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Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel & More Testing For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:10 AM
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Kate Mara & Charlotte Riley In The Mix; Eva Green & Naomi Watts Have Not Been CastWhile a number of names have been in the mix since last fall for what are apparently two major female roles in Christopher Nolan's forthcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," with production set to begin in just under five months, it looks like the director is still not done seeing what his options are.

Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

Oh, For F**k's Sake: Fox Moving Ahead With 'Missile Command' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2011 2:58 AM
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With a number of high-profile pictures based on established properties flopping last summer -- "The A-Team," "Prince of Persia" and "Marmaduke" -- contrasted with the success of the relatively fresh "Inception," whispers started to circulate that studio heads were desperately seeking original material. Even James Cameron recently criticized the 'story crisis' in Hollywood, targeting Universal's big 2012 hope "Battleship," based on the Hasbro board game. Was a sea change coming? Was the trend of optioning every comic book, failed TV series and video game into big-screen entertainment finally coming to an end?

Watch: New Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles' Kind Of Rules

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2011 2:37 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a belief that big event movies could only be released in the summer months, or, for more family-related fare, in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Things have changed in recent years, with the likes of "Alice in Wonderland," "300" and "Clash of the Titans" making big bucks in the early part of the year, and this weekend should see the box office get a kick with the release of "The Green Hornet," which seems to have overcome the early bad buzz, and the gamble of a January release, and is tracking nicely.

Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Watson Frontrunners To Join Taylor Lautner In 'Incarceron'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2011 2:20 AM
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Lautner Also Attached To 'Bourne'-Esque Spy Vehicle With filming now underway on the final "Twilight" movie, the two-part werewolf-falls-in-love-with-a-baby extravaganza that is "Breaking Dawn," the franchise's three leads are starting to look to their careers beyond the confines of Forks, Washington. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are, to their credit, trying to work with top talent on high-class projects, with the former signing last week to star in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," while the latter will appear, most likely looking bored and sleepy, in Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" later in the year.

Confirmed: Lena Headey To Play Villain In 'Dredd'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2011 1:58 AM
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In a year full of dubious-looking comic-book adaptations ("Thor," "Captain America," "X-Men: First Class" and, most of all, "Green Lantern"), there's one property that looks a little more promising: Lionsgate and DNA Films' "Dredd." An adaptation of the semi-fascist, "Dirty Harry"-inspired future cop character "Judge Dredd," which serves as the flagship title for British comic house 2000AD, and which previously saw itself on the big screen in watered down, incredibly shitty form in the mid-90s, as played by Sylvester Stallone, the new version looks to be far more encouraging.

Katie Aselton Likens 'The Freebie' To A Horror Movie, Gives Relationship Insight

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 11, 2011 11:45 AM
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Creeping quietly out of the wake of Sundance 2010 is Katie Aselton's "The Freebie," finally available on DVD for all of us regular peons to watch. The wait was worth it: taking a cue from the Duplass brothers' work ethic (Mark is her husband, fyi), Aselton has woven an ugly, disheartening, and (most importantly) real relationship story, complete with grounded performances and a fractured structure that mirrors the breakdown of their bond. It's one that deserves a watch despite the negative connotations it might evoke due to its association with the mumblecore movement and the usually... not our favorite... Dax Shepard. The filmmaker was kind enough to talk a little bit about her debut, explaining her reasoning for casting Shepard and her take on the subject matter.

Lionsgate's Pantelion Films To Release Diego Luna's Feature Film Debut 'Abel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 11:00 AM
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Finally, someone has grabbed up actor Diego Luna’s directorial debut “Abel.” Pantelion Films of Lionsgate announced today that they will be distributing the Spanish-language film in partnership with Grupo Televisa, a Mexican media company.

Bong Joon-ho Joins Sundance Film Festival Jury

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 10:19 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival has added a bit of international flavor to their jury pool.

Terry Gilliam Casts Unknowns In His Short Film 'The Wholly Family'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 9:56 AM
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Shooting started this week on Terry Gilliam's mysterious short "The Wholly Family" (which may be changing titles before all is said and done) and the cast for the film has been revealed: don't worry if you never heard of them.

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