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A Ghost Story Trailer


C and M are a married couple who love one another very much, they live together in their little detached suburban home where C composes his music. The pair are incredibly close and when C is killed in a fatal car accident M is left with only the memories of their time together.

M goes to the morgue to identify her husband and confirms that the body is him and returns to their little home. M is alone but not quite as alone as she thinks. C didn't cross over to the spirit world, he remained on Earth and is now living in their house. M is full of grief for the loss of her husband and often listens to his musical compositions, particularly the song he wrote for her.

Whilst M is living in the real world, time and space are a completely different case for C as months and years feel like minutes and seconds. When M attempts to move on with her life and finally brings a man back to her home, C becomes angry and his manifestation and causes the power to go out as well as throwing books around the home.

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Song To Song Trailer


The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?

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Dev Patel Is A Lost Boy In Touching True Story Drama 'Lion'


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Dev Patel is set to star in a tear-inducing drama called 'Lion', based on the true story of Saroo Brierley; a man who was adopted as a boy after becoming separated from his family in India at the age of 5. Following its premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, the word 'Oscars' has been mentioned more than once.

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Based on the memoirs 'A Long Way Home' written by the real Saroo Brierley along with Larry Buttrose, the story follows Saroo's (Patel) search as an adult for his Indian family, having been raised by Australian adoptive parents Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John (David Wenham). Though most of his early years are forgotten, there are a few crucial memories that have remained. He remembers being trapped on a train for two days after losing his brother, and eventually ending up in Calcutta nearly 1,500 kilometres away from home. 

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Lion Trailer


Saroo Brierley has lived a good life with his caring mother and father in Australia, but as he grows older, memories begin to return to Saroo of his life before he was adopted.

When he was young, Saroo lived with his family in a small village and since the father of the family left years earlier, Saroo's mother looks after him, his 2 elder brothers and young sister; she works as often as she can to feed and care for her children but often that just wasn't enough. Wishing to help the family, the two elder boys would often go off and beg at the busy railway station and find occasional work helping sweep trains.

When Guddu announces that he's going to the train station, his younger brother (Saroo) asks if he can go with him, he accepts and the boys set out on their journey. With his little brother feeling tired, Guddu leaves his brother to rest and tells him to stay where he is. The five year old did what he was told for a while but soon grew impatient by his brother's absence, he decides to go look around the train station and eventually falls asleep on a stationary train thinking his brother would know where he was. When the little boy awakes he finds himself speeding through unfamiliar landscapes with no way to escape.

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Kubo And The Two Strings Review

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From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in many years. Not only does every moment of the movie look exquisite, but the story is smart, original and hugely entertaining. The themes it explores with a very light touch are rich and deep, provocative and engaging. And since there's so much to the movie, the comedy is that much sharper, the action that much more thrilling and the ultimate message that much more powerful.

Set in mythical Japan, the story centres on a cheeky young boy named Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) who lost an eye when he was attacked as an infant by his grandfather (Ralph Fiennes) and two aunts (Rooney Mara times two). His father died in the struggle, but his mother got him out and raised him in a cave, making sure he never stayed outdoors after dark when his grandfather, the Moon King, could see him. A boy with boundless imagination, Kubo uses music and origami to entertain the villagers with the elaborately epic tale of his father's lifelong quest for three important pieces of armour. But one evening he stays out too late, and has to flee from his attacking aunts. Now his only companion is a sardonic monkey (Charlize Theron) and a forgetful warrior (Matthew McConaughey) who has been transformed into a big beetle. Together they decide to search for the armour so they can take on the Moon King once and for all.

This journey is the main body of the movie, encompassing comedy, adventure and some very scary moments. All of the story's twists and turns echo with the complexity of family and relationships, as Kubo tries to understand the things his parents could never tell him about himself. He also, of course, wants to better understand his own magical abilities, which are animated in breathtaking ways throughout the story. Perhaps accomplishing his father's quest will bring answers. And of course the real challenge for Kubo is to realise that everything he needs is right around him.

