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CASTING WATCH: John Cusack and Malin Akerman Hop On Board The Numbers Station

John Cusack, who's been busy with James McTeigue's The Raven (March 2012; the goods from Comic-Con), Lee Daniels' The Paperboy (in post; details) and Scott Walker's Frozen Ground (filming) has boarded The Number Station, along with Malin Akerman. Directed by Dane Kasper Barfoed and written by F. Scott Frazier, the action thriller will begin shooting in November.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 6:12 AM
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Strike Back, Episode 10 – Season Finale (Spoilers)

David Chute wants you to hoist a few in honor of Strike Back, and it's not just an excuse to drink: this short-spoken Cinemax show actually has a lot to say.The first question for the fans is: Does it add up? Did it make sense? And then: How do we feel about the way the surviving Section 20 team members responded? Lifting a glass to the departed in a case like this, I’d argue in the affirmative on all points, and would go a step further: Understanding why this ending works for Strike Back is to understand what the series, at heart, has always been about.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 23, 2011 4:09 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Theron's Career Comeback Includes Horror Remake; The Departed Prequel; Night Train

Don't be surprised if Charlize Theron decides not to interrupt what looks like a promising career revival-- via Young Adult/Prometheus/Snow White and the Huntsman--with an ugly step-sister. It's a remake of Zwart Water, a Dutch horror film about a little girl whose new friend is the ghost of her mother's dead twin, in which Theron (her production company Denver & Delilah bought the rights; they also produced Young Adult) is set to play the mother. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct. This sounds like the kind of project Hilary Swank would do (see: The Reaping). We're betting that Theron won't end up in the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 11:25 AM
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Adventures of Tintin Early Reviews are Mixed: Delightful, Dazzling, CG Wizardry, Vidgame Action

Despite his stellar review, TOH! London critic Matt Mueller says there are a few drawbacks to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. An "almost bombastically annoying" John Williams score, for one, creepy close-ups of Tintin are thankfully few, and a "ridiculously frantic and breathless pace" join what some other critics aren't so impressed with. But there are many fans, which should help Tintin reel in an impressive global box office (October 26 overseas, December 21 in the US).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 17, 2011 6:34 AM
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Review: Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

Our London film critic Matt Mueller reviews The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which left him out of breath. The film opens overseas starting on October 26; you'll have to wait until December 21 stateside.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 16, 2011 5:08 AM
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Oscar Talk: Spielberg's War Horse, My Week with Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Scorsese's Hugo

Oscar Talk: Spielberg's War Horse, My Week with Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Scorsese's Hugo
In this week's Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn, which I saw at the New York Film Festival and the Weinsteins have moved to Thanksgiving. "You see a lot working behind those eyes," says Tapley. We agree Williams will make the top five for best actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2011 4:12 AM
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Trailer Watch: This Means War Means Potential Career Low for Hardy, Pine, Witherspoon?

We should have known better than to get excited for McG's This Means War, despite an ensemble led by Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and the phenomenal Tom Hardy. McG (Charlies Angels, Terminator: Salvation) and the cast probably had a great time shooting but after watching the trailer, we're left wondering why these actors signed on (after a dramatic casting saga).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2011 8:00 AM
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Is Andrew Stanton's John Carter the Next Avatar?

Is Andrew Stanton's John Carter the Next Avatar?
The New Yorker profiles Andrew Stanton, of Finding Nemo and Toy Story Pixar fame, whose live action debut -- John Carter -- arrives via Disney March 9, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2011 5:42 AM
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NYFF Early Reviews for 3-D Hugo: Cinephiles Are Delighted by Scorsese's Love Letter to Film

NYFF Early Reviews for 3-D Hugo: Cinephiles Are Delighted by Scorsese's Love Letter to Film
The reason that Paramount screened Martin Scorsese’s work-in-progress 3-D Hugo as the New York Film Festival's Monday night’s mystery screening, without completed effects or a final score (by Howard Shore) is that it’s a cinephile’s dream. The NYFF audience couldn’t have been a more receptive crowd.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 4:36 AM
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Clips from Steven Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin, Plus Making Of Videos with Jamie Bell

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uniforn hits US theaters December 21. Check out some clips below, and the trailer here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 4:35 AM
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