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Shia LaBeouf Back In For 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'; Zac Efron Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 9:55 PM
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Movie projects sometimes have strange, curious lives, going through casting changes and riding the tides created by the pulse of the industry in an effort to get made. And the upcoming "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" is a good example of that. The 2007 Black List script by Matt Drake ("Project X") first found a star in Shia LaBeouf way back in 2010, but nearly a year passed, and a new brunette hunk in Zac Efron was attached to the lead. Well, almost 365 days have passed since then, and the project is right back in LaBeouf's lap.

Ridley Scott To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 9:40 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Nearly two weeks after Cormac McCarthy sold his first spec script titled "The Counselor," Deadline reports it now has a director in Ridley Scott. Hooray? 

British Reality TV Grad Samantha Barks Beats Taylor Swift To Role Of Eponine In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 8:30 PM
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While, generally speaking, fans of the stage show have been positive about the cast that's been shaping up for "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "The King's Speech," which sees him adapt the long running musical version of Victor Hugo's classic novel, there's been one sticking point; namely, the report that country-pop sensation Taylor Swift had been offered the role of Eponine, the spoiled little girl-turned-penniless waif who sings one of the musical's key numbers, "On My Own."

Common Joins Louis Leterrier's Magician Heist Movie 'Now You See Me'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 31, 2012 8:06 PM
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While making the rounds for his Sundance drama "LUV," rapper/actor/chick magnet Common told Movieline (via Shadow & Act) that he's joined the cast of Louis Leterrier's awesome-sounding magician heist movie "Now You See Me." "I'm about to film this movie called 'Now You See Me,' which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher and Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo - I'd say it's an action movie, about these magicians," Common told Movieline. "It's dope." Dope indeed!

Justin Timberlake To Romance Amy Adams In Clint Eastwood Vehicle 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 7:54 PM
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Say what you like about Justin Timberlake, the man is serious about his acting. The former boy-bander started to gain grudging respect of film fans with small turns in films like "Alpha Dog" and "Black Snake Moan," before winning over many thanks to his supporting role in David Fincher's "The Social Network." Now, despite star vehicle "In Time" failing to convert at the box office, he's pretty firmly cemented as an actor, rather than a musician pursuing vanity projects; he was winning and funny in "Friends With Benefits" and "Bad Teacher," even if the films weren't, Warren Beatty considered him for the lead in his Howard Hughes film, and he's not released a record in nearly six years (although he guested on a couple back in 2010).

'4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days' Director Cristian Mungiu Finally Returning With Madness/Exorcism-Based Genre Flick

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2012 6:36 PM
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It's been a long five years since "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." The Cristian Mungiu-directed drama took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 2007, winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize and the FIPRESCI Award and essentially ushered in the Romanian New Wave (which depending on who you are, may or may not have lived up to its promise). While Mungiu did contribute to the 2009 Romanian omnibus picture "Tales from the Golden Age," a proper feature-length follow-up hasn't materialized.

Producers Say 'The Class' Director Laurent Cantet's 'Foxfire' Being Prepped For TIFF Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 5:36 PM
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Yeah, we know. We're as surprised as you are. The last we hard about French filmmaker Laurent Cantet's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Foxfire" was when it was announced over a year ago. We were excited by the prospect of the director behind the fantastic Palme d'Or-winning "The Class" as well as "Time Out" and "Human Resources taking on the tale that has most famously already hit the screen in a version starring Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.
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Watch: Julianne Moore Astounds As Sarah Palin In Compelling Trailer For 'Game Change'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 4:18 PM
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"She's a great actress...why don't we just give her some lines?" Woody Harrelson's character Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser says in the full length trailer for "Game Change." But he might as well be talking about Julianne Moore.

Adam Sandler To Co-Write & Produce 'Candyland' For Sony

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 4:00 PM
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As if the idea of a "Candyland" movie wasn't bad enough, along comes Adam Sandler. Continuing their purge of Hasbro-related franchises -- which saw "Stretch Armstrong" go to Relativity yesterday -- Universal has let their deal on "Candyland" expire as well, as Sony Pictures and Sandler's Happy Madison production shingle will now take it on. Good lord.

Watch: Dudes From 'True Blood' & 'Entourage' Have A Bumpy Ride In Trailer For '7500' From The Guy Who Did 'The Grudge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 3:12 PM
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"B-Movie Actors On A Plane." That's what this really should be called, but kudos to the dudes with brass balls at CBS Films who are wagering that there is an audience out there for a spooky movie starring that guy from "True Blood" (Ryan Kwanten) and Turtle from "Entourage" (Jerry Ferrera), along with the chicks from "Crank" (Amy Smart) and "The Hangover Part II" (Jamie Chung).
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