Matt Damon Talks to Dead People in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter." Check Out Brand Spanking New Trailer! 


Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" screened at the Toronto Film Festival tonight (Sunday), and the audience was feeling the whole supernatural vibe. Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") wrote the script of this existential drama that stars Matt Damon as a psychic who refuses to see and talk to dead people. Until...well, drama ensues, and I'm sure you will be in theaters when the film opens October 22.

For now, check out the new trailer and Damon's comfy sweaters:



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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Star to Make First English-Language Role with "Sherlock Holmes 2" 


Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star who wowed audiences everywhere with her star-making turn as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is set for her first English-language film in Warner Bros. "Sherlock Holmes 2." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rapace will play the female lead in the sequel which will reunite Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie will return as the director while Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin will come back as producers.

The plot is a big top secret right now, although we have learned that Holmes will duke it out with Moriarty. Holmes' brother, Mycroft, will make an appearance, and Rapace may star as a French Gypsy. "Sherlock Holmes 2" is set to start production later this year.

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Claude Chabrol, Father of French New Wave, Dies at 80 


Claude Chabrol, known as the founding father of the French New Wave movement and one of the most influential French filmmakers, has died at the age of 80.

Chabrol began his impeccable career as a critic for the notebook of cinema, Les Cahiers du Cinema, then went on to make more than 50 films, helping to launch the New Wave movement in the 50s with his directorial debut, 1958's "Le beau Serge." Some of his notable films are "Les Biches (1968)," and "Le Boucher" (1970). Isabelle Huppert was considered Chabrol's muse and favorite actress. The director and his muse worked in "Merci pur le chocolat," "Violette Noiziere," and "Une affaire de femme." To read more of Chabrol's great achievements, click here.

*** French New Wave was a term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who shunned classical cinematic narrative form and invented a new, fresh way of storytelling by combining Italian Neorealism and classical Hollywood cinema. Through creative visual style, editing, and narrative, these filmmakers translated their contemporary social and political problems onto the big screen.

Merci Monsieur Chabrol for bringing French New Wave cinema to popular culture. Au Revoir!

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Mickey Rourke to Star as Mafia Contract Killer Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski  


Mickey Rourke's current film, "Passion Play," premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last Friday, and now, the actor is set to star in "Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ice Man' is the true story of Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, who for more than 40 years led a double life as both a professional assassin and a doting husband and father in suburban New Jersey."

David McKenna ("Natural History," "Blow") is adapting the book by Philip Carlo.

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"Resident Evil: Afterlife" and "I'm Still Here" Movie Reviews 


One for action-thriller fans, the other for documentary buffs -- two films to choose from this weekend. We have "Resident Evil: Afterlife" and "I'm Still Here," the documentary (or a mockumentary, or both?) about the career reinvention of Joaquin Phoenix as documented by his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. "I'm Still Here" is in limited release so check your local theaters. Here are my reviews of both movies:



Here are more info of both movies from Yahoo:

"Resident Evil: Afterlife"

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice, continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Release Date: September 10, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong violence and language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Cast and Credits
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced by: Martin Moszkowicz, Victor Hadida, Paul W.S. Anderson

"I'm Still Here"

"I'm Still Here" follows Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician.

Genres: Documentary, Musical/Performing Arts and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date: September 10th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R
Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: Casey Affleck
Produced by: Joaquin Phoenix, Amanda White, Casey Affleck

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