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Bradley Cooper Offered Lead In 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 2:59 AM
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With George Clooney forced to bow out due to a bad back from the physically demanding lead role of Napoleon Solo in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," director Steven Soderbergh began looking at a number of possible actors to take on the part with Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor among his favored names. However, Warner Bros. has got the ball rolling, placing a call to somebody on their wishlist.

'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 2:41 AM
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Also Has U.S.-Set Comedy 'War On Everyone' And French Crime Flick 'The Bonnot Gang' In WorksReleasing a foul-mouthed black comedy full of thick Irish accents and taboo-busting jokes at the height of summer was always going to be something of a risk. But John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" has proved to be something of a sleeper hit; the film became one of the biggest-grossing home-grown movies of all time in Ireland, and has managed decent grosses in other English-speaking territories, including the U.S, where it's proved to have more legs than most speciality releases since it hit theaters back in August.

'Eastbound & Down' Star Steve Little Says 'The Catechism Cataclysm' Is Just Like The Bible

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 21, 2011 2:19 AM
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There are a lot of foreheads being scratched over at the IFC Center, where "The Catechism Cataclysm" is currently playing. Steve Little stars as Father William, a wayward priest who undergoes a series of blood-soaked trials when he meets up with an old friend and strays from the Word of the Lord. Director Todd Rohal, who has since moved on to "The Scoutmasters" with Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt and Rob Riggle, has made a film that we described as "an unforgettable and indescribable curio," and we sat down with Little to discuss what it all means.
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Tim Burton Brings Goth Aesthetic In Balloon Form For The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 21, 2011 2:04 AM
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Quick question: what's more badass than having your own Macy's Day Parade balloon? If your answer was, "Absolutely everything else" then you win an official Playlist No-Prize! Tim Burton is finally getting to live the dream, bringing his creation, B. Boy, to the parade. Or B. for short. Because B. Boy obviously needs to be shortened.

Marvel Demotes 'The Punisher' To TV With Fox Pilot Commitment

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 21, 2011 1:45 AM
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When we last talked to Ray Stevenson, star of "Punisher: War Zone," he revealed that the rights to the character, adapted into financially unsuccessful movies by New World Pictures, Artisan and Lionsgate, had returned to Marvel. He suggested there were plans to utilize the brand again, and that he may be involved. We're not sure about that last part, but the character is set to appear again, this time on Fox television. Because what better place for a trigger-happy, murdering vigilante than the home of Animation Domination?

Watch: There Will Be Blood In Trailer For 'Black Gold' Starring Antonio Banderas & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 1:21 AM
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With the Arab Spring slowly beginning a sea change over the non-democratic rule of the many of the oil rich nations in the Middle East, the timing for Jean-Jacques Annaud’s epic "Black Gold" is fortuitous. While the history of oil in the Middle East is definitely complex, Annaud will take viewers right back to the beginning to when the resource was first discovered burbling underneath the sand.

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.

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