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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

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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.

Shia LaBeouf Grows 'Horns'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 17, 2011 3:12 AM
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Variety reports that Shia LaBeouf is attached to take the lead role in the film adaptation of Joe Hill's best-selling novel "Horns." Keith Bunin has been hired to adapt the novel that centers on Ig Perrish, a young man who awakens from a black-out hangover only to find that he has horns sprouting from his head. As these mysterious horns continue to grow, Ig sets out to discover who murdered his girlfriend and how her death possibly caused these horns to pop out. Sound twisted? Well, it turns out Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son. Huh.

Watch: Romain Gavras Directed Ad For Adidas With New Track By Justice

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 3:03 AM
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Romain Gavras -- son of celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras -- has followed in his father's footsteps and has quickly made an impressive stamp. Last year, he helmed the controversial video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free" and made his directorial debut with his equally disturbing "Our Day Will Come." He's returned, this time with something a lot more mainstream, but still displaying his signature style.

Albert Brooks To Play Paul Rudd's Dad In Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 2:37 AM
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Well, casting is beginning to shape up for Judd Apatow's next directorial gig and it's taking some directions we never would have guessed. Earlier today, it was reported that Megan Fox was in talks for a role in the film, and now a comedy veteran is negotiating for a spot in the movie.

Kevin Smith's 'Six Million Dollar Man' Script Set To Become A Comic Book

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 2:35 AM
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Trend alert? Guess we'll have to see, but filmmakers are now turning to comics to get their ambitious scripts made into something, even if ever-wary studios and financiers won't flip the switch on them. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark" and Duncan Jones' "Mute" are both going the graphic route and now, Kevin Smith is dusting off an old script and getting it inked.

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