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    Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

    The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a ...

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    Venice Days' Spotlight on Female Filmmakers: 'Womens Tales' in Conversation with Nair, Bier & Cavani

    The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin.

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    Casting Watch: Portman's 'Got a Gun' for Fassbender, Farmiga's 'Psycho' Prequel at A&E, Nielson & Bell Join Trier's Nymphos

    While it would seem impossible for the actor to physically accomplish all the roles on his slate, Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay's "Jane Got a Gun." Portman is producing the western and will star as a woman whose outlaw husband is being chased by crimin...

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    Watch: Vacation Is Murder In Trailer For 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

    One of the more distinct voices in genre filmmaking emerging out of the U.K. is Ben Wheatley. The director first made ripples with "Down Terrace," but caused a major sensation last year with his stomach-churning "Kill List." So what did he do for an encore? He headed to Cannes this past spring to un...

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    Sam Shepard To Head The Weston Clan In 'August: Osage County' & Jennifer Jason Leigh Wants 'The Spectacular Now'

    There's quite a cast building for the upcoming adaptation of "Bug" and "Killer Joe" scribe Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, "August: Osage County." Of course, there's the powerhouse teaming of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, but on top of that, names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chr...

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    A Fat Kid Gets Raised By Whales & Becomes An Olympic Swimmer In Jon Turteltaub's Ridiculous 'Beached'

    The city of London recently learned that Olympics fever is extremely infectious. Evidently said fever has managed to spread outside the U.K. and has made its way to Los Angeles, where it has found director John Turteltaub (“National Treasure”). He’s signed on to direct “Beached,” the story of a chub...

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    Watch: John Hawkes Nervously Meets His Sex Surrogate In New Clip From 'The Sessions'

    After the debut of a hearty and warm trailer for Ben Lewin's "The Sessions," we now have a new clip from the Sundance sensation, which stars John Hawkes as real-life figure Mark O'Brien, a man afflicted by polio who was confined to an iron lung for the most of his life, who embarks on a journey to l...

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    Andy Nyman Is The Villain The Tumor In 'Kick-Ass 2'

    As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day and after all of Mark Millar’s endless bullshitting, “Kick-Ass 2” is actually happening. With most of the original cast set to return -- Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse -- the Jeff Wadlow-helmed sequel has been bus...

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    John Hillcoat Talks Sticking With Shia LaBeouf For 'Lawless,' How Tom Hardy Embraced His Feminine Side & More

    When the movies and television have portrayed prohibition, it is generally cast through the prism of slick city gangsters, with highly organized operations that rule with brutal efficiency. Should any bumps arise along the way, or cogs in the machine slow down the river of money or booze, lethal and...

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    Leaked Script For Michael Bay Produced ‘TMNT’ Reboot Hits Web, Reads Like Early Draft Of ‘Transformers’

    After some jarring comments from producer Michael Bay hinting at extraterrestrial origins for his “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot, frustrated fans at least found a temporary sign of relief when pre-production shut down this summer for script and budget issues. On the business side though, a re...

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