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Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Aardman Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 13, 2011 1:36 AM
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Christmas has definitely come early this year with a new teaser trailer for "Arthur Christmas," Sony's 3D animated co-production with Aardman. The first teaser definitely got us interested back in December and the new one is equally entertaining. Boasting a talented cast that includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, the movie should be an enjoyable holiday film for children and adults.

Bette Midler Bails On David Mamet's Phil Spector Biopic On 'Doctor's Orders'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2011 1:17 AM
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It's easy to forget these days what a big star Bette Midler was for a period of time. A Broadway and recording star who made her movie debut with thinly-veiled Janis Joplin biopic "The Rose," Midler had a series of successes in the 80s and 90s, up to 1996's surprise smash "The First Wives Club," but since then, her few film appearances have underwhelmed, with a whole generation knowing her principally for seasonal Disney favorite "Hocus Pocus" over anything else.

John Cusack To Replace Tobey Maguire In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2011 12:58 PM
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It's not too long since we last lamented the state of John Cusack's career: long one of our favorite actors, the decade or so since "High Fidelity" has seen at best, enjoyable-but-flawed movies like "Runaway Jury," "The Ice Harvest" or "1408," through to films that were barely released, like "Grace Is Gone" and "The Contract," to, at worst, pictures that were never released, like "Shanghai" and serial killer thriller "The Factory," both shot in 2008, and still sitting on the shelf. But signs are good for a comeback: he's playing Edgar Allan Poe in next year's period thriller "The Raven," he's written another dark comedy the Latin American satire "Dictablanda," and now, he's signing on to a big production with a hefty pedigree.

Edward Norton To Play 'The Bourne Legacy' Villain Opposite Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2011 12:49 PM
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Damn, this is major fine casting. Edward Norton is in negotiations to play the villain in Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" which is already set to star "The Hurt Locker" lead Jeremy Renner. Currently there are no further details on Norton's role, how it will play into Gilroy's continuation of the 'Bourne' saga, but we know that Matt Damon won't be returning and by all accounts this is a side-story that exists within the realm of the greater 'Bourne' universe.

Trailer For 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' Crackles With Same Brand Of Humor & Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2011 12:03 PM
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We'll be the first to admit we pegged "Sherlock Holmes" all wrong. While it looked rather disastrous in its marketing, what with those 7/11 taquitos tie-ins and what not, it seemed like some kind of Disney-fied disaster gone wrong; a tepid version of "Pirates Of The Caribbean 2" set in the world of the famous English detective. But cut to December 2009 and Guy Ritchie's dazzling direction, Hans Zimmer's killer score and Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law's unexpected chemistry proved us totally wrong. We were happy to eat crow and this was exactly what we're hoping from a tentpole: something thrilling, engaging and, okay, maybe smart would be too much, but the film didn't insult our intelligence and these days that's a plus; "Sherlock Holmes" was a total winner.

'Luther' Star Ruth Wilson Saddles Up For Female Lead In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 11:33 AM
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Beats Out Jessica Chastain & Abbie Cornish For The RoleThe sausage party (thus far) of the upcoming big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Tom Wilkinson is getting an injection of estrogen.

Chris Pine Reportedly Tops Wish List For 'Robocop' & Guy Ritchie Once Again Linked To 'Sgt. Rock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 10:44 AM
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So is this where we're headed? It wasn't that long ago that the blogosphere collectively tired of constant wish list reports that usually amounted to nothing, but the usually excellent Twitch seem to have rebooted the trend hard today. Earlier they reported Josh Brolin was topping the list for "Oldboy" but we have to remind everyone that wishes are just that and they don't often turn into reality. And while you may have a good source perhaps privy to these kinds of conversations, milking them hard and fast early prevents developing more concrete info or simply creates news out of something that was never news to begin with. It's a chicken/egg which-came-first rumor scenario that often winds up with no egg or chicken at all. Considering it was only this morning that Twitch was bemoaning more "unsubstantiated" "Evil Dead" stories, it seems odd they would follow this afternoon with all the speculation.

Paul Rudd To Star In Errol Morris' Adaptation Of 'We Froze The First Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 9:55 AM
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Steve Zaillian's Film Rites Producing; 'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Zach Helm PenningNo sooner than we post about a new Errol Morris movie, "The Demon In The Freezer," than another big update comes in for one of the handful of other projects he's got brewing. The famed documentarian is currently doing the press rounds for his forthcoming film "Tabloid" and it looks like he's parceling out new info about some of his upcoming movies.

Josh Brolin Rumored For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' That Will Draw On Original Manga For Adaptation

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 9:07 AM
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That's funny. We were just chatting around The Playlist water color about who might take the lead role in Spike Lee's adaptation of "Oldboy" and while our immediate thought was that this might go out to some of the hot young thesps around town (i.e. Michael Fassbender) we were quickly reminded that the movie is called "Oldboy" for a reason -- it deals with a man who is suddenly freed after being being held captive in a hotel room for fifteen years (and there are some other elements that we won't spoil for those who haven't seen the film that also skew to an older actor). Well, just as we were pulling together our list of possible candidates Twitch reports that none other than Josh Brolin is topping Mandate Pictures' wish list of actors to take on the lead role in the film.

'The Office' Star B.J. Novak Joins Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 7:56 AM
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Over the seven seasons of "The Office" no character has gone through as many transitions as Ryan Howard, played by the show's co-executive producer, writer and actor B.J. Novak. Starting off as a temp who quickly became known as the Fire Guy, he improbably landed a corporate job at the head office of Dunder-Mufflin where he quickly sent a good chunk of his paycheck up his nose. After bottoming out, he re-teamed with Michael in his fledgling Michael Scott Paper Company before they both returned to their old jobs in Scranton. But Ryan once again changed into an annoying, Americana loving, hipster douchebag who is also the founder of WUHPF. And in all of this of course, is his on-again, off-again volatile relationship with Kelly. Novak hasn't made too many steps into feature films except for small parts in films like "Knocked Up" and more memorably in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," but he's set for another appearance in one of next year's big comedies.

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