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Wes Bentley and Brit Marling Join Malick Collaborator AJ Edwards' Lincoln Drama, 'The Green Blade Rises'

Wes Bentley and Brit Marling have boarded "The Green Blade Rises," about Abraham Lincoln's early years. The film, from writer-director AJ Edwards and producers Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil, will also star Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke as Lincoln's step-mother and father. Bentley will play Lincoln's first teacher and Marling will play his biological mother.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 5:10 PM
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Magnolia Pictures Nabs US Rights to Malick’s 'To the Wonder' for 2013 Release

One of the luckiest things that ever happened to Terrence Malick was Fox Searchlight falling in love with his labor of love "The Tree of Life." Who else would have lavished so much care and attention on a film that topped out at $13.3 million domestic?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2012 11:37 AM
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Oscar Talk: Toronto and Telluride Update, from 'The Master' and 'Cloud Atlas' to 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Kris Tapley and I go over the Oscar race post-Toronto and Telluride, from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" to the fate of "Anna Karenina" and "Cloud Atlas." Neither of us liked "Hyde Park on Hudson" very much.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2012 4:40 PM
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Venice: 'To The Wonder' Press Conference - Kurylenko Feels Telepathic Connection to Malick

In the absence of Terrence Malick (naturally…), Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, it was left to Olga Kurylenko to fly the flag for "To The Wonder" at the film's Venice press conference, alongside producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda and Italian co-star Romina Mondello.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 2, 2012 6:32 PM
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Finally 'The Master' Joins Malick's 'To The Wonder,' De Palma's 'Passion' for Venice Competition

Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week. Now "The Master" along with Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” will suck up the oxygen during the La Biennale.
  • By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller
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  • July 30, 2012 1:22 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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Toronto Film Festival 2012 Announces Opening Night, Galas and Special Presentations; 'To the Wonder,' 'Anna Karenina,' 'Looper,' 'Place Beyond the Pines' & More

The Toronto International Film Festival has a handful of exciting announcements today about the 2012 installment of the fest (running September 6-16). Rian Johnson's futuristic action-sci-fi thriller "Looper," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, will be the opening night film, and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," Ben Affleck's "Argo," Derek Cianfrance's "Place Beyond the Pines," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" are among the screenings this year. Full list of galas and special presentations below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 12:49 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Malick Producing Lincoln Youth Biopic with Kruger; Lewis Joins Streep & Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Roger Moore landed some juicy casting news when interviewing Diane Kruger on "Farewell, My Queen" and "The Host" at Comic-Con. She said she'll play Sarah Bush Lincoln in (yet another) Abraham Lincoln biopic titled "Green Blade Riding." None other than Terrence Malick is producing (no writer or director has been named) the project...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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SIFF Virgin Diary 2: Spacek Talks Malick, Loretta Lynn & 'Carrie'; Kassovitz's 'Rebellion' and 'The Exorcist'

SIFF honored Sissy Spacek with their Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and held a tribute evening in her honor. Time critic Richard Corliss led the nearly two hour Q & A with Spacek, covering everything from her upbringing in Texas to what she grows on her farm in Virginia. "Grass," she said, but "not that kind of grass!"
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2012 3:51 PM
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Seattle Film Festival Virgin Diary 1

The Seattle Film Festival has been going since May 17, so I'll be arriving a bit late to the party Thursday afternoon. The country's longest festival wraps up this Sunday, and I've been watching screeners in Los Angeles to prepare myself. Large and local, this festival offers cinephiles plenty of riches.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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