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Nicole Kidman To Reunite With 'The Paperboy' Helmer Lee Daniels For 'The Butler'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 8:20 AM
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With their teaming on "The Paperboy" set to unveil this Thursday at Cannes, it seems Lee Daniels and Nicole Kidman aren't sick of each other's company just yet, with the two lining up a reunion on the helmer's next project, "The Butler."

Watch: Trailer For Sam Mendes' New James Bond Film 'Skyfall' Starring Daniel Craig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 4:32 AM
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The stakes have arguably never been higher for James Bond. 007 came roaring back in the form of Daniel Craig with "Casino Royale" in 2006, and the film was the most successful of the franchise to date, and one of the most acclaimed. But two years later, the rushed, messy, poorly directed "Quantum of Solace" arrived, and while it outgrossed its predecessor in the U.S, it fell short worldwide, and got poor reviews. Furthermore, the property was then thrown into turmoil by the bankruptcy of its parent studio, MGM. So in any year, a return for Bond would have a lot riding on it, but given that 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise with "Dr. No," success seems to be even more crucial.

Clive Owen (Not) Confirmed To Return For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 20, 2012 5:26 PM
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The pieces are starting to come together for (deep breath) "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For." Following the events of the first film, and/or occuring concurrently, the production has already confirmed the return of Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba, and here comes one more. The character of Dwight will apparently re-appear, with Clive Owen reprising his role from part one. We recently asked Owen about his involvement, and he was cagey in his denial, though it does appear the project has only recently begun to take shape.

Weinstein Company To Show Off Footage From 'The Master,' 'Django Unchained' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' In Cannes Tomorrow

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 20, 2012 2:08 PM
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Here's something to whet your appetite for the fall film festival season. While journos, pundits and fans alike all lamented the absence of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in the Cannes line-up this year, it appears The Weinstein Company -- already dominating the festival with buzzed-about in-competition films and acquisitions of would-be crowd pleasers -- were paying attention to sad-faced frownies on Twitter.

Peter Weir Returns With Adaptation Of Jennifer Egan's Contemporary Gothic Thriller 'The Keep'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 20, 2012 11:45 AM
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With his last effort, the ambitious road film "The Way Back," largely coming and going, we were dreading another long absence from veteran helmer Peter Weir. After all, he's only made two films in the last decade, with a seven-year gap between his 2010 effort and "Master And Commander" back in 2003. Thankfully, though, it looks like the wait won't be as long this time around, as a new project has been lined up by the Australian director.

Watch Out, Ridley: Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell Film Starring Naomi Watts Hoping To Shoot In The Fall

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 20, 2012 10:45 AM
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Ridley Scott, eat your heart out. Or, maybe a shoe is more appropriate here? Werner Herzog is set to beat out Scott with his own biopic of famed British explorer Gertrude Bell set to begin production this fall.

Plenty Of New, Vibrant, Sun-Kissed Images From Walter Salles' 'On The Road'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 20, 2012 9:17 AM
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It feels like we've been tracking Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat Generation work, "On The Road," for years now, but come this Wednesday we'll finally have word on how the Brazilian director has fared with the cult favorite. Everything we've seen so far has been highly promising, a notion personified by the young but talented cast led by the duo of Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund.

Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy To Star In Buddy FBI/Cop Movie Directed By 'Bridesmaids' Helmer Paul Feig

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2012 2:01 PM
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Much was made abundantly clear after the runaway smash success of "Bridemaids" last summer, perhaps the central two points being that audiences of all shapes and sizes will flock in droves to female-led comedies if they're genuinely funny (not always the case), and that Kristen Wiig is a bonafide star who can lead her own feature. But "Bridesmaids" was a success so full its cup runneth over, allowing the supporting cast and its creators to also shine: comedienne Melissa McCarthy stole most of the show and earned a supporting Oscar nomination for her hilarious efforts, meanwhile, "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig -- the creator of the defunct, but influential and beloved TV show "Freaks & Geeks" -- finally scored a good feature film opportunity and made the most of it.

Wes Anderson Spills More Details On His 'Euro Movie'; Says Script Is Done & Was Co-Conceived With An Old Friend

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 19, 2012 1:07 PM
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"Moonrise Kingdom" doesn't open for another week or so but already small details have started to leak out about what's up next for writer/director Wes Anderson. He recently told BAZAAR that he was halfway done writing the script for his next feature saying, "it's a film I want to make in Europe, a Euro movie." Speaking with Vulture, he managed to let slip a few more details about the film, including the fact that the screenplay seems to be actually complete now.

Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins & Terrence Howard Lead Ace Cast Of Comedy-Drama 'Lullaby'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2012 12:45 PM
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The jury's still out on the potency of Garret Hedlund's star power. The actor proved reasonably charismatic in his earliest roles in "Troy," "Four Brothers" and the big-screen "Friday Night Lights," but made some questionable choices after that -- see, or rather don't, "Death Sentence" and "Eragon." Since then, the actor was picked out to lead tentpole "Tron: Legacy," but the film was rotten, and Hedlund was pretty bad in it, so he's not quite turned into the leading man that many picked him out as.

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