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Briefly: Oren Moverman, the director behind The Messenger and Rampart, who was nominated for an Oscar after co-writing The Messenger, is setting up his next movie. Richard Gere will produce and star in Time Out of Mind, a film about “a New Yorker who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter.”

That sounds like it could be prime Oscar-bait, and Gere’s statement on it doesn’t alleviate concern that it could turn out exactly that way:  “It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone.” But we’ll focus on Moverman’s track record and home for the best.

The script has been around for a while, and Gere has wanted to do it for years. Now he’s got Moverman set not only to direct, but to rewrite the original draft by Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener). Production should start in March, says Deadline.

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Cate Blanchett has rightly been acclaimed for her work in front of the camera, but now she’ll step behind the camera for a change. The Oscar-nominated actress is set to make her feature directorial debut with The Dinner, a psychological thriller based on Herman Koch‘s novel of the same title. Oren Moverman (The Messenger) is writing the script. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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If you thought you saw Woody Harrelson whaling on a man with a night stick while walking on the street recently, you weren’t hallucinating. The team behind Rampart, Oren Moverman‘s follow-up to The Messenger, has been papering several major cities with an image that is striking, figuratively and literally. It shows Los Angeles cop Dave Brown (Harrelson) pummeling a man with a night stick. In the film, Brown is a cop with a heroic attitude who frequently goes over the line of justice. When his exploits are caught on tape for the world to see, he has to reexamine who he really is.

Co-starring Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Ben Foster, Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche, Rampart opens on February 10 and /Film is proud to exclusively reveal this viral poster for the film. Check it out after the jump along with some thoughts from Moverman himself. Read More »

Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

From the moment I heard about Rampart the movie placed high on my ‘must-see’ list. The Messenger director Oren Moverman reunites with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to tell a story about the LAPD’s disgraced Rampart division, with a script originally written by LA crime master James Ellroy. Ice Cube is a good cop and Ned Beatty is in the movie, as are Sigourney Weaver and Steve Buscemi.

The movie has hit some festivals and I’m already hearing so much about how good Harrelson is in the film that I’ve just had to shut down all of the chatter until I get a chance to see the film. Rampart is scheduled for a limited Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA starting next week, but most of us won’t get a chance to see it until January 2012.

There is a trailer right now, however, so you can get a taste of Harrelson’s performance as “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen.” Watch it below. Read More »

Being a big fan of William S. Burroughs, especially of his early novels before rampant experimentation took over, I thought one of the best news stories of 2010 was the fact that The Messenger and Rampart writer/director Oren Moverman had scripted an adaptation of Burroughs’ early novel Queer and that Steve Buscemi would produce and direct.

Readings of that script have taken place here and there, but we’ve heard almost nothing about Queer since Moverman started working in earnest on Rampart. With that film finished, earning serious early praise and being set for an Oscar qualifying run late this year and full release in early 2012, news on Queer is starting to surface once more.

In short, the Moverman script is still in use, and Buscemi is still directing. Even better, a recent post-Rampart screening Q&A with Moverman revealed that Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly MacDonald are all set for roles in the movie. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

In addition to offering up quite a few new images of Captain America, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has first looks at many other films. There’s the first image from The Help, starring Viola Davis and Emma Stone in what is sure to be one of the prestige pictures of fall 2011. There are also new images from Something Borrowed, starring John Krasinski and Kate Hudson, and even an on-set image, enlarged above, from Oren Moverman‘s Rampart, which stars Woody Harrelson and Ice Cube. More info and pics after the break. Read More »

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