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Sandra Bullock Weighs Post-'Gravity' Options, Which Brand Will She Pick?

Sandra Bullock has passed some remarkable milestones this year. She's become probably the highest paid actress for a single project in Hollywood history, taking home a man's size share of the gross for her Oscar-nominated role in Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," a rare instance of a Hollywood actress carrying a tentpole action film. (Only Angelina Jolie has come close.) She turned 50--and still looks absolutely fabulous. And she can pick and choose her next project. Several are bubbling away.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 1:39 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Continues to Stay Busy as Amazon Pilot 'Red Oaks' Gets a Cast

Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 11:38 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Tops Trio of New Big-Name Openings

The heaviest slate of significant new films to open in one week so far this year, all of which had considerable attention from Cannes to Toronto in 2013, opened to variable results this weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 13, 2014 4:26 PM
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Five Films to See or Not-to-See This Weekend, from 'Joe' to Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

This weekend, don't miss what is arguably the best film of director Jim Jarmusch's storied career, "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as exquisitely cool, ancient vampires still in love after centuries. That film hits LA and NY, along with David Gordon Green's Nicolas Cage starrer "Joe," and "The Railway Man" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. In wide release arrive the horror film "Oculus" and Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day," with Kevin Costner.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 3:27 PM
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Review: Nicolas Cage Returns to His Naturalist Roots in 'Joe,' Directed by David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green's "Joe" is a sluggish, slow-burn drama set in poverty-mired Mississippi about the bond that gradually builds between a drifter boy ("Mud"'s Tye Sheridan) and a simmering ex-con (Nicolas Cage). While both Cage and Sheridan are very watchable, especially in the scenes they share together, "Joe" is ultimately too underpowered to make it anything other than ordinary.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 11, 2014 2:57 PM
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With 'Joe,' Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since 'Bad Lieutenant,' Insists He's Always Indie (VIDEOS)

"I had taken a year off," says Cage. "I wanted to put the mistakes I'd made in the past into a character. I wanted to make a movie with a filmmaker who has an original voice...I'm at my best when I'm working. That doesn't mean I cable it in, or roll over. I work through problems, when I have a job to do. It keeps me disciplined."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2014 4:40 PM
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David Gordon Green Talks 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Suspiria' Remake, Personal Filmmaking and TV vs. Movies

With "Prince Avalanche," starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, director David Gordon Green has made his most personal film yet. We sat down to discuss that film and his career in an exclusive interview.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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First Look: David Gordon Green's True-Grit Southern Drama 'Joe' with Nicolas Cage

Check out this new first image from David Gordon Green's Southern drama "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan ("Mud"). It is based on the Larry Brown novel of the same title, following an ex-convict (Cage) who tries to be the protector of a 15-year-old newcomer (Sheridan) in his small Texas town.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 12:49 PM
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Magnolia Picks Up David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche,' Plus Review and Roundup

Magnolia Pictures is a good home for David Gordon Green's low-budget Sundance entry "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch shot in 16 days in Austin's fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park. The distrib has acquired North American rights and is aiming at a summer release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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