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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- kcasey

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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David O. Russell Directing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

15 December 2009 12:02 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

David O. Russell has directed only one movie that I’ve seen, the George Clooney Gulf War flick “Three Kings”. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t great. I hear tell his 1996 “Flirting with Disaster” was pretty good, too, but I’ve never seen that, so I can’t say. Now there are rumors that Russell, who has just come off “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, is in line to adapt and direct “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, Seth Grahame-Smith’s flesh-eating take on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” novel. The project has already nabbed Natalie Portman as its producer and star, and the signing of Russell could mean the studio is anxious to fast-track the picture. Is it a zombie movie with flesh-eating undead English folk? A period drama and love story with corsets and crumpets and all that other stuff British people eat? »

- Nix

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I Heart Huckabees director joins Natalie Portman for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

14 December 2009 2:46 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at first appeared to be a one note literary effort. The title was kind of amusing, to a degree, but surely there was not much more that could be done with this idea? Well apparently a slew of film companies thought otherwise at Seth Graham-Smith’s book, Jane Austen’s original tome with inserted undead characters, was announced as a go project by Richard Kelly’s Darko Films. Then, to add the project some credence, it was surprisingly declared that Natalie Portman, demure enough to play period and kooky enough to be hip, had signed on for the project.

Today, according to Pajiba, the film has taken an even more interesting turn. David O Russell, the hot tempered director of Three Kings, Flirting With Disaster and I Heart Huckabees, is apparently finalizing a deal to direct and adapt the project from page to screen. Although »

- Kieron Casey

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First Images and Synopses for All Good Things, Pirhana 3D, Shanghai, and The Fighter

10 November 2009 10:54 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Afm* fun continues with the first images and full synopses for All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, Pirhana 3D starring Elisabeth Shue and Richard Dreyfuss, Shanghai starring John Cusack and Ken Watanbe, and The Fighter starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and Amy Adams.  These are all films that should be on your radar because there’s a good chance that these films will be getting some major marketing when they hit theaters.

I write and read about films every day and with the exception of The Fighter, these films weren’t really on my radar.  After reading the synopses and seeing some shots from these movies, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for further news about them.  Hit the jump to check out debut photos and what you need to know about these upcoming flicks.

All Good Things

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans »

- Matt Goldberg

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Latest 'New Moon' Trailer: A Shot-By-Shot Analysis

13 September 2009 7:18 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

You saw it at the Video Music Awards, and now we go over it with a fine-tooth comb.

By Larry Carroll

Robert Pattinson in "New Moon"

Photo: Summit Entertainment

You may remember an article we ran after the last "New Moon" trailer that listed all the various characters and subplots from Stephenie Meyer's novel that were being omitted from the film's advance advertising, seemingly replaced by extra shots of Taylor Lautner's six-pack. Well, rejoice, "Twilight" fans, because another "New Moon" trailer was just unveiled during the MTV Video Music Awards, and it brings both the sexiness and the substance.

As always, we honor such occasions with our patented shot-by-shot analysis. Read on for the details you may have missed among all that awesomeness.

0:00 - 0:02: We see the Volturi chambers in Volterra, Italy, as Jane (Dakota Fanning) opens the door.

0:02 - 0:04: Aro (Michael Sheen »

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Fantasia 2009: Andreas Schaap's Must Love Death

14 July 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A theme at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is "Flirting With Chaos", or 'the anti-romantic comedy'. Must Love Death, which had its world premiere at the fest, fits nicely into this mold as German writer/director Andreas Schaap delivers a first feature film that's kind of like a twisted date movie that both parties can enjoy. The story follows the hapless Norman (Sami Loris), as he depressingly moves through life until he is hit by the car of the beautiful young Jennifer (Manon Kahle), who's got some troubles of her own.  The two hit it off and spark up a nice relationship until a misunderstanding with Jennifer's boorish on-off boyfriend (Philipp Rafferty) is the last straw in a series of events leading Norman to some dark thoughts.  Norman answers an add for a group where four strangers agree to commit suicide together, but it takes a turn for the »

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What to see at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival pt.1

