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Tommy Lee Jones To Remake 'The Cowboys,' Tom Hanks' 'Hologram' Gets Ready To Shoot & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, all sorts of deals are being made and mended, and the news is coming fast and furiously, straight from the great white north. Predictably, we're doing all we can to keep up with the news, with a rundown that includes the start date for Tom Hanks' next feature, a big time cast member joining David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn," information on Tommy Lee Jones' next directorial project, a legendary name lending a hand to Elijah Wood's new horror movie and word that a creepy old dude will be joining a young adult novel adaptation.

New Pics From 'Odd Thomas' Starring Anton Yelchin, Film's Release Delayed Over Monetary Dispute

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Playlist giveth, and the Playlist taketh away. Today, it giveth new pictures for “Odd Thomas,” Stephen Sommers' adaptation of best-selling author Dean Koontz's supernatural thriller. And then it taketh away, with the news that the film may not be coming out anytime soon, due to a nasty financial dispute between two of the companies behind it.

Willem Dafoe To Play Pier Paolo Pasolini In Biopic Directed By Abel Ferrara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 10:59 AM
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Announced way back at the beginning of the year, this is a bit of news we missed, forgot about and are now reminded that not only is it actually a thing, but that it's very much moving forward. Provocateur Abel Ferrara, who is currently finishing up "Welcome To New York," a movie based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal, is now preparing to bring the final moments in the life of one of cinema's most daring directors to the big screen.

Review: 'Tomorrow You're Gone' A Stylized Neo-Noir That Goes Nowhere Slowly

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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It’s exceptionally strange to be reviewing a film so soon after the passing of Roger Ebert. Surely he’s the reason why most of us write reviews, why we’ve ever felt the need to tap our keyboards once the end credits begin to roll. We love and admire the deep thinkers who favor academic readings of film, but we really want to be Ebert, brimming with humor and personality, able to succinctly describe the most complex concepts for audiences of all persuasions. I wonder exactly what Ebert would have made of “Tomorrow You’re Gone,” a low-budget, low-temperature noir with direct-to-DVD production value, but nonetheless hitting movie screens this Friday.

Willem Dafoe & Jean-Marc Barr Join Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac,' Nicole Kidman Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 9:40 AM
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With production now underway, the cast for Lars Von Trier's upcoming hard- and soft-core erotic drama "The Nymphomaniac" is in flux, with some regulars coming on and one big name dropping out.

Willem Dafoe Joins Anton Corbijn's Spy-Thriller 'A Most Wanted Man' & Cop-Drama 'Whiskey Bay' With Matt Dillon

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 16, 2012 11:43 AM
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Anton Corbijn transitioned from music video directing/rock-photography to feature filmmaking fairly late in his career. First up, he combined his love of music and pictures with a biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis that made a star of Sam Riley and followed that up with an adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," which he turned into the existential hitman drama "The American" starring George Clooney. Corbijn Is now putting together the pieces for what could be his last hurrah, an adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" author John le Carre's spy-thriller "A Most Wanted Man."

Wes Anderson Seeking Out Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury & More For His Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 3:32 PM
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"Moonrise Kingdom" not only earned Wes Anderson some of the best reviews in years, but has also done extremely well in limited release, where it's pulled in $37 million worldwide thus far and has been cracking the top ten domestically, even though it's in less than 900 theaters. And it seems he's very eager to get back behind the cameras.

Willem Dafoe Still Baffled By Failure Of 'John Carter'; New Pixar Stamps Introduced

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 5, 2012 10:43 AM
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Today "John Carter" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray and, presumably, will be seen by a much larger audience than what turned up it when it was released theatrically this past spring. (The Blu-ray is a handsome, features-packed affair well worth picking up if you feel any love for the movie.) The film, which Disney recently admitted would cost the studio $200 million in lost profit, quickly became a cautionary fable about what happens when you try to launch a franchise based on a century-old property that no one much remembers anymore. One of the film's stars, Willem Dafoe, who played a Martian warrior named Tars Tarkas, is still baffled by the critical and commercial indifference the film received.

Willem Dafoe Gets 'Out Of The Furnace' With Christian Bale

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 27, 2012 10:22 AM
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Talk about having an impressive ensemble. “Crazy Heart” helmer Scott Cooper has already lined up a remarkable array of players for "Out of the Furnace," his first directorial effort since his breakout hit landed actor Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar. The Black List-approved script is set in Indiana in 1986 and follows Slim (Christian Bale), recently released from prison, who intends to marry his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) but instead is drawn into a quest for revenge when his brother (Casey Affleck) is murdered after getting involved in the gambling racket. This supposedly “No Country For Old Men”-like picture also has Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker, and has now added one more exceptional thespian to the mix.

The Mix: Alamo Drafthouse Coming To New York City; Let's Start A Petition For Beyoncé In 'Spider-Man 2' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2012 9:25 AM
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The Mix: movie related odds and ends, or just stuff we think is awesome or interesting, that is fit to print in a bite size format. Read on...

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