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Is Joaquin Phoenix Set To Play Jesus In Mary Magdalene Film?


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Joaquin Phoenix is said to be in consideration for the role of Jesus, in Garth Davis’ upcoming Mary Magdalene film opposite Rooney Mara, according to Deadline. The three time Oscar nominee is said to be in early talks for the role, with production on the film due to begin this summer.

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Phoenix is known for his versatility, having previously portrayed country legend Johnny Cash, for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. He also reviewed nominations for his roles in 2000’s Gladiator and The Master in 2012.

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Rooney Mara - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Arrivals at Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach at anta Monica Beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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Rooney Mara Regrets Her "Whitewashing" Tiger Lily Role In 'Pan'


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Oscar nominee Rooney Mara has admitted that she feels “bad and embarrassed” about being caught up in the ‘whitewashing’ debate in Hollywood after her role in Disney’s Pan last year, but has kept quiet until now because she doesn’t want her opinions to be “reduced to a soundbite”.

Mara, 30, played the role of Tiger Lily in the ill-fated live-action origin story last year, and it was a casting that drew a lot of criticism as it constituted a white woman portrayed a native American princess. However, she’s up for Best Supporting Actress for her part in Carol at The Oscars on Sunday, and was asked about her feelings on the diversity debate in Hollywood.

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Rooney Mara - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2016 at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Royal Opera House,, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - The 69th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Arrivals at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2016 - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - Rooney Mara seen leaving Ballet Bodies at West Hollwood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 10th February 2016

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Rooney Mara - Celebrities attend 88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. at Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016

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Rooney Mara , Kate Mara - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Rooney Mara , Kate Mara - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - AACTA International Awards at Avalon Hollywood - Arrivals at Avalon Hollywood - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2016 Golden Globe After Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at Beverly Hilton Hotel, Golden Globe - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at The Four Season Los Angeles - Arrivals at The Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at The Four Season Los Angeles - Arrivals at The Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

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Rooney Mara - 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals at Palm Springs Convention Center - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 2nd January 2016

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Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015


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There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres... A Girl Walks Home..., Inside Out, 45 Years

10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.

9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.

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Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress Rooney Mara out shopping in Beverly Hills with a male companion - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 9th December 2015

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Carol Review

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As in his gorgeous film Far From Heaven and TV series Mildred Pierce, filmmaker Todd Haynes tells a simple story with visual impact and thematic resonance. All three of these projects centre on characters who feel like outsiders in their societies, offering staggeringly complex roles for Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet and now Cate Blanchett. This one is also based on a Patricia Highsmith novel (published originally as The Price of Salt), so it has an added layer of underlying intensity.

The story is set in the run-up to Christmas 1952, as New York department store clerk Therese (Rooney Mara) becomes intrigued by Carol (Blanchett), a glamorous customer who seems unusually attentive. Therese finds a reason to contact her, and the two become friends despite the difference in age and class. Meanwhile, Carol is trying to extricate herself from her marriage to Harge (Kyle Chandler), who is still feeling wounded by Carol's relationship with another woman (Sarah Paulson) and threatens to use her friendship with Therese to deny custody of their young daughter. And Therese also has a nice-guy suitor in Richard (Jake Lacy), who is becoming increasingly suspicious. With all of this pressure on them, Carol and Therese make an impulsive decision to take a road trip together.

The events unfold with delicate precision, as Phyllis Nagy's script smartly allows these woman to circle around each other trying to work out how they feel. There's a gun-in-the-suitcase element that adds a bit of spark, but the real story here plays out between the lines in exquisite performances from Blanchett and Mara, who convey most of their feelings through offhanded glances and subtle gestures. This adds beautifully to the depiction of the period's repressive attitudes without ever being obvious about it, and it also reveals the deep emotions that come with feeling like you don't fit in with what society expects of you.

