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Jonah Hill Going On A 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 8:12 AM
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Updated: Reps for Jonah Hill confirm his involvement in this film.

Bill Paxton Joins Kevin Costner In Kevin Reynolds-Directed 'Hatfield & McCoys'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 17, 2011 7:00 AM
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Remember back in 2010, we told you that "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper was looking to take on a classic story of American folklore known as "The Hatfields and The McCoys"? Brad Pitt was set to produce and star alongside Robert Duvall, and apparently Walker was bringing his "Crazy Heart" composer T-Bone Burnett along for the ride. Well, it didn't happen, but it looks like Kevin Reynolds, the director of the infamous "Waterworld," may beat them to the punch according to Deadline. Bill Paxton has been cast as Randall McCoy, along with the previously announced Kevin Costner as the rival “Devil” Anse Hatfield. This version of the historic rivalry of the Hatfield and McCoy families that almost brought about another Civil War is set to be a television miniseries on the History Channel instead of a sprawling film.

Latest 'Lone Ranger' Draft Ditches Supernatural Elements, But Set Pieces Will Need To Be Scaled Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 6:40 AM
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Not long after the shocking announcement earlier this week that "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp was being killed off by Disney, word circulated that part of the reason the western was budgeted at a staggering $250 million was due to the presence of supernatural creatures (not as reported, werewolves). The 2009 draft we read by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio featured supernatural wolves, a legion of coyotes and the Wendigo, a cannibalistic Native American spirit capable of possessing humans. However, in a update on the ongoing saga of the film THR reveals that according to their sources, those elements have been scrapped in the latest versions of the screenplay (the most recent rewrites were by Justin Haythe), but it's still not enough to bring the price tag down.

Keira Knightley & Lily Collins Eyed For 'Romeo & Juliet' Re-Imagining 'Rosaline'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:53 AM
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Ah yes, "re-imagining." The hot new buzz word around Hollywood offices and if you're a lowly intern and you can attach the word "re-imagine" to some pitch that you have, you could find yourself up in an office instead of a mail room. So what's next to get a contemporary coat of paint? Why Shakespeare, of course.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:28 AM
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Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

Watch: New 'Red Tails' Trailer Shows Off Spectacular Action, Wooden Acting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 5:03 AM
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We'll say this about George Lucas: If you have him helping you out with action scenes and special effects, there is probably no better guy in the business to have your back. So it's not too surprising the aerial battles in the forthcoming "Red Tails" -- directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by George Lucas who has been shepherding the project for years -- are damned impressive. Everything else? Not so much.

'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Set to Head Back in Time Once Again With 'Peace Like A River'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 17, 2011 4:43 AM
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"The Help" has proven itself to be a big hit by all accounts this weekend. One of our writers seemed to be quite entertained by it, critics in general loved it, and according to the box office receipts and Cinemascore, audiences did as well. So it goes without saying that this late summer surprise is going to look good on the resumes of both cast and director alike. And it looks like Hollywood has spent no time at all lining up helmer Tate Taylor's next job.

New Look At Matt Damon & Scarlett Johansson In Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 3:32 AM
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So, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and...Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" is nowhere to be seen. Granted, the film was only shot earlier this year and the ever busy Crowe -- who already released the Elton John doc "The Union" and is finalizing "Pearl Jam Twenty" for Venice -- is likely still getting the the film finished, so pics will have to do for now (until we get a trailer).

Rosamund Pike Lands Female Lead Opposite Tom Cruise In 'One Shot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 2:45 AM
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While we're still not quite convinced that Tom Cruise is the right man to be playing hulking Jack Reacher, at least when it comes to the female lead in "One Shot," they got it right.

First Images & Trailer From Si Kaddour Benghabrit Biopic 'Free Men' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 17, 2011 2:38 AM
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After debuting at Cannes to lukewarm reviews, the upcoming appearance at TIFF of Ismaël Ferroukhi's "Free Men" has brought us a handful of new images and a trailer for the political thriller led by breakout "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim.

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