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The Sexiest Woman Alive Katrina Bowden To Play Oz's Girlfriend In 'American Reunion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 2:01 AM
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In a ceremony held at your local newsstand last month, Katrina Bowden -- best known for playing Cerie on "30 Rock" -- was honored as The Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine. About as significant as being named one of the Most Beautiful People by People, it nonetheless has brought the actress some attention, with Hollywood coming knocking. She quickly landed a role in "Piranha 3DD" and now another sequel has crossed her table.

New Malick Film With Ben Affleck & Rachel McAdams Reportedly More Experimental Than 'Tree Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 1:57 AM
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Brad Pitt Still Narrating 'Voyage Of Time' But It Has Been Pushed Back For Now2011 is a good time to be a Terrence Malick fan. The notoriously reclusive director doesn't talk to press so for the most part, before this year, getting any info on "The Tree Of Life" or anything else he was working on required patience, digging and a bit of teeth pulling. But with the "The Tree Of Life" beginning its rollout this weekend, the producers of the film are talking to press on his behalf and in addition to chatting about the film are also offering up morsels on some other projects Malick is currently cooking up. As you already know, last year he shot a new untitled film -- referred to as "The Burial" in some cirlces -- starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper and Jessica Chastain. Details have been scarce, and while some bits and pieces leaked last fall, as we guessed, it'll probably be nothing like whatever those scrapings of info suggested.

Matthew Vaughn Admits Take That In 'First Class' For "Pure Commerce" & To Attract Women To The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 1:40 AM
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Reveals That He's Still Thinking About A 'Kick-Ass' Sequel'It has been a pretty excellent week for candid director interviews. If you haven't seen it, Dave Poland's interview with Todd Phillips is practically a classic with the helmer spending the opening minutes of the interview ripping into the movie blogger and then fast forward to the end where it caps it off particularly memorably. And with "X-Men: First Class" coming out next week, Matthew Vaughn has hit the press circuit and been dropping truth bombs all over the place, not hiding from the various queries that have come his way.

'Elite Squad' Director Jose Padilha Taking On Kathryn Bigelow With Actioner 'Tri-Border'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2011 1:20 AM
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"The Hurt Locker" Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow might have a big head start over the competition with her Osama Bin Laden project, which just got picked up by Sony, but switching over to that film means that another of her projects has some competition that might well pip it to the post. Bigelow was originally meant to follow up her awards success by reteaming with writer Mark Boal (who's also writing the Bin Laden project) on "Triple Frontier," an action-drama starring Tom Hanks (and potentially Johnny Depp as well), a "Traffic"-style multi-stranded tale focusing on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, a crime-ridden area rife with drug traffickers.

Let Us Get Our Tiny Violin: Vin Diesel Upset He's Being Paid Scale For 'Riddick' Sequel No One Wants

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 12:56 PM
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Film To Be R-Rated, Shoot This Summer1999's "Pitch Black" was a nifty little sci-fi horror film: nothing special, but a solid genre entry, which used a decent cast, including Cole Hauser and Radha Mitchell, and in particular granite-voiced man mountain Vin Diesel, to good effect. The film made Diesel a star, and off the back of the success of "The Fast & The Furious," Universal took a gamble that the actor's breakout character in David Twohy's film, brutal convict Riddick, could be the star of his very own franchise, with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick."

Did You Know? Quentin Tarantino Asked Kurt Cobain To Play Eric Stoltz’s Part In 'Pulp-Fiction'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 11:44 AM
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The year was 1993. It was September and the school year had just started. Unless you were a pre-teener, chances are you were finishing high school or starting college (if you were friends with us). You were disenfranchised, angry, frustrated; the culture of complaint sweeping the zeitgeist was hitting your sweet spot and you were pissed.

9 New Actors Join Tarsem's 'Snow White' Film Including Michael Lerner & Mare Winningham

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 11:22 AM
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So Universal and Relativity are playing a game of chicken with the release dates on their dueling "Snow White" projects, right? Wanna know how Relativity is serious about their just announced March 16, 2012 release date which gives them all of ten months to shoot, edit and prepare the film for release?

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

TV Vs Film: Is This Really A Golden Age Of Television & What Can Film Learn From The Small-Screen?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 10:00 AM
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We don't cover much television here at The Playlist. Generally speaking, the magic of sitting in a dark room with a big-ass screen trumps the home experience every time. But TV news is starting to bleed across, thanks to the reams of big-screen stars, writers and directors who are moving into long-form TV work, and the line in terms of the product is starting to blur as well: "Mildred Pierce," for instance, barely qualifies as television, aside from its length, and its premiere airing on HBO. It was a highly cinematic experience, and arguably the best film of the year so far.

Jeff Bridges Confirmed For 'R.I.P.D.' With Ryan Reynolds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 9:31 AM
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Earlier today, it was reported that Jeff Bridges was being courted for a role in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' upcoming film "He Loves Me." When we wrote the piece we figured Bridges' summer was free and there wasn't much in the way of a conflict with anything except perhaps promotional duties on his new album. Needless to say, we should've had our second cup of coffee as we totally forgot that last month, the actor entered negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in "R.I.P.D." after the long attached Zack Galifianakis bowed out.

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