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Pirates, Mermaids, Neverland: Everyone's Favourite Adventure Story Returns With 'Pan' [Trailer + Pictures]


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An extraordinary re-telling of a time-honoured fairy story, Peter Pan is set to hit the big screen once again in 'Pan'; a tale of how this young boy who never grows up discovered his remarkable powers in the first place.

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Ever wondered how Peter Pan became known as Peter Pan in the first place? 'Pan' reveals his lonely beginnings in an orphanage and how he is desperately searching for his mother having only a letter and a strange metal pendant to remember her by. Soon he finds himself kidnapped by brutal flying pirates led by Blackbeard and taken to Neverland - a world of fairies and mermaids, and the place where he befriends a young James Hook who wasn't always so evil himself.

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Who Could Play The Female 'Thor' On The Big Screen?


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In a move that many comic book aficionados may not have expected, Marvel Comics has announced that one of their most dominant male characters has been given a sex change. In the new comic series due out in October, Thor, based on the Norse God of Thunder and one of Marvel's 'big three', will be a female character. But this isn't just big news for fans of the printed material.

The character Thor has had a huge impact on screen as well and has been involved in two hugely successful films, Thor and Thor: The Dark World and is an integral part of The Avengers ensemble and its forthcoming sequel.

So, the big question is: who will play this new female fighting force when it inevitably hits the cinemas?

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Nick Cannon Slammed For White-Faced "Connor Smallnut" Persona: How Offensive Is It?


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Singer Nick Cannon has been slammed by social media users after he unveiled his controversial new persona, Connor Smallnut, designed to promote his new album, White People Party Music. The America's Got Talent host and husband to Mariah Carey "whited up" and adopted a skater styling to play the character, communicated via the pop star's Instagram page.

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Nick Cannon Has Been Hit By Outraged Reactions After "Whiting Up" For A New Persona.

Cannon has been labelled "racist," "ignorant" and "hypocritical" for the stunt after pictures of him dressed as Connor hit the web on Sunday. "It's official. I'm White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!!" he wrote, adding "#GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!!" alongside one image.

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A Week In News: L'Wren Scott, A Middle Finger Lawsuit, And A Clever Pooch Takes On An Army


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RIP L'Wren Scott: L'Wren Scott, the esteemed fashion designer and girlfriend to The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday having hanged herself. Read the full report. Mick and the band were on tour in Australia when the dreadful news broke, prompting them to cancel a show as the rocker tried to come to terms with the loss. Read his statement here. Having not left a suicide note, Scott's reasons will always be unknown but her company's financial details have shown that creditors were owed millions and that L'Wren was going to close her label. L'Wren Scott: 1964 - 2014.

Chris Pine Driving Ban: Star Trek actor Chris Pine pleaded guilty to DUI on Monday after he was caught drunk driving with his girlfriend after celebrating the wrap of new thriller, Z For Zachariah, in New Zealand. The 33 year-old star was fined and received a six month suspension on his New Zealand license, meaning he's going to have to look out for the designated driver next time he's out boozing.

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With Rooney Mara On-Board, Here's Everything You Need To Know About 'Pan'


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Peter Pan is coming to the big screen again in July 2015, this time in Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’, which chronicles the character’s early years. While there’s not much known about the film the initial casting looks promising enough to get us excited to take another trip to Neverland.

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Of course we all know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. JM Barrie’s classic children’s tale has been delighting audiences since 1904 when he was the subject of the stage play, 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'. The play was later expanded into the 1911 novel 'Peter and Wendy'. Pan has since enjoyed many movie outings, most famously Disney’s 1953 animated version. Then there was the 1991 Steven Spielberg movie ‘Hook’ intended as a sequel to Pan’s story. Here, a grown up Peter, played by Robin Williams, returns to Neverland to once again face his old adversary Captain Hook. In 2003, there was a live action Peter Pan featuring Jason Issacs based on Barrie’s original work. The copyright status of Barrie's work has meant that the character has been used and changed in various adaptations. The writer oringally passed on his copyright claim to London’s Great Ormond Street hospital, but the copyright’s differing international statuses have led to the character being frequently reimagined. Most recently ABC created a whole new evil pan on their show ‘Once Upon A Time’.

