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Perma-Villain Jordi Mollà To Face Off Against Vin Diesel In 'Riddick'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 10:03 AM
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Even for a man who's made a career of playing villains in the likes of "Bad Boys II," "Knight & Day" and "Columbiana," getting to play the bad guy in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek 2" would have been something of a prize. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà was said to be in the mix for the role, alongside "Carlos" star Edgar Ramirez, when Benicio Del Toro declined, but as we learned last week, he didn't land it, with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch taking the part instead. But Mollà clearly isn't too upset, as he'll be the main antagonist in another space franchsie instead.

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For HBO's 'Eastbound & Down'; Paul Rudd To Guest Star On 'Parks & Recreation'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 10, 2012 9:43 AM
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A couple of tidbits on the upcoming small screen return of two much-loved comedy stalwarts in Paul Rudd and Danny McBride.

Frank Darabont Sets Up Period Crime TV Pilot 'L.A. Noir' At TNT

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 9:23 AM
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It seems fair to say that "The Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont's first foray into television since his movie breakthrough came with mixed success. Despite basically being like every other zombie tale, just slower and more annoying, "The Walking Dead," an adaptation of the long-running comic book, became one of cable's biggest hits when it first aired in 2010. When he came to Comic-Con last year in support of the show, Darabont was high on the potential of a second series, but days later, he left the show, reportedly fired by AMC after clashing with the network over budget cuts.

Lindsay Lohan In Talks To Besmirch Elizabeth Taylor's Memory In Lifetime Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 8:59 AM
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There are a lot of similarities between the late Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away last year, and faded teen sensation Lindsay Lohan. Both got their start as child actresses before moving into more adult fare. Both had personal lives that proved fodder for the tabloids. Both had legs. Both had arms. Both...were...people. OK, we're just about out.

Garrett Hedlund Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis' For The Coen Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 10:40 PM
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Well, now that he's got some free time on his hands since "Akira" is on hold for the foreseeable future, Garrett Hedlund is gonna sing for his supper.

'West Wing' Star Richard Schiff Is Dr. Hamilton In Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 10:17 PM
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With lensing continuing in Vancouver and Chicago on Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel," one more actor has come aboard, and it may give some creedence to a rumor that has been kicking around. Or not.

Ruh-Roh: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Pushed Ten Months To January 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2012 8:11 PM
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You could have called this one months ago. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was supposed to be due in theaters on March 2nd, less than two months from now and we'd barely seen a peep from the film, not a trailer, a poster or anything other than this first-look photo that was revealed just a month ago. Never a good sign. In fact, that close to release and nothing substantial seen and you can almost guarantee a release date bump is on the way.

Universal Hires Writers For 'Bruce Almighty' Sequel, With Jim Carrey Eyed To Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 8:01 PM
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You would have to go back to 2008's "Yes Man" for the last bona fide Jim Carrey hit. Since then he's starred in the underrated "I Love You Phillip Morris" (which nobody saw anyway), that ill-advised version of "A Christmas Carol" (which did good business, but isn't exactly a Jim Carrey Movie) and last summer's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which made good coin overseas, but didn't quite register stateside. It looks like he may have a comeback project in the long-developing "Burt Wonderstone" with Steve Carell, which starts lensing soon, but if things go according to plan he'll pick up on a franchise that "The Office" star had taken over for him.

Dario Marianelli To Score Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 9, 2012 7:39 PM
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Brian De Palma, whether you love him or hate him, always has a knack for choosing composers. Whether its the twinkly, sexy romanticism of Pino Donaggio in "Blow Out," "Body Double," and "Dressed to Kill;" the brooding eroticism of Bernard Herrmann in "Sisters" and "Obsession;" or the more off-kilter experimentalism of Ryuichi Sakamoto in "Snake Eyes," "Mission to Mars," and "Femme Fatale"; De Palma knows how to match the musician with the material, almost seamlessly. Even his big budget Hollywood job, "Mission: Impossible," which had a last minute replacement score cooked up by Danny Elfman, remains one of that composer's greatest, least heralded efforts. And that knack seems to have continued, with Film Music Reporter noting that the filmmaker has brought on Dario Marianelli, of "Atonement" and "Jane Eyre" fame, for his latest project, an erotic thriller called "Passion."

Exclusive: Joe Carnahan Says Long-Gestating ‘Killing Pablo’ Likely Next, Hopes ‘White Jazz' Will Follow

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 9, 2012 6:38 PM
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It seems as though we’ve been waiting forever (a decade to be exact) for Joe Carnahan to deliver on the promise set forth with 2002’s “Narc.” It’s not that the two films he’s directed since (“Smokin’ Aces,” “The A-Team”) were necessarily bad, but rather that Carnahan seemed to demonstrate with “Narc” that he was capable of much, much more. Of course, the director also spent a fair amount of time developing “Mission: Impossible III,” which was later flipped to J.J. Abrams. It was an unpleasant learning experience Carnahan openly tells Playlist he quit before he could be fired. Although he says learned a lot from the ordeal and has no regrets, though it has possibly compelled the director to play things a little safer since.

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