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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints': Casey Affleck isn't about to let Rooney Mara go -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Casey Affleck stars as an escaped convict who sets out for home to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara) — who is also his former partner in crime — and meet their daughter, who was born while he was in prison. Promising writer/director David Lowery won accolades at the Sundance Film Festival, where his movie received winning comparisons to the early work of Terrence Malick.

Saints is getting a special critics screening this week at the Cannes Film Festival, and will open in U.S. theaters on Aug. 16.

In an exclusive video from the movie, Affleck’s Bob chases down Mara’s stubborn — and apparently insecure — Ruth. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' is no match for 'Identity Thief'

Identity Thief persevered in spite of winter storm Nemo, with an $11.2 million Friday opening. The R-rated Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy vehicle from director Seth Gordon opened wide in 3,141 theaters, and may be on track for a $35 million weekend. Bateman and Gordon scored big with Horrible Bosses, which had a $9.9 million Friday opening in July and went on to gross $117.5 million domestically. This is McCarthy’s first starring role, and could bode well for The Heat, which was pushed back to a June release. McCarthy also recently started a production company with her husband Ben Falcone and already has three projects in the works.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects fared less well, opening Friday in 2,605 theaters at $2.8 million–almost exactly on track with Soderbergh’s Haywire, which opened in late January 2012 with a $2.9 million Friday and a $8.4 million weekend. Channing Tatum’s last three movies, 21 Jump Street (March), The Vow (February), and Magic Mike (June), all had Friday grosses exceeding $10 million. Rooney Mara’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened decently the weekend before Christmas in 2011, but fizzled after that.

The area affected by Nemo represents about 12% of the country’s box office. AMC alone closed 43 theaters in the northeast corridor including in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York theaters will attempt to open Saturday night, but Boston theaters are planning to remain closed through Sunday.

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Sundance 2013: IFC scoops up rights to Rooney Mara-, Casey Affleck-starrer 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, one of 16 films in this year’s U.S. dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, has scored a deal for U.S. distribution rights with IFC Films.

Written and directed by Texas-based Filmmaker David Lowery, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster. Set in 1970s rural Texas, the film tells the tale of outlaw couple Bob Muldoon (Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara). During a shootout in the Texas hills, Ruth wounds a local officer (Foster), but Bob takes the blame, and when he escapes from prison four years later, he sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. READ FULL STORY

Channing Tatum makes out with Rooney Mara in 'Side Effects' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Side Effects as Emily and Martin, a married couple whose lives are turned upside down when Emily’s psychiatrist — played by Jude Law — prescribes her a drug that has potentially dangerous, you guessed it, side effects.

Check out new photos of the pair from the movie, including a shot of Tatum and Mara below! READ FULL STORY

Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects': A 'Hitchcock mindf--' says writer Scott Z. Burns

In the noir-ish trailer for Side Effects – the medical thriller from director Steven Soderbergh starring Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law — a young woman (Mara) is suspected of a murder that has frightening implications for the makers of her mood-altering prescription medication. Or at least, that’s what it looks like. “There’s a lot more to it than that,” says screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who previously teamed up with Soderbergh on Contagion and The Informant. “If you believe that’s what the trailer says, I’m not going to disabuse you of that. But I think there’s two or three more layers on top of that.” According to Burns, those layers include hints of Roman Polanski, Vladimir Nabokov, and Alfred Hitchcock. In other words, get ready to be more than a little disturbed.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did the idea for Side Effects come from?
SCOTT Z. BURNS:
Antidepressants are some of the leading-selling drugs in the country. When you start looking around the world at your friends, your family members who struggle with depression, who take these drugs — and the fact that the medical community doesn’t even know how these drugs work, it becomes an area that I think is ripe for some pretty interesting stories.

