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'Training Day' Scribe David Ayer Developing HBO Show; J.J. Abrams Sets Up Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Show At NBC & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 10:38 AM
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With Michael Mann and David Milch's HBO show "Luck," which features filmic talent like Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon and Joan Allen, among others, being picked up for a second season only days after the first episode aired, the spate of cinematic types dipping their toe into television shows no sign of letting up, particularly as it's currently the time of year where networks are comissioning pilots. And as such, there's a brace of TV news from the last few days featuring names best known for their big-screen work.

Watch: 9 Minute Preview & 3 Clips Of Chris Pine, Tom Hardy & Reese Witherspoon In McG's 'This Means War'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 10:17 AM
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Picking a Valentine's Day movie is always a tricky thing: do you pander to marketing and go with something love-themed, or do you just pick something you both want to see? The correct answer is always "find somewhere playing 'Casablanca,' " but in lieu of that, the studios have lined up a wealth of options -- Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in "The Vow" for the more romantically-minded, or Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in action mode in "Safe House," both of which open this Friday, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Eli Roth To Star, Selena Gomez To Cameo In Earthquake Thriller 'Aftershock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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It was well over a year ago that word first arrived that Eli Roth was lending his producing powers to a couple of genre flicks: "Clown" based on a fake movie trailer from commercial directors Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford and "Aftershock," a high-octane horror-thriller set during the aftermath of the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake. And then, not much else was heard of since. Well, with buyers now headed to Germany for the Berlin Film Festival, one title already has several interested suitors fighting each other to snag the rights.

'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa Talks The 'Snabba Cash' Trilogy, Zac Efron Leading The Remake & His Comic Book Faves

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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Hollywood came calling after Swedish director Daniel Espinosa made waves with his Swedish crime drama "Snabba Cash" ("Easy Money") -- and now he makes his English-language debut with this week's "Safe House," starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. But what of the films he almost made along the way instead?

'Book Of Mormon' Star Josh Gad Will Play 'The Game' With James Franco

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 6, 2012 9:39 AM
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Exactly a month ago today we were talking about James Franco taking the lead role in "The Game," the latest project from the writing and directing pair Brian Koppelman and David Levein (who also penned "Ocean's Thirteen" and "The Girlfriend Experience" for Steven Soderbergh). The film will be based on Neil Strauss' autobiographical bestseller which follows the author's experiences infiltrating the guys club world of pick-up artists. Franco will play Mystery, a sexual guru who teaches others how to transform from nerd to stud and use secret techniques to pick up women.

Sony Pictures Classics Pick Up Acclaimed Sundance Drama 'Smashed' With Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2012 9:17 AM
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After the disappointing box office performance of last year's Sundance crop -- films like "Take Shelter," "Like Crazy" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" all failed to live up to expectations, with none making more than $4 million -- it's unsurprising that buyers have been a little less trigger happy this time around. There have been plenty of major sales -- most notably Fox Searchlight's pick ups of "The Surrogate" and "Beasts of The Southern Wild" -- but over a week after the fest wrapped up, a number of major titles remain in play. For instance, most had pegged the starry, foul-mouthed comedy "Bachelorette" as the most likely pick up, especially in a post-"Bridesmaids" climate, but the film is yet to find a home.

New Images From 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation,' 'Prometheus' & 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 6, 2012 8:57 AM
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Now that we've all had a chance to recover from the excitement of either a) some of the awesome Super Bowl spots or b) a pretty thrilling Super Bowl (depending on your relative levels of interest) it's time to check out something a little more sedate -- still images.

Watch: 'Battleship,' 'John Carter,' 'The Avengers' & Clint Eastwood Lead Super Bowl Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 11:06 PM
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The greatest advertising opportunity of the year aka the Super Bowl, is over, and one highly priced team of players beat another highly priced team of players. But as always, it's the ads everyone is talking about anyway, and this year, Hollywood dropped a bunch of cash hoping to lure football lovers to theaters over the next few months.

Watch: Sex & Explosions In 5-Minute Trailer For HBO's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' With Clive Owen & Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 2:29 PM
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With Corey Stoll winning all kinds of attention thanks to his comedically deadpan take on Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," Clive Owen will suddenly find his performance as the great author under much more scrutiny in the upcoming HBO film, "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

Watch: The Momentary Melancholy & Ridiculous Longing Of The 'Take This Waltz' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 2:05 PM
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We've been eagerly awaiting "Take This Waltz," Sarah Polley's directorial follow-up to her excellent "Away From Her," and with the film set to hit theaters later this year, we now have our first trailer for the movie which promises to be another solid effort from the writer/actress/director.

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