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Joaquin Phoenix to play cartoonist John Callahan for Gus Van Sant

It seems Joaquin Phoenix is set to play quadriplegic iconoclast cartoonist John Callahan for director Gus Van Sant , reuniting after having worked together over ten years ago on the 1995 black comedy TO DIE FOR. The film, which has been in development since the late 80s (with Robin Williams attached for years) will be based on Callahan's autobiography...
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Review: The Sea of Trees

PLOT: A depressed American man travels to Japan's "Suicide Forest" on a quest to end it all. A chance meeting with another lost soul makes him rethink his decision, as well as ponder the events that led him there in the first place. REVIEW: THE SEA OF TREES is pretty to look at but tough to swallow; maybe because it's like trying to drink sap. Cloying in an...
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Matthew McConaughey talks life and death in The Sea of Trees trailer

Arthur Brennan ( Matthew McConaughey ) treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees (that's the title!), which is a mysterious and dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to commit suicide. On his journey, he encounters Takumi Nakamura ( Ken Watanabe ), a Japanese man who has lost his way after attempting suicide. The two men begin a journey of reflection and...
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Why It Works: Good Will Hunting

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** You know his name; it's Matt Damon . With JASON BOURNE hitting theaters next Friday, the actor is celebrating over twenty years as a major player in the industry. After notable...
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Official selection lineup announced for 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The official lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and several highly anticipated films will screen at the long-running festival, including George Miller 's MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Pixar's INSIDE OUT, Justin Kurzel 's (SNOWTOWN) MACBETH starring Michael Fassbender , Woody Allen 's IRRATIONAL MAN, and Natalie Portman 's directorial debut A...
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Matthew McConaughey contemplates death in first image from Sea of Trees

It is amazing to think that just over a year ago, we were overlooking Matthew McConaughey projects as being either utterly forgettable or surprises like THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Then along came MUD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, KILLER JOE, BERNIE, and TRUE DETECTIVE to show us what we were missing. Now that his celebrity is resurrected, each new Matthew McConaughey project is met with...
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Exclusive Cool Video: A video tribute to Robin Williams

To compliment our own staff tribute today, we have a special video on the career of the late Robin Williams , capturing the highlights of his stand-up comedy, TV work, and film roles. From his early days on the comedy stage to his sitcom days on Mork and Mindy and the transition to a laundry list of outstanding films, including (but not limited to) DEAD POETS SOCIETY, THE FISHER...
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True Detective Casting: Alexandra Daddario and Matthew McConaughey

Have you seen HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE yet? If not, then that's something you need to get on rather quick. It's a damn good show. After seeing this, I can say with certainty that television has surpassed movies as far as quality is concerned. Two of the actors from the show have joined new film projects. One of them is a household name, and the other will be. First, we have Matthew...
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WB acquires action-adventure spec script from John Krasinski and Oren Uziel

Deadline has learned John Krasinski and Oren Uziel have sold an untitled spec script for an action-adventure movie to Warner Bros. The project will be set up at Krasinski's Sunday Night Productions banner, with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing through their Pearl Street Films. John Krasinski previously teamed up with Matt Damon on the script for last year's...
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C'mon, Hollywood: Why exactly did Oldboy bomb?

Remakes are always controversial no matter who's attached to the project, the number of years it's been since the original was released, how good the first one was, etc. With directors ranging from Justin Lin to Steven Spielberg , the OLDBOY remake eventually became Spike Lee's responsibility and after playing a very long waiting game, the film has finally come and hit theaters with...
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Cool Videos: What if Ben Affleck was Batman while filming Good Will Hunting?

Tired of the Ben Affleck /Batman stories? Yeah, neither am I. This latest video imagines what it would have been like if Ben Affleck had gotten cast as the Caped Crusader way back in his GOOD WILL HUNTING days. You know, back when he was a douche from Bah-ston? You may recognize the guy playing Batman from various other videos and he knocks it out of the park again. The actor is...
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Face-Off: Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck

Last week, Malcolm X proved more popular than Dirk Diggler , as you chose Denzel Washington over Mark Wahlberg. With Matt Damon’s sci-fi actioner ELYSIUM due out in theaters this Friday and Ben Affleck’s oh-so-quiet TO THE WONDER now out on DVD and Blu-ray, this week’s FACE-OFF pits the men against each other to see which of the Beantown BFFs you prefer.
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