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    British Actor-Director Noel Clarke Prepping MMA Movie in The Vein of 'The Wrestler'

    Noel Clarke is a prolific actor and director, probably still best known to British audiences and internationally for a stint on “Doctor Who” and his youth dramas “Kidulthood” and “Adulthood,” though he’s appeared across a diverse array of genres and worked with under-appreciated British directors like Philip Ridley and Neil Marshall in fare like “Heartless” and “Centurion”. While his early directorial efforts might not aspire to the sociological exactitude of say, Andrea Arnold or Shane Meadows or the artistry of work being done by director Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace") or Eran Creevy’s (“Shifty”), his films attempt to deal with social issues...

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    Rupert Grint & Jonathan Pryce To Star In WW2 Soccer Drama 'Wartime Wanderers'

    Considering how hard it is to make a decent sports movie at all (boxing and baseball seem to fare best, but even then there's plenty of dross focusing on both pastimes), it's not surprising, considering the general American apathy towards the game, that soccer, or football as the rest of us call it,...

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    Scott Free Working On Christmas Film From 'Black Death' Director, Emma Thompson Rom-Com & More

    Ridley and Tony Scott (pictured above, with Jerry Bruckheimer) are prolific enough as directors -- the former currently shooting his return to the sci-fi world that turned out his best film, with the intriguing "Prometheus," the latter coming off his best film in years, the hugely enjoyable actioner "Unstoppable." But they're also hugely prolific producers, through their Scott Free banner, being behind not only their own projects, but also those for other filmmakers, like "In Her Shoes," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The A-Team" and "Cyrus," as well as TV work like "The Good Wife" and "The Pillars of the Earth...

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    Shynola Music Video Directing Crew To Make Feature Debut On Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Novel 'The Red Men'

    After the likes of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and David Fincher, the stigma that once came with the idea of music video directors moving into the feature world has now disappeared, and it's seen as an effective training ground for directors, even if most of those who move into the cinematic world ar...

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    Imogen Poots & 'Submarine' Star Craig Roberts To Star In Heist Romance 'Comes A Bright Day'

    Kevin McKidd & Timothy Spall Also In Cast, Paul Smith To Design CostumesWe're not sure if there's ever been a documented case of a romance springing out of a bank robbery. We're pretty sure we'd be too busy trying to not get shot to get our flirt on with an attractive stranger, but maybe that's just...

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    Review: 'Thor' Is Overstuffed, But Still A (Mostly) Pleasant, Consistently Entertaining Surprise

    Note: Our U.K. writer saw the film early and this review was first published on April 26, 2011

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    James McAvoy Says He'll Star Eran Creevy's British Crime Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

    Update: Deadline reveals that the film will shoot in July (leaving plenty of room for "Anna Karenina") with the film drawing comparisons to "Heat."

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Johnny English Reborn' Makes Us Genuinely Concerned For Dominic West's Career

    For getting on fifteen years now, Working Title, the biggest dog in the U.K. production company world, have carved out a severely profitable niche in family comedies that, while they barely make an impact in the U.S. market, manage hugely impressive grosses internationally -- a remarkable feat, cons...

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    Michael Fassbender & Liam Cunningham To Star In Northern Irish Punk Movie 'Good Vibrations'

    David Holmes To Write The ScoreConsidering the way in which punk rock changed the music world so comprehensively, it's surprising that relatively few films have been made following the great bands of the era. There have been great documentaries, from "The Filth and the Fury" to Ramones doc "End of a...

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    Ben Drew (aka Plan B) To Star Opposite Ray Winstone In 'The Sweeney'

    'Trainspotting' Writer John Hodge To Pen ScriptAs a seminal British TV cop show, "The Sweeney," which followed Flying Squad members Carter (Dennis Waterman) and Regan (John Thaw) as they bust heads across London, has long proved influential in the genre -- it's more or less the total inspiration for...

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