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Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Says He Studied Fincher's 'Fight Club' For 'Haywire' Fight Sequences

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  • August 1, 2011 3:03 AM
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Director Talks Action Geography, Playing With Narrative & How The Spy-Thriller Has Tested Well With Female AudiencesAside from films lead by Angelina Jolie, action pictures starring women are increasingly rare. What's also few and far between is male stars, known for their action lead roles, who are willing to have their asses handed to them on screen by a member of the opposite sex. When Steven Soderbergh started casting up his latest, the spy action thriller, "Haywire," these are part of the problems he encountered. Well known action stars -- we won't name names -- who didn't want their asses kicked by a woman shied away from the project.

Will Anglo-Hispanic Tensions Form Part Of The Thematic Background For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2011 2:45 AM
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Even though Neill Blomkamp is filming his highly anticipated follow up to "District 9" in Vancouver as we speak, details on the project remain tightly wrapped with pretty much the only thing known about the story is the fact it'll revolve around “aliens and humans doing battle on Earth" and will be set 100 years in the future.

New Images From Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt' Unveil First Look At Alden Ehrenreich & Bruce Dern

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2011 2:16 AM
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After the recent unveiling of posters for Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt" that seem more indicative of the film's dark, gothic tones, a handful of new images have been released, including the first glimpse at Coppola family favorite Alden Ehrenreich and vet Bruce Dern in the film along with star Val Kilmer.

'X-Men: First Class' Grad Lucas Till Joins Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2011 2:03 AM
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It's still too early to tell if we'll see the cast of "X-Men: First Class" in their mutant guises again. While the superhero prequel was well-received, the box office was somewhat underwhelming, with Matthew Vaughn's film turning out to be the lowest-grossing of the five installments so far (domestically at least), and, while "Thor" already has a sequel dated, word's been suspiciously quiet on a possible 'First Class' follow-up from the studio. Nevertheless, the young cast aren't doing too badly off it: James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender cemented their places on the A-list with their turns, Jennifer Lawrence bagged the much-sought-after lead in "The Hunger Games," and Nicholas Hoult is filming another tentpole, Bryan Singer's "Jack The Giant Killer." And now, one more of their cast mates has bagged a new role, in what's shaping up to be one of the most intriguing projects of 2012.

'The Lincoln Lawyer' Director Brad Furman To Take On Pablo Escobar Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 1:44 AM
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Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has captured the public imagination due to both to his extraordinary success and wealth thanks to his criminal activities and the brutality with which he cut down anybody in his path. At the height of his powers in the late '80s, Forbes listed him as the seventh richest person in the world and while he would die only a few short years later at the age of 44, even at the end of his life he courted controversy with competing versions of just how one of the most powerful figures of our time met his fateful end. Hollywood has certainly been trying to make a movie out his extraordinary life with Oliver Stone and Joe Carnahan prepping "Escobar" and "Killing Pablo" at various points (both projects are now on hold), and hell, even "Entourage" made a biopic a major arc of its third and fourth seasons. However, a new kid on the block riding high on a big spring hit is now hoping he'll be the guy to make it happen, as THR reports that Brad Furman is attached to helm a currently untitled film about Pablo Escobar.

Cameron Crowe Has Discussed Possible Sequel To 'Say Anything...' With John Cusack

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2011 1:17 AM
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At Least He's Not Planning 'Elizabethtown: The Golden Age'Until 1989, Cameron Crowe was known principally as a journalist, who'd also managed to turn his impressive undercover-at-high-school book "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" into one of the best teen films of the decade. But follow-up "The Wild Life" was poorly received, and it took him a while to work in film again. But James L. Brooks (and the late Polly Platt) brought Crowe into their fold, and the result was "Say Anything...," a teen rom-com of rare complexity and feeling, and the film that truly launched John Cusack onto the A-list: for all the great work the actor's done over the years, the image of Lloyd Dobler wooing Diane Court (Ione Skye) with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel is the one that will likely represent him for most.

Unbowed Lars Von Trier To Shoot 'Nymphomaniac' In Summer 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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Plus Von Trier Responds As 'Dogville' Is Named The Favorite Film Of Norway Killer Anders Behring Breivik Danish enfant terrible Lars Von Trier managed to top even his own record of being a complete jackass at the Cannes Film Festival this year when, at the premiere of his latest film, the apocalyptic drama "Melancholia," he made a string of comments, including describing himself as "a Nazi," which saw the long-time supporters on the Croisette declare him "persona non grata." Was this the undoing of one of the film world's most provocative directors?

Weekend Box Office: Bond & Indiana Jones Lasso 'The Smurfs' For First Place

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 31, 2011 5:05 AM
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Update: Well, the tickets have been tallied and it's not quite the box office deadlock that was reported over the weekend. "Cowboys & Aliens" have emerged victorious squeaking out a 800K lead over "The Smurfs," taking in $36.4 million over the blue boys $35.6 million.

Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez Says Live Action 'Fire & Ice' Adaptation Will Shoot Early Next Year

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 31, 2011 4:13 AM
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Filmmaker Says Financing Is In Place For 'Sin City' & 'Machete' Sequels; Scripts Just Have To Be HonedOn the heels of Robert Rodriguez’s launch of Quick Draw Productions at Comic-Con and the slew of projects they currently have in development, the perennially occupied writer/director/producer/musician has also been promoting his latest directorial effort, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D,” which hits theaters on August 19th.

Noam Murro Reportedly Drops Out Of 'Die Hard 5,' John Moore Possible Replacement

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 31, 2011 3:55 AM
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John McClane Could Fight Russians With Son In New ScriptThere's news today about "Die Hard 5" -- the sequel no one has been asking for and nobody really wants. Well aside from Bruce Willis and 20th Century Fox bean counters. According to TwitchFilm, filmmaker Noam Murro has left the fifth installment of the John McClane franchise due to shooting demands on "Xerxes," aka the "300" sequel/prequel now called, "300: Battle of Artemisia" which is looking to go before cameras sooner rather than later.

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