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    Anthony Mackie In Talks To Star As Detective In Online Gambling Thriller "Runner Runner"

    Very busy actor Anthony Mackie is currently in negotiations to star alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in New Regency and Stone Village Pictures' Runner Runner. The online gambling thriller, directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and penned by Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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    'Blade Runner' Follow-Up Officially A Sequel, Original Writer Hampton Fancher Developing Story With Ridley Scott

    We pretty much covered this in the last couple of days, but it's possible we buried the lead a little, plus a press release is out, so it's now official: with "Prometheus" nearly upon us, Ridley Scott has started to seriously work towards his other sci-fi follow up, the continuation of "Blade Runner" that was originally announced last summer. A couple of details have been confirmed via a press release from Alcon Entertainment, among them that Scott is going right back to the well when it comes to nailing down the story for his new replicant-themed picture.

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    "War Witch" Director Kim Nguyen Talks Film's Magic Themes, Politics and Child Soldiers

    Here's are some interesting excerpts from a Filmmaker Mag interview with French-Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen, the helmer of War Witch, which premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival. Tambay wrote a review of War Witch after its screening at the Tribeca Film Festival last month; if you haven't read it, see his review HERE, where he calls it "a poignant work, filled with strong, captivating images, and wonderfully naturalistic performances (especially from star Rachel Mwanza). 

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    Interview: Maïwenn Talks The Research And Multiple Cuts Of 'Polisse'

    After playing the victim in '70s horror throwback "High Tension" and directing the comparatively light dramedy "Actress' Ball," French thespian/filmmaker Maïwenn yearned for something a bit more serious. So what better topic to tackle than one focusing on France's Child Protection Unit (CPU)?

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    "Cloud Atlas" Screens For Buyers At Cannes + Gets December Release Date + Pics

    "Cloud Atlas" Screens For Buyers At Cannes + Gets December Release Date + Pics

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    Review: 'Bill W.' Draws You Into The Trials And The Triumphs Of Alcoholics Anonymous

    “Bill W.” tells the story of the largely unsung hero William G. Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that has saved the lives of thousands and thousands of people. The documentary, led by directing and producing team Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino, is an effort to tell a relatively unknown story about a man who has been a guiding light for many other relative unknowns. The title stands in the tradition of A.A., where members are granted absolute anonymity, both to protect them from the stigma of alcoholism and to shelter the organization from potential media hounds. Even as his organization grew to include tens of thousands of members, Wilson’s identity was not revealed to the public until his death in 1971: many recovering alcoholics knew their savior only as “Bill.”

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    Morgan Freeman Will Play Army Veteran In "Last Vegas" w/ Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro

    Yesterday, Morgan Freeman was said to be in talks to join the cast of Last Vegas, the dramedy centered on four old friends who reunite in Sin City for one last big bash at the bachelor party of the only one who has managed to stay single.

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    Interview: 'Elena' Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks Changed Ending, Favorite Filmmakers

    Cinephiles, unite! The name Andrei Zvyagintsev is relatively unknown on these shores, as his remarkable debut "The Return" quietly came and went (though it is now on Netflix Instant -- GO!) and his tremendous sophomore effort "The Banishment" never saw a proper release in the West. That's all about to change with "Elena," his third and most refined piece of work, which not only saw a premiere at Cannes Film Festival but also left with the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize. Zvyagintsev's aesthetic might make him seem like Andrei Tarkovsky II, but his voice is still his own, eschewing his mentor's liberal use of magic for more grounded, realistic stories.

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    "Why Did You Cast A Massive Music Superstar In What Amounts To A Run-And-Gun Supporting Role?"

    Maybe the question of the decade.

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    Daniel Radcliffe Might Voice Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio,' While Juno Temple Joins 'Maleficent'

    Right now, it's still unclear if the fairy tale movie is really going to end up being a potent force. While "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" have found fans on the small screen, in the cinema, "Alice in Wonderland" aside (and that's a film that's only really a fairy tale by the loosest definition of the word), none of the live-action reboots of classic folklore material, from "Red Riding Hood" to "Mirror Mirror," have gotten much traction with audiences. That could (and we suspect will) change in a couple of weeks when "Snow White And The Huntsman" opens, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped studios moving forward with a myriad of fairy tale projects: everything from "Beauty & The Beast" to "Cinderella" is in various stages of development.

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