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Scarlett Johansson Says She's Waiting For Woody Allen To Write Her 'Citizen Kane'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 3:43 AM
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For a brief moment there, it seemed like Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen were inseparable. Starring in (almost) three straight movies for the director -- "Match Point," "Scoop" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (Allen also delivered "Cassandra's Dream" in that stretch) -- the actress was part of the director's late stage career return to glory after nearly a decade marked by a series of increasingly bad films. But after that trio of pictures, they parted ways at Allen's insistence, fearing that the actress would become defined only by her work with him.

James Gandolfini To Join Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 12:57 PM
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Search For Female Lead Narrowed To Olivia Wilde & Sarah SilvermanSince "The Sopranos" ended back in 2007, James Gandolfini's been doing pretty well for himself, all told. He might not have taken any roles with as major an impact on the cultural zeitgeist as angsty mob boss Tony Soprano, but he's managed to tackle a diverse range of stuff, from a foul-mouthed general in "In The Loop" to a mood-swing-prone monster in "Where The Wild Things Are," and he's got some high-profile supporting turns on the way, in Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade."

Oliva Wilde & Steve Buscemi Will Create Magic In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 7:40 AM
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Well, she's funny, beautiful and a name that seems to be everywhere these days. So it's not exactly a big shock that Olivia Wilde beat out Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer (our pick), Sarah Silverman (who was the final contender) and Jessica Biel for the female lead in upcoming magician comedy "Burt Wonderstone." But there's another great and unforgettable face joining as well.

Naomi Watts Is Pregnant & Unemployed & Matt Dillon Is A Paraplegic In 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 7:15 AM
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We think we'd rather be watching "Sherlock Jr." instead.

Amanda Peet & Michael Sheen Are Also In Terrence Malick's Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 5:06 AM
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Unless They Are Cut For Extended Shots Of Tree Branches Blowing In The WindIt's Halloween and it seems that today's treats are bits and bobs about Terrence Malick's next, untitled film (aka "The Burial"). First word cropped up that little known American Indian classical composer Jerod Tate would be providing the score. But in addition to the cast, which currently includes Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Charles Baker and in a small role, Jessica Chastain, it looks two more stars popped up on the set that we didn't previously known about.

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,” you know the medium is having an “off year.”) Thankfully, 2012 is poised to be an embarrassment of riches, with new movies from proven studios like Blue Sky (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”), Illumination ("The Lorax"), Disney ("Wreck-It Ralph" and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie") Aardman (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and the beloved Studio Ghibli (“The Secret World of Arriety”), as well as a brand-new Pixar property (“Brave,” plus the heavily Pixar-associated live action hybrid “John Carter”) and the debut features from children’s illustrator William Joyce (DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians”) and super-genius animator Genndy Tarkovsky (Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”). Also being released next year is “ParaNorman,” the new 3D stop-motion film from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio that gave us the wonderful “Coraline” back in 2009, and judging by the jaw-dropping new trailer, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

'Elizabethtown' Duo Kirsten Dunst & Orlando Bloom Reunite For Financial World Drama 'Cities'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2011 5:01 AM
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Watch: Kirsten Dunst Stars In R.E.M.'s Final Video: "We All Go Back to Where We Belong"It's okay if you forgot about this movie, because we did too. Way back in the spring, it was announced that Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor were being lined up to star in Roger Donaldson's "Cities." And then...we didn't hear much after that. But the film is getting a couple of fresh faces who haven't worked together since they first paired up six years ago in Cameron Crowe's not-so-hot "Elizabethtown."

Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard To Star In Comedy 'Outrun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 9:57 AM
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Also, For Some Reason, Tom ArnoldWhile Bradley Cooper has used his post-"Limitless" and "The Hangover Part II" career to take a step upward with parts in Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines," David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook," Alex Proyas' "Paradise Lost" and possibly even Warner Bros.' "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," he's not above doing favors for friends. Even if it means starring in a movie directed by Dax Shepard.

Review: ‘Like Crazy’ A Familiar Tale Of Impossible Love, Well Told

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 28, 2011 7:41 AM
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This is a reprint of our review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by correspondent James Rocchi.

LFF '11: Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' And 'Intelligent Action Movies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 5:48 AM
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Plus, More From The Director And The Film's Star Stephanie SigmanAside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, but it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

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