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Ridley Scott Finds Another Film He'll Never Direct, Teaming With Gerard Butler For African Coup Drama

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 8:52 PM
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Natalie Portman Now Linked To Director's 'Gucci' Project Next year, Ridley Scott's twentieth film as director, "Alien" semi-prequel "Prometheus," will be released. The British helmer will also turn 75, and he has more films in development than most Hollywood studios; the director is attached to everything from political drama "Reykjavik" to board game adaptation "Monopoly" and, only announced a few hours ago, a biopic of turn-of-the-century explorer Gertrude Bell with Angelina Jolie. Just for good measure, another one found its way onto his dance card this evening.

Gavin Hood Picks 'Hugo' Star Asa Butterfield To Headline Adaptation Of 'Ender's Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 7:51 PM
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Casting is always a difficult proposition, but doubly so when it comes to finding an actor or actress on the younger end of the scale; picking a fledgling young star who doesn't come across as being too precious, while still being able to sell potentially difficult material. And it's triply difficult when you're working from well-established material, with all the preconceived notions that might be in place for an audience. These are the difficulties that director Gavin Hood has been faced with for his new film, "Ender's Game."

'Immortals' Helmer Tarsem Singh To Direct Ex-Guillermo Del Toro Project 'Killing On Carnival Row'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 6:48 PM
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Tarsem, or to give him his full name (the director seems to have abandoned his mononame pretensions of late), Tarsem Singh, has had a mixed week. On the plus side, his latest film, swords & sorcery actioner "Immortals," opened to a healthy box office haul of $32 million -- despite some poisonous reviews -- exceeding most expectations, and likely planting the director firmly on the A-list. On the minus, the trailer for his next film, Snow White tale "Mirror Mirror," debuted to almost universal derision, seeming to immediately undo any suggestion that the commercials veteran, who won acclaim with passion project "The Fall," might become the next Zack Snyder. Or even the next Dominic Sena.

Review: The Suburban Horror Of Unhappiness In 'Rid Of Me'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 6:02 PM
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'Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father' Gets New Producer, But January Start Delayed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 5:24 PM
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There is probably a cautionary tale in here somewhere, but since the story is still playing out the lessons will have to be learned at a later date. Needless to say, however, when producer Marc Fiore organized a big showy press conference this spring (pictured above) to announce "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father" (aka "Gotti: Three Generations" aka "Gotti"), he put the cart in front of the horse to a certain degree. Lindsay Lohan, despite making an appearance without a bra and being extensively rumored, isn't in the film. Meanwhile, a few months later, Joe Pesci would sue the producers over the film and just last month, money problems looked to put the production on ice.
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Angelina Jolie To Play 'Gertrude Bell' In Upcoming Biopic, Ridley Scott Eyes Director's Chair

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:44 PM
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'Get Low' Director Aaron Schneider To Helm 'The Conscientious Objector' About Desmond Doss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 4:11 PM
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There are a lot things you can do on the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend: get some Christmas shopping done, crash out with a "Law & Order" marathon, eat unfamothable amounts of food, sleep, or use the time to catch up with some movies from last year you maybe have missed. If you're doing the latter, we urge to pop "Get Low" into the DVD player. A charming little film stars the pretty great trio of Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and carries with it a laid back charm that is genuine and fun to hang with. Director Aaron Schneider seems to have been laying low for the past little while, but he's got a promising new project in the works.

We Don't Need To Talk About Ezra Miller In 'Akira' Anymore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 3:20 PM
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While Tilda Swinton has rightfully been earning raves for her turn in Lynne Ramsay's wrenching "We Need To Talk About Kevin," the film's other MVP performance undoubtedly belongs to Ezra Miller. As the titular Kevin, he brings a cruel sexuality to the role that finds him matching wits and fraying the nerves of his mother to the point of no return. It has been a slightly divisive performance, with some saying he pitches his peformance too far into villain territory, but that would be missing the nuance and texture he brings in portraying a relationship that between two people that is largely fraudulent.

Paul Greengrass To Executive Produce, Possibly Direct Pilot Of Fox CIA Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2011 2:31 PM
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Try as he might, the next film for Paul Greengrass is proving elusive to get started. He was looking to direct his Martin Luther King Jr. flick "Selma" but unfortunately Universal put the brakes on that after the civil rights leader's estate expressed concern about some of the not so nice things in the script. He circled a couple of other projects that ultimately went to other directors, including "Frankenstein" over at Fox (now with Shawn Levy) and "Rush" (now with Ron Howard). At one point, the pirate rescue story "Maersk Alabama" with Tom Hanks looked like it would roll next, but talk has quieted. Lastly, over the summer, Greengrass was attached to an adaptation of Robert Harris' hedge-fund world drama "The Fear Index."

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams Listen To Meatloaf, Face Tragedy In Weepy New Trailer For 'The Vow'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2011 2:00 PM
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"Life's all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever, but what if one day you could never remember any of them?," Channing Tatum asks off the top of the new trailer for "The Vow," spelling out the film entirely, of course.

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