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Ex-'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Helm Guillermo Del Toro Produced Drug Drama 'Midnight Delivery'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 3, 2011 3:59 AM
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Last month, TV helmer Brian Kirk was passed up for “Thor 2” directing duties in favor of “Monster” director, Patty Jenkins. Now, Kirk is moving on to less-CGI filled pastures, signing on to direct “Midnight Delivery,” a film about a father who must become a drug mule in order to save his son. It would be awesome if this were one of those foreign-language films directed by an English-speaking director (ala “Maria Full of Grace”), but we wouldn’t bet on it, as it’s being financed by a major, Universal.

Michelle Monaghan To Play A Sex-Addicted FBI Agent In 'Fast Flash To Bang Time'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 3, 2011 3:40 AM
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Michelle Monaghan is one of those actresses with a lot of potential, who spends most of her time collecting paychecks ("The Heartbreak Kid," "Made of Honor," "Eagle Eye"). She got strong notices a few years back for her performance in “Trucker,” but it’s been far too long since the days of “Gone Baby Gone,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” and “North Country.” Though that is about to change.

Pantelion Films To Release Will Ferrell's Spanish Comedy 'Casa De Mi Padre' On March 16, 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 3:17 AM
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While Anchor Bay Nab Starry Channing Tatum-Led Ensemble Drama 'Ten Year'For a while, we were starting to wonder if we'd dreamed the Will Ferrell comedy "Casa De Mi Padre." On almost no one's radar before the start of this year, a surprise trailer for the project, a Spanish-language film co-starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, debuted back in the spring, but nothing's been heard from the film since, and we had to double check our archives to make sure it was a real thing, and not something that we'd imagined after a night with too many telenovelas and too much meth.

John Cho Says He'd Love To See Kumar Have A Baby In A Future 'Harold & Kumar' Movie

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 3, 2011 3:03 AM
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And More From The Actor About 'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas' & Following In The Footsteps Of George TakeiWhen “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” premiered in 2004, it followed in the understated footsteps of films like “How High” and “Half Baked” – in other words, no matter how many spliffs the characters burned, the film itself never quite set the box office on fire. However, it became a sensation on home video and cable repeats, finding a legion of fans. For its two stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, the film was a big breakthrough in their careers, leading to a variety of other projects that, perhaps fortuitously, weren’t as pot-related. Cho landed regular spots on the TV shows "Kitchen Confidential" and "FlashForward," and stepped into the shoes of Hikaru Sulu when J.J. Abrams relaunched "Star Trek" in 2009, while Penn appeared on “House” and guested on “How I Met Your Mother” when he wasn’t working with President Obama in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.

'Once' Helmer John Carney Hired To Direct Steve Carell In Drama 'Dogs of Babel'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 2:45 AM
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Making the leap from TV comic to big-screen star has always been a tricky route -- one flop can put you right back to square one, and conversely, the temptation to take every project that comes your way, risking over-exposing yourself, seems to be a common one. There's no denying that Steve Carell's had some missteps since breaking out of "The Daily Show" and "Anchorman" -- "Evan Almighty," "Get Smart," "Dinner for Schmucks" -- but crucially, most of his films, even the less well-received pictures, have performed relatively well at the box office, and he's now a bona-fide A-lister.

Warner Bros. Hires 'Wrath Of The Titans' Writers To Pen 'Clash Of The Titans 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 2:43 AM
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With "Immortals" landing next week, "Wrath of the Titans" next spring and "300: Battle of Artemisia" arriving the year after that, you'd think that might be enough buff dudes yelling for the next little while. But apparently not, as Warner Bros. is banking on the fact you're gonna want to see more mythological figures clanging swords or whatever.

AFI Fest Secret Screening Rumored To Be Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 2:24 AM
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AFI Fest kicks off today with Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" getting its world premiere, and the lineup for the next week includes an array of awards season heavy hitters including "The Artist," "Carnage," "Shame," "Rampart" and more. However, just like last year, they've got one film yet to be announced. Festival-goers in 2010 were pleasantly surprised with a secret screening of David O. Russell's "The Fighter," and on Sunday night another mystery movie will be unveiled, one that should definitely get the adrenaline pumping of everyone in the room.
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RZA & Misty Upham Join Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 2:04 AM
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With pretty much all the major parts now cast, it's just bits and pieces left to get into place for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," and he's got two more folks coming on board.

Elisabeth Moss To Star In Jane Campion's Murder Mystery BBC Miniseries 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 3, 2011 1:58 AM
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After the Playlist-favorite "Bright Star" starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in 2009, Jane Campion was reportedly set to tackle a six-hour murder mystery miniseries titled "Top Of The Lake" with lensing slated to take place sometime this year. With the year almost over and nothing heard from the project since it's announcement late last year, we were beginning to dread a potential break down of the project.

New Poster For Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' Spotlights Star Woody Harrelson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 3, 2011 1:38 AM
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"A wildly ambitious slow burn that succeeds immensely, powered by one of the best performances of Woody Harrelson’s career."

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