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Rooney Mara Cast As Tiger Lily In Peter Pan Origins Movie, 'Pan'


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Rooney Mara has landed a role in JOE WRIGHT's upcoming Peter Pan origins movie, Pan - she will playTiger Lily. Mara, who is best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, will play the Native American princess who lives in Neverland along with Peter and the Lost Boys.

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Rooney Mara Is To Play Tiger Lily In Joe Wright's Upcoming Peter Pan Origins Movie.

Joe Wright will direct Warner Brothers' upcoming fantasy drama and will also welcome the talents of Les Misérables' Hugh Jackman and Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund. Both actors will play pirates in the prequel to J. M. Barrie's children's tale, with Hedlund taking on the classic role of Hook and Jackman playing the villainous Blackbeard.

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Fourth Instalment Of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Series On Its Way, Say Publishers


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Stieg Larsson's Millenium series has continued to find success almost ten years after his sudden death aged 50. The creator of the book series that includes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and follows the characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist was already working on his fourth instalment for the series before his untimely death and now, nine years later, a fourth book is finally being written.

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Rooney Mara starred as Lisbeth in the Hollywood adaption of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

David Lagercrantz, best known for co-writing the autobiography of Swedish footballing deity Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been placed in charge of finalising Larsson's fourth edition to the Millenium series, with the unnamed book set for publication in August 2015. Lagercrantz has since said that he has "already started writing it", adding, "It's terribly fun. It's a fantastic world to step into."

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Review


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Although set in the 1970s, this dramatic thriller has a distinctly Western vibe to it, digging into the darker emotional corners of characters who are trying to make it through life on their own terms. It's moody and evocative, focussing on internal feelings rather that big action beats, so it feels dreamlike and a bit sleepy. And also strangely mesmerising.

When we meet Bob and Ruth (Affleck and Mara), they're hopelessly in love. She knows he's not good for her, but she's pregnant so makes the most of it. Short of cash in rural Texas, they plot a messy bank robbery, during which he injures police officer Patrick (Foster) and is sent to prison. Four years later, she's now living on her own with her young daughter, watched over by Bob's old mentor Skerritt (Carradine). But she's also struck up an awkward friendship with Patrick. So when Bob escapes from prison and comes back for her, he's in for a rather nasty shock.

Writer-director Lowery uses striking visuals and minimalistic dialog, shooting scenes with an unexpected sensuality to explore each point where these people interact. Everything is understated (the title is never explained at all), which allows the actors to give delicate, transparent performances that catch us off guard with their honesty. Affleck, Mara and Foster are fascinatingly complicated as three parts of an untidy triangle that only hints at romance. Carradine adeptly provides both wit and gravity to his scenes, while Parker gives a beautiful performance as Bob's reluctant buddy.

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Soderbergh's Side Effects Bounces Back From Box Office Disappointment To Leave Berlin Film Festival Purring


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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects didn’t fair quite as well as hoped on its opening weekend on the US Box office charts, opening with $2.8 million takings on a weather-hit chart to languish behind critically derided Identity Thief, which took $11.2 million.

However, with the US done and dusted, the attentions of Soderbergh move towards Europe, with the film currently playing at the Berlin Film Festival ahead of large scale European release – including the UK on March 8 – from February 22 onwards. So far it’s received cautious critical appraisal from European critics, with The Independent cryptically offering “if audiences stop trying to unravel the very tangled plot and don’t mind have the carpet pulled from under their feet again and again, they should find plenty here to relish.” That suggests another Soderbergh brain-twister, and indeed it seems to be the case, given that the film is about the Rooney Mara-playing Emily Taylor, who takes a prescribed experimental drug, causing all manner of mental twists and turns. Jude Law plays Jonathan, her psychiatrist whose life is gradually falling apart, whilst Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum also star.

