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Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei & Brian Geraghty To Star In Indie Comedy 'Why Now'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 3:23 PM
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Scientific fact: every movie is better for having a little Sam Rockwell in it. Whether it's in a lead role, like in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or "Moon," or a scene-stealing supporting turn like in "Galaxy Quest" or the blockbuster "Iron Man 2," he's one of those actors who never gives a bad performance, and makes every picture he appears in that much better.

William Friedkin To Direct Nicolas Cage In Thriller 'I Am Wrath'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 2:35 PM
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Update 10/01: Deadline confirms this is really, and truly, happening

Watch: Trailer For Alcoholism Drama 'Smashed' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 11, 2012 1:52 PM
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"Last night I ended up smoking crack." The Sundance drama “Smashed” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul received rave reviews earlier this year, especially from the performances of both lead actors. Our review from Sundance had praise for both thespians: "Winstead's bright, light charm has helped her in a run of films, but here she gets to crack it open to show dark rot underneath. Paul may be best known as "Breaking Bad" co-star Jesse Pinkman, but while Charlie also likes his vices a bit too much, his performance -- loving, gentle, lightly hammered -- is in a very different key than his work there."

Stream Jonny Greenwood's Score To 'The Master,' Plus Listen To 'Dredd' Score In Full

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 1:34 PM
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Almost as anticipated as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master" in general -- and given that only this morning, this writer got a death threat for daring to give the film a 'B,' that's pretty damn anticipated -- is the music of the film. 2007's "There Will Be Blood" saw Anderson draft Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood to write the score, and the result was a masterpiece: a dischordant, hugely exciting soundtrack that proved to be one of the most memorable of the century so far. And Greenwood's back for the director's follow up, his brilliant (but in our opinion, flawed) period drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Rising Star Isabel Lucas To Lead 'Careful What You Wish For,' Liam Neeson Sought For 'Fair Trade,' And More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 11, 2012 1:25 PM
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First up in a bit of a casting round-up today is news that Aussie actress Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and maybe Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” if she makes the final cut) has signed up for “Careful What You Wish For.” The film will follow a self-conscious high school student who gets more than he bargained for when he starts an affair with the wife of a businessman (the role we’re assuming Lucas has taken), and discovers a devastating secret after a serious crime rocks their small town. Directed by Elizabeth Allen (“Aquamarine,” “Ramona and Beezus”), the film is described as a “sexy thriller reminiscent of “Basic Instinct,”” but we’d be surprised if Lucas lays herself quite as bare as Sharon Stone did.

9 New Images Arrive From Michael Winterbottom's 'Everyday' With Shirley Henderson & John Simm

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 11, 2012 12:55 PM
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While “The Master” and “Cloud Atlas” stormed TIFF this festival year with their sweeping performances and expansive themes (one film a little more successfully than the other, by most accounts...), it was inevitable that many other films, even from world-renowned directors, were going to fall under the radar. One such film is probably the latest from British helmer Michael Winterbottom – last seen adding to his ultra-prolific output with the drama “Trishna” – with his latest, the long-in-the-offing, “Everyday.”

3 New 'Anna Karenina' TV Spots Showcase Theatrical Elements, Director Joe Wright To Make Stage Debut In London In February

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 11, 2012 12:30 PM
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Aside from the now-infamous tracking shots within his films, it’s gradually getting harder to place where director Joe Wright will head next. Historical drama has been his wheelhouse, yes, but after the art-house action of “Hanna” dazzled with ingenuity and skill, it seems he’s ready to display his range with his latest, “Anna Karenina.” Focus Features (who’s distributing the film) are ready too, as they’ve released three new TV spots to raise excitement, while outside news of Wright’s full-on involvement in the theatrical takes shape as well.

Joss Whedon Says 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Will Be "Twisted," 'Avengers 2' Will Be "Complex & Difficult"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 11:38 AM
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As follow-ups to one of the three biggest movies of all time go, making a Shakespeare movie in your back garden with your friends must go down in history as one of the more unlikely ones. But that's exactly what "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon did, using the time between the Marvel pic wrapping and the start of post-production to direct a low-budget black-and-white version of "Much Ado About Nothing" starring Whedonverse graduates like Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher among the cast.

First Clip From Eli Roth-Starring TIFF Earthquake Horror 'Aftershock'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 11, 2012 11:10 AM
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Despite all the premieres of awards contenders, the Toronto International Film Festival, like many festivals these days, is very genre friendly, at least late at night -- “The Raid” premiered last year as part of the midnight screening series -- and one of the higher profile films is the Eli Roth-starring disaster film “Aftershock.” Co-written by Roth and helmer Nicolas Lopez, the film follows a group of attractive young people who “are having the best of times whooping it up in a dance club [in Chile], until a violent earthquake brings the entire city down around them.” The story is a straight-up natural disaster film, with the danger being “looters, escaped convicts, and the inevitable aftershocks.” We’re not really sold on Roth as an actor, but as long as the film stays squarely in shlock territory it shouldn’t be a problem. Check out some images from the film below, as well as a short clip of some of the destruction “Aftershock” promises. [Collider]

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Pick Up Kristen Wiig Starrer 'Imogene,' RADiUS-TWC Take Errol Morris' Latest

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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More Toronto International Film Festival acquisitions abound, including the comedy "Imogene" and the documentary "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld," right on the heels of Roadside Attractions picking up Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell."

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