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First Look: Brad Pitt As Jackie Cogan In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2011 3:10 AM
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With principal photography now wrapped on Andrew Dominik's adaptation of George V. Higgins' "Cogan's Trade," a new image of star Brad Pitt as the titular Jackie Cogan has been unveiled.

Michael Fassbender In Talks To Star In Danny Boyle's Art-Heist Thriller 'Trance'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2011 2:25 AM
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Film Revealed As Remake Of British Telemovie; Scheduled For March 2013 Theatrical ReleaseMerely days after the surprise announcement of Danny Boyle's next directorial effort "Trance," comes word that Irish-German thespian Michael Fassbender is now in talks to star. While details were scarce initially the picture has now been revealed as the remake of a 2003 British telemovie of the same name written and directed by Joe Ahearne.

Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 6, 2011 12:51 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Spaghetti Western epic, "Django Unchained."

Angela Bassett Says Forest Whitaker To Write & Direct 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 9:42 AM
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You may not remember, but there was a time when movies aimed at black audiences weren't the lowest level denominator tripe of Tyler Perry films. Way back in 1995, "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert and Gregory Hines, told the story of four black women dealing with their relationships and men and it touched a cultural nerve. The film was not only a hit at the box office, but it spawned a best-selling soundtrack probably best known for the singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston and “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige. And it looks like there’s more adventures on the way for Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria.

Jodie Foster Asks: Can You Put Aside Things You Know About Mel Gibson While Watching 'The Beaver'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2011 8:43 AM
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And Many Other Revelations Learned From The Actor/Director and Co-star Anton YelchinIt feels like we've been practically stalking director/actress Jodie Foster, whose latest film, the comedic drama, "The Beaver" hits theaters today (May 6) in select cities. We've spoken to the actress in Austin, Texas at SXSW, in L.A. for recent press rounds and heard her speak at various screenings in New York (at the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Austin. Each time she has illuminated her intentions and reiterated the same sentiment: "The Beaver," which stars current persona non-grata Mel Gibson, has been a tricky film, not only to market -- due to Gibson's infamous personal exploits last year -- but a challenge to get the tone right.

Matt Damon Eyes Crime Spree Pic 'Father Daughter Time' For Possible Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 8:37 AM
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Matt Damon has made no secret that he's eager to take his turn behind the camera like his good pal Ben Affleck, but with all the opportunities that have come his way to work with top tier filmmakers and on exciting, unique projects, he hasn't quite found that time. But he's going to put all that experience working with people like Steven Soderbergh, Paul Greengrass, Francis Ford Coppla, Gus Van Sant, The Coen Brothers, Clint Eastwood and Cameron Crowe to good use as it seems he's finally found a project with which to make his directorial debut.

'Gone' With Amanda Seyfried & 'Day' With Henry Cavill Get 2012 Dates: 'Project X' Gets Bumped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 8:19 AM
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Get our pens, a couple movies have some dates and one....doesn't.

Ricky Gervais Gets On All Fours For Voice Role In 'Spy Kids: All The Time In The World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 7:23 AM
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Yes, the (very successful) "Spy Kids" franchise is still alive and kicking and another entry is on the way in what might be the most star-studded entry yet.

The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 6:55 AM
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Hal Ashby
Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy Riders and Raging Bulls generation of filmmakers more than Hal Ashby.

In Theaters: 'Thor' Brings The Hammer Down On 'Something Borrowed'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 6, 2011 6:27 AM
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Guys, guys, guys, I KNOW. I know "Fast Five" is still in theaters and all we want to do is go back and watch it 5 million more times. Has there ever been another film that has latched itself into our nation's consciousness so firmly and so quickly? God bless and keep Justin Lin, and thank you baby Jesus they ripped "Terminator" out of McG's sweaty fists and handed it over to this true artist. Action movies have been saved! So if last weekend was the first official start of summer blockbuster season (ALREADY?) this weekend really cements it as "Thor" brings the hammer down in the First Comic Book Movie in the Summer of Comic Book Movies. Marvel is on the MOVE this summer, with "Thor" being the first of their babies to debut at the box office. For those ladies who don't love a Hemsworth sesh, there's the rom com "Something Borrowed," and on the urban wedding-com side, "Jumping the Broom," and a bunch of interesting and buzzworthy selections in limited release. So pick your Cinco de Mayo-hungover self up off the couch and deposit your ass into one of these theater seats.

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