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Anna Karenina Update: Joe Wright Casts Knightley, Law, MacFadyen, Macdonald, Ronan, Johnson

The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty, Dolly's sister), Aaron Johnson (Anna's lover, Vronsky), Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Levin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cars 2 & Fast Five Mashup

Check out ScreenRant's mash-up of Fast Five and Cars 2:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2011 5:05 AM
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MTV Movie Awards Show Pushes Raunch with Pattinson/Lautner Kiss, F-Bombs, Sex Tape Advice

MTV Movie Awards Show Pushes Raunch with Pattinson/Lautner Kiss, F-Bombs, Sex Tape Advice
Amidst all the shameless self-promotion and PR-mongering that is the MTV Movie Awards, inappropriate behavior raged on at the Sunday night event. There was Jason Sudeikis's "I might be a dad soon," Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis's groping, alluding to what "may or may not be" Blake Lively, Rob Pattinson kissing Taylor Lautner and in his intro for The Generation Award-winner, boasting to his Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon: "I did get to fuck you."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 4:49 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1; Bella and Edward Get Married UPDATED

The MTV Movie Awards Sunday night glorified golden couple Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart--with not just an award for "Best Kiss," but many more, for their last Twilight installment, Eclipse. Twilight scored five out of twelve awards, with Rob Pattinson beating The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg for best actor--even if I happily belong to Team Edward, that's absurd. So is Kristen Stewart beating best actress Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Please. Here's a red carpet gallery. Full list of winners below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2011 11:36 AM
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X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down

X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down
X-Men: First Class's $56 million opening (no 3-D premium ticket sales) marks a big win for most of the folks involved. But there are a few losers, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2011 6:55 AM
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Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million

Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million
Great reviews propelled reboot X-Men: First Class to a solid if not stellar $56 million opening. Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.Fox’s X-Men: First Class easily aced its weekend course in box office math by absorbing a solid $56 million into Fox’s coffers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 5, 2011 4:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The trailer for Rupert Wyatt's prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco as a scientist run amuck and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) as a smart primate, looks pretty creepy. Here's more on WETA's VFX. Fox releases the pic on August 5. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelow also star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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New York Times Changes Editors as It Transitions to Digital Age

New York Times Changes Editors as It Transitions to Digital Age
I'm not the only one who is cheering the ascension of a woman editor to helm The New York Times, the Gray Lady's first. Jill Abramson, 57, has been anointed successor to departing executive editor Bill Keller, a decent and sharp guy who clearly did not like the way that digital journalism was headed. She will now be the one to shepherd the paper into the digital age.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 10:10 AM
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Bradley Cooper Parle Tres Bien le Francais

For every Jane Fonda or Jodie Foster who speaks French well, serving as American good-will ambassadors in France, there are a host of others who mangle the language the way the French expect us to--just as Robert DeNiro did this year, calling his fellow Cannes jury members champignons (mushrooms) instead of compagnons (companions).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 8:24 AM
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LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block

LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block
Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival has chosen its 2011 artists in residence: Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi. The fest is also adding Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine to it series of Conversations, and Gala screenings of SXSW hit Attack the Block (pictured) and Sundance entry The Devil's Double (check out the hot new poster and the trailer below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 3, 2011 7:26 AM
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