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Watch: English-Subtitled Trailer For Michael Haneke's 'Amour'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 14, 2012 9:01 AM
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You may not have noticed, but the Cannes Film Festival begins this week, and it won’t be long before we start hearing how the latest cinematic offerings of a whole host of prolific directors stack up. One of said directors with a new film at the festival is everyone’s favorite German auteur, Michael Haneke, who returns to Cannes for the first time since 2009 when “The White Ribbon” (perhaps his finest piece of work) took home the Palme d’Or.

New Images Of Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel & Kate Beckinsale In 'Total Recall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 8:45 AM
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What's it like to have your memory scrubbed? Well, if the marketing team behind "Total Recall" do their job right, then you will have forgotten about the 1990 film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And they've pumped out a few more images to help get that job done.

Watch: Tense & Funny First Clip From 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2012 4:14 PM
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After pushing audiences to the brink last year with "Kill List," director Ben Wheatley has returned with something he promises is "lighter" -- though, of course, that could mean anything. And while we're still yet to see what will unfold in "Sightseers" -- the details of which have been kept closely guarded -- this first lengthy clip hints that it will be another dread-filled outing, though not without some laughs to leaven the mood.

Julianne Moore Now On Board 'Carrie' Remake; Gabrielle Wilde Also Joins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2012 12:00 PM
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With a release date slated last week, the wheels are now firmly in motion on the Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie" remake starring Chloe Moretz. With the lead actress now locked in, the task is now on hand to find someone to play the poor girl's deranged mother, and a name that has already been bandied about seems to be taking a more firm shape.

William Friedkin Discusses Frustrating Lawsuit Over His Undersung '70s Film 'Sorcerer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 7:19 PM
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When discussing the scrappy and hirsute "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" generation of 1970s filmmakers, the narrative arc of William Friedkin is a fun one to tell, and is often the stuff of legend. While he doesn't rank up there among some of the peers of that era like Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, he was the first of them to deliver what many call the first true blockbuster before "Jaws" and "Star Wars" with 1973's "The Exorcist." Arriving just two years after his critical hit "The French Connection" (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director; 4 wins and 8 nominations total), "The Exorcist" became one of the highest-earning movies of all time during its era, grossing over $441 million worldwide (which is still a great figure by today's standards).

Neil Marshall Takes On Vampire Tale 'Last Voyage Of Demeter,' Film Starting Over From Scratch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 6:42 PM
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Yep, it's one of those projects. You know, the kind of that spend years in development with a variety of filmmakers (in this case Robert Schewentke and Marcus Nispel) coming and going, but with no actual movement happening. Such is the case of "The Last Voyage Of Demeter" that most recently had David Slade set to direct with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley in the lead roles. Not bad right? But even as far back as a year ago, Rapace was casting doubt on whether or not she would be in it and word pretty much went quiet. Alas, it's back to the drawing board.

Look Into His Eyes: Promo Poster For Robert Pattinson's Saddam Hussein Movie 'Mission: Blacklist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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With a role in David Cronenberg's upcoming freak fest "Cosmopolis," Robert Pattinson continues to take on parts that...well, that are as far away from Edward in the "Twilight" movies as possible. And so to that end, last week he signed up to star in the thriller "Mission: Blacklist," and in case you missed the news, he'll be the guy hunting down Saddam Hussein.

Exclusive: Lisa Cholodenko Confirms She'll Direct 'The Abstinence Teacher' & Heads Into The 'Wild' With Reese Witherspoon

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • May 11, 2012 5:44 PM
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Director Lisa Cholodenko recently sat down with The Playlist moments before her panel with fellow alum Shari Springer Berman and Nicole Holofcener at the Columbia University Film Festival this week to debate the glass ceiling and how it affects making their films -- during the course of which, Cholodenko let slip a couple of her yet-to-be announced projects among her other updates.

"She's Out Of His Mind": Poster For 'Ruby Sparks' From The Directors Of 'Little Miss Sunshine'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 5:17 PM
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Improbable, fantastical and romantic, "Ruby Sparks" is the belated follow-up to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' four-time Oscar-nominated debut, "Little Miss Sunshine." It's been six years since that film -- the duo has been stuck in multi-project development hell -- and they've returned with a story that's about a novelist struggling with writer's block who finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then actually, somehow, inexplicably willing her into existence.

Michelle Monaghan Stages A 'Coup' With Owen Wilson & Pierce Brosnan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 4:59 PM
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Yesterday we said that Rachel McAdams doesn't always get the kinds of projects that match her skills, and the same could apply to Michelle Monaghan. The actress, who was excellent in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Gone Baby Gone," hasn't really stood out in much since, fading to the background or being wasted in fare like "Made Of Honor," "Eagle Eye" and "The Heartbreak Kid." But she does seem like to genre-y action pieces (such as "Source Code") as she's lined up another one.

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