It’s been a very long road for You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan‘s movie Margaret, which stars Anna Paquin as a girl who becomes the center of a web of people impacted by a fatal traffic crash. The film was announced in 2003, shot in 2005 and has been in legal and editing room hell ever since.

Scott Rudin, the late Sydney Pollack (who also appears in the film), Martin Scorsese and his editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, have all had a hand in trying to shape and edit the film over the years, as Lonergan struggled to cut the film into what he deemed acceptable form. That endless tinkering led to lawsuits and plenty of speculation about whether the film, which also stars Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, and Jean Reno, would ever see the light of day.

Now it is being released, finally, in a fashion that is more akin to limping into a few theaters than triumphantly striding down the red carpet. Along with that long-delayed release plan is a trailer, which you can see below. Read More »

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Little known fact: casting never stops in Hollywood because movies constantly need actors. See? You learn something new everyday. Here’s one such update with five films that have all made major additions to their cast. After the jump read much more about:

  • Weeds star Mary Louise Parker joining the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D.
  • Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson all getting Straight A’s
  • Danny Trejo and M.C. Gainey heading to Haunted High
  • Abigail Breslin killing her mom as a Class Project
  • Michael Fassbender being offered the lead in Prisoners

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Way back when, we reported on a film called Margaret by You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan. At that point — 2009 — the film had already been delayed for years, and our post was an explanation of the various reasons why. Now, three years after that, the film is finally set to get a release.

Starring Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon, Margaret revolves around a young woman dealing with guilt and grief in the wake of a tragic bus accident. The film marks a reunion for Ruffalo and Lonergan, who previously worked together on the excellent You Can Count on Me. Read more after the jump.

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If it feels like Brendan Fraser is suddenly everywhere, that’s because he is. After being relatively low-profile for a couple years he is about to be in several films: he’s shooting the Belfast-based heist comedy Whole Lotta Sole right now, will soon shoot Gimme Shelter (playing against type as a less than accepting father) and now has two new roles.

He’ll be in the ‘sweeping epic historical drama’ Four Kings (not a sequel to Three Kings, fortunately) that will shoot late this summer in Toronto with Damien Lee directing. And he’ll play the title role in William Tell 3D (ok, not so exciting) from director Nick Hurran, a Doctor Who vet. More info on both new films is after the break. Read More »

Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell in Scream 4?

Update: Dimension Films has confirmed that Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will appear in Scream 4.

Gossip columnist Cindy Clark is reporting that Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will film celebrity cameos in  Scream 4. We have no idea if this is true, but it is possible. Remember, the opening scene victims are almost always a famous actress cameo. But this does come from a gossip/tabloid source, so take it with a grain of salt for now.

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Movie Trailer: The Romantics

Paramount Famous Productions has released the first movie trailer for The Romantics. Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer has adapted her own novel, The Romantics, a “zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding.” The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Three Films Added to 2010 Sundance Film Festival

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The Sundance Institute announced today the addition of three world premieres which will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:

  • It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and co-screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges return to Sundance with a comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Staring Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins.
  • The Kids are Alright: Laurel Canyon director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance with a soty of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art.
  • The Romantics: Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer returns to Sundance with an adaptation of her novel, The Romantics, a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.

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I suppose we should just get used to seeing Anna Paquin and her True Blood co-star/real life fiance together all the freaking time. The couple are now starring in a new thriller, Open House, directed and written by Paquin’s brother Andrew. His past credits don’t suggest much, but I suppose having some hot stars in the family makes it easier to get projects off the ground. According to Dread Central, the film will apparently concern a young and wealthy couple who host an open house to sell off their property, only to learn that one guest never left. The cast also features Tricia Helfer, Rachel Blanchard, and Brian Geraghty, among many others.

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Trick 'r Treat

Fuck Pointless Remakes.

Fuck Shitty Sequels.

And Fuck Rob Zombie.

(Excuse the vulgarity, as we don’t use it often on /Fim — but when it is used, it is used to effect, to express a point. A bit of a warning, I have one more coming…)

Trick r Treat is the best Halloween movie since John Carptenter’s 1978 classic. X-Men 2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature filmmaking debut feels like a film that Steven Spielberg might have made in the 1980’s if he didn’t go all PG. It feels like the Amblin film that Orci and Kurtzman always claim they are aiming to make.

(the rest of the review and a video blog reaction, after the jump)

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