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Idris Elba Taking Over Tom Cruise's Role In 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:03 AM
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So, what was that tweet all about? At the end of May, Idris Elba took to his Twitter and cryptically tweeted, “Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part.” He followed that up with, “I wish I could tell you more but…in due time,” and also added, “On the plane to the destination of my fate…..ok…. a lil dramatic….destination of my life..?” While many (including us) figured he was talking about "Django Unchained," word began to crop up he was being eyed for another movie entirely: Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim."

'Captain America' Writers Close Deal To Write Sequel, Confirm It Will Be Set In Present Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 2:18 AM
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No film studio gets into the comic book movie game without thinking "franchise." Pretty much every comic movie so far this year was preceded by sequel talk, even before they hit theaters. The filmmakers behind "X-Men: First Class" tossed around potential settings for a follow up; while much of any casting news regarding Ryan Reynolds over the past year seemed to be contingent on how quickly Warner Bros. would want a "Green Lantern 2" (judging by the numbers? Probably not so fast). And, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has already been talking sequel too. Earlier this spring Chris Evans dropped a little nugget that a second film would find Steve Rogers in the "modern world" and now, it looks like Marvel is committing to that direction.

Guillermo del Toro Would Also Like To Direct ‘Maleficent’ (If Given The Chance)

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 22, 2011 2:00 AM
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Guillermo del Toro might be distinguishable to many for his rotund physique, but he’s better known these days, production-wise at least, for stretching himself too thin. Since his last film -- 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” -- he famously hotfooted it from “The Hobbit” over a year ago, citing production delays even before MGM declared bankruptcy, though he’s yet to get started on a new project, even as Peter Jackson’s two-part epic began production earlier in the year. Conventional logic would dictate that del Toro’s long overdue for getting a Spanish-language “one for me” out of his system along the lines of “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”, but he tells The LA Times he’d seriously consider taking on Disney’s revisionist fairy tale “Maleficent” that’s been shopped around since 2009, usually with Angelina Jolie in consideration for the lead role, if the studio asked him. “Let me put it this way, if they ask I’ll take the meeting”, del Toro assures us. Wait, what? Aren’t you meant to be getting ready to make “Pacific Rim”?

Isla Fisher & Ed Helms Joining Cameron Diaz & J-Lo In 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:46 AM
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Kristen Wiig & Matthew Morrison Forced To Drop Out Due To TV SchedulesUpdate: Reps for Ed Helms have told us he will not be in the film.

'Conan' Star Jason Momoa Cast As Bad Guy In Stallone/Walter Hill Actioner 'Headshot'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:24 AM
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"Game of Thrones" hasn't just been one of the best series of the just-finished TV seasons, one that improved week-on-week, but it also proved to be a big hit, increasing its audience by nearly 40% between its premiere and its finale on Sunday. The survivors are set to get going on a second season in July, but it's undoubtedly given a career boost to everyone involved, even those who were gruesomely dispatched across the first season.

Jamie Foxx Chosen For The Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Update: Several sources, including the L.A. Times, Variety and Deadline are now calling this a fait accompli. It looks like all that needs to happen is some signing of contracts.

Hi-Ho! Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins & More Play Dwarves In 'Snow White and The Huntsman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:03 AM
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Eddie Marsan & Stephen Graham Also On BoardIn the battle to make anyone care about either of the duelling "Snow White" projects in the works, Universal just landed the first punch. Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" (a title that seems to be in some degree of flux) might have "The Fall" director Tarsem at the helm, Julia Roberts as the queen and Armie Hammer as the prince, but its rival, "Snow White and the Huntsman," is amassing a diminutive supporting cast that's really made us sit up and take notice.

Ron Howard Shifts Into Gear For Formula 1 Biopic 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 11:39 AM
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With the future looking cloudy for the alive, but delayed multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," Ron Howard has been eyeing other projects. Earlier this spring, he put his name on "Amnesty" a mysterious project written by Max Landis, described as a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Ludlum. And now he's snapped up a very hot script as another possible directing gig.

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Orders Up Megan Fox & John C. Reilly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 11:24 AM
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While Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf haven't been shy about shit-talking former "Transformers" co-star Megan Fox, the actress is quietly building up a comeback. She's landed a role in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" spinoff "This Is Forty," she's got the indie dramedy "Friends With Kids" also on the horizon, and now she's going to be popping up in one of the biggest comedies of next year.

Bob Hoskins Would Like To Forget He Ever Made 'Super Mario Bros.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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Way back in 1993 a film hit cinemas that had two unique distinctions: 1) it was the first movie ever adapted from a video game and 2) it was fucking terrible. "Super Mario Bros.," the big screen version of the Nintendo phenomenon was a disaster at every turn. With constant rewrites during filming, with the studio and directors differing on what the film should be and Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo drinking to make it through the production of a film they knew would be a disaster, even corporate rag Nintendo Power dismissed the bomb of a film. And if Hoskins could have his way, he'd like to scrub it off his CV entirely.

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