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Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

Lionsgate is an indie with a taste for mainstream genre fare, but when a Crash or Precious comes along, the distrib knows what to do. This year, though, Lionsgate is adopting a different model that more resembles the studio approach: chase consumers first with such movies as Buried and The Next Three Days, Oscar voters later. And let your specialty subsidiary do the heavy-lifting in the art-film arena: Roadside Attractions is closing in on a deal to release Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful starring the incandescent Javier Bardem. Ironically, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is in talks to steer the campaign (he's also masterminding the Apparition release of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 6:30 AM
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Manly Movie Stars: Rodrigue Talks the Evolution of Masculinity in Film

Manly Movie Stars: Rodrigue Talks the Evolution of Masculinity in Film
Almost two years ago, Anne Thompson asked "Where have the manly movie stars gone?," and investigated the entertainment industry's ongoing search for traditional male leads that aren't borrowed from the UK, Australia or Europe to commandeer Hollywood's most testosterone-needy films. While America lays claim to the boy-men niche with the likes of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Jake Gyllenhaal and any male in a Judd Apatow film, Hollywood's most- masculine male leads are more often than not played by foreigners; Christian Bale (a Brit) and Heath Ledger (an Aussie) were case-in-point as the stars of 2008's highest grossing film, The Dark Knight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 12, 2010 8:28 AM
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Post-Cannes Fest Landscape: What's Real?

Post-Cannes Fest Landscape: What's Real?
The Cannes Film Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself--and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 3:30 AM
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Crowe Equalizes, Cage and Kidman Trespass, Tempest First Look

- Russell Crowe is set to play Robert McCall in The Equalizer, the mysterious vigilante agent made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV show, reports the LAT. Crowe is also attached to Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, in which his character's wife is wrongly accused of murder. Clearly, Crowe is drawn to characters that have something to fight for, with a few rough edges. The Equalizer currently lacks both a shooting script and a studio, so Crowe has time to brood over this character.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2010 2:35 AM
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Summer Fizzle: Audiences Avoid the Blahs, Inception Pops (Video Featurette)

If Chris Nolan's eagerly awaited Inception scores at the box office this July 18, it's partly because moviegoers are responding to something that they haven't seen before. Check out the new featurette with Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2010 1:06 AM
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Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?
In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:50 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Robin Hood Takes Second Stateside, Number One Abroad

Iron Man 2 held onto number one as Ridley Scott's costly period epic Robin Hood took second in North America, but scored big overseas, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn

Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn
With Ridley Scott recovering from knee surgery, that left Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Imagine's Brian Grazer to field the press conference for the 63rd Cannes opener, Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 3:10 AM
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Bonjour Cannes: Ramping Up

Finally, I got out of JFK four hours late on a nine-hour non-stop to Nice, along with Oliver Stone (sporting a neat mustache), USA Today's Anthony Breznican, the NYFF's Richard Pena, Richard and Mary Corliss, Village Voice's Jim Hoberman, Moving Pictures Magazine critic Aaron Hillis, indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, Wash. Post critic Ann Hornaday, Boston Globe's Wesley Morris, and Screen's Howard Feinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 9:14 AM
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Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes

Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes
The first reviews of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood were scheduled to break with the film's Wednesday opening at Cannes, but Empire broke first, followed by THR, Variety and indieWIRE. Verdict: decidedly mixed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2010 9:06 AM
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