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'The Lone Ranger' With Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Saddles Up On December 21, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:40 AM
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In the works for what seems like forever, the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" is now happening and is now pegged with a blockbuster sized release date.

Leonardo DiCaprio Confirmed For Early 'Django Unchained' Talks; Will Smith Unlikely To Sign?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:28 AM
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Jamie Foxx & Chris Tucker Also In The Running For The LeadWhile Deadline is trumping exclusive, they were (kind of) beat to the story a week ago so let's rewind a bit. Last week, former Creative Screenwriting magazine Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith tweeted, “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villain Calvin Candie in [Quentin] Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained”! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” Well, it looks like it's just a matter of working out deal points right now.

Obviously: Roland Emmerich Offered Director's Chair For 'Asteroids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:15 AM
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Roland Emmerich who has combined his knack for big explosions and doomsday scenarios into a film career, is going to take a stab at something resembling respectability when he delivers the Shakespeare conspiracy theory movie "Anonymous" later this year, but we knew he couldn't stay away from the CGI for too long.

Lena Dunham, Chris O'Dowd, Charlene Yi & Wyatt Russell Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:00 AM
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With lensing set to gear up soon, Judd Apatow is beginning to pad out the cast of his untitled "Knocked Up" spinoff, which is also known as "This Is Forty." The film will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who are reprising their roles Debbie and Pete, in the picture that will follow their relationship five years after the events of the preceding movie. Megan Fox and Albert Brooks are also on aboard and continuing to mix old and new faces, four new names have been announced.

Reese Witherspoon Might Ruin A Bachelor Party In 'Who Invited Her?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 2:36 AM
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With "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" cleaning up at the box office expect to see an uptick in wedding party based movies, each with a slightly different twist. If there is anything Hollywood is great at, it's taking something audiences find fresh and funny and then bombarding them with it.

Zach Galifianakis Reveals Alan Will Be In A Mental Hospital In 'The Hangover Part 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 2:29 AM
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With well over $300 million in box office receipts and counting, "The Hangover Part II" is a bonafide smash hit. Before the movie came out, there was already talk of a third entry in the comedy franchise and after audiences flocked to the movie opening weekend, it didn't take long for Warner Bros. to hire back Craig Mazin to get writing the script for a followup. And while the cast has busy calendars in the immediate future -- Bradley Cooper starts "The Place Beyond The Pines" this summer with "The Crow" and possibly "Paradise Lost" waiting in the wings; Ed Helms returns to "The Office" in the fall; Zach Galifianakis shoots "Southern Rivals" with Will Ferrell this summer -- it looks like they're already getting calls to firm them up for another boozy adventure.

'Win Win' Director Tom McCarthy Writing Supernatural Comedy-Drama 'Home Movies' For DreamWorks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2011 2:20 AM
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With this year's "Win Win," writer-director Tom McCarthy not only proved that "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" were more than flukes, but he also made one of the best films of the admittedly lackluster year (thus far). It's already his biggest box office success to date, and the actor-turned helmer is more in demand than ever -- he's already taken one big studio gig, writing the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" for Disney (having worked with the studio once before, penning a few drafts of Pixar's "Up"), and now another one is lined up as well.

'Daredevil' Reboot To Use Frank Miller's 'Born Again' Run As Source Material

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 2:07 AM
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'Fringe' Writer & Producer Brad Caleb Kane To Pen The ScriptWith "X-Men: First Class" coming out of the gate this weekend with a modest box office haul, Fox hopes the wobbly franchise is back on its feet and along with "The Wolverine," they've got another superhero they hope to rescue from the terrible iterations that came before it. David Slade was been tasked with rebooting "Daredevil" earlier in the year and his promise that it would be a completely new adventure has stayed true in some news that should make comic fans very excited.

Bob Balaban Joins Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2011 2:04 AM
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"Moonrise Kingdom," Wes Anderson's first live-action film in five years, is now firmly underway: it's a month into filming, and only yesterday, images of stars Edward Norton and Bill Murray on set leaked out. And it's fair to say that we're as excited about this as any Anderson film in years: the script, from the director and Roman Coppola, is recognizably Anderson-esque, but also takes off in a new direction, and, while the cast includes a number of his usual rep company -- Murray, Jason Schwartzman, possibly Owen Wilson -- there's also an exciting selection of new actors joining them, including Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and, as confirmed yesterday, Harvey Keitel.

Ed Zwick To Direct Potential Franchise Starter 'American Assassin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 1:47 AM
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Fledgling studio CBS Films has had a bumpy ride. Their releases to date have been a string of poorly received efforts like "Extraordinary Measures," "The Back-Up Plan," "Faster" and "Beastly" but in a bid to play with the big boys, they are hoping to get a franchise off the ground, nabbing an Oscar nominated director to get the ball rolling.

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