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Stephen Frears To Direct 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' For HBO, Casting Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 4:31 PM
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If there is one thing about Stephen Frears, he doesn't usually let too much time pass before he's on to the next project. And barely a week after his latest film "Lay The Favorite" premiered at Sundance, it looks like he may be on to something new. And now, it's not the developing remake of "The Hit" or "The Bengali Detective." Instead, it's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" and it's gearing up at HBO.

Watch: Four Clips Of Cameron Crowe & Elton John Discussing Their Documentary With Leon Russell "The Union'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2012 3:57 PM
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While on the surface it appeared as if Cameron Crowe laid dormant after 2005's "Elizabethtown," the truth is quite the opposite. The "Vanilla Sky" filmmaker wrote a Marvin Gaye film (still unproduced as of now) and a "Jerry Maguire"-like romantic comedy set in Hawaii with a spiritual element to it ("Deep Tiki," also unproduced), and in 2011, released two films: the documentary, "Pearl Jam Twenty," and the feature-length effort, "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon (which grossed almost $72 million domestically; not bad for a film which some called a box-office dude at first).

Colin Firth Reteams With Atom Egoyan For His West Memphis 3 Film ‘Devil’s Knot’ Starring Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:45 PM
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With Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Paradise Lost" trilogy, the Peter Jackson-produced "West of Memphis" and a plethora of books and other material about the West Memphis Three, you might think the subject was all done. Far from it. Last year "The Devil's Knot" started heading into production from Canadian director Atom Egoyan ("Exotica," "Chloe," "The Sweet Hereafter") with Reese Witherspoon to star. Now another Academy Award winner is coming on board.

Will Smith & Russell Crowe Take Supporting Roles In Akiva Goldsman's Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:28 PM
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It pays to have friends in high places. One year ago, it was announced that screenwriter, producer and frequent Ron Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man," "Batman Forever," "Batman And Robin") was gearing up his directorial debut "Winter's Tale" at Warner Bros. with a $75 million budget and a spring shoot being planned for this year. Well, Goldsman had some trouble getting the project movie and it took some favors to keep it alive.

SXSW Adds '21 Jump Street,' 'Do-Deca-Pentathalon,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Casa De Mi Padre' & More To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:00 PM
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Don't unpack that bag from Sundance too fast. SXSW in Austin, Texas is just around the corner and it has two things over Park City: spring heat and BBQ. With the film festival just over a month away, organizers have dropped their features lineup, and there will be some nice surprises for those making the trek.

'Gran Torino' Scribe Nick Schenk To Rewrite MGM's 'RoboCop'; Summer Shoot Being Eyed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 2:56 PM
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"Get off my lawn!" That was probably one of the most memorable movie lines of 2008 (aside from "Let me put a smile on that face" from "The Dark Knight") and MGM are hoping "Gran Torino" scribe Nick Schenk can bring some of that badass grit to their forever developing "RoboCop" reboot.

Review: 'The Innkeepers' Is Less 'House Of The Devil,' More 'Scooby Doo'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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Ti West has found a formula, and by god, he’s sticking to it. The indie helmer began in the world of micro-budgeted horror, where financial reasons necessitated a slow burn and eventual third act reveal. As his budgets have increased, his approach hasn’t changed, favoring this methodical strategy to the money-shot-driven approach by most modern horror filmmakers.

Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Buys NBC In Super Bowl Spot For 'The Dictator'; 'John Carter' & 'The Avengers' Tease

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 1:15 PM
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We're just a few days away from kickoff from when [insert Google search] the New York Giants and New England Patriots rumble at the Super Bowl. We're not football fans around here so all we know about this Sunday is that there's going to be a ton of ads everyone will be talking about on Monday, the game seems like it's nine hours long due to the never-ending pregame programming, and the half-time show is always a hopeless disaster. So the only thing that will keep us mildly curious (and give us an excuse to eat an ungodly amount of hot wings) are the movie ads that will be unspooling.

Watch: Lenny Kravitz Talks Playing Cinna In 'Hunger Games,' Paying His Dues & Growing As An Actor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 1:00 PM
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While Lenny Kravitz has dominated the stage as a musician for years, his recent transition to the big screen has been a fascinating journey to follow. The burgeoning actor made his movie debut in Lee Daniels' "Precious," and it was pretty far from the charismatic persona he developed as an axe slinger and singer. Playing the sympathetic Nurse John, his performance showed a sensitivity and depth that was a pleasant surprise. And he's changing things up once again, swinging from an indie film to franchise project, playing Cinna in the forthcoming "The Hunger Games." 

Watch: Volkswagen Goes To The 'Star Wars' Cantina (Randomly) In Super Bowl Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 12:48 PM
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Last year, Volkswagen scored a huge hit with their very cute Darth Vader themed Super Bowl ad. And this year, they're going back to the "Star Wars" universe. With dogs.

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