The Telegraph were far more impressed than The Independent after coming away from Berlin.“When all’s said and done, it’ll go down as minor Soderbergh – clever sleight-of-hand, really – but it reminds you of so many Soderberghy virtues as to be an oddly compendious pleasure.” It’s said that this might be Soderbergh’s last film, it could well be that he’ll be going out on a high yet.

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If Soderbergh's Bowing Out With 'Side Effects,' It's An Impressive Swansong


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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects stars Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara and is another fine example of Soderbergh’s masterful storytelling. Fans of Soderbergh will do well to relish this one as it may be his last. The director has said that he’s tired of making films now and may well make Side Effects his last effort. The movies has garnered a slew of great reviews and could well out to be the most respected role that Channing Tatum has been attached to, for quite some time.

Side Effects is a thriller, telling the tale of a suicidal wife, a husband just out of jail, an under-pressure psychiatrist and the troubles with personality-suppressing drugs. Performances from Catherine Zeta Jones and Jude Law supplement those of the central characters. As is typical with Soderbergh’s movies (Traffic, A Scanner Darkly), the plot is many-faceted and eventually, the dramatic potential of the movie explodes. Kenneth Turan, writing for Los Angeles Times explains “It would ruin the fun to detail exactly what kind of hell, but rest assured this top-notch cast has great fun working out all the fiendish ramifications of this potboiler plot. If this does prove to be Soderbergh's final film — and I wouldn't hold my breath — he picked a heck of a one to go out on.

The movie has racked up a highly respectable score of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes – usually a decent indicator of how a film will fare. Side Effects is in US movie theaters this weekend.

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Steven Soderbergh Signs Off With 'Side Effects': But Does It Hit The Spot?


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Steven Soderberg's psychological thriller Side Effects - his final movie before retiring from movie directing - is winning high praise from critics. The movie - boasting an all-star cast including Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones - follows a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. Ok, so it might sound a little bit too much like Soderbergh's 2011 thriller Contagion, but give it chance.

The general consensus amongst critics is that Side Effects is a little silly in places, though great fun, with dashes of genius. A.O Scott of the New York Times said, "While the plot may be predictable (and more than a little preposterous) in retrospect, Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician." Roger Ebert paid homage to the director, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, "Soderbergh came, he saw, he conquered, and now he's moving on." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone continued the high praise, writing, "Side Effects is a hell of a thriller, twisty, terrific and packed with surprises you don't see coming," while other critics praised Soderbergh's slick filmmaking and storytelling techniques. All-in-all, it's pretty good news for the director on his final outing. 

The film's screenwriter Scott Z. Burns spoke to the Huffington Post of Soderbergh's decision to leave Hollywood behind and concentrate on his painting.  "It's a little bit heartbreaking, for all sorts of selfish reasons.If he doesn't come back, it'll be because the other things are so rewarding for him that he doesn't need to come back," he said.

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'Dragon Tattoo Sequel Wont Write Out Daniel Craig, Says Rooney Mara


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Actress Rooney Mara has told reporters that the upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, will not feature the death of Daniel Craig's character, the crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, as was previously rumoured.

It was announced earlier this week that the adaption of Steig Larson's second volume of the Millenium series was under way, but the announcement was joined by an apparent plan to kill off Craig's character. Not many people were buying this supposed plan mainly because Blomkvist is a central part of the series, acting as the narrator in the books and film, and appears in all three of the novels. With Mara's new admittance, then it looks as though this really may have been a rouse all along.

MTV News spoke to the actress, who plays the titular 'girl' Lisbeth Salander, at the premier of her new film Side Effects earlier this week, asking her whether the rumours were true, to which she gave the matter-of-fact response, "no." She then went on to say, "I've been talking a lot with ['Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility."

