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Chinese Superstar Gong Li Joins Tarsem Singh's 'Marco Polo'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2012 6:25 PM
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As the historical 13th century voyage of Marco Polo stands as a symbol of the West's relationship to China, it seems fitting that an upcoming feature film about the explorer, long gestating from “The Fall” director Tarsem Singh, will provide opportunities for both cultures to partner up on the project.

Watch: U.K. Trailer For Gambling Comedy 'Lay The Favorite' Starring Bruce Willis & Rebecca Hall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 5:51 PM
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Premiering at Sundance in January to rather dismal reviews -- including our own which called it an "empty comedy" -- and acquired by The Weinstein Company which has yet to give the film a release date, who knows when Stephen Frears' star-studded "Lay The Favorite" will land stateside. But over the in U.K., it hits theaters in just a few weeks so why not roll out a trailer?

Kevin Feige Says 'Thor 2' Villain Won't Be Thanos & 'Iron Man 3' Will Contain "Biggest Spectacle Yet"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2012 5:33 PM
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Normally, the window for open discussion on a film's ending is debatable, with some camps saying 6 months while others go for 5 years, but considering in the time it just took to blink “The Avengers” has made another cool million, we feel pretty confident in exploring its mid-credits teaser. Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige thinks so too, and in a recent interview he chatted about the eternal villain's role in their film universe, as well as his thought on “Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2.”

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Will Make Your Holiday Season Depressing On December 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 5:09 PM
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Michael Haneke has never exactly been Mr. Happy Fun Time, and while his latest, the Palme d'Or winning "Amour," has been his most widely embraced film to date, make no mistake, it's basically two hours of watching a woman die. So happy holidays, Sony Pictures Classics is bringing it to theaters just in time to crush your spirits.

Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn & Leslie Mann Join Adam Shankman's 'This Is Where I Leave You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 4:49 PM
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For the most part, Adam Shankman has been known for big screen spectacle, bringing to multiplexes the likes of "Bedtime Stories," "Hairspray" and this summer's '80s musical "Rock Of Ages." But the helmer is looking to shift gears a bit as earlier this year he signed on to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's best selling novel "This Is Where I Leave You." Never one lacking for an all star cast, Shankman has gathered up yet another strong group of talent to help him tell the tale.

Tom Cruise Action Vehicle 'One Shot' Retitled To Franchise Ready 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 4:23 PM
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While the debate will continue to swirl about how 5' 7" Tom Cruise will portray the much taller, bulkier Jack Reacher as described in the books by Lee Child remains to be seen, from day one Paramount has viewed "One Shot" as the start of a potential series of films. And now with a swift title change, it makes a bit easier.

Babes & Bikinis: More Pics From Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 2:52 PM
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So what exactly is Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" going to be? With a star-driven and somewhat random cast including James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and more, it seems like the wildly singular director is aiming for the mainstream. But then again, one can never discount Korine's prankster spirit, so who knows if this is just a bigger budget "Trash Humpers." Either way, everyone involved has been more than eager to show off what they've been up to, with a seemingly endless supply of stills and set pics making their way online. And the movie even had a ginormous billboard up at Cannes, the kind usually reserved for blockbusters. We're still not sure what to expect, but until we find out, here are more cheescake pics of the cast.

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Talks 'Maps To The Stars,' Hopes Viggo Mortensen Will Join Robert Pattinson In Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 29, 2012 2:19 PM
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Having just made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, David Cronenberg's striking and claustrophobic "Cosmopolis" is riding a wave of buzz. While reviews of the provocative picture have been mixed, champions of the film -- including our own A-grade review from the Croisette -- describe the effort as one of his best in recent years. And part of the buzz is likely largely in part thanks to Cronenberg's unlikely star Robert Pattinson. Known globally as Edward Cullen from the "Twilight" series, with that franchise coming to a close this year, Pattinson is looking ahead and eager to take on new acting challenges. And by most accounts, he passed with flying colors in the edgy "Cosmopolis," a performance should open the eyes of many to the variety of talents he may not get to exercise in the vampire series.

Contest Giveaway: Win Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus' On DVD Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 2:02 PM
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Shakespeare has been no stranger to big screen adaptations, but few has been as forward-thinking or creative as Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus." Not only did the actor/director choose a lesser-known play to tackle, but he gave it a contemporary setting and rounded up a strong cast -- Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt -- to tell the tale. With a script by John Logan, "Coriolanus" was certainly one of the more unique pictures to hit the big screen last year, and in case you didn't catch it then, we've got 3 copies on the film on DVD for some lucky readers.

Aubrey Plaza Joins Shia LaBeouf In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 29, 2012 1:40 PM
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“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” is a film that this writer reported on last week and incurred the wrath of many a commenter by expressing reservations over the casting of Rupert Grint. Well, you won’t find any reservations about this latest bit of casting (or about Grint again – hell hath no fury like a 'Potter' fan scorned) as Aubrey Plaza confirmed to Latino Review that she's joined the cast, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Til Schweiger, Mads Mikkelsen and Melissa Leo. U.K. readers may also be interested to read that “The Inbetweeners” star James Buckley is also on board.

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