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Duncan Jones Explains Why His Sci-Fi Film 'Mute' Is Such A Difficult Movie To Make

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 27, 2011 8:05 AM
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Lead Character Won't Speak At All In Film -- Hence The TitleWith his sophomore effort "Source Code" set to open Friday, director Duncan Jones is in the midst of some serious press promotion rounds. The filmmaker is currently traveling around the country to introduce advanced screenings of the sci-fi actioneer everywhere from SXSW (where we first caught the film) to last Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. After the screening, Jones was asked about the status of his long gestating film "Mute," which was recently announced to be made into a graphic novel. Jones gave a variation on the same answer he's been giving recently, but explained exactly why his future noir is a very difficult film to find financing for, even getting into a few minor spoilers, but as our subhead suggests, the title of the film -- and the semi-known logline -- does tend to give things away a bit.

Amy Adams Is The New Lois Lane In 'Superman'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 7:15 AM
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After shacking up with Batman's brother in "The Fighter," Amy Adams is set to become Superman's dame. According to the L.A. Times, Zack Snyder has found his Lois Lane for the upcoming "Superman" project slated for a late 2012 release, and it's Oscar nominee Adams, who will step into the iconic workaholic high heels. If the rumors are to be believed (and not all of them are), Adams beat out less-pedigreed competition in Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams, Malin Ackerman, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Lindsay Lohan, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Abe Vigoda, Bristol Palin, Justin Bartha, Elizabeth Bathory, Ms. Pac-Man... rumors are rumors, we suppose.

Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

Armie Hammer Signs On To 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,' Saoirse Ronan In Talks For Title Role

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2011 6:30 AM
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As we're sure you're aware by now, there are three duelling projects retelling the tale of Snow White in development. One, Disney's "Snow and the Seven," is the furthest away -- while "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt recently signed on to do a script polish, and director Francis Lawrence is still nominally attached, it has no star, and no start date. Another, Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," was once leading the pack, and does have Kristen Stewart signed on in the title role, but seems to have hit problems in recent days -- Charlize Theron still hasn't signed on as the villain, and Viggo Mortensen's talks have apparently collapsed.

Warren Beatty Wins Lawsuit Against Tribune Company For Rights To 'Dick Tracy,' "Major" Project Next

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 26, 2011 6:13 AM
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Warren Beatty's original "Dick Tracy" (released in a Tommy-gun bullet hail of hype in the summer of 1990) is a tantalizing what-if scenario. Looking back on the film, it seems almost dreamily ahead of its time, with its primary color scheme and two-dimensional comic strip backdrops foreshadowing everything from Ang Lee's "Hulk" to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "Sin City." At the time, though, it was largely derided and flopped at the box office (most people remember it for including the Roger Rabbit short "Roller Coaster Rabbit," which was only stapled on to the film after initial box office returns proved dire.)
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Robert De Niro Is Going To Make Another Movie With 50 Cent For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2011 3:15 AM
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Forest Whitaker Also Circling RoleFor the love of god Robert De Niro, fire your agent. The once-esteemed actor, who has spent the most part of the last decade or two slogging it out in one mediocre picture after another, apparently doesn't know a good movie anymore even if it walks up and bites him in the ass. The actor hemmed and hawed over the drama "Honeymoon With Harry" to the point where director Jonathan Demme gave up on the project. So what to do next? How about another shitty movie with 50 Cent!

Victoria Justice Offered 'Fun Size' Lead

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 26, 2011 2:55 AM
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This project flew right under our noses with all the hubbub over casting the lead female role in "The Hunger Games." Apparently, Josh Schwartz's coming of age comedy "Fun Size" for Paramount also auditioned young, talented actresses for its lead role, landing on Victoria Justice. According to Variety, Justice has been offered the lead, beating out the likes of Chloe Moretz and Jane Levy ("Shameless") to play a teenage girl who takes her younger brother trick-or-treating, loses him and must find him before their mother finds out. Schwartz will direct and produce with his partner Stephanie Savage through their company Fake Empire.

Will Sasso Is Curly In 'The Three Stooges'; Hank Azaria & James Marsden Lead Pack For Other Two

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 26, 2011 2:37 AM
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There's been a lot of movement surrounding the Farrelly Brothers' remake of "The Three Stooges," starting last year when the project moved from MGM to Fox, getting a fresh cast (Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro were attached in the long-gestating earlier incarnation). Just last month, Johnny Knoxville was supposed to have Moe nailed down, but that turned out to be just a rumor. But the first cast member has now been locked down. EW reports that Will Sasso has officially been cast as Curly (recent reports pegged him as Moe).

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lucas Till & More Testing For Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 26, 2011 2:13 AM
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Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially accepted the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of the hit young adult series "The Hunger Games," that can only mean that other casting announcements are not far behind.

Michael Sheen Circling A Role In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 12:25 PM
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Breaking: For this next effort, Tim Burton has already assembled a staggeringly top notch cast with Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter all set to star in the big screen adaptation of the cult '60s television show "Dark Shadows." And if everything pans out, another very big name will joining Burton's grand tale.

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