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'Parks & Recreation' & 'Moneyball' Star Chris Pratt Looks To 'Kill Bin Laden' For Kathryn Bigelow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 4:21 PM
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If you haven't tuned in to "Parks & Recreation" yet you are missing one of the best comedies on television right now (and far superior to the overrated "Community," sorry, it's true). The show is poised to give everyone involved a serious career boost (and it some cases it has with both Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza moving into bigger film roles), but it's the unlikely Chris Pratt who may rise above the rest of his cast. As we noted in our 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011 he shows some impressive range as Scott Hatteberg in "Moneyball," and if everything goes according to plan he may stretching those dramatic chops even further.

Denzel Washington Eyed For Big Screen Adaptation Of 'The Equalizer'; Paul Haggis & Russell Crowe Move On

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 3:59 PM
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Well, here's an update to a project we sort of totally forgot about. As you might remember, over a year ago it was announced that Sony were looking to bring the hit 1980s series "The Equalizer" to the big screen with Paul Haggis in talks to write the project for his pal Russell Crowe (they had just wrapped up "The Next Three Days"). Well, that iteration won't come to pass, as in Sony's announcement today about their extended first look deal with the production shingle Escape Artists, they reveal another actor may take the part.

Marrakech Film Festival '11 Reviews: 'Land of Oblivion' Starring Olga Kurylenko & '180°' The Swiss-German Version Of 'Crash' (Basically)

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2011 3:23 PM
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"Land of Oblivion" It is 25 years ago in the small Ukrainian town of Pripyat. People are fishing. A boy goes to look at the tree he and his father planted. A woman prepares for her wedding. And then it starts to rain - not, in itself, a doom-laden event, except if you know that Pripyat was essentially the ground zero town for the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and what we are really watching is more like a snapshot of Pompeii in the days before Vesuvius erupted.

Watch: Bad Wigs Take Center Stage In Campy Trailer For 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:40 PM
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Wow, even Nicolas Cage must be impressed. The first trailer for next spring's fist-pumping, '80s set musical "Rock Of Ages" has arrived and, man, we just can't get over the impressive display of bad wigs. Given the money they clearly spent on these hairpieces, they couldn't score one for Paul Giamatti?

Warner Bros. Adding 'Arthur & Lancelot' To The Chopping Block, Urging Director David Dobkin To Take It To Another Studio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:24 PM
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With the year winding down, it looks like executives at Warner Bros. have been looking at the year ahead and wondering WTF have they greenlit. Just yesterday word arrived that they were putting Alex Proyas' expensive, 3D, motion-capture adaptation of "Paradise Lost" on hold to get the budget and script under control. And now, another high profile movie may be getting the axe altogether.

From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2011 1:59 PM
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The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of memorable moments to go around, even if we couldn't attest to them all following Hawks Law.

Youch: Matt Damon Says Tony Gilroy's 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script Was An "Unreadable Career-Ender"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 1:17 PM
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To say that Tony Gilroy has had a bumpy relationship with the Jason Bourne franchise would be an understatement. He has never been happy with what what Doug Liman did on "The Bourne Identity" (“Those works were never meant to be filmed,” he said dismissively about the Robert Ludlum books. “They weren’t about human behavior. They were about running to airports”) and was even less impressed by Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling," he said). But the films made money. Lots of money. And moreover, Universal didn't want to jinx their luck by trying to get new writers to take on the franchise for "The Bourne Ultimatum," so they essentially gave Gilroy everything he wanted to write the third movie. Gilroy got a shit-ton of money and added stipulations that he just had to turn in one draft, he would take no notes nor would anyone be allowed to oversee what he was doing. Prime working conditions for any writer, but according to Matt Damon, that was massive mistake.

Brad Garrett Magically Appears With Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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"Burt Wonderstone" is one of those projects that flies just enough below the radar that we never really paid much attention to it. Yes, it was a very hot script (by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) but in the past few months the project has amassed an outrageously wonderful cast, which now includes Steve Carell (as the title character), Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini. And now this tale of dueling Las Vegas magicians has, according to the Hollywood Reporter, just added another name to its stellar cast: Emmy-winning actor (and Pixar mainstay) Brad Garrett.

Eli Roth-Produced Horror Series 'Hemlock Grove' Headed to Netflix (Who May Be Purchased By Verizon...)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:35 PM
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Hot on the heels of the announcement of several original series for the streaming/mailorder behemoth Netflix (which, truthfully, has seen better days), Deadline is reporting that the company has put in a 13-episode order for a new Eli Roth-produced horror series called "Hemlock Grove," based on a Brian McGreevy novel that comes out this spring (McGreevy will co-write the series with his writing partner Lee Shipman). "Hemlock Grove" now joins the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama "House of Cards," comedy "Orange is the New Black" (from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan), and a brand new season of "Arrested Development," as original projects for the company. While this new creative blood might be enough to sway people back on the side of Netflix, it's another potential buyout that are making investors really happy.

Nick Nolte Says That His Refusal to Applaud Elia Kazan Has Cost Him His Working Relationship With Martin Scorsese

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:05 PM
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Nick Nolte has never been one to hold back on ruffling people's feathers. He famously (or maybe infamously) lost the role of Superman after he claimed the character was schizophrenic, and still, at the tender age of 70, carries with him a fuck-em-if-they-can't-take-a-joke attitude that is both irritating and endearing (it helps that he's still an excellent actor, as was evidenced in the oddly ignored "Warrior" earlier this year). In a recent GQ interview, though, he says that one of his more outspoken stances may have cost him a relationship with one of the most powerful directors in town.

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