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Al Pacino To Play Legendary/Disgraced Football Coach Joe Paterno

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2012 10:00 AM
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According to an exclusive Deadline report, ICM Partners will start shopping around a project, starting next week, to which Al Pacino is attached to play late, controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The project is based on Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski's biography, "Paterno," which is currently sitting atop the New York Times Bestsellers List for the second week in a row. Paterno was once a golden god amongst college football. Then, of course, it was discovered that he had been involved in a complicated cover-up of sexual misdeeds by his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Paterno died after being fired but before the NCAA issued a heavy fine and sanctions against the school that included the removal of Paterno's wins going back to the time of the cover-up.
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J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Sequel Apparently Entitled 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 8, 2012 9:00 AM
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As ever, the CIA-like secrecy around J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company has proved remarkably resilient against leaks during, and after, production of "Star Trek 2." We can be pretty sure that it'll involve spaceships. We know that most of the original cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood, are returning. We know they've been joined by some new additions, including Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Peter Weller and Benedict Cumberbatch, as a villain who may be Khan, or may be original series character Gary Mitchell. Beyond that, Abrams has been keeping things as close to the chest as ever.

TIFF Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines' A Searing Tale Of Fathers, Sons & The Legacy Of Sins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2012 10:16 PM
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Of all the films arriving at TIFF this year, few are premiering under such an air of mystery as Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines." With only a couple of official images, but no posters or trailers, the tone and scope of the movie remained under wraps. Following "Blue Valentine," would the film be a similarly intimate and narrowly focused story or something completely different? The answer is that "The Place Beyond The Pines" is an ambitious epic that is cut from some of the same thematic tissue as Cianfrance's previous film, but expands the scope into a wondrously widescreen tale of fathers, sons and the legacy of sins that are passed down through the generations.

New NSFW Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Announces Alamo Drafthouse Screening In Austin Next Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2012 8:34 PM
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A scientology audit? Not quite. More like a Rorschach-like free-association test where Freddie Quell (played by Joaquin Phoenix) gives off his impressions of ink blots and reveals his strange and idiosyncratic character. It's another exclusive (and somewhat NSFW) clip from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.  Cut especially for Alamo Drafthouse by PTA himself, the clip announces a special sneak preview at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas on Monday, 9/10. 

Watch: Clips From TIFF Entries 'A Late Quartet,' 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower,' 'Arthur Newman' And 'Jackie'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 6:57 PM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing up north, clips are being dropped left and right for a bunch of films that are playing there. Just today we got brand new clips from highly anticipated literary adaptation "The Perks of Being a Wallflower;" drama "A Late Quartet" with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener; and the bizarre-sounding Colin Firth/Emily Blunt comedy/drama "Arthur Newman." Additionally, a trailer has debuted for family drama "Jackie," starring Carice van Houten ("Game of Thrones") and Holly Hunter. Read on and feel like you're in Toronto, listening to the funny accents and getting shoved around in line!

Doug Liman Planning Return To The Spy Genre With Adaptation Of Olen Steinhauer's 'The Tourist'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 6:30 PM
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Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has scooped up the rights to three novels by American thriller writer Olen Steinhauer – New York Times bestseller "The Tourist" and its sequels, "Nearest Exit" and "An American Spy" (the last of which came out this past spring). The studio has attached longtime spy fan Doug Liman to direct, with Matt Corman and Chris Ord, co-creators of the Liman-produced TV series "Covert Affairs," on board to write the script. They will undoubtedly be changing the title for the first movie, since no one wants to be reminded of the atrocious Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie dud of the same name.

Rumor Of The Day: Could Dr. Strange Really-For-Real Be In 'Thor 2?'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 6:15 PM
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Earlier this summer, we at The Playlist launched our Playlist podcast series. In our second episode, we conversed about Warner Bros.' plans for the Justice League, and of course, discussed the second phase of the Marvel cinematic universe. During our conversation we dropped some fun Marvel rumors that had come across our desk this summer (Marvel never verifies, so it tends to be speculative at best) and one of the more fascinating grapevine dispatches we heard was that Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe, would be a big part of "Thor: The Dark World" (then simply called "Thor 2").

In Theaters: 'The Words' May Be 'Branded' In The 'Cold Light Of Day,' So 'Keep The Lights On' For 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' And 'Hello I Must Be Going'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • September 7, 2012 5:53 PM
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As we transition into the unofficial start of autumn, the films take on a similarly seasonal tone, ranging from somber to bleak. Larceny, inebriation, lechery, and gore pepper this weekend’s releases, creating a veritable smorgasbord of tributes to deadly sinning. There’s also the odd comedy, sure, but even they seem to have dipped into the dark debauchery bucket for inspiration. But don’t fret too much, friends: if you’re starting to feel SADD, there’s always the IMAX/3D rerelease of your favorite childhood action flick to patron. Enjoy!

Daniel Radcliffe Vehicle 'Horns' Bedevils New Cast Members Juno Temple, Joe Anderson and Kelli Garner

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 4:57 PM
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Just the other day we were wondering when they were going to finish rounding out the cast for Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill's wonderfully unsettling novel "Horns." Well, today seems to be that day, as The Wrap is reporting Juno Temple, Joe Anderson and Kelli Garner have now joined Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella in the cast. That's a spookily good line-up.

Dimension Lands Big Deals For The Eli Roth-Produced Horror Flicks 'Aftershock' And 'Clown'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 4:25 PM
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In what Deadline is calling "the first significant distribution deal for a film playing at Toronto," Bob Weinstein's Dimension Films is set to acquire "Aftershock" (which is screening at the festival) and the soon-to-film "Clown," both produced by "Hostel" mastermind and "Inglourious Basterd" bastard Eli Roth. The report states that each film will have a minimum guarantee of $2 million, plus a guarantee of a wide theatrical rollout.

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