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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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Park Chan-wook Thriller 'Stoker' Gets March 2013 Release; Stars Wasikowska, Kidman, Goode, Mulroney & Weaver

Fox Searchlight has picked a March 1, 2013 release date for "Stoker," the same day as Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium." Directed by Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") and scripted by Wentworth Miller, the film features Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "Alice in Wonderland"), Matthew Goode ("A Single Man," "Brideshead Revisited")...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 4:29 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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The TOH! Addendum to E!'s 100 Best Things in Pop Culture

E! has compiled a list of the 100 Best Things in Pop Culture. It's a pretty broad spectrum that includes some things we'd sooner include on a list of the Worst Things About America, Those Responsible for The Degradation of Our Culture, Reasons Why I'm Moving Into a Cave, et cetera. But let's focus on the positive...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 4:02 PM
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Career Watch: Salma Hayek - Does 'Savages' Signal a Comeback?

Salma Hayek won't be giving up her sex symbol status any time soon, but it's been ten years since her Oscar nomination for 2002's "Frida."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 2:23 PM
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Career Watch: Marky Mark Wahlberg - A Big, Bright, Shining Star

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" opened strong this past weekend, and while it's no awards contender, it does prove Wahlberg's box office power. Although none of his upcoming projects scream "Oscar nom #2!" one must admit that Marky Mark has come a long way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 3, 2012 4:11 PM
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Academy Invites 176 New Members, including Malick, Chastain, McConaughey, Rockwell, Serkis, Dardennes & Hazanavicious

The Academy invites 176 artists and executives to join its illustrious ranks. Academy president Tom Sherak says the group "represent some of the most passionate contributors to our industry." The list expresses their interest in getting some younger members...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 12:24 PM
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Now and Then: '360,' Another of Fernando Meirelles' Beautiful Disappointments

Of all the sloppy descriptions in film criticism, "visceral" may be the most misleading. It's a frequent synonym for "loud," not to mention "flashy," "punishing," or "gory." What it almost never means is instinctive, earthy, and intestinal, so forthright it grabs you. Except, that is, when we're talking about Fernando Meirelles.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 2, 2012 11:38 AM
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Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he was a maestro of the unbalancing act.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 26, 2012 2:53 AM
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Barbra Streisand Returns to Directing with Cate Blanchett & Colin Firth in 'Skinny and Cat'

Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are set to star in Barbra Streisand's "Skinny and Cat," her return to directing after sixteen years ("The Mirror Has Two Faces" was in 1996, "Prince of Tides" in 1991 and "Yentl" in 1983). The epic love story...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 5:20 PM
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