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Watch: Red Band Trailer for 'The Oranges' Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener & Leighton Meester

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 13, 2012 10:43 AM
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Featuring an ensemble cast, suburban setting, and humorous holiday shenanigans, “The Oranges” seemed initially to be heading toward “Christmas With The Kranks” territory as it approached its TIFF premiere last year. However, since the project's 2008 Black List inclusion by writers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, a steady buzz has grown into the film's well-received screenings and recent first trailer, and now comes an opportunity to see Allison Janney cut loose in the film's red-band offering.

IFC Films To Distribute Noah Baumbach/Greta Gerwig Telluride & TIFF Hit 'Frances Ha'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
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Shot in near-complete secrecy and unannounced until just this past July, it's suitably consistent that director Noah Baumbach's seventh feature, “Frances Ha,” would also become one of the surprise highlights of the festival circuit this year. Co-written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, who also stars, the film already garnered a fantastic reception at Telluride this year (from us included), and now, following a similar performance in Toronto, it appears distribution for the comedy-drama is coming together.

'300: Battle Of Artemisia' Gets Blander New Title '300: Rise Of An Empire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 10:02 AM
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While for some, any decision that pits art against commerce might seem like a vexing one, for studio executives, the bottom line is usually the rule of law. Just yesterday it was revealed that Warner Bros. was strong-arming Guillermo Del Toro into converting his upcoming "Pacific Rim" into 3D, and now another big 2013 movie for the studio is getting a tweak to enhance its bang for the buck.

Rumor: Lindsay Lohan Tried To Get Fired Off 'Scary Movie 5'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 13, 2012 9:37 AM
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Part of the formula for the “Scary Movie” franchise -- surely the franchise of our time -- includes cameos by celebrities who are usually the first kill of the movie. But the producers of the upcoming "Scary Movie 5" might have bit off more than they can chew when they hired Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan to bring their brand of famousness to the latest chapter in the horror comedy saga.

'Django Unchained' Infographic Plus Posters For 'Trouble With The Curve' & 'Sinister'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 13, 2012 9:22 AM
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Today we have an infographic for one of the most anticipated movies of the year, plus a pair of posters for two wildly different films -- one a heartwarming tale of redemption, and the other about a family discovering hidden horrors in their new home.

Mélanie Thierry Joins Terry Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Says Tilda Swinton Also On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 8:59 AM
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It looks like it's full steam ahead on the next feature film from Terry Gilliam, and so far it's looking quite promising. The director has already lined up Christoph Waltz in the lead role of the sci-fi flick "The Zero Theorem," which apparently mostly takes place in a chapel, centers around four main characters, and possibly includes nudity of some kind. And while word has mostly been quiet since the film was announced back in August, it looks like the cast is beginning to take shape.

Watch: Viggo Mortensen In English-Subtitled Trailer For 'Everybody Has A Plan'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 12, 2012 8:59 PM
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It’s been two years since since it was revealed that the notoriously picky Viggo Mortensen would lead Ana Piterbarg’s directorial debut, the Argentinian-made, Spanish-language “Everybody Has A Plan,” in dual roles as the identical twins Pedro and Agustin. After many stills and a non-subtitled Spanish language trailer, naturally, we finally have a North American trailer complete with English subtitles.

Danny Elfman Scoring 'Hitchcock' & Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 7:48 PM
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Surely at this stage, Danny Elfman must have some kind of cloning machine at work. In 2012 alone, the Oingo Boingo member turned composer has penned two scores for his regular collaborator Tim Burton, "Dark Shadows" and "Frankenweenie," another for "Men In Black 3," and one for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." He's got Fox animated pic "Epic" and a reunion with Sam Raimi on "Oz The Great and Powerful" coming up too, but all being well, we could see two more Elfman scores before the year is out.

Ewan McGregor Latest To Join Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More In 'August: Osage County'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 5:09 PM
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Emboldened by two Best Picture wins in two years (plus two Best Directors, two Best Actors and a Best Actress...), Harvey Weinstein seems to be setting out to win all the Oscars in 2013 -- "The Master" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all look like players, and The Weinstein Company is also holding out hope for "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Untouchable," "Song for Marion," "Quartet" and more. Next year, however, he's going for a simpler approach, by cramming as many acclaimed actors as possible into a single acclaimed piece of source material.

Guillermo Del Toro Agrees (Reluctantly?) To Convert 'Pacific Rim' Into 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 3:54 PM
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3D might have lost some of its luster since the glory days of "Avatar" all the way back in 2009 -- films like "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" made the bulk of their money in 2D, domestically at least -- but it's still a profitable money spinner domestically. Worst case scenario is that audiences end up paying an extra few dollars for their ticket to help battle plummeting admissions, and best case scenario is that the film, like "Avatar," "The Avengers" and others, is catapulted to gangbusters international numbers by the rest of the world's seemingly unsatiable appetizer for 3D.

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