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Quentin Tarantino Blu-ray trailer: That's a BINGO!!! -- VIDEO

The holidays are coming early this year for the discerning cinephile in your life.

Arriving Nov. 20, Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Quentin Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career. The Blu-ray set includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. Yes, yes, True Romance was directed by Tony Scott, but Tarantino wrote the script.

Tarantino XX will also feature two bonus discs with five hours of all-new material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective and interviews with stars and other masters of cinema.

Check out the promotional trailer below. Remember: Shoot first, ask questions later. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt crime drama 'Killing Them Softly' moves to November

If you’re keen on seeing Brad Pitt step into the dark side as a lethal mob enforcer in Killing Them Softly — and, really, who doesn’t want to see Pitt get a little dirty? — you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

EW has confirmed that the Weinstein Company has pushed the crime drama, which reunites Pitt with director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), from its Oct. 19 release date to Nov. 30. (Deadline first broke the story.) The move pits the film against The Frozen Ground, a true crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack (instead of Alex Cross and Paranormal Activity 4, which open Oct. 19), and also places Pitt more firmly in the thick of the Oscar season. It’s also a bit of a risk; typically, the weekend after Thanksgiving faces a roughly 50 percent drop off in box office receipts.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ trailer: Brad Pitt hunts two lowlifes to the tune of Johnny Cash
Cannes: Brad Pitt is menacingly good in the scuzzy, snazzy underworld movie ‘Killing Them Softly’

Mary Pickford: The Angelina Jolie of her day, but much more famous

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Big eyes, a luscious mouth, Oscar-winning star of dozens of movies, fame on an enormous, worldwide scale, the daughter of actor parents, a feisty, independent and ambitious nature, one half of an enviously beautiful Hollywood power couple, trailed by fans and paparazzi.

Sounds like Angelina Jolie, right?

Actually, it also describes the woman who, many years earlier, when movies were black-and-white, emotionally gut-punching and entirely silent, staked her claim as “America’s sweetheart” and paved the way for Jolie, for Brangelina, for Hollywood as we know it: Mary Pickford.

You may hear Pickford’s name more and more these days, even if you don’t recognize it at first. A biopic on the actress, The First, will go into production in 2013, starring Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Pickford, and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) as her first husband, Owen Moore. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced partnering with the Mary Pickford Foundation on a multi-year initiative to promote her long legacy.
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Casting Net: Berenice Bejo replaces Marion Cotillard in new film from 'A Separation' director. Plus: Brad Pitt, and a new baddie for 'Thor' 2

• Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are entering into introductory negotiations to star in Candy Store, which Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) is set direct from his own screenplay. The crime thriller follows a one-time government spook whose attempt to reboot his life as a New York City cop is derailed when he realizes the same bad guys he had been fighting in his old job are alive and well in his new one. [THR]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LostG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has joined Thor: The Dark World as Algrim the Strong, one of the evil Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (gesundheit!). Christopher Eccleston plays their leader, Malekith. [THR]

• The Killing‘s Mireille Enos has joined the ensemble cast of the thriller Ten, about a DEA team that starts dying one by one after they use an official operation to abscond with an illicit fortune. She’ll play the wife of Sam Worthington‘s character, as well as a member of the team, which also includes Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerrence Howard, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies). David Ayer is directing from a screenplay by Skip Woods (Swordfish). [Deadline]

• Alexander Ludwig is trading in the arena of The Hunger Games for the battlefield of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor, writer-director Peter Berg‘s film based on the true story of  Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschBen FosterEmile Hirsch, and Eric Bana costar. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Bradley Cooper looks to play detective in ‘Bad Blood and Trouble.’ Plus: John Goodman, Rafe Spall, Megan Park
Casting Net: Carey Mulligan to hunt for rich husband in ‘Nancy and Danny.’ Plus: Tom Hardy, Zoe Saldana, Joy Bryant

