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Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode Lead Falklands War Flick 'Destroyer,' Michael Pitt Will 'Rob The Mob'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2012 12:40 PM
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Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode: two talented British actors and veterans of both rom-com ("Wimbledon," "Leap Year") and terrible comic book movies ("Priest," "Watchmen"), in search of a boost to the next level. Things are already looking up for both; Bettany impresses in new cop thriller "Blood," and Goode looks to have a juicy role in Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker" early next year. And now the pair are teaming up for the Falklands War-era thriller "Destroyer." Based on the sinking of the HMS Coventry at the end of the 1980s conflict between the UK and Argentina, it's directed by Tom Shankland ("The Children," "The Fades"), and shooting gets underway early next year.

FilmDistrict Pick Up Gerard Butler White House Actioner 'Olympus Has Fallen,' Set For April 5th, 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 12:20 PM
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Every year has its own equivalent to the duelling volcano/asteroid/Truman Capote movies -- two films greenlit independently focusing on the same subject matter, and whose fates end up inextricably tied together. 2012 has seen two such square-offs; the Battle of the Snow Whites, with "Snow White and the Huntsman" vanquishing "Mirror Mirror" at the box office, and the Duel Of The Prosthetic Jowls, with HBO biopic "The Girl" taking on the same central character as the upcoming "Hitchcock." And for our 2013 face off, it looks like we're getting... "Die Hard" in the White House movies.

Daniel Craig, John Goodman & Hugh Bonneville Join George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men,' Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 11:24 AM
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After a busy few years (six movies in three years, from "Up in the Air" to "The Descendants"), George Clooney's been taking things a little easier in 2012. That's not to say that he hasn't been busy: the actor wrapped Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and is a producer on Ben Affleck's "Argo," a role which is all but certain to see him pick up an Oscar nomination in a record-breaking sixth different category (having previously got nods in Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay). But with the former being delayed from its original berth in November to an unknown date next year, 2012 marks the first calendar year since Clooney's ascension to stardom in the early 90s that the actor hasn't appeared in a film in theaters.

Raccoons & Infidelity Run Through New Clip And Images From ‘The Details’ Starring Tobey Maguire

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 29, 2012 10:48 AM
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Through the beginnings of Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio’s careers existed a parallel role choice before diverging in approach, and so it's with perhaps a tinge of familiarity, post-“Revolutionary Road,” that Maguire stepped in for his own take on a crumbling marriage with 2011 Sundance hit “The Details.” However, despite finding distribution coin (to the tune of $8 mil) from The Weinstein Company, the Jacob Aaron Estes (“Mean Creek”) black comedy is just now finding theatrical release next month, but rather than bury the film, they’ve instead ramped up promotion with a slew of new material to witness.

Quentin Tarantino Says 'Inglourious Basterds' & 'Django Unchained' Could Be First Two Parts Of A Loose Trilogy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 10:20 AM
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We're still a couple of months away from the film's release, but a recent spate of trailers have seen even those of us who were previously a little lukewarm on "Django Unchained" get a little excited. We're not 100% sold yet, but there's a swaggering confidence to what we've seen so far that makes us hopeful that we could be seeing vintage Tarantino from his racially-charged Western come Christmas Day.

Watch: Another Trailer Arrives For Sylvester Stallone/Walter Hill Team-Up 'Bullet In The Head'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 29, 2012 9:40 AM
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Just as worried filmgoers hesitantly stepped into “The Grey” this past January with fears of “Taken” with wolves, only then for the film to exceed all expectations as one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, we can only hope something similar will befall Sylvester Stallone’s latest actioner “Bullet to the Head.” With each look at the Walter Hill-directed film thus far wafting a perfectly generic tone of DTV fare, the prospect seems unlikely, but now a third trailer has been released to try and endear audiences to the newest from the "48 Hrs" helmer.

Joss Whedon Endorses Mitt Romney As The Man To Bring About The Zombie Apocalypse

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2012 9:20 AM
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It’s pretty much a given these days that anybody with (real or imagined) clout in Hollywood tends to use it to voice their political opinions -- just google “celebrity presidential endorsements” -- but few actually use their talents to ensure their message spreads to the widest possible audience. Enter geek hero Joss Whedon.

Pablo Trapero To Make English-Language Thriller With Working Title 'Six Suspects'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 9:00 AM
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They're not Korea or Iran or anything, but there's been some fairly impressive films coming out of Argentina in the last few years. The nation's always had a strong film culture (they're the only Latin American country to have won the Foreign Language Oscar, and have done so twice), but in the first decade of the 21st century, films like "Nine Queens," "The Aura," "Son Of The Bride" and, most of all, "The Secret In Their Eyes," have all made serious impressions over the last few years. And one of the most exciting talents the country has right now is director Pablo Trapero.

Watch: 2 Clips From Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-Winning 'Amour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 5:37 PM
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With "Amour" earning Michael Haneke his second Palme d'Or this spring at Cannes where it received rave reviews and was selected by Austria as their official Oscar entry, there is no doubt the director's latest is in the awards season hunt. But will voters match critics in their appreciation for this very tough, yet tender look at death and the fortitude it takes to see someone slip away?
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Watch: 'Trash Humpers'-Esque Experimental Dance Short Film 'Naran Ja' Directed By Alejandro González Iñárritu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 5:17 PM
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While we patiently await Alejandro González Iñárritu to get moving on his next feature -- and he's got options with "The Revenant" and "The Flim-Flam Man" both brewing -- he's taken a quick time out to go experimental on us.

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