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D23: Pixar Announces 2 New Movies: One Involving Dinosaurs, Another To Go Inside The Human Mind

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2011 7:27 AM
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Exclusive: 'Toy Story 3' Writer Michael Arndt Penning "Wildly Ambitious" Peter Docter Film About The Formation Of IdeasAt D23 today Pixar and Disney announced a pair of Pixar movies, both of them shrouded in a certain degree of mystery.

Confirmed: Michael Fassbender Offered The Lead In 'Prisoners'

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  • August 20, 2011 4:10 AM
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However, Can This Once-Hot Project Bag The Rising Star?While names like Tom Hardy, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Garrett Hedlund and Chris Pine are ostensibly the five biggest rising and most-wanted leading males in Hollywood, arguably no actor is more desirable in Tinseltown right now in than Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender. In the two and half years since 2009's "Hunger" put him on the map as an acting force to be reckoned with, the thespian has found himself in the utmost demand and has already worked with some of the most top-shelf and interesting directors out there, including Ridley Scott ("Prometheus"), Steven Soderbergh ("Haywire"), Matthew Vaughn ("X-Men: First Class"), British helmer Steve McQueen again (the follow-up to "Hunger," titled "Shame"), David Cronenberg ("A Dangerous Method") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Bastards"). In the works are collaborations with Jim Jarmusch (an untitled vampire film opposite Mia Wasikowska and Tilda Swinton) and actor Brendan Gleeson's directorial debut, "At Swim-Two-Birds" with Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy.

Tom Cruise Picks 'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Take On Rodeo Drama 'Paper Wings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2011 4:05 AM
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Hollywood is littered with scripts or projects mostly known for not being made or spending years in development. "A Confederacy of Dunces," "Pinkville," "Shantaram" -- these are just a few projects that have knocked around for years in fits and starts without getting made. And while there is fresh movement on the long-gestating "Paper Wings," this is one that is still a long way off.

Atom Egoyan Ready To Shoot A Feature Based On The West Memphis Three Called 'Devil's Knot'

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  • August 20, 2011 1:15 AM
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Related Documentary, 'Paradise Lost 3' Getting New Ending; Oscar-Qualifying RunWell, that was fast. No sooner were the West Memphis Three freed on Friday that Hollywood struck while the iron was hot. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("Chloe," "The Sweet Hereafter") revealed his intentions to direct a feature-length drama called "The Devil's Knot," based on the true-life story of three teenagers, known collectively as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the case suggested the motive behind the slayings was part of a Satanic ritual. Even with incredibly questionable police work -- which many felt to be outrageous -- sensationalized media, fear and panic from the satanism angle in the trial led to the teens' conviction and sentence of life imprisonment.

Jason Flemyng Joins Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 19, 2011 12:57 PM
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With 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, it's no surprise that there's a whole spate of Dickens-related projects in the works. Ralph Fiennes, for instance, is directing biopic "The Invisible Woman," "Oliver Twist" is getting a 21st century spin in British 3D parkour actioner "Twist" (don't blame us, we didn't come up with the thing...) and even Guillermo del Toro wants to get involved at some stage, developing an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel "Drood," which investigates the horrifying secret behind Dickens' last, unfinished work. And of course, there are straight adaptations on the way too, most notably a pair of versions of "Great Expectations."

Brian Wilson To Release Album Of Mouse House Tunes With Disc "In the Key of Disney"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 9:35 AM
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Listen, we love Brian Wilson and no doubt, the man is a genius. But let's also face some hard facts: he's not gonna deliver another Pet Sounds or even another Smile (and yes, that recently completed version is nice, but the original scope and vision is still somewhat lost to the sands of time). He was a pop songwriting whiz with an obsession for the craft that literally drove him mad. And while we applaud his ability to overcome various hardships to return, write and perform, this latest announcement doesn't particularly excite us.

Look Out Robert Downey Jr., Another U.S.S. Indianapolis Project Might Beat Yours

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 8:56 AM
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We'll say this about Hollywood. They like a good idea. No, really. If an idea is good enough they'll make sure they remake, reboot, sequel-ize, prequel-ize or spin it off into a million different variations. Original ideas aren't dead in Hollywood necessarily, they are just run into the ground (please see every fairy tale re-imagining in development). So no surprise that a day after it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. and his wife and producing partner, Susan Downey, were producing a movie based on the true tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, that another competing project is in the works.

Somebody Farted (Or Something) In New 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 8:20 AM
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Saving the world is no easy task, you might understand why in this new pic from "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" everyone's upside down frown is upside down (think about it).

Lynn Shelton To Direct 'Laggies,' Still Eyeing Adaptation Of 'Then We Came To The End'

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  • August 19, 2011 7:09 AM
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Indie filmmaking stalwart Lynn Shelton -- who made a splash with "Humpday" a couple of years ago -- isn't in any particular hurry to go the studio route. Sure, she's helmed an episode of "Mad Men," but even her next film -- which flirts with Hollywood in casting Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass -- is a low-budget, semi-improvisatory affair. And while that film is gearing up for a TIFF premiere, Shelton is already lining up her next effort.

Christian Bale Reteams With Terrence Malick For Another New Mystery Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 6:56 AM
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Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet, Clemence Poesy & Mia Wasikowska Vying For Female Lead; Film Will Shoot In Early 2012For much of Terrence Malick's career, his workflow has been defined by single projects taking years at a time to take shape and finish before he moves on to the next one. Now, it seems the guy is making up for lost time. With "The Tree of Life" hitting theaters this spring, the director currently has his untitled film -- aka "The Burial" -- in post-production and is also at some stage of development with his "Voyage of Time" documentary which recently added Emma Thompson as a narrator alongside Brad Pitt. Earlier this year word cropped up that Malick was starting another film, one that would be small in nature that would potentially shoot late summer/early fall. Not much has been heard since, but it looks like that film is now moving full steam ahead with an early 2012 start being eyed.

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