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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Sigourney Weaver On Auditioning For Woody Allen, 'Death And The Maiden,' & Her Passion Projects

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 16, 2011 3:46 PM
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Outside the "Avatar" and "Alien" franchises, Sigourney Weaver has worked with some top names, not least of whom, Woody Allen, who gave the actress her very first big-screen role, as "Alvy's Date Outside Theater" in "Annie Hall." Though the role is pretty minute, she was actually cast in a bigger part, which she turned down due to theater commitments. Regardless, she has good memories of her first big screen experience. "He’s very sweet, very shy…I feel like Woody Allen discovered me. He always laughed at whatever I did, even though I only worked with him a couple of days. He’s someone I admire very much and I’ll always be grateful to him because he gave me my first job."

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Sigourney Weaver Talks 'Avatar,' 'Prometheus' & Forgetting The Pain of 'Alien 3'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 15, 2011 2:53 PM
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It's said you should try to avoid meeting the people you admire, as they're bound to disappoint. Sigourney Weaver, however, put the lie on that entirely when we got to talk with her at the recent Marrakech International Film Festival, where she was serving as President of the short films jury. If her recent movie choices have been a bit mixed (for every "Rampart" there's an "Abduction") Weaver herself seems teflon-coated in that she can emerge from lesser films intact, and somehow any blame gets deflected onto the films themselves for not being able to capitalize properly on her particular brand of charisma. This erratic quality level has also, presumably, a lot to do with being an actress of a certain age who wants to work regularly, (and boy, does she work: 2011 saw her in 4 theatrical releases -- the aforementioned films plus "Paul" and "Cedar Rapids"); it's hardly controversial to suggest that Hollywood isn't exactly programmed for the sixtysomething actress, even someone as iconic as Weaver.

James Cameron Says Non-Linear Storytelling Will Let Sigourney Weaver Return For 'Avatar' Sequels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 8:10 AM
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Remember that little movie from a couple of years ago called "Avatar"? If you don't, you're probably one of the five people who didn't buy one of the tickets that helped push the movie to over $2.7 billion in worldwide sales. Given that figure, it was inevitable that sequels were put in the works, and while Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are no brainers to return, fans were a little confused when Sigourney Weaver revealed she would be returning as well. "Don't worry, I will be back," she told ComingSoon last month. "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them." Hey, but wait, didn't Grace die in the first movie?

Review: A Brooding, Wooden Taylor Lautner Muddles His Way Through The Nonsensical 'Abduction'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 22, 2011 12:05 PM
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In the future (it’s closer than you think!), celebrities will be an even bigger part of our society. While the pool of “famous people” will expand beyond movie stars, politicians and random public figures, we’ll find ourselves consumed by the public’s thirst for all things mega-famous. In this future, somewhere, someone will write a massive tome dedicated to the forehead of Taylor Lautner. Like the Monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it is massive, and says everything and nothing. It sits on top of the scrunched up Zardoz-of-a-face that is this curious manchild, at once Cro-Magnon and, yet, every bit representative of his teenage years. It's going to be a helluva book.

Teaser Trailer For Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights' Features Robert De Niro Turning Around Slowly

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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While many of our writers didn’t exactly love Rodrigo Cortes’ “Hitchcock in a box” thriller “Buried,” it’s hard to deny that Cortes took some inventive turns with the film’s high concept premise. Next up for the director is “Red Lights,” which MTV has the trailer for, and it’s about as minimalist as you would imagine from a director who stuck one of Hollywood’s most rapidly rising stars (at the time) in a box for two hours.

TIFF '11 Review: Woody Harrelson Stands Tall Amidst Crumbling LAPD In Riveting 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 7:33 AM
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"Everything you learned at the Academy is bullshit." That's the sage bit of wisdom Date Rape Dave (Woody Harrelson, and we'll get to his cop moniker in a moment) gives a new trainee in the opening frames of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," a searing and riveting look at a crooked cop's decay amidst the crumbling LAPD at the turn of the millennium.

First Look: Woody Harrelson Proves NWA Had A Point In New Clips From 'Rampart'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 10:13 AM
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Tonight is the world premiere of "Rampart," currently showing without a distributor at the Toronto International Film Festival. Anticipation is high for Oren Moverman's highly-anticipated follow-up to the excellent "The Messenger," and while Woody Harrelson nabbed a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for that role, three new clips courtesy of THR showcase Harrelson as the lead in what we figured was an intriguing ensemble piece. The film is a period piece that showcases the repercussions of the L.A. Riots on an embattled former Vietnam vet struggling with the responsibilities of the badge, and trying to balance his sanity and questionable on-the-job morals. Moverman's co-writer on the project, which is based on a true story, was none other than legendary crime novelist James Ellroy.

Sigourney Weaver Would Like To Make Another 'Alien' Film, But Knows Hollywood Has Aged Her Out

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 19, 2011 10:37 AM
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Actress Says She Feels Ripley's Story Is "Unfinished"Twenty five years ago yesterday, James Cameron's "Aliens" hit screens and turned Ridley Scott's suspenseful sci-fi horror, "Alien," into more of an action sci-fi classic. They're polar opposite films, really, at least in tone and mood, but Cameron's film is arguably on-par and one of the best genre sequels of all time (we really like this take of calling it an "ode to motherhood" which is true given all the connections, though we're not sure Cameron himself saw it quite like that, but maybe we're not giving him enough credit).

Newest Sundance It-Girl Elizabeth Olsen Joins Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 1:53 AM
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There must be something in the cold mountain air of Park City that attracts the brightest young female talents. Just look at the recent track record of the Sundance Film Festival unveiling the newest Hollywood It girls: two years ago it was Carey Mulligan in "An Education," last year it was Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" and this year, from all reports, it's the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Elizabeth Olsen.

Miguel Arteta's 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms Set For February 11th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 3:41 AM
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James Gunn's "Super" Starring Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Slotted For April 1, 2011After the underwhelming Michael Cera-led adaptation of "Youth In Revolt" early last year, director Miguel Arteta's next directorial effort, the road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids" starring Ed Helms of "The Office" and "The Hangover" fame, has somewhat fallen off the radar. However, the film has now been handed a February 11th release date which may mean a premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It also appears the film will start out in limited release.

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