30 June 2009 5:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fantasia Festival is North America [1]'s premiere (and largest) genre [2] film [3] festival [4]. It is also my favorite film festival and so I could not wait to share the highlights of this years line up. Here is a sneak peek at what we will be reviewing in the upcoming week of our podcast. Crush And Blush - Canadian Premiere South Korea Dir: Lee Kyoung-mi For her first feature, director Lee Kyoung-mi had some high-calibre assistance. Park Chan-wook produced, co-wrote and appears briefly in the film, as does Bong Joon-ho, director of The Host. This vaudevillian comedy doused in dark humour follows an unpopular woman who deviously schemes to seduce a colleague and keep him away from his mistress. Hong Hyo-jin seems born to play the fascinating and hard-to-follow Me-sook, an unforgettable, engaging and well-developed character. Love Exposure - Canadian Premiere Japan Dir: Sion Sono Prepare to witness miracles because Sion Sono (Suicide Club, »

- Ricky

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Fantasia film fest 2009 lineup lookin' lovely!

30 June 2009 2:09 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Ok, so I'm lazy.. I copy and pasted the press release, which is after the break, and we have reviews of quite a few of the films playing, including White Lightnin', Left Bank, Blood River, Cryptic, Deadgirl, The Horsemen, I Sell the Dead.. with Kaifeck Murder coming soon (once I can figure out what to write).

Movies I'm really interested in seeing: French Pa flick Mutants, Smash Cut, Possibility of an Island, Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Thirst.

But alas, I won't be there. Instead, a friend of ours will be providing some reviews for the week he is there, so everyone give a big thanks to DirtyRobot! Woop!

Check out the film greatness after the break! Oh, and there's more to come...

The past 12 months have been a treasure trove for sharp, individualistic visions of the unusual. Keep your hands on the bars as we give you a »

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Fantasia 2009 Line-Up Announced

30 June 2009 1:35 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

While we wait for the schedule for Fantasia 2009 to be finalized, we did receive a couple of press release announcing the fest's line-up, and per usual, those of you who are planning to attend are in for one helluva genre extravaganza.

First up is a bit of news about the fest's extended schedule: Due to a veritable deluge of feature presentations, Fantasia is extending its 13th edition for two extra days and will therefore be taking place from July 9th to the 29th at Concordia University’s Hall Theatre. As North America’s largest genre film festival, Fantasia will once again make good on its promise to deliver diversity, innovation, entertainment, food for thought and a good dose of eccentric and biting humour.

Next is a message from Fantasia's Co-Director of International Programming, Mitch Davis, highlighting some of this year’s spotlights:

2009 marks the 100-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s film industry, »

- The Woman In Black

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David O'Russell to direct "Aaron and Sarah"

9 April 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David O'Russell ("I Heart Huckabees," "Flirting With Disaster") will direct "Aaron and Sarah" for Fox 2000. The film is also called "B.F.F.".   The story tells of a nerdy guy on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who first meet each other as freshmen. Through the course of four years of high school, proms and a funeral, they become friends and fall in love.   Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen produce alongside Beau Bauman and Jesse Israel. Husband-wife team Chad Gomez Creasey ("Sydney White") and Dara Resnik Creasey ("Legally Blondes") wrote the screenplay.       »

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David O'Russell to direct "Aaron and Sarah"

9 April 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David O'Russell ("I Heart Huckabees," "Flirting With Disaster") will direct "Aaron and Sarah" for Fox 2000. The film is also called "B.F.F.". The story tells of a nerdy guy on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who first meet each other as freshmen. Through the course of four years of high school, proms and a funeral, they become friends and fall in love. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen produce alongside Beau Bauman and Jesse Israel. Husband-wife team Chad Gomez Creasey ("Sydney White") and Dara Resnik Creasey ("Legally Blondes") »

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David O'Russell to direct "Aaron and Sarah"

9 April 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David O'Russell ("I Heart Huckabees," "Flirting With Disaster") will direct "Aaron and Sarah" for Fox 2000. The film is also called "B.F.F.". The story tells of a nerdy guy on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who first meet each other as freshmen. Through the course of four years of high school, proms and a funeral, they become friends and fall in love. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen produce alongside Beau Bauman and Jesse Israel. Husband-wife team Chad Gomez Creasey ("Sydney White") and Dara Resnik Creasey ("Legally Blondes") »

