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Idris Elba To Play Nelson Mandela In Adaptation Of 'Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 9:42 AM
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There has been no shortage of portrayals of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, and given his courageous story, which still resonates and inspires to this day, it's not exactly a surprise. But the past few years have seen an uptick of the man on screens, both big and small. Of course, Morgan Freeman took on the part in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," while David Harewood and Terrence Howard both inhabited the man for "Mrs. Mandela" and "Winnie" respectively. And there's more on the way. Last month Variety revealed that a biopic mini-series was in the works for U.K. TV titled "Madiba" and based on "Conversations with Myself" and "Nelson Mandela by Himself." But it seems it will be contending with another long brewing project, that has landed a freshly minted Golden Globe winner for the lead.

First Look At Bruce Willis & Jai Courtney As Father & Son In 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 9:18 AM
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While we probably would've preferred one of the other contenders like Ben Foster, Paul Dano or Aaron Paul to roll with Bruce Willis in "A Good Day To Die Hard," we will say this about Jai Courtney: he at least looks like he could be John McClane's son. More so than the other guys anyway (except maybe Ben Foster).

Discuss: With A New Trailer Arriving, Does 'Brave' Mark The Start Of A New Act For Pixar?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 23, 2012 9:01 AM
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For a company unaccustomed to anything but bountiful praise and spectacular box office, 2011 must have been a little tough for Pixar. This is a relative term: while "Cars 2" might have had the company's lowest ever admissions domestically (and second lowest gross), it performed well overseas, coming in as their sixth most successful film worldwide. But it's not the financial takings that must have been breaking hearts over at the animation giant's Emeryville headquarters.

William Fichtner Replaces Dwight Yoakam As Villain In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 10:29 PM
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When the awesome Dwight Yoakam had to drop out of the villain role in the upcoming "The Lone Ranger," we wondered who and how they would be able to fill in that gap. He has a particular screen presence that few can fill. But it seems we forgot about William Fucking Fichtner.

Watch: Sinister & Intriguing Trailer For 'The Imposter'; Indomnia Picks Up Film In The U.S.

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 22, 2012 7:12 PM
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Simple indentity theft or is it something much more sinister? There’s been a lot of talk about the documentary, “The Imposter” since it debuted at Sundance earlier this year. Hell, the intriguing premise had us and others talking about it before it was even screened. Here’s what Sundance had to say in advance.

Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From The Oscars For Proposing To Attend Red Carpet As 'The Dictator' Character

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 22, 2012 6:45 PM
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Well, this is probably not the way he saw this going down. The message is clear: do not fuck with the Academy or you will be left the last one not laughing.

With 'Akira' On Hold, Warner Bros Will Try Adapting The Manga 'Bleach' Instead; Peter Segal To Produce & Possibly Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 5:28 PM
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Guess you can't blame them for trying, and it seems they really want to bring a manga to the big screen in one way or another. So with "Akira" dropping back into development (hell), Warner Bros. are turning their eyes to another manga property in the hopes they can get a tentpole out of it.

'Transformers' Writer Ehren Kruger To Pen Matterhorn-Based Pic For Disney

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 4:26 PM
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Given the monstrous success of the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise, it's no surprise that Disney has been ramping up development on other movies-based-on-rides. You asked for this people. Last summer, they added a movie inspired by the Matternhorn to the pile that also includes a potential Tom Hanks and Tim Allen re-team for "Jungle Cruise," Guillermo del Toro's "The Haunted Mansion," Jon Favreau and Michael Chabon's "Magic Kingdom" and even something about The Enchanted Tiki Room. Anyway, it looks like the studio continues to climb up the mountain. 

Review: David Wain's Easygoing 'Wanderlust' Is A Light, Shaggy, Scruffy & Diverting Comedy

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 22, 2012 3:41 PM
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While it's their first collaboration, one would be completely excused if they believed writer/director David Wain ('Wainy Days," "Stella," "Role Models") and Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up," etc.) had been working together for years. Clearly kin-like comedic souls or brothers from another mother, Wain and Apatow have been drinking from the same sweet and sour pool for some time, "Role Models" especially feels like an Apatow production.

'Spartacus' Star Jai Courtney Lands Role As John McClane's Son In 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 3:20 PM
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Well, the decision has been made and despite meeting with a handful of young character actor types like Ben Foster, Aaron Paul and Paul Dano, Bruce Willis and Fox have opted to go the hardbody route, selecting "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" star Jai Courtney to play John McClane's son in "A Good Day To Die Hard."

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