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Jason Bateman Joins The FBI, Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise' Adds 'Nymphomaniac' Actress & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 12:18 PM
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Nymphomaniac
After reigniting his career with "Arrested Development," Jason Bateman has pivoted toward being a filmmaker. Earlier this year he dropped his foul mouthed feature directorial debut "Bad Words," and he's already set to direct "The Family Fang" starring Nicole Kidman. And another project is coming that will find him both behind and in front of the camera.

Casting: Elisabeth Moss And Luke Evans Join Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise,' Craig Roberts Visits 'Red Oaks' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 25, 2014 1:42 PM
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High-Rise, Moss, Luke Evans
A terrific cast is forming around U.K. filmmaker Ben Wheatley's net film, “High-Rise." The movie already stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy (HBO’s “Rome”). That’s good enough as it is, but announced last night, joining the cast are “Mad Men” and “Top Of The Lake” star Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans of “The Hobbit” and the upcoming “Dracula Untold.”

'The Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Joins Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 11:10 AM
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Luke Evans, The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug
Four movies into his career, and there are certain things we've come to expect from Ben Wheatley movies. Eerie sound design, for instance. A generally unsettling mood. A jet-black sense of humor. Top-notch filmmaking. Above all else, a head getting smashed into smithereens at one point or another. One running motif that hasn't yet appeared in Wheatley's work, but which looks to make an appearance in his next film? Very handsome British men.

Zach Galifianakis Has 'Tulip Fever,' Sienna Miller Visits Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 14, 2014 9:26 AM
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Zach Galifinakis Bored To Death
Other than the premieres of many high-profile and exciting films, the Cannes Film Festival is also host to a marketplace where production companies try to entice distributors—or just regular old financiers—to buy into projects. As a result, many news of castings or just plain brand-new films filter out of that glamorous place, and naturally we’ve rounded up a few of those items for your easy-reading pleasure below.

Tom Hiddleston Moves Into Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise,' Ewan McGregor Spends 'Last Days In The Desert' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 9:23 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Ben Wheatley HIgh Rise
Prolific as he is, Ben Wheatley's films to date generally haven't featured much in the way of star power, but it was only a matter of time until bigger names started circling his work. And indeed, his next effort will find Loki himself coming along for the ride.

Ben Wheatley To Direct Adaptation Of J.G. Ballard’s 'High Rise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 9:21 AM
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To say that Ben Wheatley likes to have options would be an understatement. The prolific director has already dropped one movie this year (the trippy "A Field In England," with Drafthouse Films handling the U.S. release) along with his first music video, and currently sitting in pile on desk of potential/developing projects are: "Freakshift," "I, Macrobane," "Two For Hell" and the animated "Mega Evil Motherfuckers." And while Wheatley has thus far mostly pursued movies that stem from his own brain, he's making an exception for this next one.

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