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Wally Pfister Promises Hour Of 'Dark Knight Rises' IMAX Footage, Will Not DP Own Directorial Effort

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 25, 2012 11:24 AM
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Just as Christopher Nolan's stamp on the Batman franchise comes to an end with “The Dark Knight Rises,” the film stands to hold a greater meaning for his long-time DP, Wally Pfister. It was recently revealed the installment will serve as Pfister's last film as cinematographer before retiring, but instead of keeping it low-key for his last effort, Pfister has announced even more IMAX footage will make it into the film than expected, as well as plans for his upcoming directorial debut.

Mark Strong To Star In Western 'Provenance' From 'Wild Bill' Director Dexter Fletcher

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 25, 2012 11:04 AM
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After making his name in the U.K. as a child actor, Dexter Fletcher became known to wider audiences after a starring role in Guy Ritchie’s break-out British gangster flick “Lock, stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Be it on television or on the big screen, Fletcher has been a near constant presence for U.K. audiences ever since – and thanks to being the great guy that he is, there was a lot of accumulated goodwill towards the actor when he turned his hand to directing for the first time this year with “Wild Bill.” Starring Charlie Creed-Miles (“Harry Brown”), Will Poulter (“Son of Rambow”) and a smattering of Fletcher’s friends in smaller roles (Neil Maskell, Jaime Winstone, Andy Serkis, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng etc.) the film was met with mostly positive notices.

Marilyn Manson Heads To 'Californication'; Kristin Schaal Voices 'Cloudy 2'; Cobie Smulders Finds 'Safe Haven' & Christopher Meloni Joins 'They Came Together'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 25, 2012 10:20 AM
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(Former) shock rocker (is he all that shocking anymore?) Marilyn Manson seems to be enjoying this whole acting thing. He's done bit parts here and there over the years ("Party Monster" and "Jawbreaker" among them), but it seems he's taking a bigger step toward movie roles. He already has a stint in Quentin Dupieux's "Wrong Cops" and how he's headed to cable. Brian Warner will stretch his wings playing himself in a guest spot on Showtime's "Californication" starring David Duchovny. Production on the series is now underway and you can see the longawaited Manson/Duchovny pairing in 2013 on the seventh season's seventh episode. [THR]

Bobby Cannavale Is Ricky Roma In ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Revival

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 25, 2012 10:05 AM
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When we last heard of the Broadway revival of the Pulitzer prize winning “Glengarry Glen Ross,” it was reported that Al Pacino would be joining the cast as the sadsack and desperate Shelley “The Machine” Levene, played by Jack Lemmon in James Foley’s 1992 film adaptation, instead of the role that nabbed him an Oscar and Golden Globe nod. And now, The New York Times is reporting that the role of the voluble Ricky Roma will go to the underrated Bobby Cannavale.

Andy Lau Drops Out Of 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2012 9:23 AM
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Well, it always seemed like a bit of question mark. Back in April, Asian media was reporting that Andy Lau was in final negotiations to take a role in "Iron Man 3" as a friend of Tony Stark's who works in the tech sector and helps our hero defeat The Mandarin. While the first half of that ties into the already widely known Extremis storyline that is being used for the movie, the second half seemed a bit more dubious considering Marvel went out of there way to say The Mandarin was not the villain in this film (though rumors that he actually is have been cropping up again recently). But in any event, Lau won't be in the film.

New Pipe-Smoking Image Of Leonardo DiCaprio In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2012 9:03 AM
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There probably hasn't been any production this year more unpredictable than Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." With actors dropping in and out seemingly at random or, as in the case of Jonah Hill, having to turn down a role only to be recruited months later for another one, what Tarantino finally delivers in theaters six months from now will be interesting to see, particularly when compared with the widely leaked script. What characters have been axed or streamlined? Has he created any new characters? Any cameos up his sleeve he's managed to keep secret? Well, until those questions are answered, here's new pic of Leonardo DiCaprio in the film.

'Twelve Years A Slave' Becomes More Awesome By Adding Michael K. Williams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2012 3:52 PM
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So far, Steve McQueen's films --"Hunger" and "Shame" -- have favored small casts delivering intense drama, but with "Twelve Years A Slave" he's switching the game. The subject matter is still sober (slavery), but he's enlisting pretty much every one of our favorite actors in a cinephile's equivalent of pornography. And he's added one more name to the already stellar cast.

Watch: 1-Hour Documentary 'NWR' About Nicolas Winding Refn With Ryan Gosling, Mads Mikkelsen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2012 12:49 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn has never been busier. Busy in post on "Only God Forgives," with a number of projects in the works including "I Walk With The Dead" with Carey Mulligan; producing a prequel to "Maniac Cop"; looking at "The Button Man" to direct and bringing "Barbarella" to the small screen, Refn continues to quickly move forward, but thankfully, someone has slowed him down just enough, to take a long look at where he's been.

'The Bourne Legacy' Gets Out Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shadow & Will Now Open On August 10th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 4:45 PM
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How wide will the wings of "The Dark Knight Rises" spread? Well, let's put it this way: when "The Dark Knight" opened in 2008, it was the number one movie at the box office for four straight weeks, and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks on its way to a $533 million domestic haul that helped push it over a billion worldwide. And it's probably pretty safe to assume that Batman will dominate long and hard once again this summer.

Rufus Wainwright Working On A Movie Musical (Loosely) Based On His Own Life

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2012 4:32 PM
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In a way, it has always seemed like the life of Rufus Wainwright was headed for the big screen. The son of famed Canadian folk music legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he was born into something close to music royalty. But he forged his own musical path, performing weekly shows in his hometown of Montreal before cutting early demos (listen to one of the songs below) that found their way into the hands of famed producer/arranger Van Dyke Parks who passed it onto DreamWorks head Lenny Waronker, and the next thing you know, he had a record deal (Jon Brion produced his first album). And over the course of six albums, and a couple more live albums, Wainwright showcased himself to be a premiere pop songwriter, with influences as wide-ranging as Tin Pan Alley and high opera, all while putting his own baroque spin on things; Elton John has called him the greatest living songwriter. But Wainwright has battled his demons too, surviving a rape as a teenager, with a life of excess that has included a pretty hard addiction to drugs.

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