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'Chicago' & 'Pirates 4' Director Rob Marshall Planning Big-Screen Version Of Stephen Sondheim's 'Into The Woods'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 8:58 AM
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While we're not exactly overrun by the things, the last decade has seen a semi-revival of the movie musical. Once Hollywood's biggest genre, the style virtually disappeared from theaters in the 1980s and 1990s, only for the likes of "Moulin Rouge!" to revitalize cinematic singing-and-dancing in the early '00s, and now we get a movie musical, if not necessarily every year, then every couple, and more often than not it's an adaptation of a stage hit.

Three New Photos From 'Warm Bodies' Begs The Question: Is Nicholas Hoult A Star Yet?

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  • January 10, 2012 9:47 PM
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Every few years, Hollywood annoints a new star. Sometimes it's a Tom Hardy, other times it's a Taylor Kitsch and it can also be a  Jeremy Renner. What these actors all share in common is that they're considered leading men long before they're actually stars: meaning, they're leading films, but the public doesn't know who they are yet. In the case of Hardy and Renner, The Weinstein Company and Paramount are bumping the releases of their smaller films ("The Wettest County" and "Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters" respectively) in hopes that their upcoming tentpoles ("The Dark Knight" and "The Bourne Legacy" respectively) will match the signal to noise ratio to their Tinsteltown buzz (in the case of Kitsch, both Disney and Universal are gambling hard).

Mark Wahlberg Says Jennifer Lopez Chasing Role In 'Cocaine Cowboys'; Film Aiming To Shoot This Summer Or Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 6:15 PM
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With "Contraband" hitting theaters this weekend, Mark Wahlberg is out doing the rounds with the press, and he's game for talking about anything. And to his credit, he's got a lot to talk about. The actor has a laundry list of projects in the works at any given moment. And one that has been moving in fits and starts for the past little while is "Cocaine Cowboys," but according to Wahlberg, it could be lensing as early as this summer and not only that, a pretty big name is already looking for a role.

Watch: Teens Have Fun With Their Powers, Explore The Unknown In 2 Clips From 'Chronicle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 5:47 PM
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We'll be curious to see if "Chronicle" is affected by Paramount's found footage middle finger to audiences everywhere, "The Devil Inside." As you'll remember, that film had the dubious distinction of both topping the box office while also earning the enmity of audiences (it earned a rare F CinemaScore) thanks to its controversial ending which literally told cinemagoers to go to a website. Seriously. But really, any rational person could have figured out that "The Devil Inside" looked like a turd months before it opened -- really, how many exorcism movies do we need? -- but the opposite is true for "Chronicle."
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'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Zach Helm To Pen Steve Zaillian Produced Patricia Highsmith Adaptation 'Deep Water'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 4:57 PM
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Steve Zaillian is a busy, busy man. With two scripts in the running for awards season honors in "Moneyball" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and a plethora of other projects crowding his plate including sequels to the David Fincher film, it's a small miracle that the man also has time to produce. But via his Film Rites shingle, Zaillian has been quietly working on projects like the Philip K. Dick adaptation "Ubik" witih Michel Gondry attached, the David Cronenberg flick "As She Climbed Across The Table" as well as the remake of "Timecrimes" (which he may just direct himself). Well, one other project we haven't heard from in a while continues to move forward, albeit in bit of a brand new shape.

Watch: Trippy, Animated Video For Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi's "Two Against One" Ft. Jack White Directed By Chris Milk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 4:10 PM
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Even if you don't know the name Chris Milk, you've seen his work, as he's directed music videos for Kanye West, U2, Green Day and Modest Mouse as well as that Google Chrome enabled "We Used To Wait" for Arcade Fire. Like so many other music video and commercials helmers, Milk is making the leap to feature filmmakering, lining up two projects last year: an adaptation of Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi's album Rome (itself a tribute to spaghetti westerns and movie music) and the contemporary western of sorts "Bitterroot." Both projects come courtesy of the backing of Megan Ellison, and while we wait for those to get moving, Milk has knocked out another video.
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Giovanni Ribisi Says Josh Brolin Is A "Berserker" In 'Gangster Squad'; Reveals In The Works Skateboarding Documentary

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 10, 2012 3:18 PM
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Giovanni Ribisi's been playing a string of less-than-savory guys in his films of late -- the corporate shill Selfridge in "Avatar," the Hitler-loving drunk Moburg in "The Rum Diary," and the violent drug-smuggler Briggs in this week's "Contraband." So is it any wonder that Ribisi would want to explore a few characters who aren't quite dirtbags?

Watch: Gina Carano & Channing Tatum Battle In First 5 Minutes From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 2:28 PM
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While Steven Soderbergh still managed to assemble a great cast for his upcoming "Haywire," word around the campfire is that some actors actually turned down the film, not exactly cool with the idea of letting a woman beat them up on screen. Their loss. Turning MMA star Gina Carano into an action heroine, "Haywire" is a brisk thriller that lets you feel and see every brutal punch and kick.
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Watch: 7 Minutes From The George Lucas Produced WWII Film 'Red Tails'; George Lucas Says Black Cinema Riding On Its Success

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 2:11 PM
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In the works for decades, the George Lucas-produced WWII film "Red Tails," about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, first started filming way back in 2009. And there is a lot riding on this movie, including no less the fate of financing for movies centered around or featuring black actors in the lead role. According to Lucas, the future of those types of films may inadvertently be in the balance as Hollywood eyes the success (or failure) of "Red Tails."

First Look At Agyness Deyn & Richard Coyle In Brit Remake Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Pusher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2012 1:24 PM
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Are you a fan of "Drive"? Well, if you are, and you haven't yet tracked down Nicolas Winding Refn's crackling debut "Pusher" (or its two sequels), then you probably should. At least before the remake hits.

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