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Harrison Ford Courted For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 12:14 PM
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We guess Jack Nicholson was busy. He was the last actor named as a contender for the key role of Branch Rickey in the developing Jackie Robinson biopic "42," but it looks like another aging superstar may step up to the plate.

Exclusive: Clip From 'My Piece Of Pie,' The New Film From 'L'Auberge Espangnol' Director Cedric Klapisch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 11:58 AM
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You might have remember a little French confection that hit your local arthouse a couple years ago entitled "L'Auberge Espangnol." The French film from director Cedric Klapisch starred Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a multi-character tale that wrapped up drama, romance and comedy in one compelling package. It already spawned the sequel "Russian Dolls," with another, "Chinese Puzzle," on the way, but before audiences see that, Klapisch has another film hitting theaters.

Watch: Will Ferrell Made Ads For Old Milwaukee And They Rule

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 11:29 AM
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Who knows why he did it, but according to Business Insider Will Ferrell approached Pabst Brewing Co. and asked them if he could make some ads for Old Milwaukee. For free. And, duh, of course they said yes. The result is three spots, set (and only airing, it seems) in Davenport, Iowa. And yes, they're great.

Sacha Baron Cohen Cast As Monsieur Thenardier In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 11:13 AM
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It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is set to get musical and go French once again. The man who squared off against Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," and recently twirled a villainous moustache as the station inspector in "Hugo," is combining skills from both movies for his latest role.

Mark Strong Reveals His 'John Carter' Character Matai Shang Will Differ From The Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 8, 2011 11:04 AM
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Mark Strong -- who can be seen this weekend as betrayed spy Jim Prideaux in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- already has another book adaption and another Cold War piece in his orbit for next year, with "John Carter" (formerly "John Carter of Mars") and "Closer to the Moon."

New Poster For Mel Gibson's 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 10:45 AM
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It seems that America and/or Hollywood isn't quite ready to forgive Mel Gibson just yet. His attempted comeback films -- the dreadful "Edge Of Darkness" and the middling "The Beaver" -- weren't the vehicles they were supposed to be, and his offscreen behaviour has continued to dog the actor. And while he was rumored for a couple of new projects this year -- the international heist thriller "Sleight" as well as a Jewish historical epic -- they both seem to be stalled and/or have courted controversy. So given the uneasy relationship the industry continues to have with the actor/writer/director it's no suprise he still has one movie sitting on the shelf, waiting to be released.

To Cap Off The Year Of The Movie Dog, Sherlock Holmes' Hound Gets His Own Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 8, 2011 10:21 AM
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For a dog-lover, like many of us at The Playlist, 2011 has a been a great year at the films for screen pups. From Uggie in "The Artist" and Snowy in "The Adventures of Tintin" to Cosmo in "Beginners" and Skeletor in "50/50," mutts have been stealing the show left, right and center, finally leaving cats in the dust. While the Academy stubbornly refuse to add a canine category to recognize our four-legged friends, one of the biggest movies of the Christmas season has decided to put a dog at the forefront of its promo material.

Watch: Emma Roberts Is 'The Girl With The Tramp Stamp Tattoo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 8, 2011 9:40 AM
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With only a few weeks to go until its release, anticipation is reaching something closer to fever pitch for one of the biggest films of the year. Starring one of the most hotly touted young actresses of the moment, in the biggest stretch of her career to date, the film delves into the dark heart of Sweden, uncovering the truth behind a series of murders, and the rotten heart of one of the country's most prominent families. With reviews set to hit any day now (after that embargo controversy earlier in the week), we've now been given our most revealing glimpse yet at Emma Roberts in "The Girl With The Tramp Stamp Tattoo."

Listen: Jonsi's "Ævin Endar" From 'We Bought A Zoo"; Full Soundtrack Now Streaming

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 8, 2011 9:20 AM
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This holiday season, Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi is taking his Icelandic brand of lovely post-rock to the silver screen, scoring Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo,” which has so far gotten the “It’s good for what it is” stamp of approval from most critics, including us.

Tom Cruise Wants ‘Top Gun 2’ To Be Exactly Like 'Top Gun'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 8, 2011 9:00 AM
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When a filmmaker or actor wants to revisit a franchise many years later, it’s usually done for what is (at least to them) a good reason: Bruce Willis appeared in “Live Free or Die Hard” for the money, “The Godfather Part III” was a thinly veiled attempt to get Sofia Coppola to move out of the house, and before the dawn of the 21st century, George Lucas never had the means to turn Yoda into the cracked out Pokémon he was always intended to be.

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