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Shia LaBeouf Done With Studio Films? Actor Regrets Comments About 'Indy 4,' Says He's 'Terrified' About Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2012 12:00 PM
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While it's been a while since we really warmed to him on screen, kudos are certainly due to Shia LaBeouf for giving his career a new lease of life of late. The 26-year-old actor started off in the Disney Channel world before graduating to blockbuster sidekick in films like "Constantine" and "I Robot," and has spent much of the last half-decade going from blockbuster to blockbuster, most notably in the 'Transformers' series and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." But John Hillcoat's "Lawless," which opens in a few weeks, seems to signal a serious sea change in the actor's career.

Willem Dafoe Joins Anton Corbijn's Spy-Thriller 'A Most Wanted Man' & Cop-Drama 'Whiskey Bay' With Matt Dillon

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 16, 2012 11:43 AM
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Anton Corbijn transitioned from music video directing/rock-photography to feature filmmaking fairly late in his career. First up, he combined his love of music and pictures with a biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis that made a star of Sam Riley and followed that up with an adaptation of Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," which he turned into the existential hitman drama "The American" starring George Clooney. Corbijn Is now putting together the pieces for what could be his last hurrah, an adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" author John le Carre's spy-thriller "A Most Wanted Man."

Director Brenda Chapman Says Being Removed From 'Brave' Was "Devastating"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 16, 2012 11:17 AM
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The story of Disney/Pixar's "Brave" is a complicated one, fraught with battle-hardened debates and hurt feelings, and we're just talking about what happened behind the scenes of the Scottish-set fairy tale. Originally conceived as the first feature from a female filmmaker at the notoriously male-oriented studio, it was to be written and directed by Brenda Chapman, an animation vet who shepherded the second Disney Renaissance and directed "Prince of Egypt" at DreamWorks. However, eighteen months before the movie was set to premiere, she was removed from the project and, in subsequent months, the studio. (She recently got a job on a typically secretive project at LucasFilm.) Chapman hasn't said one word about her experience on "Brave." Until now.

New Images From 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' With Emma Watson, Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 16, 2012 10:42 AM
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The emotionally fraught period of adolescence has fascinated many filmmakers, and the latest to tackle the turbulent experience is Stephen Chbosky, with “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” And with a TIFF premiere and theatrical release just around the corner, seven new stills from the promising picture have arrived.

Sight & Sound Unveil Full 'Greatest Films Of All Time' List; Robert Altman, Ridley Scott & More Crack Top 100

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2012 10:31 AM
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Following the reveal at the beginning of the month of the top 50 on the Sight & Sound Greatest Films Of All Time, which caused plenty of debate on its own with "Veritgo" taking over the top spot from "Citizen Kane," the BFI have pulled up the curtain on the entire results of their once-a-decade poll of over 800 critics, academics and festival programmers all over the world.

Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions Get Dirty With Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Starring Matthew McConaughey; Eyeing 2013 Release Date

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 16, 2012 9:36 AM
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Fans of Jeff Nichols’ 2011 film “Take Shelter” may be slightly disappointed to hear they'll have to wait a bit longer to see the director’s latest. “Mud” stars Matthew McConaughey (continuing his remarkable career turnaround) as the eponymous fugitive who forms an unlikely friendship with a pair of Arkansas teens who help him evade capture and reunite with his soulmate Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Oh, and this being a Jeff Nichols movie, Michael Shannon also stars – no surprise there.

Elle Fanning Dives Into 'Olive's Ocean'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 16, 2012 9:17 AM
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Last year was like a big coming out party for Elle Fanning. The actress gave impressive performances in films as disparate as J.J. Abrams’s “Super 8,” Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt," with all of these following her breakout turn in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” the year before. So it’s no wonder that her profile is continuing to rise, and Deadline reports that Fanning will star in the young adult novel adaptation “Olive’s Ocean.”

Jake Gyllenhaal Does The 'Mississippi Grind' For 'Half Nelson' Directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 16, 2012 8:56 AM
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After bursting onto the scene with "Half Nelson," which featured a career-making turn by Ryan Gosling, filmmaking duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden haven't exactly lived up to those heights, with the criminally underrated "Sugar" flying below the radar, and the lightweight "Kind Of A Funny Story" not quite landing with the force some were expecting. The filmmakers, however, have a new, exciting project in the works.

Watch: Love, Pleasure & Pain In New Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 10:28 PM
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"It's not the L. Ron Hubbard story," Philip Seymour Hoffman told Entertainment Weekly in last week's issue. "[Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There's nothing about how I'm behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]." And while the bigger thematic arc of the film is beginning to show its colors, it seems pretty clear to us that Joaquin Phoenix is being audited in this new clip from the film.

Carey Mulligan To Star In Dark Comedy Thriller 'Nancy And Danny' From Director James Marsh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 8:53 PM
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Not content to let Tobey Maguire sign up for all the movies in the space created by "The Great Gatsby" delay, Carey Mulligan is getting into the swing of things joining a film that will see her exercise some different acting muscles than we're used to from the actress.

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