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'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland Adapting Penelope Fitzgerald's 'The Beginning Of Spring'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 18, 2012 5:41 PM
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Between 2009’s brutal thriller “Katalin Varga” and this year’s audio-based horror-thriller “Berberian Sound Studio,” British director Peter Strickland has found himself receiving no end of critical praise. The latter, his most recent feature, was released in the U.K. towards the end of August and has played to North American audiences at TIFF, Fantastic Fest, and most recently the New York Film Festival, to a generally positive reception.

'Live Free Or Die Hard' & 'Total Recall' Writer Mark Bomback Tackling Matt Reeves' 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 5:19 PM
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Even though they apparently had a script from Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa that they liked, once a new director boards a project, tweaks happen, and so that's what's going on with "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes." Surviving a brief scare after Rupert Wyatt bailed, Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield," "Let Me In") is tackling the sequel and a new writer is coming on board.

'Win Win' Director Tom McCarthy To Helm 'All The President's Men' Style Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 4:42 PM
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With the Jerry Sandusky verdict still in recent memory, and Boy Scouts finally releasing their decades worth of evidence of abuse within the organization, sexual exploitation of minors is sadly still at the forefront of the nation's concerns. But perhaps what blew the doors off in terms of exposing the depths of these crimes, and willingness of trusted officials to cover them up, was the revelation nearly a decade ago that the diocese was protecting priests accused of horrific abuses. And that story is now being given the big screen treatment.

Exclusive: Sam Mendes Says He Was "Not At All" Interested In Bond At First, Took Direct Inspiration From Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2012 4:25 PM
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Sam Mendes may be a self-confessed long-time fan of the James Bond franchise, but he's known for more humanistic dramas like "American Beauty," "Road to Perdition" and "Revolutionary Road," and the director said the Bond series wasn't something that appealed to him as a filmmaker. Asked if he was interested in doing a Bond movie during an exclusive interview with The Playlist, Mendes the filmmaker said quite the contrary, "No, not at all," he admitted, and noted that his mind was changed by Daniel Craig who approached the filmmaker to see if he was interested in helming "Skyfall."

Warner Bros. Plot 2013 Shoot, 2015 Release For 'Justice League'; Will Spinoff New Character Movies From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 3:49 PM
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Get out your speculation machine, prepare the shortlists because as "Justice League" from Warner Bros. inches closer and closer, every scrap and morsel will be examined and pontificated over until the movie is actually in theaters. Even though we already sorta knew this, the studio is putting together some plans to bring the superhero team-up movie to the big screen.

Watch: Elle Fanning & Alice Englert Get In The Tub In A New Clip From 'Ginger & Rosa'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 3:24 PM
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Utilizing a rollout preferred by major studios who need to keep the buzz going for the blockbuster tentpoles, the folks behind Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" have dropped another new clip from the film, just one day after the first one arrived. And it's another glimpse at a movie that has earned some devoted flag waving by certain folks around The Playlist offices.

Ewan McGregor Was 'Born To Be King' With Kate Hudson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 2:52 PM
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Ordinarily, the presence of Kate Hudson would have us throwing red flags all over the place. Good lord, remember this? However, the new project she has brewing has two counterpoints: Ewan McGregor and Peter Capaldi.

'And So It Goes…' For Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 2:19 PM
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“There’s a large demographic and need for these kind of films as evidenced by box office successes such as 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'It’s Complicated' and 'Bucket List,' ” producer Mark Greisman said. And of course, where an underserved market requires easily digestible fare, said fare will be provided!

New Pics & Poster For Sean Penn's Goth Rockin' Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 1:41 PM
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So, have doubts about Sean Penn's versatility? Next month you'll see him on screen as the damaged, fragile, Robert Smith-esque goth rocker in "This Must Be The Place." Then in January, he'll be snarling and scenery chewing his way through "Gangster Squad."

Rumor Of The Day: Will 'Transformers 4' Feature A Female Lead?

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 18, 2012 1:22 PM
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The word on the fourth installment of the mega-grossing (and thunderously dull) “Transformers” series has been slow. We do know it won’t be a reboot; franchise leading man Shia LaBeouf won’t be back to do battle with the Decepticons; and this will be director Michael Bay’s last outing with the Autobots (Isn’t that what he said last time?). While Bay is wrapping up post-production on his robot-less crime flick “Pain & Gain” with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, rumors suggest casting is already underway on his final installment in the franchise – and it isn’t exactly in the LaBeouf mold.

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