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Paul Schrader's Bret Easton Ellis Penned Sexual Thriller 'The Canyons' To Shoot This Summer, Casting Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 5:32 PM
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Back in January, word cropped up that screenwriter/author Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader were cooking up a microbudget film together, an L.A. based noir. Ellis provocatively teased that the male lead "has to act and be full frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically" and he suggested porn star James Deen for one of the lead roles. Well, the Ellis has provided another update about the movie, tweeting today: "Shooting begins July 9th in Los Angeles..."

Zoe Saldana To Get 'Out Of The Furnace' With Christian Bale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 4:47 PM
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While some our readers recently wishlisted Zoe Saldana for a role in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," this project will do just fine. The actress is now lining the fast moving "Out Of The Furnace" from "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper with Christian Bale set to star.

Elizabeth Olsen Confirms 'Oldboy' Conversations; Says She's A "Huge Fan" Of Spike Lee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 4:22 PM
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Rising actres Elizabeth Olsen is certainly doing her best to put a little bit of variety on her filmography. Of course, the actress broke out in the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and since then, she's appeared in a few different films, ranging from this year's Sundance entries, the dramedy "Liberal Arts" and the thriller "Red Lights," and this weekend she'll star in the flat out horror vehicle "Silent House." But just last week, word cropped up of another possible project, with reports surfacing that Olsen had been offered the female lead in Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake. And as Olsen tells, she's indeed eyeing the movie and would take it the role in a heartbeat.

Watch: 'That's My Boy' Green-Band Trailer Showcases Adam Sandler's Newest Wig Creation

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 5, 2012 3:45 PM
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Last week, the red-band trailer debuted for Adam Sandler's latest entry in his pursuit of truth, “That's My Boy,” and today a green-band trailer has arrived, revealing many more plot details along with the wacky shenanigans his production company Happy Madison has always promised.

'Animal House' Being Turned Into A Broadway Musical With Songs By The Barenaked Ladies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 3:32 PM
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Following Barry Levinson's "Diner" and more recently, Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" in their transition from celluloid to the Broadway stage, comes the most unlikeliest candidate yet: John Landis' "Animal House" starring John Belushi.

Universal Scares 'Ouija' Back To Life For 2013 Release, But As A Cheapie $5 Million Movie Instead Of $100 Million Blockbuster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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With studios no longer willing to take expensive bets, the name of the game these days has been Return On Investment. Universal spent most of the last year dumping a number of expensive projects, and severing their relationship with Hasbro which spawned the $200 million soggy blockbuster "Battleship." So far in 2012, the studio is batting .500 with two hits -- "Contraband" and "Safe House" -- and two flops in "Big Miracle" and "Wanderlust" (seriously, what is wrong with everyone, this movie is fun). But it seems one project they axed has found it's way back into development.

'Act of Valor' Co-Director Mike McCoy To Tackle Post-Apocalyptic Pic 'God's Gulch' With Subtlety, Real-Life Survivors

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 5, 2012 2:16 PM
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No matter the criticisms of American jingoism or just sub-Greengrass, “gritty” filmmaking, the Navy SEAL showcase “Act of Valor” has nonetheless proven a formidable attraction for mainstream audiences and military enthusiasts alike. Coming off its second weekend of release, with $13.7 million to show for it, word is still out on how much Navy recruitment numbers have risen, but for the film's co-director Mike “Mouse” McCoy, its success has landed him a solo directing opportunity in the form of “God's Gulch.”

Watch: Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'We Have A Pope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 1:55 PM
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Having previously won the Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room" in 2001, expectations were likely riding a little too high when festival regular Nanni Moretti returned to the Croisette last year to premiere "We Have a Pope" (aka "Habemus Papam"). Perhaps put off by the lighter, crowd-pleasing tone, the film was met with a lukewarm reception, but now as it heads into theaters, we urge you to give a shot.

Watch: New Clips From '21 Jump Street,' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' & Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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Some more peeks at a few movies headed your way, so let's just dive in...

'Trollhunter' Director Andre Øvredal To Make Hollywood Debut With 'Carpe Demon: Adventures Of A Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2012 12:58 PM
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With international genre cinema currently in a very healthy state, Hollywood executives are spoiled for choices when it comes to finding foreign filmmakers to bring something fresh to U.S. studio fare. Indeed, stick your head in a multiplex these days and it's hard to find a movie that isn't directed by someone who made their name with a relatively low-budget European horror or crime flick, from "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" to "Snabba Cash" helmer Daniel Espinosa's "Safe House."

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