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Noam Murro To Direct '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2011 4:32 AM
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Celebrate, ye lovers of bald naked chests and heaving male crotches! A spinoff to "300" awaits, and Warner Bros. has selected a man to captain this sweaty, homoerotic ship. Mr. Noam Murro, who previously helmed an indie called "Smart People" that few saw but all confirmed featured no shirtless men, has jumped aboard "300: Battle of Artemisia." While the film is set to focus on the villainous Dhalsim-like Xerxes of "300," Murro is being hired to mimic Zack Snyder's style from that picture -- that was really all that film had going for it. Oh, and glistening naked chests.

Christina Hendricks Joins Indie Flick 'Struck By Lightning' Penned By Chris Colfer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2011 4:25 AM
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Dermot Mulroney & Sarah Hyland Also Come AboardRed-haired bombshell Christina Hendricks is best known for her twice Emmy-nominated portrayal of voluptuous secretary Joan Harris on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Mad Men.” Her curves and talent are definitely popular as she is set to star in quite a few upcoming films, including The Weinstein Company’s comedy, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan, and “Drive,” directed by Cannes Film Festival 2011 Best Director winner Nicolas Winding Refn and featuring Ryan Gosling in the driver's seat. Now she will pair up with fellow Emmy nominee Chris Colfer of “Glee” fame in his screenwriting debut, “Struck by Lightning.”

Booked: Tom Cruise Will Reteam With Christopher McQuarrie For Jack Reacher Thriller ‘One Shot’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2011 4:05 AM
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One month ago, reports surfaced that one of the many projects Tom Cruise had on his desk was an adaptation of one of author Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers, "One Shot," with Christopher McQuarrie attached to write and direct. Well, it's now all signed, sealed and delivered.

Sean Bean To Bring Awesomeness To Untitled 'Snow White' Project

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2011 2:05 AM
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"Snow White and the Huntsmen" seems to have all the buzz, adding multiple actors as the dwarves in separate announcements over the past few days. By increasing the film's pre-production profile, the picture vaulted over the surprisingly buzzless untitled "Snow White" film currently shooting under director Tarsem Singh, and slated for a release almost three months earlier. While the film boasts Julia Roberts as the wicked queen menacing Lily Collins as our heroine, Armie Hammer as the dashing Prince Alcott and Nathan Lane as the oh god stop right there you're sold on Lane. Fortunately, it does appear that the Singh project will have that extra shot of awesomeness that 'Huntsman' cannot boast.

Sam Rockwell Negotiating To Star In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 15, 2011 12:13 PM
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Well, you knew something had to break. After his Best Acting Oscar nomination for "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner's stock in the star market rose astronomically and he attached himself to several tentpoles ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" being the biggest) and even flirted with the first iteration of Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology project. But something in his schedule had to give and that's become an indie called “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

NYAFF '11 Reviews: 'Vengeance Can Wait,' 'Love And Treachery' & 'Raw Force'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 15, 2011 11:05 AM
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"Vengeance Can Wait"You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.
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'Reno 911!' & 'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 10:35 AM
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The upcoming big screen pregnancy movie keeps growing, with a cast that is getting bigger and a plot that is getting wackier.

'The Descendants' Moves To November 23rd; 'Five Year Engagement' Set For April 27, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 9:52 AM
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'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Moves To October 21stYou know the drill, so bust your day planner out because you're gonna have to move some things around.

'Bridesmaids' Co-Writer Annie Mumolo & Robert Smigel Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 9:09 AM
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Judd Apatow continues to keep it in the family as the ensemble cast for his "Knocked Up" spinoff just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with two more names who have worked with the writer/director/producer board his new film.

Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Identification Of A Woman' Leads Criterion's October Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 8:41 AM
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It's the middle of the month, which means the good folks over at the Criterion Collection have lifted the veil on a new batch of releases that are set to hit in October. For those purists of the label who have been decrying some of their more contemporary and/or "populist" choices of late, they will have nothing to complain about as this month is all about the oldies.

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