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Kate Mara Joins Kevin Spacey & David Fincher's Netflix Series 'House Of Games'; Kristen Connolly Also On Board

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 9:19 AM
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So it turns out, if you'd like to take a role in a David Fincher project, it really, really helps to have the surname Mara. After casting the actress in "The Social Network," David Fincher catapulted Rooney Mara to stardom and an Oscar nomination by giving her the lead role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And for his next project, he's keeping it in the family.

Russell Crowe Being Eyed For MGM's 'RoboCop' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 9:14 AM
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Oh, the trades. In their eternal pissing match to shout "first!" or "toldja!" some irritating practices have come into play of late which finds them making sure they toss every little morsel of info they have out there -- even it means burying it in other stories -- or hitting Twitter with their "news," all so they can trumpet that they were there before everyone else. At any rate, it seems Jeff Sneider at Variety was feeling a little burned that Deadline got the news that Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe were being eyed for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" so late last night he tweeted that the latter was also in the mix for a big franchise reboot.

Joe Carnahan To Direct 'Cross Brothers'; Ralph Fiennes & Bryan Singer Sought For 'Imitation Game' & David Yates Takes 'A Reliable Wife'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 9:04 AM
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Very occasionally, the trades do something known in the journalism trade as "burying the lede" -- dropping a hint of a separate story in a piece about something else entirely, which can often be passed over at first glance. As it turns out, there's been a couple of examples of this in the last few days: potential projects hinted at by some names who've been in the news a lot of late.

Russell Crowe & Liam Neeson Circle Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah'

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 1, 2012 11:21 PM
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First it was Christian Bale, but then he got preoccupied with two Terrence Malick films (not bad work if you can get it. Then the idea of Michael Fassbender was floated around, but as much as we love Fassy, we know in the eyes of studios he can’t float a $130 million dollar ambitious epic – not a quote unquote star yet. So it comes as not much of a surprise that director Darren Aronofsky is looking elsewhere to cast the lead of his ambitious biblical epic, “Noah.”

Samantha Morton & Amy Adams Line Up Untitled Spike Jonze Romance Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Carey Mulligan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 9:52 PM
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It has been three, far too long years since Spike Jonze's last feature film, the wonderful "Where The Wild Things Are" and while various videos and shorts he's done in the interim -- including "I'm Here" and "Scenes From The Suburbs" -- were nice holdovers, we're glad that his next movie, penned by Charlie Kaufman, appears to be taking shape. First announced over a year ago, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna shingle got things rolling by backing the project and over 2011 Joaquin Phoenix and Carey Mulligan came aboard. Now, two more great actresses appear to be boarding the film.

Joe Johnston Is 'Not Safe For Work'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 9:07 PM
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While it remains to be seen if Joe Johnston will return to the director's chair for the inevitable sequel to "Captain America: The First Avengers" -- which according to Neal McDonough (aka Dum Dum Dugan) may shoot at the end of the year -- the helmer is taking a microbudget project that he can knock out fast, should he need to jump back into comic book land.

Ed Harris To Join Dwayne Johnson In Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 8:36 PM
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Here's the simple fact: Ed Harris makes anything he appears in worth watching. Last weekend's "Man On A Ledge," where he starred as a villainous Manhattan real estate developer (aren't they all?), found him delightfully chewing the scenery of a film wheezing from its thin premise. And while he hasn't really been in a quality project since "The Way Back," 2012 is already looking promising as he'll be starring as John McCain in HBO's "Game Change" next month. And if all goes according to plan, he'll be reteaming with Michael Bay.

Gary Oldman Returns To Villain Duties, Will Menace Dominic Cooper In Albert Hughes' 'Motor City'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 8:23 PM
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Why?

Gus Van Sant/Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' Goes To Focus & Participant; 'Rust And Bone' With Marion Cotillard Lands At Sony Pictures Classics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 7:11 PM
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Sundance may be over and the European Film Market may just be a short way off, but that doesn't mean the dealmaking takes a break. Two very high profile films have landed new homes this afternoon.

John Hawkes & Mos Def To Star In Prequel To 'Jackie Brown' Playing A Young De Niro & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2012 7:05 PM
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Here's your big, "wow," or "huh" of the day, depending on your thoughts on prequels of fairly beloved films. "Winter's Bone" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka rapper turned actor Mos Def) are going to be starring in a "Jackie Brown" prequel playing the younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters respectively.

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