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More Dark Comedy For David O. Russell

29 March 2009 10:30 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I have to admit David O. Russell has me impressed. After the endlessly troubled production of Nailed and his reputation for having screaming matches on the set, I was wondering if the work would start slowing down for the Three Kings director. But the Weinstein brothers, maybe sensing a kindred spirit, are back on board with Russell 13 years after Flirting With Disaster, and will help him write and direct an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook. The book, written by Matthew Quick and published last September, sounds like it has the right mix of comedy and drama that Russell had mined so well in the past. Variety writes that the book is about a former high school teacher who gets released from a mental institution and has no choice but to go back and live with his mom. Ouch. »

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David O. Russell opens 'Playbook'

27 March 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Weinstein Co. hearts David O. Russell.

Sources say the New York minimajor has attached Russell to write and direct an adaptation of "The Silver Linings Playbook," the project it's developing based on Matthew Quick's offbeat novel.

Quick's debut book tells the story of Pat Peoples, a former high school teacher who, after being released from a four-year stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother; he then seeks to remake himself in the hope of reconciling with his ex-wife.

The Weinstein Co. declined comment.

Michelle Raimo, who collaborated with the Weinsteins on Miramax pictures such as "Chocolat," is producing. The Weinstein Co. is currently out to cast.

The CAA-repped Russell most recently directed "Nailed," about a small-town waitress who goes to Washington after an accident with a nail causes her to engage in unpredictable behavior.

The CAA-repped hyphenate has a penchant for material featuring quirky characters, »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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We Can't Wait #9 Nailed

10 February 2009 7:33 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Directed by David O. Russell

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, James Brolin.

Synopsis Jessica Biel gets a nail shot into her brain. Yay! Oh, okay, so after that she starts acting all crazily and ends up going to Congress for some reason and runs across helpful Congressman Gyllenhaal.

Brought to you by Whoever is crazy enough to partner up with David O. "Some F***ing C***" Russell (i.e. Red Wagon Entertainment)

Expected release date Given this movie's checkered history, who knows?

Joe: Nailed's tumultuous (that's putting it lightly -- production stopped at least 2-3 times as they ran out of money) road to completion almost made me forget what an intriguing prospect it is creatively. Yeah, yeah, Jessica Biel -- but look at all that other talent. Plus: Paul Reubens! Jon Stewart! Kirstie Alley! Even if it's bad, it could be a total glorious car wreck. »

- NATHANIEL R

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We Can't Wait #15 Away We Go

10 February 2009 1:05 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Directed by Mr. Kate Winslet

Starring John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Hamilton, Melanie Lynskey, Allison Janney and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Synopsis a young pregnant couple travel the Us "in search of a place to put down roots"

Brought to you by Focus Features

Expected Release Date June 5th

Nathaniel: I put this on my list for the curiousity factor: Sam Mendes, lover of dramatic angst and crushing profundities (Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road, American Beauty, Jarhead) is doing a comedy. It might be just the thing to shake that monkey (let's call it "Oscar") off his back. He really needs to try something different, looser and funkier. I hope this is it.

Ja: That list of names... those are like a thousand of my favorite things right there. I mean, Catherine O'Hara alone, but Janney, Rudolph, Gyllenhaal and Lynskey! Brain-freeze. If I were gonna play that game »

- NATHANIEL R

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Outstanding Performance by a Male actor in a Leading Role

15 January 2009 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor -- Good things come to those who wait. And wait. At 61, the veteran actor with more than 80 screen credits finally got a great leading role. "I've been waiting my entire professional life for this experience," he told Back Stage. We’ve been impatiently waiting along with him. After years in supporting parts -- the stiff FBI agent in Flirting With Disaster, the deceased father on Six Feet Under -- Richard Jenkins finally stepped into the top-billed slot. In Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor, the actor plays a lonesome, uptight professor, just ripe for filmic picking. Forced to attend a desiccating conference in Manhattan, Walter Vale pays a long-delayed visit to his pied-à-terre in the city and finds a young immigrant couple (Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira) squatting there. That great social lubricant, music, provides an entrée to Vale's soul, as Tarek (Sleiman) uninhibitedly drums his addictive rhythms in the tiny, »

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