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Isla Fisher To Play Myrtle Wilson In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 6:36 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that due to his schedule with the Tehran hostage thriller "Argo," Ben Affleck won't be able to take the role in "The Great Gatsby."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Marion Cotillard Locked For 'The Dark Knight Rises' But Not As Who You Think

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 6:03 AM
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It was only a matter of time before Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were confirmed for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," but the real surprise here is that the roles are quite different than what had been rumored for the past couple of months.

New Pics From Pedro Almodóvar's Creepy, Cannes Bound 'The Skin I Live In'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 5:04 AM
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With Cannes just around the corner, Pedro Almodóvar‘s “The Skin I Live In” has taken a competition slot and we can hardly wait to see what the helmer has in store as the film is shaping up to be unlike anything he's done before. The film is a revenge picture based on crime novelist Thierry Jonque‘s 2005 book, “Tarantula,” about a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter. But really, that’s just scratching the surface. The film has a loathsome protagonist who, while seeking justice for his daughter, keeps his wife imprisoned and subjects her to humiliating sexual acts with strangers, so those hitting the Croisette expecting a frothy Euro delight will be in for a rude awakening.

Jon Hamm Trying Not To Be A Dick In International Trailer For 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 4:31 AM
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While the SXSW lineup was stacked this year, no film bowled over The Playlist team in Austin like "Bridesmaids." One of our seven favorite films from the festival, we called it "hilarious and heartfelt," adding that it “even touches upon some Mike Leigh-like class issues in its surprisingly weighty story.” Not too bad at all. And now, an international trailer for the film has arrived and once again, it delivers some big laughs.

David O. Russell's Script Will Still Be Used For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 4:15 AM
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Compares Upcoming Film To Tim Burton's 'Sleepy HollowWith Craig Gillespie now locked down for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," everyone can now focus on the actual film rather than the endless process of finding a director. And it didn't take long for the first interview about the film to hit as Gillespie recently sat down with EW to talk about the upcoming film and while David O. Russell -- once attached to direct, though he left over budgetary concerns -- has long since left the project, his imprint will still be felt as the script he penned will still be used for the movie.

James McAvoy Reading Sacha Gervasi's 'My Dinner With Hervé'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 3:45 AM
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Semi-Autobiographical Film Based On Screenwriter's Last Interview With 'Fantasy Island' Star Hervé Villechaize & His Suicide Shortly ThereafterJames McAvoy certainly has more than a few options for films. The star of the upcoming "X-Men: First Class" will be filming the British crime thriller "Welcome to the Punch" this summer and is being courted by Joe Wright for "Anna Karenina" which will shoot this fall. But he's now eyeing another project that has been generating some heat among young actors around town.

'1991: The Year Punk Broke' Getting 20th Anniversary DVD Release This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 2:51 AM
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If you were a teenager in the early '90s making your way through the punk and indie music of the decade, there was a good chance you had a copy of "1991: The Year Punk Broke" on your shelf. Directed by Dave Markey, the project was simply a documentary of Sonic Youth's European tour but the whole film gained a lot more attention when a little band from Seattle called Nirvana, who were opening for the elder statesmen, blew up huge. Instead, the film became a document of the burgeoning grunge scene and a behind-the-scenes look at Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland and Gumball.

Michael Peña To Partner Up With Jake Gyllenhaal In Cop Thriller 'End Of Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 2:25 AM
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Michael Peña is one of those great character actors whose always just short of finding the project to break him into larger roles. He's been slogging it out in films like "World Trade Center," "Observe and Report," "Lions For Lambs," "The Lucky Ones," "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," "Shooter" -- all stuff that was probably great on paper but just didn't translate onto the big screen. Even this year, he's appeared in "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" -- savaged by critics -- and "The Lincoln Lawyer," mostly noted for not being terrible and being the rare movie in which Matthew McConaughey keeps his shirt on. He's got a few more movies on the way this year (he's been busy): the low key Will Ferrell indie "Everything Must Go," the Ruben Fleischer comedy "30 Minutes Or Less" and the ensemble Brett Ratner thing "Tower Heist." And while we don't expect any of those projects to break him out in any big way, this one just might.

First Look At Christian Bale In 'Nanjing Heroes'; New Look At Mystique In 'X-Men: First Class'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 2:08 AM
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Before he suits up for his third and last time as Batman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," Christian Bale headed halfway around the world to do something quite different, starring in Zhang Yimou's (”Hero,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) mega-budgeted historical epic "Nanjing Heroes."

Tim Roth Planning A Return To Directing With 'Turning Stones,' Wants Sam Rockwell For The Lead

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2011 1:44 AM
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In the admittedly tiny sub-genre of harrowing-late-1990s-domestic-dramas-starring-Ray-Winstone-and-directed-by-well-respected-British-character-actors-who-have-yet-to-make-a-second-film, Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth" just has the edge -- underrated to this day, the film showed an assured hand from Oldman, and has two towering performances, by Winstone and Kathy Burke, the latter of whom picked up Best Actress at Cannes in 1997. But that's not to undervalue Tim Roth's "The War Zone," an adaptation of Alexander Stuart's novel examining incest and sexual abuse in a Devonshire family -- it's incredibly powerful stuff, and it's a shame that Roth has never followed it up.

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