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Daniel Craig Signed On For Two More James Bond Movies After 'Skyfall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 1:05 PM
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Whatever you think of the films so far (the general consensus being that "Casino Royale" is one of the best ever entries of the franchise, and "Quantum of Solace" was something of a disappointing follow-up), few would argue that Daniel Craig has disappointed as the fifth incarnation of James Bond. Beating out the likes of Henry Cavill and Sam Worthington to the role, Craig wasn't an obvious choice, causing certain dim sections of fans to complain in advance that he was 'too blonde' and 'not attractive enough' to play Ian Fleming's creation. But the actor soon banished any doubts by proving appropriately suave and sexy in the part, while retaining the cruelty that had been absence since Connery, and adding a greater psychological realism that's worked beautifully for a modern-era Bond.

Watch: Two New Trailers For Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 6, 2012 12:18 PM
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Sure, you might be enjoying/still eagerly anticipating Benedict Cumberbatch in “Parade’s End,” but there’s no denying that it’s still little more than the pretender to the crown. The real blockbuster British period drama remains “Downton Abbey,” and it won’t be long until the third season of the acclaimed show returns to our screens. In fact, the premiere episode will debut in just 10 days over in its native U.K., while U.S audiences will see in return on January 6th, 2013 on PBS.

2013 Honorary Oscars Go To Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, Stuntman/Director Hal Needham & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 11:38 AM
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In a press release (via Awards Daily), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced who would be receiving the honorary Oscars at next year's awards ceremony, for both the Governors Awards and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. On the Governors Awards side of things, Hal Needham, the legendary stunt performer, coordinator and director; documentarian D.A. Pennebaker; and George Stevens Jr., founding director of the American Film Institute, are set to pick up prizes, while executive and philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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Al Pacino Comedy 'Stand Up Guys' Gets First Image & Jan 11 Release, 'Last Vegas' Hits Dec 20, 2013

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 6, 2012 11:18 AM
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News has come in about release plans for a pair of septugenaraian-related capers, so get those damn kids off your lawns and check it out below.

Contest: Win A Blu-ray Copy Of 'Lola Versus' Starring Greta Gerwig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2012 10:58 AM
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Getting engaged, breaking up and starting over. For Lola, turning 30 is a bit more complicated than expected in "Lola Versus," the romantic comedy starring Greta Gerwig and Joel Kinnaman. While Gerwig is currently earning accolades for her festival entry "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach, earlier this summer she hit the big screen in the breezy "Lola Versus" from "Breaking Upwards" helmer Daryl Wein. And if you missed it when it played near you, we'll be able to get you caught up with some Blu-rays for some lucky readers.

Max Minghella In Talks To Star In Alexandre Aja's 'Horns' Opposite Daniel Radcliffe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 10:42 AM
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Max Minghella, the talented young actor from "The Social Network" and "Art School Confidential" (talk about a movie that's been universally forgotten) and son of late director Anthony Minghella, has entered into talks to costar in Alexandre Aja's supernatural thriller "Horns," opposite the former Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe (according to a report in Variety). The production is set to begin later this fall, and will be financed by Red Granite Pictures (which will also handle foreign sales) and Mandalay Pictures.

'Nick and Norah' Director Peter Sollett To Helm Ellen Page's Equal Rights Drama 'Freeheld'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 10:22 AM
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We can't say we remember "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" all that much, besides how funny Ari Graynor was as the super-drunk friend and how inauthentic the New York geography seemed. But it certainly made an impact on someone, as that film's director, Peter Sollett, has just been hired to helm Ellen Page's based-on-actual-events equal rights drama "Freeheld," as was revealed on screenwriter Ron Nyswaner's website (via The Film Stage).

Watch: Trailer For 'Atlas Shrugged Part II' Proves It Actually Got Made

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2012 9:41 AM
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Well. It happened: they actually made a sequel to last year's cringe-worthy "Atlas Shrugged Part I," which was savaged by critics (amazing Roger Ebert quote: "the most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone's vault"), and even in its limited theatrical run not much of a hit (making less than $5 million against its $20 million production budget).

New, Shorter Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas' Offers A Little More Footage, New Yorker Profile Of The Wachowskis Offers New Insights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 9:23 AM
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Of all the 150 or so world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is getting underway as we speak, the one we're perhaps most curious about is "Cloud Atlas." An epic adaptation from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer of David Mitchell's excellent best-seller, the film spans thousands of years, with six separate storylines featuring an all-star cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and more, playing multiple roles of different genders and races in a genre-hopping, independently produced epic.

Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz And A Lion Feature In First Posters For 'Gambit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 8:58 AM
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For the second year in a row, it seems that we won't be getting a new Coen Brothers film. The directors had been especially prolific in recent years, with four films in four years between "No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit," but producer Scott Rudin confirmed a while back that it was unlikely that their latest, "Inside Llewlyn Davis," would be ready in time for release in 2012, despite the hopes of many. We suspect we won't see the film until Cannes next year at the earliest, but fans should take heart: a project that the brothers had a hand in will be surfacing over the next few months.

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