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John Boorman Talks Almost Making 'Lord Of The Rings,' Working With Marcello Mastroianni, What He's Doing Next & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 17, 2012 11:02 AM
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Veteran director John Boorman, president of the Jury at the Marrakech International Film Festival last week, has had an interestingly checkered career of era-defining highs ("Deliverance," "Point Blank") and baffling, outlandish lows ("Zardoz,""Exorcist II") and all points in between. Now nearing 80, the director, in addition to his presidential duties, was the subject of a "Conversation with…" evening, during which time he reminisced and curmudgeoned in a profane, often hilarious manner, following a showing of his daughter Katrine's documentary about him, "Me and Me Dad." Unfortunately we missed the film, but heard good things about it, and the “Conversation with...” went a long way to making up for that in sheer entertainment value.  Essentially as often in his career, Boorman gave the audience exactly what they wanted: lots of gossipy anecdotes about the people he's worked with, and plenty of Billy Wilder quotes. Here are a few choice findings from the evening.

All The Songs In 'This Is 40' Including Paul Simon, Missy Elliot, Van Halen, The Pixies & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:36 AM
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While turning 40 in Judd Apatow's latest might not be pretty, the writer/director/producer knows that of the many things that mark mid-life, music is a big one. And perhaps more than any other of his films to date, "This Is 40" is stacked with music. The official soundtrack boasts 17 songs, including new tunes from Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Graham Parker, and Lindsey Buckingham. The movie itself features even more, including a handful of unlikely surprises.

Watch: 30-Minute Conversation With Martin Scorsese From Jon Favreau's 'Dinner For Five'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 10:25 AM
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If you were a film fan and had the Independent Film Channel in the early aughts, there was no doubt you were watching "Dinner For Five." Jon Favreau led the unscripted show that found him sitting down each week for a meal with four actors, directors, writers etc. to talk about film. The format was simple, and rarely deviated from its conversational tone, except when it came to the legendary Martin Scorsese.

Aubrey Plaza & John C. Reilly To Star In Zombie Comedy 'Life After Beth'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 17, 2012 9:44 AM
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Ever since the 2009 premiere of “Parks and Recreation,” Aubrey Plaza has proved to be an interesting comedic presence that has impressed the likes of Judd Apatow and Edgar Wright, who cast her in “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” respectively. With her first lead role in “The To Do List” hitting next year, the deadpan actress is also gearing up to star opposite John C. Reilly in the zombie comedy “Life After Beth.”

Watch: Sam Worthington Gets Wet In Trailer For Surfing Drama 'Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 9:24 AM
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The world of surfing movies isn't really all that big, and "Point Break" aside, it isn't all that popular either. Remember this fall's "Chasing Mavericks"? Yeah, we nearly forgot it hit theaters and like most things involving Gerard Butler these days, audiences didn't seem to care about it at all. But can an unshaven and shaggy Sam Worthington change the tide?

Watch: New Trailer & Pics From 'Broken City' Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 9:04 AM
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It's going to be a big 2013 for Mark Wahlberg, with at least three movies on the way, and possibly four (depending on where Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" lands). But before he pumps iron in Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain," or gets set up by the mob with Denzel Washington in "2 Guns," Wahlberg will starting off the year in the grimy "Broken City."

Todd Phillips Reveals 'The Hangover Part III' Plot Details; Says The Film Centers On Zach Galifianakis' Character & His Personal Crisis

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 16, 2012 2:21 PM
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The plot of "The Hangover Part III" has been tightly under wraps since day one. All we've really known is that it wouldn't follow the blackout blueprint of the last two films. "It’s certainly not in the same template that you’ve seen for these movies," director Todd Philips said last year. "The third would be very much a finale and an ending. The most I could say about it...is that it is not following that template but very much a new idea." A vague plot synopsis released earlier this year strongly suggests a road trip scenario, but little else.

Josh Brolin Says Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Will Be "Brilliant," Was “Blown Away” By Elizabeth Olsen & DP Sean Bobbit

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2012 11:38 AM
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Building steadily for the past year, assembling a stellar cast including Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and James Ransone (our of our 10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More), production on Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-Wook's outstanding "Oldboy" finally began in October. However, word since then has been relatively quiet, but leading man Josh Brolin has offered his take on the project and the people surrounding it.

9-Minute 'Star Trek Into Darkness' IMAX Preview Makes Us Ready To Be Beamed Up Again

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 16, 2012 11:16 AM
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Starting this weekend, in select IMAX screens across the country, there will be a special, nine-minute preview of May's hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness," in a marketing maneuver similar to last Christmas' "The Dark Knight Rises" prologue, which was attached to IMAX prints of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." Last week's teaser of the trailer (or whatever that was) was purposefully elliptical, showing only visual effects-y glimpses of the scenarios that crew of the Starship Enterprise (including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana) will face this time around. And while these opening nine minutes aren't exactly revelatory, they do give a good idea of what will be in store for audiences this summer. And based on the preview, we are very, very excited.

'The Killing' Star Mireille Enos & Scott Speedman Join Atom Egoyan's 'Queen Of The Night' With Ryan Reynolds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 6:08 PM
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These days, if you're not making studio tentpoles, financing is hard to come by. So it's no surprise that Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, who hasn't made a feature since 2009's softcore drama "Chloe," is striking while the iron is hot. He's already wrapped on "Devil's Knot," his West Memphis Three drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Dane DeHaan and more. And not only is next movie, "Queen of the Night," gearing up fast, but an actress is keen to work with him again.

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