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Watch: Josh Lucas Is Tom Cruise In Teasers For TV Version Of 'The Firm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 5:12 PM
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We've lost track of what movies are becoming TV shows and what TV shows are becoming movies, which is why we kind of totally forgot this was happening at all. But John Grisham's "The Firm" -- the best-selling novel turned servicable, engrossing-on-cable-at-2-AM Tom Cruise vehicle -- is headed to NBC and a couple of teasers have arrived in advance of its debut in 2012.

'Friday Night Lights' & 'Super 8' Star Kyle Chandler Heads To 'Broken City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 4:39 PM
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Though he's still best known as Coach Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights," Kyle Chandler has been taking some much deserved steps onto the big screen. This summer his was one of the biggest names amongst the mostly newcomer cast in J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and this fall, he's been working on Ben Affleck's forthcoming "Argo." Well, he's lined up one more starry vehicle as he continues to put the yards between himself and the football drama.

Angelina Jolie Planning To Write & Direct A Film About The Afghanistan War

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 4:20 PM
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With a new movie to promote, Angelina Jolie took a rare in depth, on camera interview with "60 Minutes" this weekend and the results were mostly of the vague comment variety that celeb blogs love to speculate on about endlessly. We learn the startling revelation that Jolie was "chubby" as a kid (JUST LIKE REGULAR PEOPLE) and had "big lips." She also alluded to her earlier "heavy, darker times" without explaining any of it (not even that weird vial of blood she wore around her neck circa Billy Bob Thornton). Oh yeah, and she claims "I'm still a bad girl." Riveting. But amongst the mostly empty piece, the folks over at CBS did manage to get one interesting morsel of news out of their interview.

Producer Roy Lee Says 'Oldboy' Remake Will Feature New Characters & 'Battle Royale' Redo Slowed Down Due To 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 3:20 PM
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Jared Harris To Play Ulysses S. Grant In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 2:45 PM
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Somewhat of a cinematic chameleon, character actors don't come along much better than Jared Harris. Portraying everyone from Andy Warhol ("I Shot Andy Warhol") to Captain Mike ("The Curious Case Of Benjamin To Button") to Moriarty in next month's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows," the actor has pretty much done it all in movies both big and small. And now the mighty Spielberg has come calling.

Review: 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning Seduces With The Pervading Power Of A Dream

  • By James Rocchi
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  • November 28, 2011 2:06 PM
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Greeted with diffident, muted applause at Cannes -- where it was instantly vaulted into must-see territory the second it arrived in competition despite being the debut effort of a first-time director -- "Sleeping Beauty" is a film that seduces and repels, that flickers between a come-hither smoldering gaze and dead-eyed passive aggression. This is, in many ways, the kind of film you only get at a major festival, a hothouse flower, beautiful and delicate and yet surprisingly hardy and potentially toxic. At the same time, it's exactly the kind of film least well-served by being screened at a major film fest, with considered, slow contemplation pushed aside for rushes to judgment as fleet as a tweet.

The Amazing Race: Does A Packed Field Of Nostalgic Crowd-Pleasers Leave The Door Open For More Complex Fare?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 1:37 PM
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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, certain things started to crystallize about this year's Best Picture Oscar race. Films like "Hugo," "My Week With Marilyn" and "The Artist" opened, joining the already-percolating "The Descendants" and earlier hopeful nominees like "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "The Help." Studios held sneak screenings of two more that aren't due in theaters for weeks yet, "War Horse" and "We Bought A Zoo," leaving Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" the biggest contender yet to be revealed.

Watch: That Little Rat Guy Is Still Chasing Acorns In Trailer For 'Ice Age 4: Continental Drift'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2011 1:05 PM
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The biggest franchise that no one over the age of 12 cares about, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios' "Ice Age" series has gone from strength to strength at the box office, with the last installment, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," making close to a billion dollars internationally, despite not really attracting the crossover adult fanbase that Pixar and DreamWorks do.

Adrian! Sylvester Stallone Bringing 'Rocky' To The Stage. As A Musical

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 28, 2011 12:35 PM
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With Sylvester Stallone currently spending most of his time on "The Expendables 2," it looks like Rocky Balboa might have finally hung up his gloves on the big-screen, after the sixth entry in the series a few years back. But the blue-collar boxer is finding a new string to his bow: showtunes. Stallone and title-winning siblings and actual fighters Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are joining forces to finally bring “Rocky” to the Broadway stage, where it was... always... meant... to be.  It’s hard to remember that Stallone wrote the thing, and is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and actor.

Michael Apted Will Replace Ailing Curtis Hanson For Last Few Weeks Of Surfing Drama 'Of Men And Mavericks'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 28, 2011 12:05 PM
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It’s hard to tell if a filmmaker is in 'Director Jail' or if he just doesn’t feel like working. After the critical and commercial misfire “Lucky You,” Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential,” “Wonder Boys,” “8 Mile”) didn’t have much going on. Then 2011 came around, and he made the well-received HBO Wall Street docudrama “Too Big To Fail,” and began filming, only a few weeks ago, the Gerard Butler surfer movie, “Of Men and Mavericks.”

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