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Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct Period Ghost Tale 'Ezekiel Moss'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 7:30 PM
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When he's not being awesome in films -- his current role in "The Master" being perhaps his finest performance yet, Philip Seymour Hoffman spends much of his time directing in the theater. A member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, he's been working on the stage for decades, with memorable work including the award-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis play "Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train" and, more recently, "The Long Red Road" in Chicago, starring Tom Hardy. But his film directing work has been slower to get going, with Hoffman's sole effort so far being 2010's little-seen "Jack Goes Boating," which starred the actor/director alongside Amy Ryan and John Ortiz.

Christopher Nolan's 'Following' Gets Criterion Treatment, 'Qatsi' Trilogy, 'Purple Noon' & More Coming In December

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 6:54 PM
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Yes, Christopher Nolan has now been minted with the wacky C. Everyone's favorite boutique label have unveiled their December, and as usual, they play it quiet at the end of the year, but there are more than enough highlights to make the cinephile on your Christmas list happy.

Alexandre Desplat Scoring Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 6:00 PM
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We don't know if we'd call Alexandre Desplat the best working composer -- although an argument could certainly be made for that. But we'd certainly call him one of the most prolific. Since the French composer broke out a decade or so ago with "Girl With A Pearl Earring" and the amazing music for "Birth," he's been in high demand, and ever more so as time goes on. In 2011, for instance, he penned the music for no fewer than NINE films -- "Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy," "The Well Digger's Daughter," "A Better Life," "The Tree Of Life," "Carnage," "The Ides Of March," "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" and "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir."

Paul Feig Talks The Dynamic Of Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock In ‘The Heat’; Discusses His Adaptation Of ‘The Intouchables’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 17, 2012 5:30 PM
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Director Paul Feig is now exactly where he should be: the world is his oyster after helming the 2011 comedy hit, "Bridesmaids.” A film that went on to become the top grossing R-rated female comedy of all time, domestically surpassing “Sex and the City.” But it actually took a few years and probably a lot longer than it should have. After creating the beloved cult show "Freaks & Geeks" (which was canceled in 2000 after one season of 18 episodes), the writer/director was supposed to take on a young adult novel adaptation called “Stargirl,” but the project never materialized. Instead he Instead he directed the forgettable "Unaccompanied Minors" in 2006. And if that movie was unremarkable, the excellent TV CV that followed -- he directed classic episodes of “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” 30 Rock," "Mad Men," "Bored to Death" and "Parks and Recreation" -- perhaps hinted at what was to come.

Paul Thomas Anderson Says The Playlist Named 'The Master'

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  • September 17, 2012 5:00 PM
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“Really, [the title of the film] was just a process of elimination. In fact, the Internet actually gave it its title first. A version of my script got out online years ago and they referred to it as 'The Master,' even though it didn’t have a title on it or anything," Paul Thomas Anderson recently told the Vancouver Sun. "So we just ended up calling it 'The Master.' We never did find another title for the film.”

First Poster From Ben Affleck's 'Argo,' New One-Sheet & Image From Jake Gyllenhaal Cop Flick 'End Of Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 4:29 PM
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Only a litte earlier, we were talking about "Argo" looking like one of the major Best Picture players of the coming season -- and given the enormously positive reviews, we can't really see how it'll fail to come to pass. But you wouldn't know it too much from Warner Bros' new poster from the film (just revealed on their Twitter account), which neglects to play up any inspirational, awards-courting parts of the film in favor of... something from a more generic thriller. Ok, so there's a nice 70s quality to the one-sheet, we suppose, but it's not wildly memorable. Still, it could have been worse, and it's always good to see the dude from "Sound Of My Voice" on a poster for an Oscar contender. [Warner Bros]

Channing Tatum Wants To Direct Something Small Before Taking On 'Magic Mike 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 4:02 PM
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We're sure that someone out there has had a better year than Channing Tatum. An Olympian who won multiple gold medals, for instance. Or someone who won nine figures in some kind of lottery. Or maybe the "Gangnam Style" guy. But in the film world, no one's had a better 2012 than Tatum. Somewhat mocked by many in years gone by, the actor kicked off the year by impressing in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," before having three $100 million+ smash hits in five months, in the shape of romantic drama "The Vow," acclaimed comedy "21 Jump Street" and Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," which Tatum also produced, and based on his own life. Wildly different films, but Tatum impressed in each, and has gone from a nearly-man to one of the most in-demand leading men around.

'Arbitrage' Director Nicholas Jarecki Planning 'Chinatown' & 'The Conversation' Inspired Detective Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 3:16 PM
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While "The Master" earned the most headlines this weekend for its record breaking limited run opening, another film also made an impressive bow. Nicholas Jarecki's financial world thriller "Arbitrage" began hitting theaters (and VOD) bringing in a solid $1.9 million at 197 locations. But even more, the movie is already earning some awards season chatter, particularly for Richard Gere who gives one of his best turns in recent memory. For Jarecki, making his feature film debut on the picture, he couldn't have asked for a better start and he's already got some some ambitious plans for his next outing.

New 'RoboCop' Suit Gets A Close Up In Licensing Banner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 2:42 PM
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Update: Even though film's underway and posters are being released, the film isn't quite done casting up: Aimee Garcia, who plays nanny Jamie on "Dexter," has joined the cast, according to Heat Vision, playing a scientist who works with Gary Oldman's character.
More: RoboCop

So, There Might Be A 'Boondock Saints 3' For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 2:16 PM
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The oeuvre of Troy Duffy, such as it is, is made up entirely of "Boondock Saints" movies. His 1999 directorial debut for some reason earned itself a cult following, despite being a pretty tepid last gasp of post-Tarantino moviemaking but swapped out irony for deadpan earnestness that was barely stitched togther into something resembling a movie. Only Willem Dafoe seemed to realize he was in a camp movie, and gave a performance that was notably eccentric and memorable. Ten years later it was followed up with the dreadful "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." We thought that would be last stab at the wheezing "franchise," but alas, we were wrong.

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