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John Hurt Is Latest Awesome Addition To Awesome Cast Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 11:20 AM
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At the grand old age of 72, nearly fifty years after his first screen appearance, John Hurt is seemingly busier than ever. The actor has no fewer than eleven credits from 2011, ranging from his snarling supporting turn in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and high-class work in "Melancholia" to short films and cameos in blockbusters like 'Harry Potter' and "Immortals." The actor has always pursued work with a diverse range of directors, and shows no sign of stopping there as he's just signed up for the latest film for one of the most acclaimed names in international cinema in the last few years.

Sundance: Exclusive Clip From The Engaging & Provocative Documentary 'The Imposter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 11:02 AM
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What if your teenage son disappeared? What if he was found again, three years later, halfway around the world? Would you recognize him? Would your desire for a family to be reunited trump any doubts or inconsistencies about who this person might really be? Those are the questions are the heart of director Bart Layton's "The Imposter," a documentary that is sure to make waves when it premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival.

Kiefer Sutherland Says '24' Movie Set 6 Months After The Series Finale, A "Direct Continuation" Of The Show

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2012 10:38 AM
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While the movie adaptation of "24" won't borrow the show's main conceit of taking place in real time -- the title would have to lose a number, for one -- it looks like there won't be a huge difference with the subject material. When asked by Collider about the Mark Bomback-penned script for the "24" movie (hopefully retitled "The Jack Bauer Power Hour"), star Kiefer Sutherland took a break from promoting his new Fox series "Touch" to she some light on the plot developments that will trouble Bauer's CTU agency on the big screen in 2013.

'Very Good Girls' Starring Elizabeth Olsen & Dakota Fanning Back On, Anton Yelchin Set To Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 23, 2012 10:24 AM
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It's somewhat hard to imagine considering how far she's come but it was only this time last year one Elizabeth Olsen was introduced to movie-goers with her Sundance double of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the upcoming horror remake "Silent House." During her year, the actress has managed to fit in projects like Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" and Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" (both of which have already been hot topics at Park City this year) but through it all mentioned that one project she attached herself to soon post-Sundance, Naomi Foner's "Very Good Girls," was struggling to find its feet.

Sundance: Stephen Frears Confirms He's Considering An American Remake Of 'The Hit,' But It's Not Quite Ready To Roll Just Yet

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 23, 2012 10:04 AM
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Stephen Frears, director of the upcoming film “Lay the Favorite,” told The Playlist that one of his next projects may be a remake of his own film, the 1984 underworld thriller “The Hit,” with development of the film first surfacing late last year. “Well, if [the pieces come together,]” he said in an interview Sunday afternoon in Park City, Utah. “I’d like to do a remake of it, yeah. It’s such a good story, and I would happily do it again. I’d be curious to see if I could do it better, or maybe I’d do it worse.”

Bret Easton Ellis Penning Microbudget Noir For Paul Schrader, Wants Porn Star James Deen To Star

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2012 9:19 AM
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Could shock-novelist Bret Easton Ellis' next detour lead him down some dark alleyways with the writer of "Taxi Driver"? If Ellis' topsy-turvy Twitter account (via ONTD) is to be believed, he's working on an "L.A. noir micro budget Paul Schrader movie." And he's got an interesting, NSFW Google search lead in mind.

Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Reynolds To Star In Tim Burton-Produced Drama 'Big Eyes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 9:04 AM
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Next month will be an important one for Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. The former is bruised after a pair of summer flops last year, "Green Lantern" and "The Change-Up," and will be hoping to cement his A-list status opposite Denzel Washington in "Safe House," while the latter hasn't had an unqualified hit since "Four Christmases" in 2008, and is hoping to turn that around by starring opposite Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in McG's "This Means War." But while they wait for their blockbuster drawing power to be tested, the pair are planning to team up for the first time for a project with more serious intent.

Ashley Bell Returns For 'The Last Exorcism' Sequel, Film To Be Completed By The End Of 2012

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 22, 2012 1:26 PM
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It’s long been said you shouldn’t mess with a good thing, and those looking to capitalize on the success of the recent wave of found footage films should heed that advice.

Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sucks Its Way To #1, While 'Red Tails' Shoots Into #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 22, 2012 12:08 PM
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If there was ever a weekend that better illustrated the divide between audience and critics, we certainly can't remember it. Following a financially successful franchise pattern thus far, "Underworld: Awakening" joined the other films in the series in opening to over $20 million. In the grand scheme of this vampires vs. werewolves franchise, this opening comes in lower than the second installment, but a shade beyond the first and third.

Alex Winter Discusses His 1993 Cult Hit 'Freaked,' Says 'Bill & Ted 3' A Long Way Off From Happening

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 22, 2012 11:59 AM
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Cult films come in all shapes and sizes. Some hit right out of the gate with a small but rabid audience while others are discovered by that audience over a longer period of time. Somehow both are these scenarios are true for Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s gloriously gonzo “Freaked.” Initially pegged as a mainstream comedy by Fox - with a planned wide release that included action figures and Gap campaign skewering posters - the film was basically dumped by Fox after head Joe Roth, who had greenlit the project, left the studio but picked up raves at TIFF and has been winning fans over ever since. But the film, featuring ugly little trolls and mutating movie stars, is so far outside the mainstream, it’s hard to imagine it having been a big hit even if it was carrying both stars of the blockbuster ‘Bill & Ted’ films. (Though technically, Keanu Reeves was unbilled and unrecognizable in full dog boy makeup.)

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