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Christian Bale To Star In Zhang Yimou's Epic 'Nanjing Heroes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working consistently into his teens in such films as "Newsies" and "Swing Kids," the actor firmly moved into the adult phase of his career with his iconic performance in "American Psycho." That, in turn, saw him win the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's revival "Batman Begins," which has firmly landed the actor on the A-list.

Exclusive: Javier Bardem Talks The Sorrow, Joy Of Being 'Biutiful' & Working With Terrence Malick

  • By Leah Zak
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  • December 20, 2010 5:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Actor Also Says Reported Project With Tony Scott Is "Not Real"A dying street hustler with two young children, a bi-polar ex-wife and a dicey career in the black market of Barcelona, Alejandro González Iñárritu's harrowing humanist drama, “Biutiful,” follows the final days of Uxbal, as he struggles to prepare all the parts of his life to go on without him. Oh yes, and to complicate things, the man coming to terms with his own mortality has a special gift/curse; he sees dead people. At times touching, at others shocking and bleak, this film certainly produces affect, but it is biutiful indeed, and due in no small part to the performance of lead actor Javier Bardem. We recently had a chance to speak to the Oscar winner about the film’s critics, Hollywood's rallying around the film, the painful exercise of living the character Uxbal, his latest project with Terrence Malick and more.

Details & Release Date For Sonic Youth's Score For French Thriller 'Simon Werner A Disparu'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 4:01 AM
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'Schizophrenia' Curiously Missing From Upcoming Release'One of the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and a film that has undeservedly been ignored by distributors on this side of the ocean, was Fabrice Gobert's directorial debut "Simon Werner A Disaparu" (aka "Lights Out"). The film is a clever drama masquerading as a murder mystery following a group of teenagers chronicling events leading up to the disappearance of the titular character via flashback. We called the film "an insight to the tenuous and intangible qualities of those late sex-obsessed teenage years" with comparisons drawn to Rian Johnson's "Brick," with both films using a high school setting as a backdrop for a genre exercise and to explore the often strange teenage social dynamics.

First Look At Luc Besson's Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic 'The Lady'; David Thewlis Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 3:44 AM
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Film Is Being Made Without Aung San Suu Kyi's PermissionAung San Suu Kyi has become an icon for democratic freedom. After spending fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy in an election victory of the ruling military junta in 1990, her struggle gained international attention and last month, she was finally released from house arrest. That's a pretty simple summary for a battle that over the years has mobilized student groups, human rights advocates and more as they leaned on Burma (and any corporations doing business with the nation) to do the right thing and recognize the injustice being perpetrated on Suu Kyi. So it's not a complete surprise that her story is being prepped for the big screen.

Luc Besson Directing 'Into The Light,' A Biopic Of Activist Aung San Suu Kyi Starring Michelle Yeoh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 3:02 AM
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Word has been kicking around about the project for the last couple of days and now the trades have confirmed that Luc Besson is currently hard at work shooting "Into The Light," a biopic on Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe & 4 More To Direct Omnibus '7 Days In Havana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 8:04 AM
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While omnibus films tend to be a mixed bag, we keep going back to them because the talent always seems to promise great things, and in the case of the forthcoming "7 Days In Havana," that's no exception.

Review: 'Rare Exports' Is Not Quite As Bad As ' The Nutcracker 3D' (But Still Pretty Bad)

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 2, 2010 10:45 AM
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Jonny Greenwood's Score For 'Norwegian Wood' Gets A Japanese Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2010 5:38 AM
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Also Features Three Songs By CanFans of Radiohead and guitarist Jonny Greenwood take note. Your next purchase to fill out your completist catalog is likely going to be coming from overseas as Greenwood's score for Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegian Wood" has received a Japanese release.

Plot Details On Michael Haneke's 'These Two' With Isabelle Huppert, Shooting Starts In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2010 5:54 AM
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Earlier this month, we brought you the news that Michael Haneke is reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (”The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”) and French icon Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Conformist,” Eric Rohmer‘s “My Night at Maud’s,” Claude Chabrol‘s “Les Biches” to name just a few classics) for a brutal-sounding story about the agony of aging, titled “These Two.”

Alain Resnais' 'Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu' Adds Andre Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2010 2:19 AM
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Sabine Azema, Anne Cosigny, Lambert Wilson, Claude Rich Also On Board Clint Eastwood may have hit 80 this year, but he's positively youthful compared to veteran French director Alain Resnais, who'll turn 89 next June. With a directorial career stretching back to 1936, and taking in stone-cold classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year in Marienbad," it's a feat that he's still up and about, let alone prepping another directorial feature.

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