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Naomi Watts Out, Nicole Kidman In For Werner Herzog’s Sweeping ‘Queen of the Desert’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2013 12:53 PM
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Like a mirage that seems to vanish in the arid air, Naomi Watts has departed Werner Herzog’s new film, “Queen of the Desert,” but been replaced by someone of equally impressive star magnitude in Nicole Kidman. The news comes out of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is where all news should be coming out of this week. The film co-stars James Franco and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of real-life 20th century explorer Gertrude Bell. Expect lots of sand and those old timey explorer helmets.

Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan To Star In James Dean Story 'Life' For Anton Corbijn

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:36 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan
The mystical allure of James Dean continues from beyond the grave: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan have signed up to star in "Life," which The Hollywood Reporter says is "the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock." DeHaan will play Dean and Pattinson will play Stock (sorry ladies). Noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose last movie was the sorely underrated George Clooney thriller "The American," will direct. The film is being shopped in Toronto.

Bret Easton Ellis Said Robert Pattinson Was E.L. James' First Choice For 'Fifty Shades,' Plus See Pattinson's Unedited Dior Commercial

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 12:33 PM
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"American Psycho" author and "Canyons" screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis hasn't been coy about his feelings regarding E.L. James' bestselling "Fifty Shades of Grey," mostly in stream-of-conscious Twitter rants where he makes casting suggestions and volunteers himself for the role of the film's screenwriter (a job that already went to "Saving Mr. Banks" writer Kelly Marcel). Following the news of Charlie Hannam and Dakota Johnson in the highly anticipated sequel, Ellis has fired back with details from a conversation he had with James about who should star in the film (oh okay it's everyone's favorite sparkly vampire Robert Pattinson). Also, get a look at Pattinson's gorgeous Dior Homme fragrance commercial, directed by the great Romain Gavras.

David Cronenberg Says His Novel May Arrive In 2013, Talks Working With Robert Pattinson, 'Map To The Stars' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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This week, David Cronenberg's polarizing "Cosmopolis" hits DVD and Blu-ray. Based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, it follows a young financial titan (Robert Pattinson) who cruises around in his super-stretch limo while he encounters various friends and lovers and comes under fire from a deranged assassin (played memorably by Paul Giamatti). After making a string of decidedly more commercial (or at the very least palpable) films, it's Cronenberg back in his very weird sweet spot full of bizarre sex, equally bizarre violence, and very long monologues delivered with aplomb by Pattinson.

New U.K. Poster and Trailer Arrive For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 11:39 AM
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Hot on the heels of the announcement that David Cronenberg’s wildly anticipated adaptation of Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis,” starring Robert Pattinson as a disaffected non-vampire millionaire on a very strange 24-hour odyssey through Manhattan, has secured a June 15th release date in England, we now get a British trailer and poster for the picture. Neither are terribly new, keeping with the already-seen promotional materials. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less stoked.

Look Into His Eyes: Promo Poster For Robert Pattinson's Saddam Hussein Movie 'Mission: Blacklist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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With a role in David Cronenberg's upcoming freak fest "Cosmopolis," Robert Pattinson continues to take on parts that...well, that are as far away from Edward in the "Twilight" movies as possible. And so to that end, last week he signed up to star in the thriller "Mission: Blacklist," and in case you missed the news, he'll be the guy hunting down Saddam Hussein.

Metric To Team With Howard Shore To Score David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-Starring 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 1:03 AM
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With top composers like Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell and Cliff Martinez all having graduated from the rock'n'roll world (Oingo Boingo, Pop Will Eat Itself and Red Hot Chili Peppers respectively), the idea of having bands tuning up a movie is becoming more and more and common these days, with Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx among the many acts who've written film scores in recent years. The latest to join them; Canadian indie rock band Metric.

Who Could Be The Men In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 4:29 AM
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'The Killing' Star Joel Kinnaman, Michael Fassbender & Ewan McGregor Among Names Being Considered By The DirectorSteven Soderbergh's latest picture "Contagion" is in its second week of release with a healthy tally thus far of over $45 million, and his next feature, the independent male stripper film "Magic Mike," is currently shooting. And now the director is already mapping out -- at least if he sticks to the current plan -- his penultimate film, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Watch: New Trailer For 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Confirms It'll Be The Comedy Of The Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 12:20 PM
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It's here. The moment we've been eagerly waiting for as much a year. The moment that meant that we couldn't go to sleep last night, for all the butterflies doing somersaults in our tummies. The moment that caused us to press the 'refresh' button 783 times in a minute, for the last 180 minutes. Yes, the latest, and presumably final, trailer for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part One" is here, debuting tonight over at Yahoo. And the good news is, it displays the same wit, invention and razor-sharp comic timing that made the three previous films such laugh riots.

New 'Breaking Dawn' Poster Promises/Threatens 'Forever Is Only The Beginning'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 1:52 AM
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It's time for another look at that disturbing pop culture, uh, thing, that is "Twilight." A new poster has surfaced for the first part of "Breaking Dawn," highlighting the intimacy between the ages-old, cradle-robbin' vampire and his human prey/wife. Presumably, this is a clip from the honeymoon, before he delivers bed-breaking, violent sex to produce a baby that later excites a horny werewolf. Yeah, this series is fucked in the head.

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