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Big Names Announced For Sundance 2013: Rooney Mara, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Biel


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Next year’s Sundance Film Festival will reflect an on-going trend in the movie world, for big name actors to seek out challenging and rewarding roles in independent films. The competition line-up for Sundance 2013 has been announced and Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Biel and Kristen Bell are all amongst the big names headlining next year’s festival, which is considered a highlight of the international film festival calendar.

John Cooper, the director of Sundance, told The Hollywood Reporter “It’s a reflection of the landscape… We notice that there's a very, very vital community of actors taking roles in independent films - well-known actors in particular.” There are 27 films in competition at the 2013 festival, which will be screening 113 feature-length movies in total. These were whittled down from 12, 146 submissions – an increase of 429 from last year.

Taking a look at those big names in competition, then; Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara both appear in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, a story about two outlaws, situated in the hills of Texas. Daniel Radcliffe, meanwhile, continues his attempt to break free of the clutches of Harry Potter, by playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, which brings together the great beat poets of the 1940s. Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in this movie, centered on David Kammerer’s murder by Lucien Carr. Kristen Bell stars in The Lifeguard and Jessica Biel leads the cast in Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, a dramatic thriller directed and written by Francesca Gregorini.

Shadowy Terrence Malick Shoots At Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival (Photos)


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Terence Malick At Fun Fun Fun Festival

A rare photograph of Terrence Malick, at the Fun Fun Fun Festival

Get a good look at the above photo, readers, because it's not too often you see pictures of the multiple-Oscar nominated film director Terrence Malick doing his day job. Malick was with a few of the cast who are appearing in his as-yet untitled music, including Michael Fassbender, Savanna Welch, Rooney Mara and a spotlight-stealing Val Kilmer -it's not often you can say that - at the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Texas where he is shooting. Though the director tried to hide his face with a large hat and sunglasses combo, there was no such shyness from Kilmer who, according to the Indiewire, joined band the Black Lips on stage before wielding a chainshaw, cutting his 'hair' (it looked like a wig) and then being 'forcibly removed'. Nice one Val.

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Video - Magic Johnson And Larry Bird Reunite For Broadway Premier Of Biopic


Former sporting rivals of the NBA Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were together again at the recent premier production of the semi-biographical play of their respective careers. Magic arrived with his wife and son before posing for photos with Larry, who had posed alone prior to this. Actress Rooney Mara and 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan were also seen on the red carpet at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.

The play chronicles the professional careers of Johnson and Bird, who went head to head a number of times from the late 19070's until early in the 1990s. Their rivalry reinvigorated the NBA, and eventually turned into the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports

Video - Rooney Mara Again Shows Off Her Chameleon-Like Acting On Set


You have to hand it to the paparazzi that actually recognised actress Rooney Mara whilst she filmed scenes for the upcoming flick 'A Bitter Pill' in New York. After her titular turn in The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo the 26-year-old actress again looks unrecognisable with her long blonde and brunette extensions in.

She makes the transition from Goth to everyday girl for the film, however this transition should not last too long as she has the other two films of the Stieg Larsson penned trilogy to film in the near future.

'A Bitter Pill' tells the story of an anxious woman who turns to prescription medication to deal with her husband's impending release from prison. Jude Law also stars

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Review


Excellent
Fincher brings a sleek, achingly cool vibe to this remake of the first novel in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Although he doesn't find any more subtext in the intriguing characters and rather straightforward mystery, the film holds us completely in its grip.

Disgraced journalist Mikael (Craig) takes a job on an isolated island looking into the 40-years-earlier disappearance of the teenage niece of millionaire industrialist Vanger (Plummer). But the deeper Mikael digs, the messier things get. He discovers all kinds of nastiness in Henrik's dysfunctional family. Then he teams up with gifted hacker Lisbeth (Mara) to unravel the knots in the story. But as a ward of the state, Lisbeth is also dealing with her own rather intense situation.

