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Eva Green & Julia Garner Are The Latest Dames To Kill For In 'Sin City 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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Robert Rodriguez's CGI-heavy and visually stylistic "Sin City" movies require heavy technical demands, but also allow him a flexibility in filmmaking. Essentially, since everything is on green screens, and thanks to advances in technology, shooting can take place whenever cast members are available, and then everything can be stitched together afterward. Actors in the same scene don't necessarily don't have to be on the same set on the same day, so it's no surprise that as cameras keep rolling on "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," new cast members are being added.

Gore Verbinski To Bring North Korea To The Big Screen In Graphic Novel Adaptation 'Pyongyang'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 2:45 PM
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While his methods may keep studio accountants up at night, there's no denying that Gore Verbinski knows how to put spectacle on the big screen. Over the course of three "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies he's made a lot of people a lot of money, while "Rango" showed he's got surreal flavors rolled up in his blockbuster sleeve. And while this summer's "The Lone Ranger" will hope to repeat his multiplex domination, for his next effort it looks like he's changing gears significantly.

Exclusive: Jon Brion Scores Pixar's 'The Blue Umbrella' Short

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2013 2:24 PM
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While we first mentioned back in the summer of 2012 that producer and composer Jon Brion would be scoring what was then "the untitled umbrella short" for Pixar (to play ahead of this summer's "Monsters University"), it was never confirmed by the studio… until now. The short, now entitled "The Blue Umbrella" and set to have its worldwide premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, is indeed scored by Brion. What's more, we got to talk to first-time director Saschka Unseld about the short and about working with the estimable talent that is Jon Brion.

Watch: Gaspar Noé Brings Back The Strobe Lights For Animal Collective's 'Applesauce'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 2:05 PM
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Gaspar Noé fans were a bit unfairly dismissive when earlier this month the director's video for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' "We No Who U R" dropped. Many wanted more of the director's trademark kinetic camerawork and less wandering around the woods following a shadow, and so a few weeks later, Noé has pulled the strobe lights back out of the supply closet. 

Watch: Trailer For 'Kung Fu Hustle' Star Stephen Chow's Latest Effort 'Journey To The West'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 29, 2013 1:45 PM
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It has been quite a few years since the last Stephen Chow film hit the United States (that would be the charming kids flick "CJ7"), and for those who have been missing his wackiness, here’s a little treat for you. A new English-subtitled trailer for Chow’s upcoming movie “Journey to the West” (or “Odyssey”) has recently debuted, and if you were wondering how Chow could top himself after his previous films “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle,” you might want to brace yourself for this.

Watch: New TV Spot For ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ Plus Super Bowl Teaser & Behind-The-Scenes Pics

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 29, 2013 1:25 PM
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Much of the mystery surrounding Sam Raimi’s upcoming “Oz The Great and Powerful” seems to have dissipated. With two trailers that pretty clearly delineated the story and provided a generous glimpse at the film’s look, all that’s left is to see the darn thing! But, with over a month to go until the theatrical release, marketing still needs to drum up some more interest, and has apparently resorted to labeling a recycled, condensed trailer as a new “first look.” The new TV spot aired during the SAG Awards, and unless we’re mistaken, there’s nothing here that we didn’t see in the second trailer.

Tim Blake Nelson Joins James Franco-Directed 'Bukowski' & Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 29, 2013 12:45 PM
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Tim Blake Nelson has always been a talent equally as adept on-screen as he is behind the camera -- putting his stamp on such diverse films as WWII drama “The Grey Zone” and pot comedy “Leaves of Grass” -- but as his primary focus and the majority of his credits remains acting-based, he's now found back-to-back roles in the ambitious directorial efforts of his fellow peers.

New Poster For 'The Place Beyond The Pines,' Plus Poster & Pre-Trailer For 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2013 12:25 PM
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The early months of the year are always a little bleak, cinematically speaking, as the last few weeks have demonstrated ("Gangster Squad," "Movie 43," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" et al). And bright spots over the next few months are fairly sparse too, but we know for sure that there's some good news on the way, in the shape of Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines." We were always looking forward to it, seeing as it was the follow-up to the director's excellent "Blue Valentine," and that it saw the filmmaker reteam with Ryan Gosling. And with Bradley Cooper, Ben Mendelsohn, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne and Ray Liotta also on board, our anticipation only increased.

Jonathan Ames & Jason Schwartzman Working On A Second, Non-‘Bored To Death’ Movie

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
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Superfans of canceled series “Bored To Death” thought the news couldn’t get any better when it was announced last week that a movie based on the series is officially in development at HBO -- but it has! Now, THR reports that creator Jonathan Ames and star Jason Schwartzman are collaborating on another separate project, having optioned the rights to Bernard Malamud’s collection of short stories “Pictures of Fidelman,” with plans to co-write an adaptation starring Schwartzman. The script will center on Arthur Fidelman, a hapless art student who travels to Rome in the mid-twentieth century. Sounds about right for Schwartzman, he being the poster-child for privileged melancholia.

Watch: Trailer For 'Gomorrah' Director Matteo Garrone's 'Reality'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2013 11:21 AM
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When Matteo Garrone burst onto the international scene with the 2008 critically-acclaimed crime drama “Gomorrah,” few would have guessed that his follow-up would revolve around the reality TV show “Big Brother,” but that’s exactly what the Italian director did with “Reality.” And after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Oscilloscope Laboratories has released a brand new trailer for the film as it gears up to finally hit theaters.

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