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Exclusive: Listen To The Album Stream Of Fall On Your Sword's Soundtrack To '28 Hotel Rooms'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2012 12:58 PM
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Having composed moody and effervescent scores for "Another Earth," "Lola Versus," Ry Russo-Young's "You Won't Miss Me" and "Nobody Walks," and Keanu Reeves' upcoming indie "Generation Um…" Brooklyn-based electronic band Fall On Your Sword are quickly becoming the go-to outfit for indie film composing.

European Distributor Says 'Cloud Atlas' Was Too Intellectual For American Audiences

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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To say that "Cloud Atlas" has been polarizing is an understatement. Critics seemed to either love it or loathe it, and even among The Playlist staff, some found it to be brilliant, and others a mess. This writer was certainly in the latter camp, but no matter what bloggers, fans or critics thought, mainstream audiences just didn't care. The movie opened to a far-below-expectation $9 million last weekend (though it boasted the best per-screen average), under Warner Bros.' hopes of $12-15 million. The film cost $100 million to produce (mostly from overseas coin and god knows how much else it cost to market), and the folks behind it will be hoping that as it rolls out to foreign territories over the next couple of months, that international viewers will be a more receptive audience. But, distributors don't seem to be too worried.

Watch: 5 Minute Excerpt From Lynne Ramsay's Olympic Short 'The Swimmer' Plus Synopsis For 'Jane Got A Gun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 11:51 AM
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Though fans waited a far too long nine years for Lynne Ramsay to follow up "Morvern Callar," she more than met expectations (and surpassed them) when she dropped "We Need To Talk About Kevin" last year. And she shows no sign of letting that long of a span go by between films again. This year has seen two projects come together for the helmer, with her sci-fi take on "Moby Dick," titled "Mobius," getting financing last month, and of course her brewing western with Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, "Jane Got A Gun." But this past summer, you may have missed Ramsay dropping a new short film.

Morgan Freeman & Clive Owen Are 'The Last Knights'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 11:23 AM
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Well, here's a pairing of actors in a genre movie that we weren't expecting at all. And not only that, it's going to start shooting very soon...

Harrison Ford & Zac Efron Join Rob Reiner's Thriller 'You Belong To Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 10:47 AM
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While Zac Efron's post-"High School Musical" career choices haven't been spot on (we hope we never see Hip Hop Efron again), you can't fault him in his desire to change up expectations. And frankly, if his name is helping movies by Lee Daniels ("The Paperboy") and Ramin Bahrani ("At Any Price") get made, who are we to argue with that? And now he's made another curveball choice, which could see him working with two legends.

Patrick Wilson Will 'Stretch' In Action Flick For Joe Carnahan; 'Eastern Promises' Scribe Steven Knight Penning Wild Chef Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 10:21 AM
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It's AFM time, which means lots of projects are being announced, but whether or not they actually get made anytime soon continues to be up in the air. In fact, there is such a glut of films being tossed around the sales floor, only the barest scraps of info about some of them are making it out.

Artwork & Tracklisting For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Soundtrack Revealed, Comes In Two Different Editions, Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 9:39 AM
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Making "The Hobbit" movies is expensive stuff (estimates put each installment between $200-300 million...damn...), which means the marketing and sales opportunities for this are going to be "interesting." Hell, we've already seen Air New Zealand and Denny's doing their best to pimp the brand. And when it comes to getting money out of the superfans, Peter Jackson and co. are finding ways to make completists buy stuff twice over.

John Cusack Gets Into Roger Avary's 'Airspace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 9:17 AM
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John Cusack and/or his agent have been working the phones pretty hard this week. The last two days have seen the actor sign up for the financial drama "Due Process" and the Stephen King adaptation "Cell," and now Cusack has busted out the quill again to put his name on another movie, which has a rather intriguing name attached to write and direct.

George Lucas Met With Screenwriters, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher About 'Star Wars 7' Before Disney Sale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 9:04 AM
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Two days after it was announced, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the revelation of a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films on the way continues spur discussion, excitement, speculation and more. We're still three years out from 'Episode VII' arriving in 2015, but given the amount of updates and tidbits pouring out over the past 48 hours, you would think it was coming next month. What we do know thus far is that, once again bucking fan expectations, Lucas has decided not to use the revered books, but is launching an original story, one that will reportedly feature Luke Skywalker, now in his 30s or 40s, in a tale that will follow "Stars Wars: Episode IV - Return Of The Jedi." And while a treatment is done, it appears that George Lucas was open to other ideas.

From Django To Gonzo: Christoph Waltz Taking Role In 'The Muppets' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 9:33 PM
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While all the talk over the last day or so at the mouse house has been about Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and the revitalization of the "Star Wars" movie franchise, 'Episode VII' isnt' expected to hit until 2015. So until that happens, Disney will have to continue to make shareholders happy and exploit the brands they do have ready to go. "The Muppets" are gearing up for a return to the big screen, and the film has landed its first big name.

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