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'The Headless Woman' Director Lucrecia Martel To Return With 'Zama'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 10:00 AM
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We might start writing about long-absent directors more often. In the three months since we picked out five foreign-language filmmakers who've been M.I.A. for several years, three of them have resurfaced in a big way. Arnaud Desplechin ("A Christmas Tale") is shooting "Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian" with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in Detroit, and "Pulse" helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa aired his TV epic "Penance" in Venice before announcing plans only yesterday to make historical epic "1905" with Tony Leung.

James Cameron Wants to Avoid 'Matrix: Reloaded' Issues With Stories For 'Avatar' 2 & 3

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 11, 2012 9:40 AM
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It may be hard to recall these days the handful of movies that came out in 3-D before "Avatar." The film sent studios scrambling to post-convert as much of their slates as possible. As everyone on the planet knows, the film became the highest-grossing of all time and a worldwide phenomenon. So where are those sequels? Cameron has already decided to remain in the Na'vi business exclusively, but later announced that "Avatar 2" won't be ready until at least 2015.

Channing Tatum Says 'Magic Mike 2' Is A Road Movie, Could Make His Directorial Debut On Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 8:21 AM
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Probably the most pleasant surprise of the year so far, both critically and commercially, has been "Magic Mike." We've made no secret of our love of Steven Soderbergh 'round these parts, but we hadn't connected 100% with anything that he'd made since "Che," and when it was first announced, we weren't sure that a male stripping drama starring Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer was going to change that. But not only did the film turn out to be triumph -- a loose, substantial gem with excellent performances all around -- but also a grand commercial hit, bringing in $113 million domestically on a production budget of only $7 million.

Watch: 'Erica Wexler Is Online'... But Erica Wexler Is Dead In Excellent New Short Film

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 10, 2012 7:25 PM
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Having a short film stick with audiences is a tough row to hoe. For whatever reason they're judged much more harshly than features, and in that respect, they don't even get the benefit of having a super opinionated viewer spread their negative toxins (even the worst feature will warrant a one-star IMDB review -- like they say, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”). Not to defend the form blindly: they're often nothing more than a calling card or stepping stone to something longer and more expensive, rarely utilizing the short-form structure in an appropriate way or feeling at all complete as its own being.

Toronto Acquisitions : Roadside Attractions Takes Sarah Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell,' Three Studios Bid For Rob Zombie's 'Lords of Salem'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 6:55 PM
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In Toronto, the newest film from Sarah Polley, the documentary "Stories We Tell," was picked up by Roadside Attractions, while in anticipation of its midnight debut, Rob Zombie's witchy "Lords of Salem" has a trio of studios courting him, with Anchor Bay leading the pack.

New Line Cinema Finally Getting Closer To Bringing 'Y The Last Man' To The Big Screen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 6:26 PM
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While it's been in development for almost a decade (it was being developed by David S. Goyer, before he embarked on Christopher Nolan's Batman saga), it looks like there's finally some traction gaining on a big-screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's influential and unbelievably brilliant Vertigo comic book series "Y: The Last Man," with Vulture reporting that it's now a top priority at New Line Cinema.

Soundtrack For 'Keep The Lights On' Features Selection Of Classic Arthur Russell Cuts

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 10, 2012 5:45 PM
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If you’re still blowing the dust off your old Arthur Russell records to give them a spin, you may be happy to hear that some of Russell’s most eclectic tunes are available to please your eardrums all over again.

Rom-Com 'The Big Wedding' Delayed Six Months To April 2013, 'Now You See Me' Moves To June 7th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 5:15 PM
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Good news for awards contenders this year: the field just got a little thinner. Because the potential prestige juggernaut that was "The Big Wedding," an all-star rom-com starring Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Robin Williams and Topher Grace, the directorial debut of "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham (yes, that Paddy Chayefsky of the 21st century) is no longer a 2012 release, as parent studio Lionsgate have moved it from the so-close-you-can-almost-taste-it date of October 26th, to the far-off distant lands of April 26th, 2013, a date that it has all to itself (although "Iron Man 3" hits a week later), and exactly six months from the original release date.

Watch: Trailer For The Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Starring Daniel Day-Lewis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 4:30 PM
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If either candidate wants to win our votes in November, there's one very simple way to our hearts: amending the constitution to ban the use of trailers for trailers. A recent and insidious invention of Hollywood marketing departments, we can see the appeal from their point of view -- they get all the eyes keen for a first look at footage, but also get to drag out the anticipation and buzz for an extra few days. It's become increasingly commonplace over the last year (to the extent that even a smallish picture like "Looper" does it, and the latest to do so is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of these United States.

Oscar Isaac Sings on '10 Years' Soundtrack, Release Also Includes Pharcyde & Rogue Wave

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 10, 2012 4:15 PM
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Despite already having a very busy and successful year -- three #1 movies that each took over $100 million -- Channing Tatum has another release coming up, the indie dramedy “10 Years” and we have the details on the digital release of the soundtrack.

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