh project will have that extra shot of awesomeness that 'Huntsman' cannot boast.

Uwe Boll Calls 'The Tree Of Life' A "Piece Of Shit" And Lars Von Trier A "Retard"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2011 8:00 AM
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Before we begin, let's just say that the discourse of films can be varied and fascinating, with many critics and academic writers offering their measured takes on everything from the new "Transformers" film to "The Tree of Life." We would like to urge you to find these discussions that are actively going on at various websites and are likely more fruitful than hearing the opinion of a crackpot provocateur like Uwe Boll.

Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro In 'The Comedian'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 6:56 AM
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We have to admit, when we first heard about "The Comedian" with Robert De Niro attached and the project being spun as a possible reteam with Martin Scorsese, we didn't give it much thought. With the project sounding similar in tone to "The King of Comedy" and just the overall scarcity of info, it seemed more rumor than fact, but the project seems to be very real with a few more bits of info coming today.

Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 5:20 AM
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Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actioner, and has assembled a mouth-watering cast of awards bait, with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and "Crash" star Michael Peña all confirmed for the film, written by ex-cop Will Beall, based on a series of L.A. Times articles about an L.A.P.D unit in the 1940s.

12 Things You Need To Know About The Making Of Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 27, 2011 5:51 AM
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Terrence Malick's long-awaited “The Tree of Life,” opening today in select cities, is the kind of movie that is designed to be talked about, chewed on, and poured over. It’s a movie that demands you grasp at the unknowable, is challenging and gorgeous in some very deep and profound levels and asks big questions about who we are and where we came from, not just on a human level but on a grander, “how does life exist” scale. (On the same token, its complete lack of an identifiable narrative/dramatic structure and emotional aloofness might drive you batty.) Looking into “The Tree of Life” (and beyond), though, you’ll find even more tantalizing questions, possibilities, and dead-ends. The fact that most of us are still as intrigued, befuddled, and mystified by the film after we’ve seen it is a testament to its singular, oddball power. So we now present to you 10 things we’ve learned about 'Tree of Life' that maybe you never knew. This feature is probably best enjoyed after you’ve seen the film, but we give proper warning when discussing plot (if that’s the right word) specifics.

More Thoughts & 3 More Reviews Of Terrence Malick's Luminous, But Uneven 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yes, you've read our initial review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," but we've got a few more, simply because it's a film that demands discussion and contrary to popular belief, members of The Playlist do not share a brain or utilize hivemind thinking, but three writers from the site saw the film at different times yesterday in New York and L.A., and all of us came to relatively the same conclusions. Three more writers, three different, but similar takes on the film. Find them after the jump.

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