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    Why Has Everyone From 'Bridesmaids' Landed Big New Gigs Except Its Leading Lady Kristen Wiig?

    Did The 'Game-Changing' Comedy Really Change Anything?As we've already discussed at length, "Bridesmaids" is not only one of the best films of the year so far, but also a big, giant hit. Already the third-biggest grosser in the Judd Apatow stable, it's had hugely impressive legs, dropping fractionally week-on-week and is heading to at least a $150 million domestic gross, and possibly even more. And, as is usual with hits, most of those involved have gotten big career boosts: Apatow is back on top after a string of under-performers, breakout star Melissa McCarthy has lined up two "Bridesmaids" reunions, one with writer Annie Mumolo, the other ...

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    Michael Powell Realized The Awesomeness Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' Before Anyone Else

    If the name Michael Powell doesn't mean anything to you, stop reading now and line up your Netflix queue with the some of the films he did with Emeric Pressburger, including "The Red Shoes," "I Know Where I'm Going!" and "A Matter of Life and Death," and then get back to us. But as Martin Scorsese fans already know, his connection with the filmmaker runs deep. He was a good friend of the legendary filmmaker, introducing him to editor Thelma Schoonmaker whom Powell would later marry. But Scorsese was a longtime admirer of the director and it turns out, he sent him an early draft of "Goodfellas" (back when it shared the title of the book it was...

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    Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

    Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bou...

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    Confirmed: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    Just yesterday, we were wondering if David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" was headed to Sony Pictures Classics. A helpful reader recently pointed out to us that the website adangerousmethodfilm.com automatically redirects to the Sony Pictures Classics homepage, and while we put in some inquiries ...

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    Noel Clarke's Comedy "Huge" Gets Theatrical Release + New Poster & Stills (Thandie Newton Co-stars)

    Brit renaissance man Noel Clarke is one busy fellow.

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    Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Cronenberg's Dangerous Method

    Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud ...

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    Sony Classics Acquires David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"

    Sony Classics has acquired the US rights to David Cronenberg's much-anticipated "A Dangerous Method." The film - which stars Viggo Mortenson, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel - is a biopic of the relationship between Dr. Jung (Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Mortenson) and an unba...

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    Watch "Luther" Season 2 Episode 1 Now!

    This was inevitable... :)

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    Interview: 'Page One' Helmer Andrew Rossi Says David Carr Turned Down Solo Doc Opportunity & More

    Opening this weekend, Andrew Rossi's eye-opening and entertaining "Page One: Inside the New York Times" is a peek behind the curtain at the last bastion of serious news journalism, in an age as tumultuous and violent as anything conjured up in the Hollywood blockbusters storming the multiplexes. We saw the film back at SXSW and were taken with the amount of stories that the documentary covers – everything from the Times' evolving relationship with the internet (including the introduction of the pay wall, implemented this spring) to its coverage of similar media institutions (like the titanic Tribune Company) falling by the wayside. It will al...

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    Fox Searchlight Uses Director Cred to Sell The Tree of Life

    In the old days, testimonial spots were shot outside movie theaters, with moviegoers saying how much they like a picture, and put on TV. This is the first time I've seen two top Hollywood directors with huge film fan cred lend their support via online video for a movie. Fox Searchlight got David Fin...

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