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Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Might Look Like This: New Pictures From The Graphic Novel Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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Darren Aronofsky has been talking about "Noah," his planned big-budget version of the classical Biblical tale of the man chosen to carry on life after God wipes the slate clean, for years now, but for a long time it seemed like an far-off dream project; he'd never had a major box office hit, and no one seemed likely to put down a few $100 million for something not involving superheroes. But the success of "Black Swan," which made back twenty times its budget, has changed things, and the film now has a home thanks to Paramount and New Regency, and a shoot planned for next spring.
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Matthew Vaughn Eyes Adaptations Of Mark Millar's 'Superior' & 'The Secret Service'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 12:31 PM
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Even though "X-Men: First Class" was a big hit, earning over $350 million worldwide, Matthew Vaughn has kept a low profile since the summer with barely a peep out of the director. He's likely been recharging his batteries after a whirlwind production and press tour that saw him rushing to get the superhero movie locked in time, all while talking to basically everybody on the planet about the film. While there was much talk of a '70s or '80s set 'First Class' sequel in the run up to the film's release, that chatter has pretty much died off. While Fox has "The Wolverine" on deck for their next trip in to the 'X-Men' franchise, Vaughn is beginning to consider what he'll do next and he's looking to "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar once again, with two potential projects lining up as possibilities.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Takes Up Residence In 'Broken City' With Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 11:01 AM
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It's hard to believe, but by the time 2012 rolls it will have been five years since we've seen Catherine Zeta-Jones on the big screen. You have to go back to 2007's middling double whammy of "No Reservations" and "Death Defying Acts" but since then -- and not counting the 2009 comedy "The Rebound" which is stuck in some kind of terminal sales/distributor limbo -- she's been laying low (taking care of her husband, cancer survivor Michael Douglas, and generally being there for her family). But 2011 has seen her quickly ramp up with a trio of projects. She's a got a role in the big '80s musical "Rock of Ages," she's dabbling in comedy with "Playing the Field" with Gerard Butler and she's got a part in Stephen Frears’ gambling pic “Lay the Favorite.” Well, she's adding another movie to her busy dance card.

Some Dissatisfied 'The Muppets' Performers Considered Taking Their Names Off The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 10:33 AM
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Frank Oz Says He Turned Down 'The Muppets' Because The Script Didn't Respect The CharactersIt seemed almost too good to be true. Buoyed with clever, parody driven teaser spots, an effusive, infectious energy and full-length trailers that really differed, who would've thought that behind the scenes, Disney is not only worried about the upcoming franchise reboot, but there is also dissent among some longtime performers about the approach writers Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have taken with the brand. THR has an excellently detailed look at the hand-wringing behind the scenes, but it's Frank Oz's recent comments to Metro that synthesize the struggle between the old and new guard.

'A Mighty Heart' & 'Anonymous' Writer John Orloff To Pen Bryan Singer's ‘Battlestar Galactica’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 8:26 AM
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“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs,” screenwriter John Orloff told Deadline. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”

Katherine LaNasa Joins 'Dog Fight' aka 'Southern Rivals' With Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:48 AM
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Also Lines Up Serial Killer Pic 'The Frozen Ground' With John Cusack & Nicolas CageSo, Katherine LaNasa comes to the table with some pretty interesting factoids. She's the ex-wife of both French Stewart and Dennis Hopper (and the mother of Henry Hopper who you saw in "Restless"), and while her name might not be familiar, she's been working steadily for years, mostly on TV, racking up appearances in a number of shows. Maybe you remember her as Lydia in "Two and a Half Men" (see above) or Beverly Ford in "Big Love." She was also the lead on the short lived NBC sitcom "Three Sisters." But the actress is making a huge leap into feature films, and with three projects on the horizon you'll be hearing her name and seeing her more often.

MGM & Sony Get In The Ring For Eminem & Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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The past year has seen the boxing movie get a little bit of a resurgence. Of course, there was David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which jumped late into the Oscar race last year and went on to nab statutes for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and for the past two weeks, Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick "Real Steel" has stayed stead on top of the box office. Now, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy MGM are looking to get going on a project that does not have a hobbit or James Bond in it, picking up the rights to "Southpaw," which will have Sony distributing the film.

George A. Romero Working On An Adaptation Of 'The Zombie Autopsies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 6:32 AM
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This may get some fans all hot and bothered, but this writer is just gonna come out and say it. While there is no denying George A. Romero's place in horror history, the director hasn't made a relevant statement in the zombie genre in almost three decades. While the genre itself has soared in popularity in the past few years, becoming positively mainstream, Romero hasn't had much to add to the equation and the less said about this last effort, "Survival Of The Dead," the better. But, it appears the 71 year-old helmer is going to take another crack at a zombie movie, hopefully with better results.

Watch: Vintage Footage Of The Accident That Starts It All In 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 5:54 AM
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Until now, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been all boobs, provocative trailers and Hot Topic magazine spreads, but today, something different arrives from the MouthTapedShut "unofficial" page.

Review: 'Norman' A Well-Observed, Tender & Moving Ode To Adolescence & Loss

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 5:15 AM
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Being a teenager is hard enough, but for Norman (Dan Byrd), the minefield of emotions he is forced to navigate is almost absurd in its proportion. Certainly not popular, but not a total exile either, Norman seems to exist in his own bubble at high school, one that keeps his pervading depression and suicidal thoughts as a close companion. But if this weren't enough, Norman, still reeling from the tragic death of his mother in a car accident, is also bearing witness to his father (Richard Jenkins) wasting away in the final stage of stomach cancer, with this painful experience compounded by the worry that the bills around the house are starting to pile up. But with all of this comes a shining ray of light in Emily (Emily VanCamp), a classmate who shares Norman's oddball sense of humor (and is the rare girl who loves Monty Python) but more importantly, shows a genuine interest in the outsider.
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