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Benjamin Walker Joins Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'; Archival Footage To Be Used To Portray Famed Boxer

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 16, 2012 9:17 AM
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Benjamin Walker burst onto the radar of many when he was cast as Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” before subsequently being ousted for age reasons and replaced by Nicholas Hoult. Walker wasted little time finding more high-profile work, hopping aboard the recently defunct Alex Proyas tentpole “Paradise Lost” along with landing the lead role in the Tim Burton-produced, Timur Bekmambetov-directed mashup fest “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Jennifer Aniston & Dennis Quaid Join 'Jackie Brown' Prequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 16, 2012 8:59 AM
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Jennifer Aniston is set to star in "Switch." No, this isn't 2010 and Aniston won't be reuniting with Jason Bateman's seed and a turkey baster. This is something entirely different. In fact, this is "Switch," based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name and is the prequel to the novel "Rum Punch," which Quentin Tarantino turned into "Jackie Brown." Are you still with us? Good, let's carry on.

Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack & David Oyelowo Sought For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 11:17 PM
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Lee Daniels certainly knows how to draw in the stars. After breaking through with his low budget indie "Precious," which found people like Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique appearing, the director (after a highly publicized stalled project in "Selma" -- which we'll get to in a moment) put together "The Paperboy" with Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and more. And now, a project Daniels became involved with nearly two years ago is bubbling back to life, and it seems like he's slowly building a roster of regular players.

Weinstein Company Dates Brad Pitt's Crime Comedy 'Cogan's Trade' For September 21

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 15, 2012 8:53 PM
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The wait is almost over for fans of a sophomore collaboration between Brad Pitt and his 'Assassination Of Jesse James' director Andrew Dominik (it's been five years since that film and we were just celebrating the return of this excellent filmmaker). It's one of our most anticipated films of the year, and now The Weinstein Company has scheduled Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" for a September 21st release date which bodes well for a preview at Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch: First 12 Minutes Of 'Sound Of My Voice' Plus Director Zal Batmanglij Explains Why You Need To See It On Opening Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:41 PM
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There was a lot of buzz around Brit Marling last year at the Sundance Flim Festival and with good reason. As the co-writer and star of "Another Earth" and "Sound Of My Voice," she made a big impression on audiences at Park City and now moviegoers are starting to get a taste. Last summer, the unique sci-fi redemption story "Another Earth" landed in theaters and this spring, Marling's collaboration with co-writer and director Zal Batmanglij in "Sound Of My Voice" will arrive, and to whet your appetites Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first 12 minutes of the film. And it's a knockout (check out our review from SXSW here).

Peter Berg Shares One Of The Terrible 'Hancock' Sequel Ideas He Had & Reveals 'Friday Night Lights' Movie Plot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:33 PM
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The mooted "Hancock" sequel is one of those things that crops up every now and then -- usually when Will Smith or Peter Berg are out promoting something -- and with "Battleship" looming on the horizon, the latter has been once again talking up the possibilities of the anti-superhero returning to the big screen. Of course, it will take a feat of scheduling to make it happen (meaning, don't hold your breath), but that hasn't stopped Berg and Smith from tossing ideas around ye olde water cooler, even if some of them sound godawful. And sharing one of those concepts with MTV, Berg inadvertently proves that the wait has its benefits.

Universal Buys New Spy Franchise From Josh Zetumer, Scribe Behind Unused 'Bourne 4' Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:00 PM
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Let's rewind back to the fall of 2009 shall we? It was ugly time inside the offices of Universal, as executives were in a battle with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon a fourth entry in the Jason Bourne series. Not to rehash the whole drama, but essentially, George Nolfi had penned a draft that wasn't quite working and without consulting Paul Greengrass, Universal brought in Josh Zetumer to write a "parallel" script for consideration. Coming into the gig, Zetumer was a hot name, if not quite known outside Hollywood just yet. His name was a staple of the Black List and he already had "The Infiltrator" in development with Leonard DiCaprio's company Appian Way, and wrote a draft for Peter Berg's ultimately aborted "Dune." And while "Bourne 4" never came to pass, the script was still knocking around it seems some light bulbs have gone off over at Unviersal.

Tony Scott Lining Up Action Film 'Lucky Strike' With Vince Vaughn To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 4:12 PM
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Vince Vaughn, action star? Uh, okay. Granted, he dabbled in the genre ("Mr. And Mrs. Smith" where he was mostly shooting quips and not bullets), and has done non-comedic parts from time to time ("Psycho," "Domestic Disturbance") but as a fully fledged lead in a Tony Scott movie? Well, we'll admit that it's inspired. And hey, if Keira Knightley can lead "Domino" then anything is possible.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Keanu Reeves Doc 'Side By Side' A Treat For Cinephiles On All Sides Of The Digital Debate

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2012 3:42 PM
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Doing an impressive job of tracing the evolution of filmmaking technology (not just the cameras but the editing, post-production, distribution, exhibition, even the archiving aspects of it) from 1895 to the present day, “Side by Side” is an old school talking-head documentary on the subject of digital filmmaking vs. photochemical filmmaking. It sounds pretty dull as a logline, but stacked with gossipy, informal anecdotes and opinions from many of the most respected directors, cinematographers, editors, execs, VFX artists and digital wizards in the industry, it proves instead to be highly entertaining and informative, and by its close has presented a thoroughly diverting overview of the debate. Then again, we are massive geeks about this sort of thing.

Zoe Kazan Replaces Abigail Spencer In Join Joss Whedon-Penned 'In Your Eyes'; 'Cloverfield' Star Michael Stahl-David Also Joins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 3:31 PM
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Well here's a bit of a switcheroo. It was only a couple of weeks ago that it was reported that Abigail Spencer (best known for her stint on "Mad Men") would be taking the lead in the Joss Whedon-penned "In Your Eyes." But as she's gearing up to make to star in and produce her script "Wrong Number" (co-produced by the omnipresent James Franco, of course), this spring, perhaps she thought it wise to give herself some time to get prepared. But no matter, "In Your Eyes" has rebounded with a more than capable replacement.

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