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Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem & Natalie Portman In Early Negotiations To Join Michael Fassbender In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 8, 2012 9:19 PM
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Ever since its surprise announcement a month or so back, "The Counselor," the first script written directly for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, author of "No Country For Old Men" and "The Road," has been one of the hottest projects in Hollywood. Swiftly snapped up by the producers of "The Road," the film soon had Ridley Scott attached to direct, and man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender locked into the lead role, an attorney who gets way over their head in the drugs trade.

'Moonrise Kingdom' To Open The 65th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 9:16 PM
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With the Cannes Film Festival now just two months away, we'll soon be getting a flurry of news about both the film and filmmakers headed to the Croisette. But to get things rolling, one film that we figured would make an apperance, has been confirmed.

SXSW '12 Interview: Director Brian Savelson Talks Intimate Drama 'In Our Nature'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2012 6:59 PM
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SXSW always has a fairly high nerd pedigree, with genre films, broad comedies, and outrageous midnight movies often claiming much of the spotlight. But you can see just as many wonderful, small-scale dramas at the Austin festival (we saw "Beginners" there for the first time last year, for instance) and it seems to be a good place where these types of films can be nurtured alongside the splashier SXSW fare. One of those movies, this year, is "In Our Nature," a kind of outdoor chamber piece starring Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery and Gabrielle Union. We talked to first time writer/director Brian Savelson about what it was pulling together his debut feature, paying homage to couples-going-to-a-cabin-in-the-woods movies, what the movie has in common with French dramas, and what it's like having his "big premiere" at South by Southwest.

Can We Cool It With Conan Doyle? 'Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes' On The Way With New Songs By Elton John

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 6:29 PM
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Hey, Hollywood, enough already. Listen, we know the BBC series "Sherlock" gets a lot of people wet, and CBS is doing their thing with their own "Elementary" series with Jonny Lee Miller and uh, Lucy Liu. And hey, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are a lot of fun as the homoerotic crime solvers in that Warner Bros. franchise. We get it. But this is a bit ridiculous.

Elle Fanning In Talks To Play Princess Aurora In 'Maleficent' Opposite Angelina Jolie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 6:06 PM
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While Dakota Fanning's most recent big screen effort looks like this, her sister Elle Fanning has been the one with the lucky horseshoe lately. Counting David Fincher, Cameron Crowe, Sofia Coppola, J.J. Abrams and Francis Ford Coppola among the directors she's recently worked with, the actress is now looking to bank time with Angelina Jolie on the set of her next film.

'Les Miserables' Moves To Dec. 14th; 'Ten Year' Arrives Sept. 21st & 'Halloween 3D' Gets Taken Off The Calendar

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 5:41 PM
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A few changes on the calendar, so get out those dry-erase markers. First up, while every studio has been tiptoeing around "The Hobbit" and its mid-December release date, Universal has finally grabbed their nutsack and said "Fuck that," moving their star-powered musical "Les Miserables" back a week to December 14th. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Gandalf! Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and more, not only does this have the red carpet appeal of an awards season player, it also has the Broadway history to make mad box office bling. That pic of Crowe up there isn't an official still, but holy shit we wish it was.

Sylvester Stallone Says He'll Kill Off Rambo In 'Rambo 5' & Will Star In Remake Of Spanish Thriller 'No Rest For The Wicked'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 5:18 PM
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The "Rambo 5" rumors have been flying around for a while now. Last we heard, writer Sean Hood had said, "[Sylvester Stallone] hasn’t decided if R5 will be an 'Unforgiven' or a 'passing of the torch.' " Well, it looks like he's made a decision.

Lasse Hallstrom Talks 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' & Says He Won't Return For Planned Sequel To 'The Hypnotist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 8, 2012 4:54 PM
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It's possible you may have not noticed it, but three-time Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom has become an immensely prolific director. Though he was Miramax's go-to guy in the late nineties and early aughts, that company's significantly lower profile led to him moving in another direction. But he rebounded with a flourish, scoring his second biggest hit with the Nicolas Sparks' adaptation "Dear John", and now he's back with the romantic comedy "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen".

So Has 'The Wettest County' Changed Its Title To 'Lawless'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2012 4:38 PM
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How to make god laugh? Make a plan, goes the old adage. Often times a plan is put in place, but then one piece falls out of the puzzle and you have chaos. To wit: yesterday, a user on our site posted a comment that said The Weinstein Company’s prohibition drama the “Wettest County” -- directed by John Hillcoat and starring a stellar cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska -- had changed its title to “Lawless.” And as we know, the author of the book recently revealed on Twitter that the title was indeed changing.

Amy Poehler To Reteam With 'Parks & Recreation' Co-Star Adam Scott In 'A.C.O.D.'; Jessica Alba & Catherine O'Hara Also Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 4:21 PM
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If you were to make a movie specifically designed to make The Playlist happy, it would look a lot like "A.C.O.D." Already set to star Adam Scott, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Jenkins and Jane Lynch, the film has now added yet another awesome cast member.

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