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'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

Michael Keaton And Michelle Monaghan Set For Thriller 'Penthouse North'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:41 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter is, er, reporting that serially underrated actors Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan will star in a thriller entitled "Penthouse North," to be directed by Joseph Ruben. It was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival and will start shooting in Canada's capital of Ottawa this November.

The '70s Come Alive In First Set Pics from Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:01 AM
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For the last few weeks Ben Affleck has been hurriedly assembling an eclectic cast for his next directorial effort, the historical thriller "Argo." We've watched (and reported) as Affleck has brought together a wonderful cast of actors, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston (in a role that forced him out of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" and apparently "World War Z"), Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Richard Kind and Michael Parks, who all appear alongside the talented director-star.

Winning: Charlie Sheen To Return To Spotlight Toplining Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 8, 2011 9:34 AM
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Jason Schwartzman To Co-StarIn the midst of Charlie Sheen's public meltdown earlier this year, the actor made an appearance on the Today Show where he claimed that, despite everything that had happened, he still had film projects at his disposal. The list included a new sequel to "Major League," a project with Nick Cassavetes and another from director Roman Coppola. Considering the fact that three days prior to that appearance, Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson had come out and denied any claim of a "Major League" sequel, we (and presumably everybody else) assumed Sheen's claims were nothing more than a side effect of whatever he might have been on that day -- even though the filmmaker's sister Sofia Coppola did reveal that her brother had something in the works.

Emily Watson and Alicia Vikander Added To Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina;' Saoirse Ronan & Others Out

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:47 AM
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As Promised, Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson To StarWell, Joe Wright and Focus Features have locked down the cast for their lavish adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel "Anna Karenina," and it seems like a full house of talent – in addition to the already confirmed Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Mcfadyen ("Pride & Prejudice") and Olivia Williams, the film has added Domhnall Gleeson ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"), Alicia Vikander ("The Seventh Son"), Emily Watson, and Ruth Wilson (BBC series "Luther").

Danny DeVito Plans To Return To Directing With 'Charlotte Doyle'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 8, 2011 8:45 AM
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Danny DeVito's film career has hit somewhat of a pause for the last couple of years (presumably as a result of his commitment to FX comedy series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"), but it looks as though he'll soon be returning in a big way with a directorial effort planned for the adaptation of author Avi's young-adult novel "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."

Terrence Malick Chooses The Relatively Unknown Haley Bennett For Christian Bale Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:29 AM
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Terrence Malick, whose output seems to be exponentially increasing, has no fewer than three projects actively on his docket: cosmic documentary "Voyage of Time;" an untitled Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams drama rumored to be called "The Burial;" and a third project, starring Christian Bale, which should begin production in the summer of 2012. The Bale film just became a lot more concrete, as relative unknown Haley Bennett has been cast as the female lead, according to Variety.

New Posters and Images Debut For 'Goon' (No, Not 'The Goon')

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:19 AM
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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week is "Goon," a hockey comedy co-written by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen's writing partner Evan Goldberg, which, it should be noted, is not the David Fincher-produced animation adaptation of the Eric Powell comic book "The Goon" nor is it the two-part Kevin Smith hockey epic "Hit Somebody" (which will presumably be the "Che" of bawdy hockey comedies). What it is, as we noted when the red band trailer debuted, a mediocre-looking comedy about a hockey coach who recruits a thug (Sean William Scott) to stop a violence-prone opponent (Liev Schreiber), notable only for Schreiber's truly awesome mustache.

Tribeca Film Plans Theatrical/VOD Release for Tony Kaye's 'Detachment'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 7:40 AM
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'Black Water Transit' Still Never Coming Out

Review: 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975' is a Noble -- But Often Lacking -- Documentary

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 8, 2011 7:05 AM
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“The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975” is at pains to point out in its opening salvo that, in spite of chronicling one of the most divisive and contentious periods of American history, the movie is only relaying footage of the Black Power movement consistent with “how it was perceived by some Swedish filmmakers.” It’s a coy admission and a timid remit that betrays some of the film’s loftier purposes – for a documentary about volatile race relations in the late 1960s and their lasting marks on contemporary US society, it plays things, for the most part, extraordinarily safe. True enough, the unvarnished moments dredged up from footage that had lay dormant in Swedish archives for close to thirty years are essential viewing. And, without question, it’s a real thrill to see frank interviews with Stokely Carmichael and, in particular, Angela Davis (both at the time of her trial regarding murders committed by the Soledad Brothers, and in a recorded interview in 2010), though both could be the subject of their own documentaries individually. But in removing itself so totally from demarcating any contemporary relevance, other than a few tidbits from its more talkative latter-day contributors, the film risks slipping back into the same obscurity it’s just arisen out of – a shame, given its subject matter is indispensable.

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