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'Firefly' Star Alan Tudyk Joins 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 8:08 AM
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Timur Bekmambetov continues to stack up his cast for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

D.J. Caruso Says Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf & Alex Pettyfer All Interested In Roles For 'Preacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 7:19 AM
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It was only a matter of time after director D.J. Caruso closed the deal to direct the long-gesting comic adaptation "Preacher" last month that casting rumors would begin to surface, but who would've guessed they would be coming from the director himself.

R.I.P. Michael Gough (1916-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 6:35 AM
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Very sad news today with the announcement that Michael Gough, the actor perhaps best known for playing Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal butler in the two Tim Burton and two Joel Schumacher Batman movies, has passed away at the age of 94. He's survived by his wife, Henrietta.

Matthew Fox & Ed Burns Join Tyler Perry In 'I, Alex Cross'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 6:21 AM
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You may have forgotten, but Tyler Perry is making strides outside of films that he writes and directs and just a couple of months ago, he stepped in the lead role in "I, Alex Cross" taking over for Idris Elba (and thus, killing our interest in the movie). Anyway, casting is gearing up and two names have joined the film.

Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess & Lesley Manville Team For Noir 'Ashes'; Film Co-Financed By Coldplay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 5:30 AM
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We're not sure what's going on in the Chris Martin household, but Apple's parents are looking to be switching up their careers. With Gwyneth Paltrow making strides into the music biz, Martin and his bandmates are now dipping their toes into the hard knock world of film financing.

Darren Aronofsky Leaves 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 5:04 AM
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Wow, David Slade must be pissed. After losing out on "The Wolverine" to Darren Aronofsky and just recently signing on to direct the "Daredevil" reboot, some pretty shocking news has now arrived.

Bill Hader Talks Working With Pal Greg Mottola On 'Paul' & 'Ghostbusters 3' Rumors

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 17, 2011 5:02 AM
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Comedian Also Discusses Two More Potential Mottola Projects: 'Dog of the South' Adaptation & An Untitled Vigilante Doorman Film

SXSW Review: Jodie Foster's 'The Beaver' Starring Mel Gibson Can't Quite Hit Its Tonal Sweet Spot

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 17, 2011 4:39 AM
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Tonight on the stage of the Paramount theater at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, director/actress Jodie Foster admitted that getting the tenor right for her new film "The Beaver" was the hardest endeavor of her career and it shows. Walking a tonal tightrope of voice -- light comedy, saddening depression, and reflective soul searching -- Jodie Foster's film is not quite a black comedy, a dramedy or a straight-up humanist drama. While an interesting (if not totally successful) exploration of mental illness and trying to escape and then face your inner demons, the film is surprisingly tame, lacking the fiercer bite we were hoping for.

Johnny Whitworth Confirms He'll Play Blackout In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 4:32 AM
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Well, here's a movie we haven't been talking about much, but leave it one of the stars to get news on the film moving again. Last we heard, the Nic Cage-led sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was shooting in Eastern Europe with "Crank" writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor strapping on roller skates and swinging from trees or doing whatever they do in shooting the film. Remarkably, the villain has been kept under wraps until now -- which probably speaks to geek curiosity around project (ie. none) -- but actor Johnny Whitworth finally spilled the beans.

Seth Grahame-Smith & David Katzenberg Eyeing Co-Directing 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 3:25 AM
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With David O. Russell and Mike White both having temporarily filled and subsequently vacated the director's chair for the gestating adaptation of "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" the hunt is still on and more names continue to surface. Last month, Craig Gillespie -- who helmed "Lars And the Real Girl" and the upcoming "Fright Night" -- was in talks for the gig and now a directing/producing duo are throwing their hats in the ring.

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