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The Playlist's Man Of The Year 2011: Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:12 PM
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A couple of days ago, as part of our year-end coverage, we named Jessica Chastain as our Woman of the Year, and it was an easy decision to make; no one's been as omnipresent, or given as many different, and excellent, turns, as Chastain did. But our man of the year was slightly more difficult. Should it be Matt Damon, who cropped up in five major releases, including Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion?" Hmm... no. Damon's "Happy Feet Two" shrimp partner Brad Pitt, who fought to get both "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball" made, to tremendous results? No. Ryan Gosling, who embraced stardom at long last with a trio of performances in "Crazy Stupid Love," "Drive" and "The Ides of March?" George Clooney, who directed the latter and starred in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants?" No.

Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

Cary Fukunaga Talks His Horror/Romance Take On 'Jane Eyre' With Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikoska

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 8, 2011 7:39 AM
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Indie Filmmaker Also Discusses His Gestating Musical With Owen Pallett, His African Civil War Drama 'Beasts Of No Nation,' & His Good Filmmaking Fortune So FarExclusive: Delighting fans of period romance everywhere -- and kids who can't be bothered with even the Cliffs Notes of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel --"Jane Eyre" is making another appearance on screen. But rather than coming from a predictably English pedigree, the 2011 Focus Features version arrives from the seemingly unlikely source of Cary Fukunaga, a young American director with a single feature to his name, 2009's gritty immigration thriller "Sin Nombre." Fukunaga went young with his casting, opting for Mia Wasikoska ("The Kids Are All Right") to play to the title role, while Michael Fassbender ("Hunger," the dreams of many a female Playlister) takes on the brooding part of Edward Rochester.

New Photos: Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre' Starring Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 2:59 AM
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With its release just around the corner, "Sin Nombre" director Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel "Jane Eyre" has now unveiled a host of new images featuring a first look at the majority of the supporting cast members.

Carter Burwell Returning To 'Twilight' Franchise To Score 'Breaking Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 7, 2011 2:39 AM
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Oscar Winning Joe Wright Regular Dario Marianelli To Score 'Jane Eyre'; Asche & Spencer Work Again With Marc Forster On 'Machine Gun Preacher'Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze regular collaborator Carter Burwell is set to return to the 'Twilight' since working on the first film to perform scoring duties for the final installment of the series, the two parter "Twilight: Breaking Dawn."

New Look: Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' & Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 22, 2010 2:14 AM
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New photos have been unveiled from two of Focus Features 2011 release slate-- Lone Scherfig's rom-com "One Day" starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as well as Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

Watch: Cary Fukunaga Plays Up The Gothic Horror In First Trailer For 'Jane Eyre'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2010 10:37 AM
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As big fans of Cary Fukunaga's debut "Sin Nombre," we've been anticipating his follow-up, a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel "Jane Eyre" for quite some time. But it's not been a home-run by any means: the novel's been frequently filmed as it is, most recently by Zeffirelli in 1997, with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the lead role, and a 2006 BBC TV version starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. For all the talk of a fresh take (and the non-traditional hire of Fukunaga, whose first film wasn't exactly a staid costume drama) would the new version be able to break some new ground?

Beautiful Poster & Synopsis Lands For 'Jane Eyre' With Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 6:23 AM
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A film we have right at the top of our must-see list for next year is Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre."

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