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Video - Rooney Mara's New Dramatic Image - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo New York Premiere Arrivals Part 2


The New York premiere of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' was held at the Ziegfeld Theater recently and all eyes were on Rooney Mara, who plays the titular girl, Lisbeth Salander. She looked very striking; a far cry from her usual feminine image as seen in 2009's The Social Network.

Robin Wright followed Rooney onto the red carpet shortly afterwards, as did the star of the film, Daniel Craig, who plays protagonist Mikael Blomkvist

Video - Rooney Mara Too Shy To Stand For Photos


American actress Rooney Mara (The Social Network; A Nightmare On Elm Street) arriving for The Late Show With David Letterman in New York. Rooney smiles shyly as she leaves the car with her assistants but she doesn't stand for pictures; she instead goes straight into the building.

Rooney is currently starring in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, alongside Daniel Craig and Stellan Skarsgard. The film is the first in the hugely successful Millennium Trilogy, written by the late Swedish author Steig Larsson

Tanner Hall Trailer


As Fernanda enters her final year at Tanner Hall, a rundown boarding school in New England, she is met by some surprising changes within her group of peers. A friend from her childhood joins the school. Victoria, an alluring trouble causer brings a whole new challenge to her school.

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The Social Network Review


Excellent

The story of Facebook is given a dramatic twist by the combination of Sorkin's brainy script and Fincher's brawny direction. What emerges is the tale of a computer nerd who only understands relationships if they're online.

While at Harvard in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) and his best pal Eduardo Saverin (Garfield) came up with the concept of linking the students in a virtual network that honed the concept of MySpace into something more personal.
The problem is that it springs from a project Mark is working on for beefy twin rowers (Pence and Hammer) and their techie pal (Minghella), who immediately launch a legal battle against Facebook. Later, Mark links up with slick Napster founder Sean Parker (Timberlake) to push the site further, but he loses Eduardo in the process.

The chronological narrative is broken up by scenes from the legal encounters relating to the two lawsuits filed against Zuckerberg, and this gives the film its sense of dramatic momentum. But these legal skirmishes are red herrings; this is actually a story about relationships that go horribly wrong, most notably the friendship between Mark and Eduardo. And from the first scene to the last, the central point is that Mark simply can't make any relationship work.

While the irony of this is a little over-the-top, it's very nicely underplayed by the whole cast. Eisenberg is terrific in the film's most thankless role, but he never overeggs the performance, so Mark comes across sympathetically as a complex genius with a severe blind spot. He gained the world but lost his soul, as it were. Garfield gets a more emotional role and delivers an excellent turn that gives the film its heart. And Timberlake is also superb, never chomping on scenery in the flashiest role.

Of course, Sorkin's boyish script is snappy and almost too sharp, packed with hilarious jokes and intelligent conversations. It's great to see another big Hollywood movie this year (after Inception) that actually stimulates our minds for a change. While it sometimes feels a bit dense, it's also a thoroughly gripping look at the fallout of relational dysfunction. And we can all identify with it, whether or not we're a computer nerd.

The Social Network Trailer


Most people who use the internet are familiar with the name Mark Zuckerberg, for those who aren't, he founded and programmed a social networking website called Facebook. In an extremely short amount of time his bedroom project soon turned into one of the most profitable websites on the internet.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer


In the remake of Wes Craven's classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger once again haunts the dreams of unknowing teenagers. When a boy named Dean appears to kill himself in his sleep, his friends don't know what to make of it. The group of friends attend Dean's and his girlfriend discovers a picture of the kids together when they were very young. Unable to remember any of this past history, they must retrace their past and find out what horrendous connection the friends share.

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Youth In Revolt Trailer


Nick Twisp is an average 16 year old boy, obsessed with the opposite sex yet he never has any luck finding a girl of his own. Whilst on holiday with his unpredictable parents Nick finds a new girl who he feels is right for him, Sheeni. Now the only thing standing in his way is the undeniable fact that, nice guys never get the girl.... there's also a another small problem Sheeni already has a boyfriend. 

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Rooney Mara

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17th April, 1985

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