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Rising Stars Mark Webber & Sarah Snook To Star In 'Jessabelle' From 'Saw 3D' Director Kevin Greutert

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 10:42 AM
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Typically, a Lionsgate horror flick from "Saw 3D" helmer Kevin Greutert isn't one to grab our attention but their latest collaboration "Jessabelle" has scored two pieces of casting that has forced our hand.

Neal McDonough Joins 'L.A. Noir'; Kurt Sutter Teases 'Son Of Anarchy' Prequel & Denise Richards Heads To 'Blue Lagoon'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 10:38 AM
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The story of the L.A.P.D. and Mickey Cohen will be the center of Ruben Flesicher's noir-pic "The Gangster Squad" later this year but there's another major production which is using the events as its story: Frank Darabont's teaming with TNT for "L.A. Noir."

Viola Davis To Star In Biopic Of Groundbreaking Politician Barbara Jordan

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 9, 2012 10:19 AM
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Since picking up her first Oscar nomination when she stole the show in "Doubt," Viola Davis has developed into one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood -- someone you know you can go to for a guaranteed good performance, no matter the role. And now that she's won that well-deserved Oscar for Best Actress the world is her oyster and we can't wait... Sorry, what's that? You're saying Davis didn't win? Meryl Streep did? Aww man. Well that sucks, but who knows, maybe Davis has just found the project that will see her take home the little golden bald man next time.

Joseph Cedar Talks His Oscar Nominated 'Footnote' & Why Argument Is A Necessary Force

  • By Thomas Dodson
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  • March 9, 2012 9:59 AM
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One of five nominees for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, “Footnote” comes from award-winning writer-director Joseph Cedar, who at only 43 years of age, has already established an enviable track record with his work. The Israeli auteur’s latest creation -- which swept this year’s Ofirs (Israel’s Oscars) and garnered the Best Screenplay award at Cannes -- marks his second Oscar nomination, along with 2007’s “Beaufort.” The Playlist spoke with Mr. Cedar shortly before 2012’s Oscar nominees were announced.

Theft Of Nicolas Cage's Action Comics #1 Will Now Be Turned Into A Movie That Doesn't Star Nicolas Cage

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 9, 2012 9:37 AM
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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Season of the Witch," "Drive Angry," "Seeking Justice," "Trespass," "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." Is that it? Is Nicolas Cage finally done paying that tax bill? Can he go back to making interesting movies in-between the action pay-days again? Sadly, we doubt it, but here's a project that should make Cage a chunk of change without having to lift a finger.

First Look: Chris Hemsworth As Formula 1 Champion James Hunt In Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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We've always been intrigued as to how the sport of Formula 1 could crack the big screen, especially after 2001's disastrous "Driven" starring Sylvester Stallone. As dramatic and illustrious as the sport can be, at its core it's still a slow-burning, strategic game of inches set mostly under helmets, on radios and in garages with a limited following -- the race itself hasn't hit American shores since 2007, for instance, although is returning to Indiannapolis this year.

Are They Headed To Cannes? 'Cosmopolis' & 'Rust And Bone' Get May Release Dates In France

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 8:57 AM
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Last night, Thierry Fremaux set the movie world abuzz, announcing Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" as the opening film for the 65th Cannes Film Festival. It's a film we listed as a strong contender for the red carpet in our predictions for the fest -- could two more movies from our list be making the journey? All signs point to yes.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Lines Up True Crime Pic 'Flim-Flam Man: The True Story Of My Father's Counterfeit Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 10:51 PM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. His last effort was "Biutiful," the tough drama that earned two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Actor for Javier Bardem. Last summer, momentum seemed to be building around the period vengeance tale "The Revenant," with weighty names like Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio kicking the tires on the project in the fall. But news went quiet again, and it seems the director is putting his attention elsewhere for the moment.

Jake Gyllenhaal Puts The Brakes On 'Motor City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 10:25 PM
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It looks like "Motor City" is going to need to refuel. Just one day after the film found a new leading man in Jake Gyllenhaal, it looks like the search will have to start over.

Rhys Ifans & Toby Jones To Join Susanne Bier's Adaptation Of Ron Rash's Period-Drama 'Serena'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 8, 2012 10:20 PM
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Originally set to team Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie, it was back in January that the trio of Susanne Bier, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper boarded a new iteration of "Serena," the adaptation of Ron Rash's period-drama novel. The project looks to be coming together quickly though having now added Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones to its cast in gearing for a March shoot.

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