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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'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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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.

Mary-Louise Parker Takes Role Jodie Foster Was Looking At In 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 6:19 AM
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While we think the world of Jodie Foster, she always seemed to be a weird potential castmate of "R.I.P.D." but with Variety now reporting that Mary-Louise Parker will take the role instead, things make a lot more sense.

In Theaters: 'Conan' Battles 'Fright Night,' 'Spy Kids 4' & 'One Day' At The Box Office

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • August 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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Hi kids! Didya miss me? I have to first apologize for slandering "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," that movie was great! More cartoon faces of apes played by Andy Serkis please! Who was your favorite ape? Mine was Maurice the orangutan. Okay, so there's a ton of crazy stuff opening this weekend so let's get right to it! "Conan!" "Fright Night!" "One Day!" "Spy Kids 4" in Smell-o-vision (I'm glad 'Apes' wasn't in smell-o-vision, nah mean?)!

So, 'Rambo: The Last Stand' Might Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 5:14 AM
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"It's pretty well done; I'm about 99% sure there won't be any more. I'm very happy with the last Burmese episode, and another film might be misinterpreted as an unnecessary and mercenary gesture. I don't want that to happen," Sylvester Stallone told Empire last spring, but that was before the mega success of "The Expendables." With that film proving there was an audience who wanted to see the 65 year old blow stuff up, it seems that Sly has changed his mind about playing John Rambo one more time.

Watch: Nic Cage Pees Fire In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 4:33 AM
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Well, Ghost Rider is back and "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have answered the age old question: what happens when Johnny Blaze has to take a piss when he's on fire?

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