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Norman & Norma Bates Visit The Set Of 'Days Of Heaven' In First Image From 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 5:05 PM
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There's so much Hitchock this fall anywhere you turn, but we guess we can't complain about having an overabundance of one of the greatest directors of all time. Universal's recent Blu-ray box prompted us to do a 2-part retrospective of his films, while on the small screen we saw Toby Jones take on the titan in "The Girl," while Anthony Hopkins gears up to do the same at a cinema near you this weekend in "Hitchcock." And yes, there's even more coming. A&E is gearing up to take you back to "Bates Motel" next spring and the first look at the film is positively psyc--- calm....

Vera Farmiga Is Norma Bates In TV Series 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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One of the most tantalizing projects headed to the small screen, but also one of the riskiest, is A&E's "Bates Motel." Earlier this summer, the network skipped the whole pilot episode thing and ordered up ten episodes of the show for a 2013 premiere, and it seems the wheels are beginning to turn now. And this first bit of casting puts on face on a famed movie character that only existed as voice in Alfred Hitchock's "Psycho," which this series will serve as a prequel to.

Elizabeth Banks Asks 'What's The Matter With Margie?' With Alan Ball, 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn' Finds A Few Friends & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 18, 2012 10:50 AM
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Even though he scripted "American Beauty" for Sam Mendes before his two successful television shows "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood," Alan Ball has only returned to the silver screen for little-seen directorial debut "Towelhead." Last year, though, brought news that Emmy and Oscar winning writer-director (hello EGOT?) was lining up a return with a dark comedy for Paramount.

Vera Farmiga & Andy Garcia To Get Romantic In Adam Rodgers' 'Admissions'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 27, 2012 9:18 AM
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After a starring role in an adaptation of "A View From The Bridge" fell apart last year, Vera Farmiga's latest run of films have been dominated by supporting turns ("Source Code," "Goats" and "Safe House"), although she did get her directorial debut "Higher Ground" into theaters last year as well.

Vera Farmiga To Play Fleetwood Mac Singer/Songwriter Christine McVie In Dennis Wilson Biopic 'The Drummer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 4:45 PM
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Even though she nabbed the biggest exposure and acclaim of her career to date thanks to her Oscar nominated turn in "Up In The Air," Vera Farmiga has continued to march to the beat of her own drum. She's eschewed big glossy tentpoles, using her post-Oscar heat to make her directorial debut "Higher Ground," as well as take roles in a diverse array of projects from high concept sci-fi ("Source Code"), indie dramedy (the recently Sundance premiered "Goats") and even a B-movie potboiler in this weekend's "Safe House." And the actress continues to take on new challenges, with her next gig providing another intriguing role.

And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 3:28 AM
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Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

Shirley Maclaine, Alan Arkin & Vera Farmiga Are 'The Locals' In Italian/Jewish Romeo & Juliet Riff

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 4:45 AM
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For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. It's not surprising that William Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers has provided the inspiration for dozens of films over the years, but there seems to be something in the water at the moment in particular: Disney had a surprise hit at the start of the year with their (very loose) animated take, "Gnomeo & Juliet," while Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth are gearing up for a more faithful version, while Keira Knightley and Lily Collins are supposedly competing for the lead in "Rosaline," which will focus on the titular girl, who Romeo is in love with before he gets all flustered by Juliet.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Harry Lloyd Joins Vera Farmiga & Mark Strong In 'Closer To The Moon'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 3:31 AM
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With the popularity and critical acclaim of HBO's "Game of Thrones," David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' adaptation of George R. R. Martin's "Fire And Ice" series of novels, it was only a matter time before we started seeing the vast array of acting talent on that show moving on to film projects during the production downtime, or after their stints have ended (we'll politely overlook Jason Momoa's "performance" in "Conan").

Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 22, 2011 9:59 AM
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Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

Vera Farmiga & Mark Strong Get 'Closer To The Moon'; Matt Dillon To Woo Annette Bening In 'Imogene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 4:21 AM
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A little bit of a flurry of indie movie casting today as a trio of thesps line up some new work.

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