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Tarantino's Southern/Western titled Django Unchained

Franco Nero in Sergio Corbucci’s Django (1966) HitFix has what looks to be some well-sourced and thoroughly researched information about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, previously described as “A Southern” — a frontier revenge tale set in the post-Civil War South. Drew McWeeny connects the dots for us: Earlier today, @AgentTrainee ...

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Robert Pattinson to Star as Jeff Buckley?

The Jeff Buckley movie project is actually happening. The go-to star for this project appears to be Robert Pattinson, currently starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants, but more well known for, well, you know. Those movies. He can sing and he looks a little like Buckley, although I’d ...

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The Tree of Life hits UK distribution snag

Earlier this week Empire magazine announced that Icon (Mel Gibson’s distribution company) had plans to open The Tree of Life in the UK on May 4 — fully two weeks before its feverishly anticipated Cannes premiere. On the face of it, that claim sounded dubious and today we’re learning some ...

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Tom Hooper Confirmed to Direct Les Mis

  Twitter has been a-flutter with the news that fresh off of his undeserved Oscar win, Tom Hooper will have a chance to show his stuff when he¬†next takes on the film version of the Broadway hit Les Miserables. ¬†I’m guessing Hooper will try to make a grittier version than ...

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Beginners, trailer

Beginners was my inspiration for posting today’s poll asking Awards Daily readers to choose their favorite gay films of the past 30 years. Looking back over recent history, especially over the past decade, it seems we’re seeing at least one major gay-themed movie each year figure prominently in the winners ...

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Spring Forward! 25 essential films before Summer

Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden… Yes! There will be growth in the spring! Hope springs eternal in the 12 weeks before Summer. As the new season begins to bloom, here’s a list of ...

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Barry Levinson Takes on McVeigh Conspiracy

Deadline just announced (and it was like the shot heard round the world how fast it traveled on the web, srsly) that Barry Levinson will direct the script O.K.C. (a Black List script from 2010), written by Clay Wold, whose brother was a clerk on the McVeigh case. As described ...

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From Precious to Violet and Daisy

Oscar winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher makes his directorial debut with Violet and Daisy, from his own script. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel as grrrl assassins, The Playlist reports: The story finds Ronan and Bledel (who are shockingly 13 years apart) playing a pair of teenage assassins who ...

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Paul Giamatti in Win Win, trailer & poster

Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) and Fox Searchlight showcase Paul Giamatti in Win Win with a screenplay THR says in its Sundance review, “never strikes a false note”: It’s no surprise that McCarthy is a skilled actor’s director, but the heartfelt compassion and observational acuity that infuses the writer-director’s ...

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Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret coming for Thanksgiving

Distribution rights for Martin Scorsese’s 3D adventure, Hugo Cabret has been transferred to Paramount and its release date has been bumped up 2 weeks to November 23 for optimal family-friendliness. That’s almost exactly a year after Marty’s interview with the Guardian’s Mark Kermode last November: Scorsese seems genuinely fired up ...

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Fiennes wows Berlinale Fest with Coriolanus

Over the weekend the Weinsteins snatched up US distribute rights to Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, updating Shakespeare in terms of a contemporary political thriller. That preemptive buy, made well in advance of last night’s premiere, confirms Harvey is savvy and prescient as ever. THR‘s critic Ray Bennett says Coriolanus is “a ...

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Amazing Spider-Man is Amazing

Superspidersize Me Press Release: Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man. The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit. The film, which is now in ...

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The Adjustment Bureau, posters & trailer

Your future has been rather aggressively photoshopped. But somehow for once the androidgenous porelessness enhances the unsettling effect. Not to be alarmist or anything, but I think I recognize that fedora from Dark City. Trailer after the cut. Nice gun-metal sheen to the cinematography from 2-time Oscar winner John Toll ...

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Another Star is (Re)Born

The story broke yesterday that Beyonce will team up with Clint Eastwood for another remake of A Star is Born. We were slow with the uptake and much of the shock value of it is gone by now, but people keep asking me what I think the Oscar prospects are, ...

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Looking Ahead: 2011 Contender Forecast

Tree of Life

“Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.” — Chance the Gardener Yesterday’s arrival of the achingly radiant new trailer for The Tree of Life has me thinking ahead already ...

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