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'X-Men: First Class' Producer Says X4 & X5 In Development, 'Deadpool' Has R-Rated Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 4:10 AM
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The latest issue of Empire (via Obsessed With Film) has put "X-Men: First Class" stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender front and center. And while the feature story may center on one of the biggest comic films of the summer, the real juicy bits have to do with the Marvel franchises that are on the distant horizon.

First Look At Johnny Depp In Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo Cabret'; Early Peek At The Mechanical Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 3:29 AM
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Update: Cinema Blend reports that Paramount has told them it's not Depp in the picture, but they would not confirm or deny if he was in the movie.

Rose Byrne Says 'X-Men: First Class' Production Schedule Felt "Luxurious"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 2:29 AM
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Says That The Cast Has Signed On For Three Films2011 might just be the busiest year yet for actress Rose Byrne. In addition to starring in the hit FX series "Damages," she will have three films arriving in theaters in the next few months: James Wan's latest horror flick "Insidious" which opens this Friday; the Kristen Wiig-led ensemble comedy "Bridesmaids" coming in May and the comic tentpole "X-Men: First Class" arriving in June. There's certainly no doubt -- Byrne is no stranger to being busy. We recently caught up with the actress during press rounds for "Insidious" and our conversation turned to 'X-Men.'

Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2011 2:11 AM
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Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

Sarah Gadon Joins The Cast Of David Cronenberg’s 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 28, 2011 1:56 AM
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With shooting set to begin this summer in Toronto, casting on David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric is wrapping up. Samantha Morton joined the cast last week -- as we found out via a Robert Pattinson interview -- now she's been confirmed, and according to Entertainment One, who is handling the picture's distribution in Canada, one more actor has joined the cast: Canadian Sarah Gadon, who will be playing the role of the Pattinson character's estranged wife, Elise Shifrin.

Noomi Rapace Casts Doubt Over Role In David Slade's 'The Last Voyage Of Demeter'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2011 1:49 AM
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Despite director David Slade recently taking to Twitter to express his optimism about the prospects for the previously announced vampire-road-film "The Last Voyage Of Demeter," it seems one of his potential stars isn't quite on the same level. 'Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace has revealed that her burgeoning slate and increasing popularity in Hollywood may be a hurdle too great to overcome for the potential collaboration with Slade.

Uma Thurman Confirms Quentin Tarantino's Next Picture Is His "Southern" Film

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 28, 2011 1:42 AM
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Next 'Kill Bill' Film Is "Down The Road"For a director known for his lengthy dialogue, Quentin Tarantino sure has been keeping quiet recently. Though he's currently writing the screenplay for what will become the directors 8th film (or 7th, if you count the "Kill Bill" series as one, as originally intended), details have so far been hard to come by. The first murmur of news came about a month ago when Italian actor Franco Nero said Tarantino was involved with a spaghetti western called "The Angel, The Bad And The Wise" but was revealed shortly thereafter this was probably not a directorial project for him. AICN's sources confirmed that Tarantino's next film would be a spaghetti western, Christoph Waltz would be starring and the title Nero mentioned was not even close. Speculation then turned to the slavery-era Texas Western he had talked up during the "Inglourious Basterds" press rounds.

Antoine Fuqua To Helm Chinese-Language Historical Love Story Epic

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2011 1:33 AM
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We've written about Antoine Fuqua a fair amount in recent times, only for it to amount to very little in the way of a follow-up to 2007's "Shooter." Among other things, the "Training Day" director has been plotting a biopic of rapper Tupac (which recently began an open casting call), an adaptation of comic book "Afterburn" starring Gerard Butler, a pilot at FOX starring Ethan Hawke from a script by David Guggenheim and superteam Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and he previously flirted with a reunion with Bruce Willis on prison-escape drama "The Tomb," as well as having the buzzed-about actioner "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman and a spy-thriller "Consent To Kill" potentially on his slate at one point.

Walter Salles' 'On The Road' Unlikely To Debut At Cannes; Michael Haneke's 'Love' May Be Ready

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2011 1:19 AM
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Beat Generation Tale Not In Black & White As First Envisioned?Put simply, Waltes Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" is a film we're anticipating this year with as much excitement as any other. Unfortunately it looks like that wait will have to be a tad longer as any surprise appearance at the Croisette this May is unlikely, with one of the film's supporting cast members, Alice Braga, telling Pilula Pop the production is working towards a 2012 release after recently wrapping principal photography.

Duncan Jones Explains Why His Sci-Fi Film 'Mute' Is Such A Difficult Movie To Make

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 27, 2011 8:05 AM
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Lead Character Won't Speak At All In Film -- Hence The TitleWith his sophomore effort "Source Code" set to open Friday, director Duncan Jones is in the midst of some serious press promotion rounds. The filmmaker is currently traveling around the country to introduce advanced screenings of the sci-fi actioneer everywhere from SXSW (where we first caught the film) to last Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. After the screening, Jones was asked about the status of his long gestating film "Mute," which was recently announced to be made into a graphic novel. Jones gave a variation on the same answer he's been giving recently, but explained exactly why his future noir is a very difficult film to find financing for, even getting into a few minor spoilers, but as our subhead suggests, the title of the film -- and the semi-known logline -- does tend to give things away a bit.

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