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Man-Of-The-Moment Alex Pettyfer Offered Lead In 'Mortal Instruments' Adaptation

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2011 3:07 AM
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With the "Twilight" series finally set to come to an end next year (it's only two years since the first film debuted, but it still feels interminable), the search is on for the next hot teen franchise, with seemingly every series of young adult novels being optioned and fast-tracked to the screen. The man who seems to be dominating the subgenre at present is 20-year-old British actor Alex Pettyfer, who's gone from starring in the abominable teen-Bond flick "Stormbreaker" to being one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood.

Greta Gerwig Says Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' Will Hit In The Fall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2011 2:53 AM
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As we discussed in our review from earlier in the week, there's not much notable about "No Strings Attached," which hits theaters today. But it does mark the studio debut of indie darling Greta Gerwig, whose sweet and funny performance is one of the few highlights. She's following it up by starring alongside Russell Brand in a remake of the Dudley Moore comedy "Arthur," but fear not, Gerwig hasn't abandoned the indie world entirely, as she's also starring in "Damsels in Distress," the long-awaited return of independent film legend Whit Stillman.

Mark Ruffalo To Reteam With 'The Kids Are All Right' Writer Stuart Blumberg On 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2011 2:38 AM
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While the lion's share of the acclaim for Lisa Chodolenko's "The Kids Are All Right" went to the two leads, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, the ensemble in general were terrific, with fine performances from Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Yaya DaCosta, and most notably, one of the best performances in years from Mark Ruffalo, who made his role with a shading, depth and likability that many actors might not have been able to pull off.

Viola Davis & Jeffrey Wright Join 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2011 2:23 AM
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After a superb debut a decade ago with "Billy Elliot," it looked like theatre director Stephen Daldry could become a real force in the cinema world. But while his films have undoubtedly become regular awards bait, the quality seems to slip with each picture: "The Hours" has a rich ensemble, but they're overshadowed by Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose, and the film as a whole is a little turgid, while "The Reader" is one of the worst Best Picture nominees in recent memory. Nevertheless, he's always been able to attract impressive casts, and the two new additions to his latest film are no exception.

Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo & Noah Segan Join Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 2:01 AM
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With filming set to kick off next week, the final pieces of the casting puzzle are being put into place for Rian Johnson's ambitious sci-fi flick "Looper."

Watch: Trailer For 'Son Of No One' Features Cop Movie Clichés & Competing Moustaches

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 1:52 AM
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We guess we'll find out for sure when the reviews start coming for the Sundance Film Festival closing entry "Son Of No One," but from the first trailer for the film it plays pretty much like every second rate cop drama -- "Pride & Glory," "Brooklyn's Finest," etc -- to come along in the last few years.

Pedro Almodovar To Next Tackle A Biopic Of Italian Singer 'Mina'

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • January 21, 2011 1:51 AM
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As Pedro Almodovar sculptures his latest film “The Skin I Live In” in hopes of finishing a cut in time for its inevitable première at Cannes, word has already surfaced of his follow-up plans.

Clint Eastwood & Beyoncé Team For 'A Star Is Born'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 11:49 AM
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Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hamm, Rihanna and Alicia Keys have all been linked at various points recently, but now the director and star for the long gestating "A Star Is Born" have been revealed and it's a surprising pairing.

James Franco, Benicio Del Toro & Michael Shannon Sign On For Mob Killer Pic 'The Iceman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 10:50 AM
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Don't be confused. This isn't the film about the same guy -- mob hitman Richard Kulinski -- that Mickey Rourke was linked to earlier in the fall. Instead, this one is based off the biography by Anthony Bruno and it has attracted some strong names to the project.

Neill Blomkamp Lines Up Another New Mystery Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot After 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 10:21 AM
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Everybody wants to be Neill Blomkamp's friend these days. Sony just dropped $120 million on the director's next project "Elysium," a mysterious sci-fi flick set 100 years in the future with a cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, and with "Blade Runner" visual futurist Syd Mead on board for set design. Nice. But that's not all the director is cooking up.

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