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IFC Films Picks Up Michael Cera's 'Crystal Fairy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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While many deals at the Sundance Film Festival are written on napkins and closed by downing Sambuca shots in Park City, some movies require a little more negotiating to get contracts signed. And even though Michael Cera arrived in Utah with two movies -- the thriller "Magic Magic" and the comedy "Crystal Fairy," both directed by Sebastian Silva -- they are only now starting to find a home.

Tina Fey Gets Into 'The Nest' With 'Pitch Perfect' Director Jason Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:35 PM
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If you didn't know the name Jason Moore before, it looks like you're going to be hearing a lot more from him. The helmer, who has directed episodes of "Dawson's Creek," "Everwood" and "Brothers & Sisters," made his feature debut last fall with the acapella musical comedy "Pitch Perfect." On paper, it hardly sounds like anything resembling a hit, but the movie was both a critical and commercial smash, earning over $100 million worldwide. And now Universal is hoping that pairing him up with a big comedy star will yield even better results.

Mia Wasikowska Has A Lot Of Shoes In New Images From Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:10 PM
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With Park City now left to the ski bunnies hitting the slopes before it all melts away, the Sundance Film Festival is fading into memory. But one movie that continues to generate chatter is Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker." The bottom line is, you're either with the highly stylized and somewhat over-the-top melodrama....or you're not, and there doesn't seem to be much middleground. Indeed, our own man at the fest was decidedly not a fan, calling the whole endeavor "a garish misfire." But the rest of us will be able to make our own assessment in just a few weeks.

Watch: Trailer For John Sayles' New Film 'GO FOR SISTERS' Premiering At SXSW

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:00 PM
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You gotta admire John Sayles. An independent filmmaker long before today's current crop -- or even the directors who rose up out of the '90s scene -- his career has had its peaks and valleys, but over the past few years he's resolutely strived on, even if audiences and the industry haven't followed. His last couple pictures -- the bluesy "Honeydripper" and the sorely underseen historical drama "Amigo" -- came and went without much notice, but he's likely hoping the fates have better things in store for his next effort, "GO FOR SISTERS" (yes, all caps).

Rodrigo Santoro Joins Lynne Ramsay's 'Jane Got A Gun' With Michael Fassbender & Natalie Portman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 2:31 PM
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As if "Morvern Callar" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" helmer Lynne Ramsay doing a western wasn't enough to get you excited, the cast itself is a powderkeg all its own. With Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton already lined up, a new name has now come on board.

Watch: John Hillcoat's NSFW Video For Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' "Jubilee Street" Featuring Ray Winstone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 2:21 PM
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As longtime collaborators, John Hillcoat and Nick Cave are never too far apart when it comes their various cinematic and musical projects. On the movie front, the pair go all the way back to Hillcoat's directorial debut "Ghosts...Of The Civil Dead" which Cave co-wrote and starred in, while last year they both brought their talents to "Lawless." Meanwhile, when Cave gets back in the studio, Hillcoat is usually around to help get a distinctive music video out in the world.

Contest: Win Blu-Ray Copies Of Otto Preminger's Classic Noir 'Laura'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 2:02 PM
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We know the winter moviegoing season can be a bit disheartening, but if the multiplex doesn't have any options for you, there's no better time to curl up at home and rediscover an old classic. And Otto Preminger's classic noir "Laura" gets the high def treatment in February and we've got a couple of copies for some lucky readers.

Watch: Will Ferrell's Weird Super Bowl Ad You Probably Didn't See

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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In case you were in a coma, you know that last night was the Super Bowl and lots of things happened. Beyoncé dominated the half time show, the power went out, and some football was played between a smorgasboard of advertising. Studios rolled out spots for their 2013 heavyweights including "Iron Man 3," "Oz The Great And Powerful," "Fast & Furious 6," "The Lone Ranger" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," while big name directors like Jon Favreau, Jake Scott and Carl Erik Rinsch lent their talents to game day product spots. But here's one ad you probably didn't see.

Colin Farrell Joins Anthony Hopkins In Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 1:18 PM
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As the solid ratings for the dumber-than-a-bag-of-especially-stupid-rocks Kevin Bacon-starring procedural "The Following" have proven, serial killers are enduring draws in popular culture. But while you can barely change the channel on TV without glimpsing some one-time big-screen star wading through a bloody crime scene, they're not what they once were at the movies. There have been great serial killer movies of late ("Zodiac," "The Snowtown Murders"), but their bleak take on the subject matter saw them draw small audiences, while more mainstream fare like "Alex Cross" and "The Raven" were, well, dreadful.

Brett Ratner & The Rock Get Competition As Renny Harlin Signs To Direct Rival 'Hercules' Movie In 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2013 11:41 AM
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There was a point about two decades ago when Renny Harlin threatened to become the next James Cameron. Harlin, the most/only famous person to come out of Finland, started out on the "Nightmare On Elm Street" franchise before having back-to-back action smashes with "Die Hard 2" and "Cliffhanger." With his A-list movie star wife, Geena Davis, he set up two big-budget action films that promised to cement him as one of the biggest directors world, one the revival of a genre that had mostly been forgotten by Hollywood, the other the most expensive spec sale in history.

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