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    Chameleon Jessica Chastain Talks Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Coriolanus

    When Jessica Chastain left her theater training at Juilliard and started landing movie roles, she got a gift. None of the movies came out right away. It took a while before anyone saw her work in Al Pacino's Wilde Salome (which finally debuts in Venice), or Terrence Malick's mystical The Tree of Lif...

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    Vera and Taissa Farmiga Talk Higher Ground: Strength, Vulnerability, Self-Discovery, Courage

    Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground premiered at Sundance last January to strong reviews. While Variety called it "a startlingly bold directing debut," as THR put it, "no one should really be surprised that Vera Farmiga brings the same meticulous craftsmanship and passion for truth found in her extraordina...

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    Ryan Gosling Is Cooler Than You, And Too Cool To Answer Esquire's Questions‬

    "I have no shame whatsoever in admitting that I, like, totally want to be Ryan Gosling," tweeted Lost writer Damon Lindeloff recently. He is not alone. Even the mighty Esquire Magazine seems intimidated by an actor who is too cool for the room.

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    Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Chasing Tom Cruise, Landing Idris Elba: "Rodin Sculpture"

    Some of us got a welcome dose of Guillermo del Toro in Hall H at Comic-Con. London TOH correspondent Matt Mueller sat down with him one on one.Currently locked in “crazy, active” pre-production on Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro took time out yesterday to chat about the epic monster movie he’ll dire...

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    Riding in Medusa with Bellflower Boys: Donuts, Flames, P-Diddy, The Apocalypse & Picking up Girls

    Cruising Los Angeles in the Medusa with Bellflower stars Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, I learned: that the car was the prima donna on set, gas money came from P-Diddy, Doing Donuts (the "longest uninterrupted donut" in the car's history) in a Staples parking lot makes me nauseous, and...

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes Delivers: Jaw-Dropping Weta Effects, Strong Reviews

    It is a mystery why Twentieth Century Fox took so long to unveil Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is such a strong summer entry that it might have built up some loud advance buzz. The filmmakers were likely so anxious about the quality of the VFX that they waited until the last minute for impro...

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    Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

    One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Specia...

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    Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta

    A select group of film writers flew to New Zealand last week for an early look at the filmmaking process behind Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin. Our own Bill Desowitz was one of them. Building on their Comic-Con momentum, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson previewed mor...

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    Soderbergh's Tyranny of Narrative, Haywire at SDCC, Can Carano Hold a Candle to Action Star Jolie?

    Steven Soderbergh presented footage from Haywire at Comic-Con. It was well-received. In ThePlaylist's interview with the director, he admits they weren't sure if Comic-Con was the right fit for the film, but "ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off....

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    Trailer Watch: Margin Call Spells Out Doom for Wall Street Financial Crisis

    Check out this taut trailer for writer-director J.C. Chandor's indie Margin Call, inspired by true events leading to the 2008 financial crisis. Here's our Sundance interview with Chandor and star Zachary Quinto. The all star cast (with also includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Mo...

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