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Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie & Matthias Schoenaerts Team For Luca Guadagnino's Sexy Thriller & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 15, 2014 9:24 AM
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Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie & Matthias Schoenaerts,  Luca Guadagnino's
Alright folks, the Cannes Film Festival is still underway and we have pair of new projects that have been announced from the Croisette.

Paolo Sorrentino & Baltasar Kormakur Line Up TV Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 5:49 PM
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Paolo Sorrentino
We'll spare you the standard boilerplate about TV-being-the-place-where-great-stories-are-told and just dive into the news that two more filmmakers with plenty of big screen success are headed to the small screen to tell some big tales.

Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed To Replace Tom Hardy In 'Everest,' James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston & More In Mix To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 9:20 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Two filmmakers are currently trying to get to the top of an "Everest" film first: Doug Liman and Baltasar Kormakur. But the question is which one will get there first as one has lost a lead, and the other some financing.

'Hot Wheels' Gets A Director, David Gordon Green Producing New Movie From 'Cold Weather' Helmer Aaron Katz & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 18, 2013 11:19 AM
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Martha Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") and Aaron Katz ("Cold Weather"), both graduates from the North Carolina School of Arts, have each cultivated promising film careers for themselves over the past few years (ie. the aforementioned films). Now, they will be co-directing a film they wrote together, a buddy comedy called “Land Ho!” with David Gordon Green (another NCSA alum) hopping on board as an executive producer. The film will star Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson as ex-brothers-in-law who go on a road trip in Iceland in order to reclaim their youth.

Rupert Sanders Prepares 'The Kill List,' 'Red' Director Conjures 'Houdini' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 21, 2013 12:40 PM
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We reported way back in October that various people were trying to get different projects based on the life of escapologist Harry Houdini off the ground, but doing so is proving harder than getting out of a tank of water while shackled (you know, for someone who isn't Houdini). Disappointingly, Joe Wright is no longer being linked to Summit Entertainment's project, which features a script based on the book “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero." Word now is focusing on Dean Parisot, chiefly a comedy and TV director but also maker of the upcoming “Red 2”, the kind of kinetic, lighthearted action that the Houdini flick is likely to aim for (taking its cure from the huge success of Guy Ritchie's “Sherlock Holmes”). Could be interesting?

Exclusive: New Trailer For Baltasar Kormakur's Award-Winning Icelandic Thriller 'The Deep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 10:11 AM
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While American audiences may be familiar with Baltasar Kormakur thanks to his Hollywood debut on last year's hit "Contraband" starring Mark Wahlberg, in his native Iceland, the filmmaker is not just respected as a director, but as an actor as well. Films like "Jar City" (which he helmed, and there's a remake in the works) and "Reykavik-Rotterdam" (in which he starred; the film was remade as "Contraband") -- and oh yeah, he was a producer on both -- helped put him on the map, and of course, Hollywood came calling. But he never left home completely, and while later this summer his re-teaming with Wahlberg for the action flick "2 Guns" will hit theaters, coming first is a film that saw Kormakur return home to tell a gripping true story.

Universal Looking At Other Directors For 'The Snowman' Due To Martin Scorsese's Busy Schedule

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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So just how busy is Martin Scorsese at any given moment? Well, here's a taste: he's currently in post-production on his next feature, "The Wolf Of Wall Street," he's producing a documentary about the late Roger Ebert, working on a movie project about the New York Review Of Books, developing a TV series based on "Gangs Of New York," executive producing new films for Luc Besson and Andrew Lau, and he also signed up to direct a documentary about Bill Clinton for HBO. And this is all stuff that happened in 2013. So is it a surprise that something that cropped up in 2011 might not be happening?

Christian Bale & 'Contraband' Director Baltasar Kormakur Planning 'Everest' Movie To Rival Doug Liman/Tom Hardy Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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Mountains: the new volcanoes. Fifteen years ago, erupting hills of lava formed the basis of dueling studio tentpoles, in the form of "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak," and now a similar showdown is brewing over their more dormant, solid cousins, with the announcement of a second film focusing on the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. A little while back it was announced that Sony were planning "Everest," with Doug Liman directing and Tom Hardy starring, about George Mallory, the first man to attempt the peak, only to die on the third attempt (spoiler!).

Mark Wahlberg Talks "First Choice" Casting & Giovanni Ribisi Reveals What Docs Helped Him Prep For 'Contraband'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 12, 2012 4:08 PM
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Whenever Mark Wahlberg is a producer on a film he's starring in, he sits down with the director and the casting director (usually Sheila Jaffe) and comes up with a wish list of who he'd like to be in the cast -- "Contraband" is the first time he got "our first choice for most of the parts in the film."

Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2012 6:30 PM
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Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doesn’t seem to have done much for him. Clad in form-fitting jeans and tee-shirts, he still hangs out at the same ratty bars with his low-life former criminal acquaintances. It’s a character as walking, talking movie shorthand: we know what he was, what he is, and, likely, what he’ll have to become again.

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