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The Horror! Alexandre Aja Wanted For ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake; Katrina Bowden Joins 'Nurse 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 8:47 AM
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A couple of brewing horror flicks received some little updates today, so genre film fans take note.

Russell Brand Offered Male Lead In Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Lamb Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 8:28 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Co-Star Julianne Hough A Contender For LeadThe screen career of Russell Brand has been an interesting thing to follow so far. The stand-up comedian broke out as a highlight of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and spun off the same character to a lesser, but still fair degree of success in "Get Him To The Greek" (and showed some impressive dramatic chops in places), but the last year has displayed some mixed success: "Hop" was a huge hit, although Brand never appeared on screen, while "The Tempest" and, more importantly, "Arthur," were both awful, and both flops.

Zack Snyder Decides To Direct Afghan War Drama 'The Last Photograph' Himself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 8:03 AM
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Afghan war? Drama? Zack Snyder? Admittedly, something in there doesn't make sense but believe it or not, the man behind "300," "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" came up with an idea for just such a movie and with his regular collaborator Kurt Johnstad penning the script, they've had it in development for a while. Sergey Bodrov (”Mongol”) was originally attached to direct back in March 2009, and earlier this spring Niels Arden Oplev (”The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) had come on board but it looks like Snyder doesn't want to part with his baby any more.

Chris Evans Might Take A Trip To 'Motor City' With Albert Hughes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 7:44 AM
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So let's clear up a bit of confusion. Yesterday it was reported that Mark Wahlberg was bailing on David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" due to a scheduling conflict that Deadline speculated might be Allen Hughes' "Broken City." That still may be the case, but another Hughes brother is prepping a different 'City' movie.

Watch: Darkly Comic First Footage From Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 6:58 AM
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While Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, the starry trio of Todd Solondz's latest effort "Dark Horse," will likely be the focus of photogs in Toronto next month, the film's lead is the much more low key name of Jordan Gelber, a relatively-unknown character actor who has appeared on shows like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Well, the rollout of TIFF promo material continues as the first footage of "Dark Horse" has hit and it shows that Gelber has no problem delivering the wry, dark and hilarious dialogue Solondz is known for.

Futuristic Robin Hood Movie Getting Rewrite By 'Turistas' Scribe Michael Ross

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 6:39 AM
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Not To Be Confused With The Wachowskis 'Hood'So yeah, in case you haven't realized, fairy tales are a big deal these days. Next year alone will see two Snow White movies, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Jack the Giant Killer" all arriving at a multiplex near you, and yes, Hollywood has more on the way.

Watch: Weird, B-Movie Style Trailer For Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 6:23 AM
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So, will Francis Ford Coppola's remix-ready gothic horror pic "Twixt" be a game changer or simply another B-movie with above average talent? Judging by the first trailer for the film -- which is the same footage they showed at Comic-Con just over a week ago -- it looks like it's somewhere in between.
More: Films, Twixt

'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

Brit Marling Reportedly Eyes Tom Cruise's 'One Shot' & Redford/LaBeouf Pic 'The Company You Keep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 5:20 AM
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Allegedly Turned Down Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' To Focus On 'The East'There is no mistaking it -- Brit Marling is having a moment. Arriving at Sundance earlier this year with two films, “Another Earth” and “Sound Of Your Voice,” performing triple duties on each film -- acting, writing and producing -- she soon saw major buzz surround both works, with Fox Searchlight picking up rights for the pair, and the former flick earning two prizes for director Mike Cahill. Certainly not a bad way to make your entrance into Hollywood and like Noomi Rapace and Jennifer Lawrence in 2010, this year Marling seems to be the new actress that everyone wants to have a piece of. It looks like everyone is back from summer vacation and with numerous films gearing up to start shooting this fall, it seems Marling's agent has been fielding several calls.

Review: 'Bellflower' A Burnt-Out, Bloody, Brave Debut

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 2, 2011 5:06 AM
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Fresh from a warm reception at Sundance, Evan Glodell’s “Bellflower” arrives as a turbo charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo. A burnt-out, bloody, brave debut, “Bellflower” rides out the fallout from a relationship to a stomach-churning conclusion…or does it? It’s a fine balancing act, as Glodell’s Woodrow charms the live wire Milly (Jessie Wiseman), loses her, and then rages – first impotently, then with the aid of a flamethrower and Medusa, a muscle car from hell.

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