'Killing Them Softly' trailer: Brad Pitt hunts two lowlifes to the tune of Johnny Cash

The first trailer for the Brad Pitt underworld thriller Killing Them Softly is light on plot, and heavy on moody atmospherics, from the smoke slowly wafting from Pitt’s goatee-ringed mouth to the killer use of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around.” The film won raves when it premiered at Cannes for Pitt’s performance as a mob enforcer tasked with tracking down two lowlifes who robbed a mobbed up poker game. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Master' leaps forward in the Oscar race

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The Weinstein Company is looking to get a jump on this season’s Oscar competition. The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a cult-like figure who resembles the father of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, has been moved up a month and will now open in theaters on Sept. 14. The movie, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a dynamic guru and Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled World War II vet, was originally slated to open on Oct. 12.

The studio also announced that Killing Them Softly, which was to debut on Sept. 21, has been pushed back to Oct. 19. That underworld action-thriller, with Brad Pitt playing a mob enforcer, was well received when it opened at Cannes earlier this year.

Watch a trailer of The Master below. READ FULL STORY

The state of the modern movie star: 2012 and beyond

Writers have been documenting the incredible shrinking movie star for decades. Google “the last movie star,” and not only will you find serious musings about George Clooney, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise, but thoughtful ones about Elizabeth Taylor. Hyperbole about imminent extinction aside, movie stars have shrunk as the films have grown bigger and louder. Just look at the box-office results from last year. Thirteen of the top 15 films were sequels, franchise starters, or animated films that don’t always require or even want stars. So far this year, The Hunger Games has proven once again that you don’t need a huge international star like Smith, Cruise, or Brad Pitt to mint box-office millions, and The Avengers cruised past a billion dollars with stars predominantly of Marvel’s own creation. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, one of the other famous faces currently chiseled in Hollywood’s hypothetical Mt. Rushmore, learned that makeup, eccentricity, and Tim Burton do not always connect, as Dark Shadows opened poorly and is limping home. It all begs the question: Are movie stars still essential? And as the current class of elite stars inches towards 50, who is poised to save the planet and catch the bad guy while kissing the girl? READ FULL STORY

Cannes: Brad Pitt is menacingly good in the scuzzy, snazzy underworld movie 'Killing Them Softly'

I wasn’t nearly as wild as a lot of critics about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford — I thought it was too long, too arty and slow, too in love with its moods and images. Yet it was clear that the director, the New Zealand-born Australian Andrew Dominik, was very gifted. Whenever Brad Pitt appeared as Jesse James, the screen vibrated with menace, even though Pitt seemed to be doing almost nothing. As good as he had been before (in, say, Fight Club), I thought that the Jesse James performance was the place where Pitt took the full leap to who he is today — a top-of-his-game Hollywood actor who infuses star aura with complexity. In Killing Them Softly, Dominik’s first feature since The Assassination of Jesse James, Pitt once again plays a quietly powerful sociopath, and once again the screen vibrates. The thing about Pitt’s charismatic badasses — and this is what a lot of haters still miss about him as an actor — is that although they radiate a certain brawny physical fearlessness, they draw their strength from Pitt’s intelligence, his quicksilver-cool line readings and aura of awareness. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

Cannes Festival announces 2012 line-up

Cannes announced its complete line-up for the 2012 festival. As previously reported, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival, which runs from May 16-27. Other films in contention for the prestigious Palme d’Or include David Cronenberg’s ultra-violent Cosmopolis, Brad Pitt’s upcoming Killing Them Softly, Lee Daniels’ Precious follow-up The Paperboy, John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Eva Mendes starrer Holy Motors, and films from Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais, and Walter Salles.

Highlights beyond the Palme d’Or race include Sundance favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ken Burns doc The Central Park Five, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman starrer Hemingway & Gellhorn, and films from Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento. Claude Miller’s non-competing Thérèse Desqueyroux will close the ceremonies. Click through for the full list. READ FULL STORY

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