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Steven Soderbergh Teases 'The Canyons' Contains A “Spectacular Sex Scene,” Paul Schrader Says It's “Cinema For The Post-Theatrical Era”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 5, 2013 10:00 AM
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A tumultuous shoot, a volatile leading lady, and a veteran director collaborating with one of the most visible Twitter presences around; Kenneth Anger might just need to devote the entirety of “Hollywood Babylon IV” to Paul Schrader's “The Canyons” alone. But before that volume comes out, we've got the filmmaker's latest rebuttal against early criticisms of the film, as well as Steven Soderbergh hinting at what's in store when it's finally released.

Ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta Approves Of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Says Torture Was Not 'Critical Element' To Bin Laden's Capture

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 5, 2013 9:42 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” is an absolute compendium of blink-and-you'll-miss-them acting roles, from the narratively vital (Joel Edgerton) to the completely jarring (John Barrowman, what?). One of the most essential, though, comes from James Gandolfini as then-CIA director Leon Panetta, and the man himself has recently thrown some insight -- and kudos -- toward Bigelow's drama.

Watch: New International Trailer For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 9:24 AM
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However Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" turns out, it seems the movie has made theater owners very happy. In case you missed it, over the weekend reports surfaced that distributors were encouraging the director to make a sequel to the movie, which is apparently doing quite well in China and Hong Kong, and moreover, that he's considering it. But for now, he's got some other things on his mind, namely the Berlin International Film Festival which starts on Thursday, where he'll not only be presiding over the jury, but he'll have this film kick off the fest.

Rupert Wyatt To Direct Adaptation Of Sebastian Faulks' WWI Novel 'Birdsong'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2013 8:58 AM
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For someone who might be one of the most sought-after directors around right now, Rupert Wyatt is certainly taking his time picking his next project. It's been eighteen months since Wyatt's second film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," proved to be a surprisingly huge hit, which marked him in the eyes of many as the next Christopher Nolan. But Wyatt dropped out of the sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," citing a reluctance to rush the film for a summer 2014 release date, and while other films are in the mix -- sci-fi actioner "Agent 13" with Charlize Theron, based-in-fact Russian spy tale "Londongrad" -- the only thing Wyatt has committed to is the pilot of AMC's Civil War-era spy series "Turn."

Rumor: Disney Planning Character Driven 'Star Wars' Spinoffs, Yoda To Get Stand-Alone Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 8:39 AM
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This is neither the first nor last time rumors about Disney's plans for the "Star Wars" franchise go flying around, so treat it accordingly. And we have to say, this is vaguer than most, so take it for what it's worth.

'An Education' Director Lone Scherfig To Helm Adaptation Of Acclaimed Play 'Posh'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2013 8:20 AM
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One of the most important new-writing theatres in the world, the Royal Court in London has, over the years, been crucial in making the names of writers including Arnold Wesker, Christopher Hampton, Caryl Churchill, Hanif Kureshi, Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh and Simon Stephens. Hell, it was even where "The Rocky Horror Show" started out. And in the last few years, it's been on as impressive a run as any in its history, premiering the acclaimed likes of Jez Butterworth's "Jerusalem," Lucy Prebble's "Enron," Polly Stenham's "That Face," Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Clybourne Park" and Nick Payne's "Constellations," all of which went on to ecstatic reviews, and often transfers to the West End or the U.S.

Kristen Wiig Confirmed For 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 7:57 AM
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With filming set to begin on "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" later this spring, it's only a matter of time before the lid is torn off all the surprises that are in store for the long-awaited return of Ron Burgundy and his newsteam. And while the core group of players are set to reprise their roles, it looks like one very, very funny face is joining the gang.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Writer Lucy Alibar Penning 'The Secret Garden' For Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 10:16 PM
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So just how beloved is Frances Hodgson's Burnett's "The Secret Garden"? Well, if we're judging by the number of times it has been adapted for film and television, it's very, very beloved. First published in 1911, the novel was first brought to the big screen in a 1919 silent version, and over the decades, it has been made again numerous times, perhaps best known being the Francis Ford Coppola produced 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. Well, it looks like we're going to get another one.

Joe Carnahan Comments On '47 Ronin,' Says $200 Million Budget Put Unfair Pressure On Carl Rinsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 5:02 PM
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No matter what you think of his movies, there aren't many people who give it to you as straight and unfiltered as Joe Carnahan. He's already shared his pitch reels for "Daredevil" and "Gemini Man," and he's frequently on Twitter sharing his thoughts on almost anything. So he's a pretty good choice for CineFix's "Hollywood Trenches" web series thing, and for the first episode (which is aggravatingly being portioned out in seven parts), Joe Carnahan sits down to candidly talk about his career. And so far, so good.

Grimy Matthew McConaughey Is Packing Heat In Poster For Jeff Nichols' 'Mud'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 4:29 PM
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If there has been one constant over the course of Matthew McConaughey's comeback trail, it's that all of his characters have been pitched to varying degrees of grimy, scuzzy or dirty. He's played the hair slicked Mick Haller in "The Lincoln Lawyer," the sleazy hitman in "Killer Joe," the perma-sweaty Dallas in "Magic Mike" and now he lives up his name as the titular "Mud."

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