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Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou almost worked together several years ago, when the two were teamed to create the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olymipcs. Spielberg pulled out of that project, but there’s a chance the two could still do something together in the future.

While Spielberg is pursuing new projects (having put off Robopocalpypse and abandoned American Sniper), Zhang Yimou is attached to make Quasimodo, and has at least one project prepping in China. But Spielberg still fancies a gig with the director, and recently mentioned the idea of them doing a film together that would be set in China. Read More »

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It’s never quite been clear to me why Linda Cardellini isn’t a bigger star. Cardellini’s talents have been apparent ever since she starred in Paul Feig’s Freaks & Geeks back in 1999, and over the years she’s shown remarkable range in projects ranging from the deadly somber (Brokeback Mountain) to the utterly silly (Legally Blonde, the Scooby-Doo films).

I don’t know whether her next movie, Return, will do much to raise her profile, but if it doesn’t it certainly looks like another to add to the “Reasons Linda Cardellini Should Be More Famous” pile. Cardellini plays a war vet who’s initially excited to return home to her husband (Michael Shannon) and kids after a long deployment, but struggles to fit back into a world that’s clearly moved on without her. Critics praised Cardellini’s riveting turn after the film’s debut at Cannes last year, and even in this 85-second trailer, it’s easy to see why. Watch the video after the jump.

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The last time we checked in on Martin Freeman his name was being bandied about as a likely candidate for Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Given that the fate of that film is still up in the air, I’m not much sirprised to see that Mr. Freeman is booking other work. He’s now set to co-star in Animals, from director Marcal Fores. The film will have the actor playing a schoolteacher in “a fantasy-laced coming-of-age tale that [producer] Sergi Casamitjana dubs as ‘Donnie Darko’ meets Gus Van Sant.’”

Not that this role will have any impact at all on the possibility of Martin Freeman being in The Hobbit; Animals will shoot for eight weeks beginning on Monday, and Mr. Freeman will only work for about a week of that schedule. A couple of interesting craftsmen are involved behind the scenes, too: Buried cinematographer Eduard Grau is shooting, and Pan’s Labyrinth editor Bernat Vilaplana will cut the film. [Variety]

After the break, Ed Burns tries to talk Sam Worthington down from a ledge, and a Mad Men fave books a new role. Read More »

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