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Blake Lively First Choice For Oliver Stone's 'Savages,' But Also Eyeing 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 12, 2011 2:08 AM
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Despite Jennifer Lawrence dropping out last month in favor of Gary Ross' tentpole adaptation of "The Hunger Games," Oliver Stone isn't wasting any time recasting her role in his upcoming adaptation of Don Winslow's drug cartel novel "Savages."

James McAvoy Says He'll Star Eran Creevy's British Crime Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 2:03 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that the film will shoot in July (leaving plenty of room for "Anna Karenina") with the film drawing comparisons to "Heat."

'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' To Play The Cannes Film Festival?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 1:43 AM
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Will Johnny Depp join what is shaping up to be an already star-studded Cannes Film Festival this year? According to press in France, the answer is yes.

Bill Hader Says Script For Les Grossman-Centric 'Tropic Thunder' Spin-Off Is Done

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 1:28 AM
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Considering that it was both a reasonable box office success -- it took in close to $200 million worldwide -- and fairly warmly received (even picking up an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr), it's surprising the extent to which the 2008 all-star comedy "Tropic Thunder" has slipped from memory -- we enjoyed it, but it's certainly not a film we find ourselves ever rewatching. But there's one aspect of the film that backers at Paramount are certainly keen to keep alive: Les Grossman, the vulgar, hirsute studio executive played by Tom Cruise in an against-type, near-career-reviving cameo in Ben Stiller's film.

From The Department Of Obvious Casting: Jesse Eisenberg Wooed For New Woody Allen Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 1:06 AM
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The following is a missive from The Department Of Obvious Casting -- a branch of the Department of Labor.

Jamaican Crime Classic 'The Harder They Come' Headed For A Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2011 12:59 PM
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Some films are inextricably tied to their soundtracks. It's hard to think of, say, "The Graduate," without Simon & Garfunkel coming to mind, or "Harold & Maude" without Cat Stevens. Fan-favorite directors from Quentin Tarantino to Wes Anderson are known as much for their skills at compiling mixtapes as they are for their filmmaking. But few soundtracks have had such gigantic impact as the one to the 1972 Jamaican crime movie "The Harder They Come," written and directed by Perry Henzell.

Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Rome Based Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Alec Baldwin is certainly not wasting any time in filling up his calendar now that the debacle that is "Men In Black 3" is behind him, and "30 Rock" will be wrapping up soon for the season. He's already signed on for the indie "Lucky Them" with Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney (that will shoot later this year), not to mention the mega-musical "Rock Of Ages," and it looks like once he's done singing and dancing this spring, he'll take a trip over to Italy.

Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2011 11:37 AM
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When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd."

First Official Photo From J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' Lands; What's In The Camera Lens?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 11:15 AM
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While J.J. Abrams wants to keep a tight lid on the surprises he has in store for his Amblin Entertainment homage "Super 8," Paramount is bit more concerned about dropping a summer movie with no big stars that isn't a sequel and is not based on any pre-existing property. They've already presented twenty-odd minutes film to a handful of movie types and industry folks to positive buzz and as the film builds towards it's release in June, you can bet the marketing campaign will be built up to a fever pitch to at least get moviegoers curious while still (hopefully) holding back the secrets.
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'Crazy Heart' Director Scott Cooper To Re-Write & Direct Black List Script 'The Low Dweller'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 10:58 AM
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Update: A press release from Relativity confirms the report and reveals the new title to be "Out Of The Furnace."

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