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Vanessa Hudgens Joins 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:51 PM
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Vanessa Hudgens is running away from her "High School Musical" roots that made her name as fast she can. While she has lent her face to such tween-skewing fare as "Bandslam," "Beastly" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," she's been just as eager to prove she's all grown up, appearing in "Sucker Punch" and signing on for movies like the gritty indie "Gimme Shelter," the serial killer flick "Frozen Ground" and of course, Harmony Korine's potentially amazeballs "Spring Breakers." And she continues to shake her wholesome Disney image.

Gemma Arterton Conducts In New Image From 'Song For Marion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:02 PM
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When The Weinstein Company snatched up the rights to "Song for Marion" last fall, which was in post-production at the time, we figured the movie was a no-brainer for the kind crowd-pleasing sleeper hit that Harvey knows how to turn into Oscar gold. A 2012 release seemed inevitable. But since then, relatively little has been heard about the movie. It hasn't popped up on any of the fall festival slates, there is no release date set either in its native U.K. or in the U.S., and it certainly doesn't seem to be a priority for the distributor at the moment. But then again, in a year that has them handling new films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Andrew Dominik, perhaps it's understandable.

Emma Watson and Elizabeth Olsen Downplay ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Rumors, Search For Lead Role Continues

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 1, 2012 11:42 AM
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Despite its less-than-refined origins, the team behind the film adaptation of EL James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” are ensuring in every way their end result will have some prestige. Focus Features (along with parent company Universal) have decided the film belongs in their library alongside “Pride and Prejudice” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and recently “The Social Network” producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti have come on board as well. However, it's the search for the female lead that’s really grown intense, but as more and more names are thrown into the mix, two talented actresses have now let the extent of their involvement, or indeed, lack of it, known.

Young 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Star Quvenzhané Wallis Joins Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:18 AM
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Given the quality of "Hunger" and "Shame," it's no surprise that there's a long queue to work with director Steve McQueen, but even considering that, the cast he's put together for period epic "Twelve Years A Slave" is quite extraordinary. The film's led by one of the most exciting actors working today, Chiwetel Ejifor, who plays Solomon Northrup, a free man in the 1840s who was kidnapped and kept for the titular dozen years as a slave before escaping.

Haunting Alternate Poster For Sundance Sensation Doco-Thriller 'The Imposter'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 10:43 AM
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After making waves at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Bart Layton's doc/thriller "The Imposter" is slowly creeping audiences out as it unspools across the United States and unveils at festivals around the globe. The film tells the true and twisted tale of a 13-year-old boy who disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas in 1994 only to return three and half years later. However, just as it looks like a happy ending is in place, one detective on the case begins noticing inconsistencies between the boy that disappeared and the boy that returned. Surely, that in itself is enough to sell your ticket? If not that, then how about this trippy alternate poster for the film?

Watch: First Trailer For 'Hoop Dreams' & 'The Interrupters' Helmer Steve James' Sports Doc 'Head Games'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 9:37 AM
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After making a name for himself with the Oscar-nominated "Hoop Dreams," considered one of the best sports documentaries of all time, filmmaker Steve James followed it up with sports-oriented films like "Prefontaine," "Passing Glory" and "Joe And Max." Last year saw the release of his remarkable crime documentary "The Interrupters" which was widely praised, earning a DGA nomination and landing on one Playlist writer's favourite films of 2011. However, in 2012, James is returning to the sports world with a more critical eye in "Head Games," a look at the growing issue of concussion and its long term medical effects on atheletes.

Cillian Murphy To Play Ruthless Gangster In 'Peaky Blinders' Created By 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2012 9:17 AM
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Severely underutilized in recent film such as "In Time" and "Tron: Legacy," though he had a more prominent role in the the thriller "Red Lights" which no one saw, Irish thesp Cillian Murphy is headed to the small screen for a leading role, teaming with "Eastern Promises" and "Dirty Pretty Things" scribe Steven Knight and BBC2 for the six-part period gangster drama "Peaky Blinders" (Memo to BBC: you might want to change that godawful title).

New Image Of Audrey Tautou & Romain Duris In Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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Have Michel Gondry's still-in-production movies always been this heavily covered by the press? Either way, after the relative secrecy behind the making of "The We And The I" which premiered at Cannes Directors' Fortnight earlier this year, the filmmaker and everyone else behind "Mood Indigo" have been happy to let press descend upon Gondry's latest film. We've already seen a batch of official stills drop and now we've got one more look at the film's leads, Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris.

Lee Daniels & Hugh Jackman Will Try Teaming Again On MLK Assassination Film 'Orders To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 11:07 PM
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Try as they might, so far, Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman just haven't been able to make a movie together. Over two years ago, the actor was lining up to play segregation enforcer Sheriff Jim Clark in the director's civil rights tale "Selma," which never was able to get in front of cameras. And then, earlier this year, Jackman was sought out for a role in Daniels' currently shooting "The Butler" but it never worked out due to "The Wolverine" schedule, which is also rolling in front of cameras at the moment. But by golly, they're hoping the third time's the charm.

'Take Shelter' Helmer Jeff Nichols To Direct Biopic 'The Boy Who Played With Fusion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 8:06 PM
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If there has been single characteristic that has marked Jeff Nichols' three films to date (and we're aware we're being a bit reductive here), it's that they usually center on extraordinary stories that take place in the most unlikely, everyday settings. From a familial feud to an impending apocalypse to a fairy tale of sorts in "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," Nichols has established himself as a writer/director with a unique voice that doesn't need big special effects and budgets to wow an audience. But his next movie might have a couple of explosions (sort of).

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