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4 New Images From 'Cloud Atlas'; Test Screening Reactions Hit The Web

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 2:06 PM
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Of the many big-name films unspooling at TIFF in September, perhaps the crown jewel is the world premiere of The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The star-studded, sprawling, ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel will be unveiled before hitting theaters in October, but it looks Warner Bros. is still gauging audience reactions to this thing.

'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Replaces Emile Hirsch In 'A Long Way Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 1:27 PM
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Sometimes as a project moves along, casting is changed for a variety of reasons, and sometimes filmmakers have to settle on someone who maybe isn't as enticing as their choice. However, for the upcoming adaptation of Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down," that isn't the case.

Christoph Waltz Starring In Terry Gilliam's Next Film 'The Zero Theorem,' Filming Begins This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 1:05 PM
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It was just last month that Terry Gilliam said that his long developing, forever plagued "The Who Killed Don Quixote" wouldn't be next, revealing that he was starting work on new film that would come first. "Romania. Let’s just say that I’ve been seen around Bucharest, Romania," he teased. "That’s it. It used to be that Italy was the best place to make quality films without spending a lot of money. Then, after communism, it was Prague. Then Budapest. Now it’s Bucharest." Well, now we know what he's up to and it's pretty exciting.

Hanan Townshend Scoring Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 12:46 PM
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Bits and pieces. That's how information regarding Terrence Malick's films generally tend to arrive, and it's not different for his upcoming "To The Wonder." What we know so far is that it stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz and Barry Pepper and will center on a man who goes to Europe, falls in love, comes back home to get married, only to rekindle a romance with a childhood sweetheart. Of course, that is likely just a starting point for whatever Malick chooses to explore, in his first film to run under 2 hours since "Days Of Heaven," that will be rated R and supposedly even more experimental than "The Tree Of Life." And now another puzzle piece has emerged.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Next Film Seems Like Subtler, Stranger, Artier Cousin To 'Inception'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 13, 2012 12:22 PM
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Many filmmakers strive for their work to tap into a certain dream-like narrative, unbound by traditional logic and driven by subconscious desire, but while David Lynch and Christopher Nolan dazzle equally with their unique approaches, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”) may best them both by adhering most to that elusive goal. His films are known for their tranquil, seemingly dissociative threads of imagery, which sometimes even threaten to isolate the viewer in the process, but recently the director has expressed other wishes for his particular brand of storytelling.

Watch: New Trailers For Season 3 Of 'Treme' & 'Boardwalk Empire' With First Footage Of Bobby Cannavale

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 13, 2012 11:28 AM
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As “Veep” and “Girls” led successful seasons this past summer with their well-drawn characters and storylines, HBO is ready to plunge viewers back into pure atmosphere with the third seasons of its reliable recent shows, and we've got two new trailers for you to whet your appetite as the fall TV season beckons in the distance.

Nic Cage On Board For 'The Expendables 3'; Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes & Harrison Ford Being Approached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 11:04 AM
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So, was 2010's over $270 million worldwide haul for "The Expendables" the indication of franchise starter, or just the result of a novelty concept doing well in the marketplace? We'll find out this Friday when the numbers roll in for the supersized "The Expendables 2," but it looks like producer Avi Lerner is feeling very confident, with an eye already on "The Expendables 3." And not only that, he has a name apparently already signed, and a wishlist of folks he wants (but probably won't get) for the third installment.

Watch: Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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If you're a fan of Alfred Hitchock (and really, who isn't?), you better buckle up because there is a whole lotta Hitch coming your way (and fyi, today is his birthday too!). Two movies about the legendary filmmaker are just around the corner with Toby Jones playing the director in the upcoming "The Girl" with Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and there's Anthony Hopkins leading "Hitchcock" alongside a helluva ensemble that includes Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel, Toni Colette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Langham and Ralph Macchio. And that's not all. Next month Universal is dropping "Alfred Hitchock: The Masterpiece Collection" on BluRay, a boxset of 15 iconic films, 13 of which on the high def format for the first time. But for those looking for a quick journey through Hitchcock's films, the interwebs has you covered.

Watch: First Clip From Sarah Polley's New Documentary 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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To most mainstream cinema-goers Sarah Polley will probably still be best known for her role in Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” but with the arrival of her sophomore directorial effort “Take This Waltz” in a number of international markets this week, the focus is firmly back on her work behind the camera. After taking five years between her incredibly well-received debut “Away From Her” and the Michelle Williams/Seth Rogen starring follow-up, it looks like there won’t be anywhere near as big a gap between her second and third films.

'RoboCop' Will Apparently Be Tested Against Al Qaeda In Upcoming Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 9:16 AM
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So guess what folks, apparently José Padilha's "RoboCop" will be worse than Len Wiseman's "Total Recall." At least that's according to Drew McWeeny at HitFix, who got his hands on the script for the upcoming remake, and hit Twitter as he flipped the pages and pretty much got an online ulcer with each passing moment, sharing his reactions with the interwebs. However, parsing through his comments, it seems the movie is doing all the same social commentary stuff of Paul Verhoeven's original (though it seems a bit more meta) with some interesting updates.
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