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The Fire Rises: New Banners From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Hint At The Epic War That Hits Gotham

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2012 2:43 PM
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Sick of "The Dark Knight Rises" and its relatively secret campaign? At least compared to say, Fox's "Prometheus," which seemingly has revealed every secret it has? (Probably not, but it sure feels that way). Well, you shouldn't be. Trust In Nolan (someone should make a T-shirt of that and give me some props).

Cannes: Shia Labeouf Talks The "Messy, Dirty, Realistic" Violence Of 'Lawless' & John Hillcoat Explains How Guy Pearce Scared Nick Cave's Kids

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 25, 2012 2:24 PM
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For fans of Australian helmer John Hillcoat, it’s been a long wait since his last film, the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel “The Road” in 2009. However, it looks like patience has paid off with his latest film, “Lawless,” which tells the tale of the Depression-era Bondurant brothers whose successful bootlegging operation in Franklin County, Virginia is soon threatened by authorities who are looking to cut their profits. Based on the novel “The Wettest County In the World” (which the film was originally titled), written by Matt Bondurant—grandson of one of the main characters in the novel—"Lawless," penned by famed musician and screenwriter Nick Cave, had its world premiere at Cannes last weekend. The film was received with a significant amount of praise, with our own writer saying “as far as top-tier storytelling goes, it doesn't get much better than this.”

New Image Of Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan In 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 2:02 PM
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Well, the first trailer for "The Great Gatsby" arrived earlier this week and it proved two things: 1) there seems to be no limit to where Kanye West and Jay-Z's "No Church In The Wild" can be used, and 2) for better or worse, this movie is a Baz Luhrmann film all the way.

Cannes: David Cronenberg Talks The "Strange Mutant Hybrid" Of 'Cosmopolis'; Robert Pattinson Says There's No Link Between His Own Life & Eric Packer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 25, 2012 1:03 PM
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With his adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis,” which follows a 28-year-old billionaire’s stretch limo ride across Manhattan that soon turns into a warped odyssey that tears apart his own world, it looks as if David Cronenberg is returning to the sort of ethereal horror fantasies with which he made his name. With “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson in the lead, along with an awe-inspiring ensemble that includes Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand and Mathieu Amalric, “Cosmopolis” is already proving to be a divisive and titillating work from the famed auteur in the vein of his 1991 William Burroughs adaptation “Naked Lunch.”

Kino Lorber Picks Up Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' Finds Distribution With Sundance Selects

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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Tracking the festival circuit can sometimes be a frustrating venture as distribution deals (or lack thereof) can negate anticipation and excitement. For smaller-name films, foreign ones in particular, it's sometimes a matter of years before a far away festival hit is released locally. American fans of South Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo and Scotsman Ken Loach can rejoice, however, as the duo's latest films from Cannes have now secured stateside distribution deals.

Cannes: Andrew Dominik Says He's Aiming To Make "Emotional Nightmare Fairy-Tale" Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2012 12:05 PM
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After a few years in the wilderness after the masterpiece "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" underperformed at the box office, Andrew Dominik's third film -- initially titled "Cogan's Trade" after the George V. Higgins book on which it's based, and later retitled "Killing Them Softly" -- came together quite quickly. The first hints emerged in September 2010, and within a few months it had a star and producer in Brad Pitt, a distributor courtesy of The Weinstein Company, and rolled in front of cameras in early 2011.

Charlotte Gainsbourg & Mathieu Amalric Line Up New Projects; New Trailer For Pawel Pawlikowski's 'The Woman In The Fifth'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 11:42 AM
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Carrying on the Gallic theme of the Cannes Film Festival, we now have news from two major French talents in the form of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Amalric who have both lined up their next projects. We also have the first trailer for Pawel Pawlikowski's Paris-set "The Woman In The Fifth," starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott-Thomas.

Comedian Kevin Hart To Try His Hand At Occupation-Based Slapstick With Kevin James In 'Valet Guys'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 25, 2012 11:21 AM
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After working the grind of the comedy club circuit while picking up the occasional supporting film role, it seems actor/comedian Kevin Hart has finally reached, and even surpassed, the mainstream success that has recently graced Louis C.K. and Marc Maron among others. His comedy special “Laugh At My Pain” grossed more than $7 million on just 284 screens, while his starring role in the Tim Story-directed “Think Like a Man” helped that film reach $86 million on a $12 budget. Of course, now that Hart has proven himself a viable talent, studios are clamoring to place him front and center in their latest projects, and the first one finds him co-starring with another comedy star who previously struck box-office gold.

Watch: Trailer for River Phoenix's Final, Unfinished Film 'Dark Blood,' Plus Interview With Director George Sluizer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 25, 2012 10:37 AM
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It's a well-documented slice of Hollywood history where River Phoenix went the night of his untimely death, but what's lesser known about is the halted production that the young actor was shooting at the time. Dutch director George Sluizer was ten days from wrapping on his film with Phoenix, “Dark Blood,” when he received news of his lead actor's death, and from then on the film was never released or spoken of again. However, since we last received news that Sluizer was forging on ahead, re-assembling the film as a tribute for completion and release, now there's an update and trailer to further hint at what remains of Phoenix's final role.

First Look At Hailee Steinfeld In 'Romeo & Juliet'; Actress Joins Rom-Com 'Why We Broke Up'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 25, 2012 9:44 AM
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It’s been two years since Hailee Steinfeld impressed audiences as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ adaptation of Charles Portis' novel, “True Grit.” Her breakout turn earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a flurry of offers, including a role in next year’s blockbuster-to-be “Ender’s Game,” but her next big-screen appearance will be as Juliet in the newest, millennial-targeted, adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, “Romeo & Juliet.”

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