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Andrew Baldwin Takes A Pen To Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Logan's Run'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 2:15 AM
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The bromance between Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling will continue this fall when the duo pair up to shoot "Only God Forgives," the Thai boxing crime drama (for real). But that's not all they've got cooking. Warner Bros. -- which is already on the Gosling train with "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Gangster Squad" -- paired him up earlier this year with his pal Refn for the long developing remake of "Logan's Run." At the time, it was said Alex Garland's script was the one that got the studio, director and actor all abuzz, but with some time to tinker, they're going to let someone else take a crack at it.

A Few More Pics Of Michelle Williams Looking Glamorous In 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 1, 2011 2:05 AM
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The Daily Beast and the official website have some new photos of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe (and some better quality versions of a few that have appeared previously) along with excerpts from an interview Williams gave in support of “My Week With Marilyn,” which opens on November 23rd in limited release. The Weinstein Company has an overstuffed slate of releases following 'Marilyn,' including “The Artist” on November 25th, and “Coriolanus” and “The Iron Lady” on December 2nd and 16th, respectively. It certainly would have been smart to give “I Don’t Know How She Does It” or “Dirty Girl” the “Piranha 3DD” treatment, dumping either film in 2012 and freeing up an early fall slot for one of these Oscar contenders. What’s done is done, though, and this time of year, it’s always interesting to guess which film the Weinsteins will treat like Kate Winslet’s character in “Contagion,” using up its resources before abandoning it in the shallow grave of a perpetual limited release. Last year, the Weinstein Company left “The Company Men” to wither away in a “wide release” of 277 theatres (though, in their defense, the studio was generous enough to give the film a mind-numbingly dull/confusing poster) and this writer would put his money on “Coriolanus” getting similar treatment this holiday season. There are only so many marketing dollars to go around.

'Cabin Fever' Getting Two Prequels Shooting Back-To-Back Next Spring

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • November 1, 2011 1:37 AM
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Original Helmer Eli Roth Not InvolvedJust because Halloween is over it doesn't mean that the horror news outflow is going to end anytime soon for one of the industry's most profitable genres. Though this piece of news is either a trick or a treat depending on how you feel about the "Cabin Fever" franchise.

Could 'The Scorpio Races' Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'? Warner Bros. Developing

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 1, 2011 1:35 AM
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Let's face it, Summit Entertainment continues to make films because of the insane profits from the "Twilight" franchise. The three films already released from the franchise have grossed a combined $1.8 billion worldwide from theatrical releases alone, and that doesn't include DVD and all the film licensing the company also has a meaty stake in. The success of the series showed a massive untapped potential in teenagers and the young adult audience (that wasn't the "Harry Potter" crowd) and studios took notice immediately. While, in the three years that have passed (the first film was released in 2008), not one studio has released a viable competitor or contender to usurp the "Twilight" throne, but it's not for a lack of trying.

Albert Brooks Was Forced To Turn Down Burt Reynolds' Role In 'Boogie Nights' Because Of Scheduling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 1, 2011 1:24 AM
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'Drive' Star Also Passed On 'Big,' 'Dead Poets Society' And 'Pretty Woman'Of the many things that have made a comeback in 2011 -- Wilson Phillips, high-waisted pants, the street protest -- perhaps the happiest is the resurgence of Albert Brooks. Mostly absent from screens in the past decade, bar a vocal turn in Pixar's masterpiece "Finding Nemo," and his directorial flop "Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World," Brooks returned with an acclaimed book, "2030: The Real Story of What Happened to America," took to Twitter and instantly became the funniest thing on it, and played, against type, mobster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," a performance that looks likely to take him to the Oscars.

Review: 'Tower Heist' Is A Slickly Made, Socially Conscious Romp

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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With major protests occupying cities all over the globe and unease about the financial stability of the establishments who swear to protect our hard-earned money reaching an all-time high, it's sort of interesting that "Tower Heist," a ludicrously expensive big budget commodity, can offer some kind of catharsis to ease our worried souls. But, this comedic thriller, which stars a bunch of movie stars that make more in one movie than most Americans make for their entire lives, does just that: it lets us laugh off our neuroses (and, for 104 minutes, that might be enough). The fact that it's a reasonably entertaining, slickly produced trifle is the icing on the cake.

Bill Paxton To Direct Big-Screen Version Of 'Kung Fu' TV Show, Grasshopper

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 1, 2011 1:02 AM
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Bill Paxton - a favorite of James Cameron, a tornado chaser, an Apollo astronaut, a Mormon wife-collector, and a friend of Joe Young. And also, it's sometimes forgotten, occasional director. The veteran character actor made his feature film directing debut a decade ago with the decent thriller "Frailty," and followed it up a few years later with the well-received Disney golf drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a sort of "Legend of Bagger Vance" without the questionable racial elements. With Paxton starring over the past few years in hit HBO drama "Big Love," his directorial ambitions have been on ice, but with the show wrapping up earlier this year, it looks like he's set to step behind the camera again.

David Tennant & 'Gavin & Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:43 PM
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Amanda Peet & Michael Sheen Are Also In Terrence Malick's Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 1:22 PM
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It's Halloween and it seems that today's treats are bits and bobs about Terrence Malick's next, untitled film (aka "The Burial"). First word cropped up that little known American Indian classical composer Jerod Tate would be providing the score. But in addition to the cast, which currently includes Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Charles Baker and in a small role, Jessica Chastain, it looks two more stars popped up on the set that we didn't previously known about.

James Gandolfini To Join Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 12:57 PM
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Search For Female Lead Narrowed To Olivia Wilde & Sarah SilvermanSince "The Sopranos" ended back in 2007, James Gandolfini's been doing pretty well for himself, all told. He might not have taken any roles with as major an impact on the cultural zeitgeist as angsty mob boss Tony Soprano, but he's managed to tackle a diverse range of stuff, from a foul-mouthed general in "In The Loop" to a mood-swing-prone monster in "Where The Wild Things Are," and he's got some high-profile supporting turns on the way, in Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade."

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