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Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III' Leads Rome Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:06 AM
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So....that's it? With early rumors pointing to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Gabriele Muccino's Gerard Butler-starring comedy "Playing For Keeps," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," and Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller has unveiled this year's slate for his inaugural Rome Film Festival, and those expecting big stars and big-name movies will be disappointed.

Uma Thurman Joins Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 7:03 AM
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You might think that Lars Von Trier's idea to shoot an erotic drama featuring hardcore sex might scare Hollywood types away. You would be wrong. With Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and (oddly) Christian Slater among those taking part, another unexpected name has joined the cast.

To The Left, To The Left: Beyonce Exits Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 9:46 PM
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Well, it's back to the starting blocks—again—for Warner Bros. forever developing "A Star Is Born" as Beyonce has left the building.

Ralph Fiennes Books Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' While Angela Lansbury Checks Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 8:43 PM
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Some people were a little bummed when they learned that Johnny Depp actually wasn't going to be in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Some folks were relieved. But we think everyone will agree that this next bit of casting is pretty damn awesome.

Figures: 'Taken 2' Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen Says Fox Wants A 'Taken 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 9, 2012 6:39 PM
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Well, that was fast. Last week, while speaking to the press, actor turned action star Liam Neeson (essentially) said thanks but no thanks to the possibility of a "Taken 3" film. Then "Taken 2" was released on Friday and came up with a impressive $50 million in its opening weekend (double the opening figure of the original), proving that audiences still love aging dads that will find you, kill you and then fuck you up if you mess with their wives and daughters.

Nicolas Cage & Hayden Christensen Team Up For 'Outcast'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 4:38 PM
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Oh, Nicolas Cage. Just when it seemed he was putting paycheck gigs behind him by lining up movies with William Friedkin and David Gordon Green, along comes "Outcast" to remind is, that if a project crosses his desk and promises a fully stocked catering table, he'll probably do it.

RZA Gets 'Happy!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 4:15 PM
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As RZA's Wu-resume grows to include the title of director, it looks like the rapper isn't just going to get back behind the decks, cook up some beats and drop some mad rhymes. He sees a Wu-opportunity to keep this new Wu-avenue going, and the filmmaker is now taking on a new project.
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Listen: 6 Minute Preview Of Thomas Newman's 'Skyfall' Score Plus Soundtrack Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 3:18 PM
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As an eight-time Oscar nominee (but without any wins), two of composer Thomas Newman's nods have come from his work for director Sam Mendes: "American Beauty" and "Road To Perdition." In fact, he has scored all of the helmer's films date to except "Away We Go." So can the pair tune up another trip to the Oscars with "Skyfall"?

Set Pics Unveil First Look At James McAvoy & Jim Broadbent In 'Filth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 2:45 PM
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We won't be seeing James McAvoy on the big screen in 2012, but by this time next year, he'll have been the centerpiece of quite a few promising films. His slate includes: the thriller "Welcome To The Punch"; the duo of films "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers" alongside Jessica Chastain; and Danny Boyle's art world tale "Trance." And if that's not enough, he'll be getting dirty with "Filth." And we now have our first peek at that movie.

Set Pics Reveal First Look At Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In 'Grace Of Monaco'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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So, it would appear from these set pics that Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly looks a lot like Nicole Kidman. But if you're going to get someone to play the legendary actress and royal figure, Kidman is pretty damn good ace to have in the pocket.

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