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Watch: Rashida Jones Proves Her Job Skills To Chris Messina In Clip From 'Celeste And Jesse Forever'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 30, 2012 1:44 PM
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Rashida Jones made a pretty significant splash at this year’s Sundance, co-writing and starring alongside "Saturday Night Live" alum Andy Samberg in the romantic dramedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” We were among many who gave the film a pretty solid recommendation, calling it a “charming tale of romance and heartbreak in the vein of 'When Harry Met Sally,' ” which is probably about as a high of praise as possible for a film of this sort.

'The Raid' Star Joe Taslim Takes Villain Role In 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 30, 2012 1:35 PM
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Director Gareth Evans’ Indonesian action-thriller “The Raid” has only been in the pop culture atmosphere for barely year, yet that seems like enough time for Hollywood to start plucking the film’s top talent to work on their own projects. Evans has been working on his English language debut and is also set to be “Breaking The Bank” with a heist picture over at Universal, all after he finishes “The Raid” sequel “Berandal”. Meanwhile, main "The Raid" ass-kicker Iko Uwais has just nabbed a part in Keanu Reeves' "Man Of Tai Chi." Now, Universal is looking to tap another player in “The Raid” army, whose profile will certainly gain a significant upgrade.

First Look At Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton In 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 30, 2012 1:23 PM
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You don’t hear of many British-Nigerian co-productions, but judging by the talent involved in the one that’s currently making its way to screens then we’d argue the two filmmaking nations should join forces more often. The British Film Institute and a Nigerian private equity firm have combined to bring the bestselling (and Orange Prize for Fiction-winning) novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” to the screen and assembled a pretty impressive cast in doing so. Dominic Cooper, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Game of Thrones” star Joseph Mawle and “Attack the Block” breakout actor John Boyega are all involved, and they even snagged themselves a Disney Princess in the form of Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”).

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Play The Venice Film Festival & TIFF After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 12:24 PM
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Initially accidentally announced and then quickly retracted from last week's unveiling of the Venice Film Festival lineup, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is now officially headed to the Lido, and probably Toronto too. The news comes on the heels of the recent release date switch that saw The Weinstein Company move the picture up a month to Septmeber 14th release date from a previous October bow, making the film one of the first major talking points of the awards season.

Peter Jackson Confirms 'The Hobbit: Part 3' For Summer 2014 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 11:58 AM
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Get your wallets out kids, because after hints at Comic-Con and reports emerging last week that serious talks were underway between Peter Jackson and Warner Bros., it looks like Middle Earth is going to be up on the big screen for the next three years. That's right, "The Hobbit: Subtitle To Be Determind Later" (aka Part 3) is gonna happen. Here's what Jackson had to say on Facebook:

'Madagascar' Director Tom McGrath Signs Lease For Ben Stiller's 'Rentaghost'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 30, 2012 11:39 AM
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With the disappointing box office showing of “The Watch” this weekend, Ben Stiller is likely hoping that the tried-and-true hands that helped make the “Madagascar” films such rousing successes will work his magic for the actor's next film, the big-screen adaptation of late 70s/early 80s Brit TV comedy “Rentaghost.”

'Rush Hour 4' In The Works With Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan, Will Be "Gritty"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 11:22 AM
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You might think that with "Rush Hour 3" making less domestically than the first "Rush Hour" film, and barely passing it worldwide, that any chance at a "Rush Hour 4" would be off the table. But while Chris Tucker once commanded a huge salary -- taking $20 million for "Rush Hour 2" and $25 million for "Rush Hour 3" -- tax woes might be making his asking price come way down. And thus, the possibility of "Rush Hour 4" becomes frightening real.

New Pics 'Killing Them Softly' Featuring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 10:39 AM
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While much of the hype on The Weinstein Company's fall slate has centered around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," one film still flying well under the radar is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" starring Brad Pitt. Though it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, and has a new October release date now set (essentially swapping places with PTA's movie), it's still the only film of the bunch without a trailer. So until then, some images will have to do.

R.I.P. Chris Marker (1921-2012): Watch 'La Jetee' & 'Sans Soleil'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 10:17 AM
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Sad news to begin the week, as word comes this morning that experimental filmmaker Chris Marker has passed away, just one day after celebrating his 91st birthday.

James Mangold Latest Director Linked To Long Developing 'Le Cercle Rouge' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 9:22 AM
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It is now nearing a decade since Hollywood has tried to crack the nut of bringing Jean-Pierre Melville's stone cold classic noir/procedural "Le Cercle Rouge" to the big screen, and it has seen a ton of talent come and go in that time. Back in 2004, it was set up at Paramount with John Woo attached to direct a script by Jeff Pinker ("Alias," "Fringe"). He eventually left the project and Johnnie To ("Election," "Time & Tide") assumed the director's chair. This incarnation seemed to gather steam, amassing a cast that one point had Liam Neeson, Chow Yun-Fat, Orlando Bloom, Tim Roth and Alain Delon (who starred in the original) attached or offered roles, with a Brit List script by Steve Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Dirty Pretty Things"). That never came to pass, and more recently, John Hillcoat was offered a chance to direct , while Jaume Collet-Serra also kicked the tires on it. Now another director will give a shot.

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