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July 12th, 2011

The brief tickle of disappointment I felt when I learned that Kristen Wiig would be starring in and producing a passion project that is not a CLOWN GIRL adaptation was swiftly replaced when I learned a bit more about the star's latest project. Wiig will star in and executive produce IMOGENE, penned by Michelle Morgan. The film also has Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini on board to direct (they previously filmed such varied fare as CINEMA VERITE, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, and THE NANNY DIARIES).

IMOGENE will follow Wiig's character, "a playwright who fakes suicide to win back an ex and finds herself stuck in the custody of her gambler mother, trapped among family." The grimness of suicide aside, this sounds like it's right up Wiig's alley, and I can foresee a mix of drama, humor, and self-realization in the film. A bit like BRIDESMAIDS, no? (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART IIisn’t only one of the year’s most anticipated films due to the franchise that it will be concluding, but because of a collection of trailers that it will be sharing the screen with.

Along with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the first trailer for SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS will bow with prints of the film, but in the meantime, it’s now online thanks to Apple, and it looks rather great. The film sees stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law returning as Holmes and Watson, while both Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris make their franchise debut here, both looking top notch in their respective roles. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

While actress Ruth Wilson may not be well known around these parts, she’s looking to have one hell of an introduction to domestic audiences.

Best known for turns on shows like Luther and the Masterpiece Theater take on Jane Eyre, Deadline is reporting that the actress is in talks to star opposite Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in Disney’s THE LONE RANGER. The film will be helmed by Gore Verbinski, and according to the outlet, she beat out actresses like Jessica Chastain and Abbie Cornish, so this is definitely an impressive debut for the up-and-coming thespian. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

Despite chatter of being behind a cavalcade of projects ranging from a King Arthur project to a possible (if the second film does well) third SHERLOCK HOLMES, it looks like director Guy Ritchie may be doing something quite different instead.

Twitch is reporting that Ritchie is currently overseeing new drafts of the script for SGT. ROCK, and will be helming the project for WB. The last we heard of the film, it was in the hands of Francis Lawrence, but now it looks as though the film has reverted back to Ritchie. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

Captain Kirk and now maybe Robocop? It's like Chris Pine is trying to get me to have a man-crush on him.

Since Jose Padilha signed on to direct the ROBOCOP remake, MGM has been laying low as the script was getting a final polish, and now it looks like the wheels are turning again. According to Twitch, the studio is beginning to compile its wish list of actors to take the lead role. At the top of that list? Chris (stubble-face) Pine. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

Breaking news! THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is a movie, it has a trailer, and some dude has seen it.

We just received news that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES does, in fact, have a trailer. This coming on the heels of the first teaser poster which was revealed yesterday. Speculation has been mounting for some time now, as it seemed director Christopher Nolan had been working with some kind of cast and crew filming a mysterious movie about a caped man. We can now confirm that the movie is indeed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Not only that, we can also confirm that a major motion picture will be getting its very own trailer, and someone has already seen this trailer and find the need to describe it to people!

The title of "white knight" belongs to the folks over at Collider and AICN, who both confirmed its existence. Check out the description of a trailer which will tease a movie that exists and is coming out at an unconfirmed date sometime in the future, after the jump. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

Chock this one up as a rumor for now, but it’s interesting none-the-less.

Twitch is reporting that Mandate Films is eyeballing star Josh Brolin to take on the lead role of the newly minted Spike Lee joint, the director’s remake of OLDBOY. Offers have yet to be made, contracts yet to be signed, but it definitely is an interesting direction if this is in fact the face or type of face they want to lead this project with. Brolin has been one of the film world’s most interesting names for years now, and this would be a role unlike anything we’ve really seen from the guy up until this point in his career. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

From A-list to straight to DVD. That’s what the cast for the upcoming adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky has just become. Variety is reporting that Billy Burke, Christian Slater, Michael Jai White, Breanne Racano, and Roger Bart will now be taking over for the likes of Sienna Miller, William H. Macy, Craig Robinson, and Matt Dillon in the hotly-talked about project.

The film will follow a couple who attempt to reunite with a movie mogul looking for a quick buck, as well as a cop team who try to bring the crew down. Slater and Racano will be playing the couple, with Burke as one half of the cop team, and White as the mogul’s assistant. For all intents and purposes, Macy was rumored to be joining the mogul role, so he could very well be involved, but that doesn’t appear likely. This cast is definitely odd, and one that, despite Burke, doesn’t really get my blood pumping. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

The stellar cast of CARNAGE appears in a new photo

Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, and Kate Winslet. Those names right there should be enough to get any movie lover excited. Making it even more exciting is that they’re starring in Roman Polanski’s upcoming CARNAGE, an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage, which sees two sets of parents having a chaotic night when trying to discuss a quarrel between their children.

The film is currently slated to arrive in theaters later this year, with an accompanying Oscar campaign. Sony Pictures Classics (via The Playlist) posted a new photo from the film, which you can check out after the break. (more...)

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July 12th, 2011

Not to be overshadowed by the THINGS release, Intervision's other new DVD this week, THE SECRET LIFE: JEFFREY DAHMER, is a must-see for those with any passing interest in how real-life serial killers are portrayed on screen. Filmed after his imprisonment and before he was murdered two years into his life sentence, this film chronicles Dahmer's life from first kill to capture. Director David R. Bowen and star Carl Crew keep things accurate and unsettlingly clinical. Narrated by Crew, the killer's voice in constantly in the viewer's head and, whereas this type of voice over work is used too often as a crutch, it becomes extremely effective in keeping the viewer connected directly to the Dahmer.

It's a low-budget affair, sets are sparse, effects are effective and not flashy. There is some repetitiveness to the film, once Dahmer moves out of his grandmother's house where he completed his first kill into his own apartment, he entered his real spree period and there's a long cycle in the film of him luring men to his home with the promise of money in return for posing for pictures, then killing, then repeating. In a strict narrative sense, this is weak but it's a testament to Bowen and Crew's determination to stick closely to the facts and their ideas about Dahmer's drive to kill that this device comes off as an effective way of wearing down the audience. It's a dream-like lull into the world of serial-murder- it's extremely unsettling and quite unique in the world of serial killer based films. (more...)

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