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TIFF '11 Review: 'Butter' Tries To Carve Up Edgy Laughs But Goes Soft By The End

  • By James Rocchi
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  • September 15, 2011 7:02 AM
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A political satire set in the competitive world of butter-carving at the Iowa state fair, the script for "Butter" was so ballyhooed and praised of that it wound up on The Black List, the annual underground buzz list of unproduced screenplays based on a straw poll of agents, development executives and insiders. (As a side note, we must say that The Black List is only interesting as a barometer of quality insofar as you trust agents, development executives and insiders to be able to tell good from bad, which much of Hollywood's output suggests is not actually the case.)

Ashley Greene To Lead Ultramodern, Gender-Bending Take On 'Oliver Twist'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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With new takes on literary classics all the rage at the moment (see: Cary Fukunaga and Andrea Arnold's revisioning of the Bronte sisters' "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights"), Michael De Luca is set to produce a contemporary, gender-bending take of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" with 'Twilight' star Ashley Greene toplining.

Comic-Con '11: The Birthing Scene Will Test The Limits Of Gore In 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 22, 2011 5:28 AM
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Plus 4 Other Revelations From Shriek-Filled 'Twilight' Panel In Hall HFans of "The Twilight Saga" waited for days outside Comic-Con International's Hall H to be close to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the actors appearing in the films. But when the 'Breaking Dawn' cast was asked what they were excited enough about to wait that long for, there was a moment of silence before 17-year-old Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater) piped in with "The Lord of the Rings." Unlike Tolkien devotees, The 'Twilight' audience isn't typically what people think of when they imagine Comic-Con attendees, but the enormous hall was packed with fans who didn't seem to mind (but promptly left before the rest of the day's panels).

Review: 'Skateland' With Ashley Greene & Shiloh Fernandez Spins Its Wheels; Doesn't Get Very Far

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 3:15 AM
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“Skateland,” opening this Friday, is not to be confused with “Stake Land,” the horror picture released in April. Though both pictures do share one story element: both take place in desolate lands of no purchase, with protagonists trying to fight the hopelessness and malaise of their surroundings. Instead of a mutated vampiric wasteland, the setting is small-town Texas, circa 1980’s. Instead of vampires, there are asshole townies who have nothing better to occupy their time than to make life miserable for others. Instead of stakes, there are sk- oh, wait, that’s there in the title.

Ashley Greene, Chris Walken, Shirley MacLaine & Adam Beach To Star In Lian Lunson's 'Boom Boom Room'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 14, 2011 4:40 AM
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Exclusive Long-Form Synopsis GivenAustralian filmmaker and actress Lian Lunson is heading in a completely different direction for her debut feature-length dramatic effort. The helmer behind the celebrated Leonard Cohen documentary, "I'm Your Man," which featured a memorable and intimate Bono, Edge and Cohen performance in New York's tiny Slipper Room venue, is venturing into the narrative feature arena for her next picture. And she's amassed quite the cast.

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