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Frank Grillo & Maria Bello Sign On For "James Wan Presents" Supernatural Thriller

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 24, 2013 1:18 PM
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James Wan briefly looked like he could be a one-hit wonder after his phenomenal franchise-launching success with “Saw.” His directorial follow-ups to the horror sensation failed to connect like his first big hit had…but then he went and made “Insidious.” Now with two big hits on his resume, the future looks a heck of a lot brighter for Wan, with 2013 set to see the release of two more anticipated horror flicks in the form of “Insidious Chapter 2” (which has the original cast returning and picks up where the first movie left off) and “The Conjuring” (also starring Patrick Wilson, this time accompanied by Vera Farmiga).

Watch: Kathryn Bigelow Defends 'Zero Dark Thirty' Torture Scenes On 'The Colbert Report' Plus Featurette On The Compound

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 24, 2013 12:40 PM
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If the prolonged controversy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's depiction of torture in “Zero Dark Thirty” has for most neared an apex of tolerance, it's still staggering to think about the stress levels likely coursing through the director as she debates it. It must have been a welcome interlude then when during her long press tour she recently sat down for an entertaining and insightful chat with Stephen Colbert to discuss the film's heated debate.

Watch: 2 Clips From Sundance Film 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 24, 2013 12:21 PM
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Naturally, as the Sundance Film Festival continues to unfold in Park City, Utah, more clips and trailers from films featured in the festival are being released this week. This time around, we’ve got two clips from “Austenland,” which debuted last week, showcasing the film’s quirky, offbeat charm. You also get a pretty good taste of some of the cast, which includes Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge and "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie.

Watch: Ashton Kutcher Marvels At The Power To Create In First Clip From 'Jobs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 12:04 PM
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Things are beginning to quiet down in Park City, but the Sundance Film Festival will wrap up this week with "Jobs," the first finished biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs (Sony is also working on an ambitiously structured project penned by Aaron Sorkin). And while it's slated to hit theaters in the spring, a new clip has arrived that gives you a sense of what Ashton Kutcher is like in the lead role...

Watch: Impressive Trailer For The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Film Has First Screening In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 11:31 AM
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Put everything on hold: the first trailer for the Coen Brothers' hugely anticipated "Inside Llewyn Davis" has wormed its way online, and it's pretty damn great. So let's jump right in...

Lost Ending To Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 11:23 AM
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Fun fact for the day: "Toy Story" director Lee Unkrich is a huge fan of "The Shining," so much so that he runs a fansite dedicated to the movie called The Overlook Hotel. And while it's always pretty awesome to see filmmakers share in the same obsessions as the rest of us cinephiles, Unkrich has gone a step beyond and done some digging which seems to have yielded a holy grail of sorts around Stanley Kubrick's film.

Exclusive: Clip From Food Documentary 'In Organic We Trust' Goes To The Farmers' Market

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Believe it or not, there was once a time when a trip to the grocery store was no more involved than making sure you didn't forget any of the things on your list. But over the past couple of decades, consumers have become more savvy and concerned about the source of their produce and how it has been grown and packaged, leading to more options than ever in terms of where to shop and what to buy. The word "organic" has not only become a term that supposedly denotes an item free from factory farming methods, it was become a marketing machine, a buzz word that can mean millions of dollars in revenue. But are we really getting what we pay for?

Chinese Censors Cut 40 Minutes Out Of 'Cloud Atlas,' Snip & Tweak 'Skyfall'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 24, 2013 10:36 AM
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By now, it's well known and irksomely tolerated that all films face the wrath of a given market's ratings board or censors if wide distribution remains in their sights. While the MPAA and BBFC occasionally produce a decision that leaves some films weakened by cuts or alternate takes, the latest verdicts laid down by China for two of the holiday season's bigger films have taken that concept to a new extreme. Minor spoilers below.

Dakota Fanning To Star Opposite Kevin Kline As His Teenage Lover In ‘The Last Of Robin Hood’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 24, 2013 9:58 AM
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When it was announced in October that Kevin Kline would play screen icon Errol Flynn in “The Last of Robin Hood” a film about his inappropriate romance with teenage actress Beverly Aadland toward the end of his life, the question on everyone’s mind was -- which lucky young actress would play this unclassy broad? Now, Deadline reports that it will be a familiar face -- Dakota Fanning has signed on for the salacious role.

Chloe Moretz To Star In Supernatural Drama 'If I Stay' With 'The September Issue' Helmer R.J. Cutler To Direct

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 24, 2013 9:45 AM
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Well, it seems a project that’s been kicking around for the past few years at Summit Entertainment is finally beginning to move forward. The film, “If I Stay,” which is based on the young adult novel of the same name, was at one point set to star Dakota Fanning with Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia attached to direct. Now, documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler will get to try his hand at the project, making it his first narrative feature. Chloe Moretz is attached to star.

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