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Annapurna Pictures Goes 'Spring Breakers' With Harmony Korine's Latest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 3:29 PM
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John Hillcoat, Wong Kar-Wai, Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. To say that Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have impeccable taste in filmmakers would be an understatement, and the shingle is now adding another acclaimed name under the banner.

Watch: Trailer For Brit Pic 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' Starring Felicity Jones & Luke Treadaway

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 3:17 PM
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Some movies just feel achingly British – period costumes, brittle accents, the fact that the whole movie looks like it was shot through a glass of iced tea – and "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is one of those movies. Please keep in mind that it's called "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding," which might be the most British title of anything since Hugh Grant's notorious "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain." And even though "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" looks like the kind of movie you put a doily under before watching, we kind of want to see it, mostly due to its two leads (Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway) and the pleasurably Masterpiece Theater vibe of this first trailer.

Jim Carrey Officially On Board 'Kick-Ass 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 2:45 PM
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Just a couple of weeks ago it was looking unlikely that Jim Carrey, sought to play Colonel Stars, a member of a Justice League-like band of real-life superheroes in "KickA-Ass 2: Balls to the Walls," would actually make an appearance in the high profile sequel. But hey, it looks like enough strings were pulled, favors promised, and back-end points awarded, because Carrey is indeed set to co-star in the follow-up to the jazzy deconstructionist comic book movie.

Indie Biopic & Miniseries Being Prepped About Media Titan Rupert Murdoch

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 2:45 PM
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Rupert Murdoch, the 81-year-old billionaire and the closest living embodiment of Montgomery Burns, is set to have his life story told, in indie movie biopic form, no less. The noted evil genius behind Fox News and an international illegal wiretapping scandal, is going to be the subject of a new biographical film called "The News of the World," using the newspaper of the same name as a framing device for the narrative. What's more is that the movie, funded by Screen Australia and written by Bob Ellis and Stephen Ramsay, would be followed by a fourteen-part miniseries. Apparently what "The Dark Tower" project couldn't accomplish, a super-lengthy Rupert Murdoch biopic can.

Exclusive: Clip From Julian Assange Drama 'Underground' Premiering At TIFF, Starring Anthony LaPaglia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 2:03 PM
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Last month Anthony LaPaglia made some waves when he revealed that he exited Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which was pushing back his shooting schedule, in order to maintain the commitment he made to star in Robert Connolly's Julian Assange film "Underground." Financing was coming together around the actor's name, and not only that, LaPaglia had worked previously with the helmer on "Balibo." And ultimately it seems he made the right choice. With Assange in the headlines once again as his diplomatic fate is sorted out in the U.K., "Underground" is timelier than ever.

Watch: Nick Offerman Confronts Mary Elizabeth Winstead In Clip From Sundance Favorite 'Smashed'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 1:18 PM
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"Smashed," a comedy-drama starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul that won the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival (kind of a big deal), still doesn't have a trailer, even though it's being released by Sony Pictures Classics on October 12th. What it does have is a new clip, released by the studio's Twitter account, featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and one of the funniest men on planet earth, Nick Offerman.

Exclusive: Poster For TIFF Doc 'A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 1:01 PM
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While the Toronto International Film Festival will be presenting many prestige films that bring with them serious subject matter and sober drama, there will be plenty for those cinephiles looking for someting a bit more irreverent. And no one embodies that quality and spirit quite like legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. Making its world premiere at TIFF is "A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman" which pays tribute to the group's late member in an entirely fitting and outlandish fashion.

Michael Fassbender & Domhnall Gleeson To Star In Comedic Rock Biopic 'Frank'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 12:40 PM
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Well, we've always said that Michael Fassbender could probably do anything. The chameleonic actor has been a mutant, a robot, an IRA prisoner, a sex addict, a resurrected Nazi ghoul and whatever-the-hell he was in "Jonah Hex." And while almost all of his performances have had wry strains of humor, he's never had to be outright funny. Until now.

'Pursuit of Happyness' Director Gabriele Muccino Says Next Film Will Be Sci-Fi or Thriller, Keanu Reeves Eyed For Lead

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 4, 2012 12:38 PM
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Plucked from Italian cinema waters by Will Smith to direct 2008's father-son drama, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” director Gabriele Muccino seemed to revel in the Capra-esque themes of that film. Since then, Muccino has honed in on a heightened level of melodrama, one that proved more critically divisive in his follow-up with Smith, “Seven Pounds,” but recently the director proclaimed a change of pace -- both in genre and leading man -- for a future studio effort.

Tom Cruise Reportedly Held Scientology Auditions For Wives, Director Paul Haggis Expresses Support For Allegations

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 4, 2012 12:19 PM
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Along with the requisite comments on shooting in 70mm and Joaquin Phoenix's return to cinema screens, cast and crew from “The Master” have by and large counted the film's Scientology parallels as the main source of discussion. The concentration of questions has lessened somewhat as subsequent press showings of the film have revealed a different focus entirely, but just as the pressure subsides for PTA and co., leave it to Tom Cruise to stir up speculation on Scientology once more, this time regarding the process surrounding his past marital courting.

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