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Ralph Fiennes Will Star As Charles Dickens In 'The Invisible Woman' After All, Kristin Scott-Thomas Joins Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 10:00 AM
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Tuesday, February 7th, marked the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and as a result, the author is one of the hottest properties around at the moment. Among the many Dickens related projects in the works, the coming year will bring two star-laden versions of "Great Expectations," one an excellent BBC TV miniseries with Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson (watch the trailer below, courtesy of Time), the other a Mike Newell film with Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter and "War Horse" star Jeremy Irvine.

'Rescue Me' Star Daniel Sunjata Teases More About Special Forces Op Character In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 9:38 AM
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While the name Daniel Sunjata likely won't ring too many bells, this writer slowly became familiar with him from his role as colorful firefighter Franco in FX's post-9/11 drama "Rescue Me." So imagine our surprise when, at the demise of the aforementioned show, his name made all the film blogsphere headlines late last year as he was cast in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." Of course, Sunjata's role was reported simply as a "special forces op" but it looks like the actor has revealed a little more insight about his role and his experience. And of course, if you're sensitive to anything regarding the film, there are slight spoilers.

Gary Oldman Has A Project About A Sex Addict He'd Like To Direct, Plans To Return Behind The Camera In 2013

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 9, 2012 9:20 AM
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For nearly 30 years Gary Oldman has been unstoppable in front of the camera. Whether playing iconic roles, larger than life villains or smaller supporting parts the British actor can seemingly do anything. Last night the Film Society of Lincoln Center brought Oldman on stage in a career spanning conversation that discussed his process, working with directors like Mike Leigh and Christopher Nolan and even touched on his time behind the camera.

Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' Will Have A New Original Song Written For The Film Sung By Hugh Jackman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 9, 2012 8:59 AM
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When a director wins the Oscar for Best Director, what they choose for their next project is very interesting, and can say a lot about what they want to achieve in their career. Of course, for the likes of a Martin Scorsese or the Coen Brothers it's business as usual, but Danny Boyle used his newly acquired clout to get "127 Hours" made, while Kathryn Bigelow eyed two ambitious projects in "Triple Frontier" and "Kill Bin Laden" (which is shooting this year).

Naomi Watts Replaces Jessica Chastain As Princess Diana In Oliver Hirschbiegel's Biopic 'Caught In Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 7:16 AM
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It's almost impressive at this point that we've gotten this far down the line (nearly fifteen years after her death) without some kind of film focusing on the life of Princess Diana, the ill-fated tabloid sweetheart who married Prince Charles, the heir to the English throne, only for the marriage to swiftly disintegrate. They divorced in 1995, and Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris two years later (the events of which are depicted in Stephen Frears' "The Queen," in which Diana only appears via archive footage.)

Billy Connolly Joins 'The Hobbit' As Dwarf Warrior Dain Ironfoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 10:05 PM
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So just how long and massive has the production on Peter Jackson's two-part, 3D "The Hobbit" been? Well, we're nearly at a year since it first went in front of cameras, it's still shooting and yes, still casting.

'Animal Kingdom' Star Sullivan Stapleton Scores Lead Role In The Untitled '300' Prequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 8, 2012 6:48 PM
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From one "Animal Kingdom" star to another. Late last year, Aussie actor-of-the-moment Joel Edgerton ("Warrior") was rumored to be in line for several Warner Bros. projects including "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," and the untitled "300" prequel (sometimes known as "300: Battle Of Artemisia"). Well, Edgerton never really landed in either gig, but one of his Aussie "Animal Kingdom" pals, Sullivan Stapleton has.

Review: Flavorless 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' Isn't Even An Admirable Folly

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 8, 2012 6:23 PM
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Had its filmmakers not hedged all over their creative bets, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" might have at least been an admirable folly. Its creators' many attempts to pander to the lowest common denominator and attract as many potential viewers as possible has made 'Journey 2' look like it was assembled by a creatively challenged brain trust.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In Thriller 'The Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 5:33 PM
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While the buzz out of Sundance on Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance in the alcoholism drama "Smashed" was overwhelmingly positive, it has yet to build into a enough of a groundswell where the actress will start getting parts for films outside the genre circuit. And thus, Winstead is headed back into the horror/thriller game.

Official Synopsis For 'Nymphomaniac' Arrives, Charlotte Gainsbourg Says Porn Actor Doubles Will Be Used

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 5:11 PM
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Women have never had it easy in Lars Von Trier's films, which is maybe why he's had such a hard time keeping a consistent leading lady. And despite slicing off her clitoris in "Antichrist" and losing her shit as the world ends in "Melancholia," the director has found a muse of sorts in Charlotte Gainsbourg who signed on for the lead in December in his most provocative film yet, "Nymphomanic."

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