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Saoirse Ronan Stays Coy On 'Hobbit' Casting, Says 'Violet & Daisy' A "Black Comedy" Unlike 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 3:19 AM
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Irish Actress Seems To Agree With Joe Wright About 'Sucker Punch's Empowerment StanceWith the film set to hit theaters this weekend, Focus Features brought “Hanna” director Joe Wright and star Saoirse Ronan to WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend to talk about their wild-child adventure. We caught up with the actress as she did rounds with press talking about their kinetic action thriller.

Watch/Listen: Trailer For Kings Of Leon Doc, Lonely Island Return & Ben Gibbard Sings For 'Arthur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:30 AM
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A little bit of music and movie roundup to start off your day.

‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Bret McKenzie Joins ‘The Hobbit’ As Lindir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It looks like Bret McKenzie is getting ready to head back to Middle Earth but not as Figwit, as his character was dubbed -- after a fan said “Frodo is great ... who is that?” -- following his fleeting appearance in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He later appeared again, ever so briefly, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” As was reported last week, McKenzie was being sought out to return to the franchise and it looks like everything is signed, sealed and delivered, but he won't be a Figwit this time around.

Richard Curtis To Write 'Trash' For Stephen Daldry To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:05 AM
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With the names Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "Four Weddings And A Funeral") and Stephen Daldry ("The Hours," "Billy Elliot") attached, you might think this is automatic Oscar bait, but what they're cooking up together looks like more of an adventure film with some serious cred behind it.

'Will & Grace' Star Sean Hayes To Play Larry In 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:04 AM
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Here's the thing about shortlist stories -- sometimes they're wrong, sometimes they are just refined wishlists and sometimes they simply leave people off. While Will Sasso landed the part of Curly in "The Three Stooges" movie, he was initially listed as Moe and now, the second member of the comedy trio to be added wasn't on any of those lists to begin with.

Universal Pulls A 'Bait And Switch' For Mark Wahlberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 1:44 AM
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Universal Pictures seem to have found a new BFF in Mark Wahlberg. The actor/producer currently has two films in the work for the studio -- the action/thriller "Contraband" and the comedy "Ted" -- and they have now picked up another vehicle to be developed for the star.

Ben Drew (aka Plan B) To Star Opposite Ray Winstone In 'The Sweeney'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 1:24 AM
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'Trainspotting' Writer John Hodge To Pen ScriptAs a seminal British TV cop show, "The Sweeney," which followed Flying Squad members Carter (Dennis Waterman) and Regan (John Thaw) as they bust heads across London, has long proved influential in the genre -- it's more or less the total inspiration for popular sci-fi series "Life on Mars" -- and it's no surprise that a big-screen reboot has been in the works for years. The film came within weeks of filming in 2008, with Ray Winstone as Regan and Michael Fassbender as Carter, but Fox Searchlight balked at a relatively high (for the U.K.) $16 million budget, and the plug was pulled.

Lindsay Lohan Allegedly In Talks To Play Sharon Tate In 'Eyes Of A Dreamer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 11:44 AM
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The perma-legally challenged Lindsay Lohan is in real talks to star in a movie? Yeah, we'll believe it when it actually happens, so for now chalk it up as a big, big maybe. Insurers for movies don't like the stars to have a possibility of getting arrested or going to rehab.

Tyler Perry To Do Some 'Good Deeds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 11:06 AM
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Yeah, we know. Tyler Perry doesn't usually fall under our radar of coverage, but as one of the most successful actor/writer/producer/director threats in Hollywood, he can't be ignored. Say what you will about the quality of his films, but he's speaking directly to a segment of the moviegoing public that Hollywood routinely ignores and he's making mad bank doing it. It's not exactly shocking that Lionsgate has re-upped their first-look deal with Perry for another two years; he delivers big box office on relatively small budgets and his Madea series is a bonafide franchise.

Pixar Bumps Bumps 'Monsters University,' Moves Up 'Reboot Ralph'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 10:39 AM
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Oh yeah, all excited for "Monsters University" that has been riding a wave of buzz thanks to the official title and director getting announced last week? Well, get ready to wait. Disney has moved the film from a fall 2012 bow to June 21, 2013 where it will square off against...well, nobody just yet. 2013 is just a twinkle in the eye for many studios at this point. But don't fret! Another movie has replaced "Monsters University" on the calendar to make sure you get your animation fill.

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