What was your first step in dramatizing that?
I’m not going to give you a lot of plot…  There’s a certain kind of complexity to human behavior, and when you layer in the fact that now we have the camouflage of drugs that can change your mood state, that was where we started. We wanted to make a movie that was sort of in the tradition of a Hitchcock mindf—.

Were any other movies or filmmakers on your mind while you were writing this?
The Roman Polanski movie from the 1960s, Repulsion. The operating principle in that it’s really hard to know what goes on inside another person. So for me, there was a bit of Repulsion, there’s a bit of Lolita going on.

In what way?
This was in some ways a kindred spirit and sequel to what Nabokov may have been doing in Lolita. Obviously Rooney isn’t that young; she’s not a teenager in this movie. But I think that when girls get sexualized as teenagers and then they get older, there’s a whole set of behaviors that they learn that allow them to manipulate the world around them. And they’re given those tools largely by men who want to be manipulated.

Side Effects arrives in theaters Feb. 8.

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'Side Effects' trailer: Steven Soderbergh takes on love and other drugs

Could this moody, pulpy thriller about a depressed woman (Rooney Mara) and her possibly murder-inducing anxiety medication be the last feature Steven Soderbergh ever directs? Possibly — which is why it’s fitting that Side Effects, formerly known as Bitter Pill, functions sort of like a reunion film for Soderbergh vets. Look, it’s Contagion‘s Jude Law, Traffic‘s Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum — a.k.a. Magic Mike himself! (Bonus points: Tatum also starred in Soderbergh’s Haywire.) Too bad it seems like things aren’t going so well for any of their characters this time around.

Catch up with the gang from Soderbergh High by watching the trailer here:

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'Dragon Tattoo' sequel won't be released in 2013, still in the works -- EXCLUSIVE

The Girl Who Played With Fire, the sequel to last year’s David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will not be in theaters late next year as had originally been hoped, a source close to the production tells EW. Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working on the script, and nothing will move forward until the screenplay is nailed down. While there’s still no director attached, Fincher remains the first choice and hasn’t ruled out returning. And despite the uncertain timetable, the film is still definitely moving forward, although the source says that they are not in a rush and at this point there is no information about when it might be released. In November, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told us that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were both locked in for the sequel.

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Casting Net: Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia to romance in 'Admissions.' Plus: Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Emile Hirsch

• Rooney Mara, who just yesterday signed on for Spike Jonze’s next film, is now also attached to star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel Brooklyn. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby, the story follows an Irish woman in the 1950s who falls for an American. [THR]

• In other Nick Hornby news, Emile Hirsch has joined Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette in the big screen adaptation of the author’s 2005 novel A Long Way Down, about a suicidal foursome who support each other after meeting on New Year’s Eve. [THR]

• Willem Dafoe has signed onto Out of the Furnace, a thriller about two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck), one who goes to prison, one who ends up embroiled in crime. Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is currently shooting the film in Pennsylvania. [Deadline]

• And finally, a story from the Dept. of Projects We Really Hope Actually Happen: Anchorman director Adam McKay is in talks to develop a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros, with the studio reportedly keen on Denzel Washington and Will Smith to star. With no script even written yet, there will be a lot of hurdles to clear before Washington and Smith formally attach themselves to the project, let alone that it gets a greenlight. But here’s hoping. [Deadline]

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'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Blu-ray: Behind the scenes with David Fincher and Steve Zaillian -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In case you decided against seeing David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in theaters because its bruise-black Scandinavian nihilism wasn’t quite the holiday pick-me-up you were looking for, the good news is it finally comes out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. But even if you have seen Daniel Craig inhabit the role of disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara’s harrowing, Oscar-nominated turn as the pierced cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander, you might want to check it out again on Blu-ray — if for no other reason than to take a deep dive in the disc’s four hours of extras.

In addition to an audio commentary with the exacting Fincher that you won’t want to miss, there are plenty of Millennium trilogy bits and bobs to keep you inside just as the weather’s getting nice again. Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive clips of what you can look forward to. READ FULL STORY

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