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James Spader, Ryan Phillippe, Carla Gugino & Eric Bana Join Sheldon Turner's 'By Virtue Fall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 2:10 AM
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Colin Farrell OutIn the works for about a year now, there is a whole lot of fresh movement on "Up In The Air" scribe Sheldon Turner's directorial debut "By Virtue Fall." A fresh cast is now in place, and while one big star who has been circling seems to be on board, one has also departed.

Adam McKay Courting Russell Crowe & Simon Pegg For Comic-Book Adaptation 'The Boys'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2011 2:07 AM
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Script's Almost Done, But Director Admits That It's A Hard Film To Get MadeThe career of Adam McKay is at an interesting juncture now -- having delivered four successful comedies starring BFF Will Ferrell ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers," "The Other Guys" and "Talladega Nights": and yes, those are ranked in order of brilliance), the former "Saturday Night Live" writer is starting to look at stepping outside of his comfort zone, with a couple of projects percolating that look to take him into slightly less ludicrous waters and away from Ferrell. One is a biopic of legendary political consultant Lee Atwater, from "In The Loop" and "Four Lions" writer Jesse Armstrong, although that seems further off at the moment.

Sony Pictures Classics Re-Teams With Whit Stillman For 'Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 1:44 AM
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Whit Stillman's first film in a staggering thirteen years has found a familiar home. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has picked up the worldwide rights to the filmmaker's next release,"Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress" (formerly known simply as "Damsels In Distress").

Warner Bros. Planning A New 'Justice League' Film For 2013?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 29, 2011 1:38 AM
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The L.A. Times has just released a profile on Jeff Rubinov, the new president of Warner Bros. following the departure of Alan Horn. It's a short profile, mostly detailing Rubinov's social awkwardness and his professional quirks, such as a refusal to work with David Fincher, who clashed with Rubinov (and everybody else?) during the making of both "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," while also honoring his good ideas, such as his suggestion to use the Batmobile in "Batman Begins" and his hands-on approach to the "Sherlock Holmes" films.

R.I.P. Farley Granger (1925-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 1:35 AM
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Barely a week since Elizabeth Taylor has passed, Hollywood has lost another legend from the classic-era of filmmaking. Farley Granger has died at the age of 85.

'Superbad' & 'Paul' Director Greg Mottola To Helm Aaron Sorkin's New HBO Pilot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2011 1:25 AM
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We love movies, and (good) television, and stories in general. That's why we do what we do. And sometimes, we get up to see the slate of developing stories, and it depresses the fuck out of us. It can be hard to keep up your enthusiasm when movie versions of "Candyland" and reboots of "Ms. Marple" are the big stories of the day. But fortunately, every few days brings a piece of news that makes us glow a little, that reminds us that there are smart people doing good work, and it's these times that stop us from developing full-blown drinking habits. Well, fuller-blown drinking habits. And today is one of these times.

Teresa Palmer In Talks To Join Nicholas Hoult In Jonathan Levine's Zombie Romance 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2011 1:01 AM
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It's taken a little while, but it seems like Australian actress Teresa Palmer is starting to hit a groove. The 25-year-old actress broke out in 2005 with "Wolf Creek," and quickly found herself coming to Hollywood's attention, turning up in Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" and "The Grudge 2." But then came a couple of setbacks: George Miller cast her as the villain, Talia al-Ghul, in his "Justice League" movie, but the film collapsed, and while Palmer originally had the female lead in Doug Liman's "Jumper" she was recast when the decision was made to age-up the characters.

Ryan Murphy Not Directing Will Smith-Produced 'Annie' Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2011 12:54 PM
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Creative Differences Spawned From Not Having Any Hair To Whip Back And ForthIn Hollywood, the saying goes, you fail upwards. Enter Ryan Murphy, who received his big break in movies by helming the star-studded adaptation of "Running With Scissors." The fact that it was borderline-unwatchable dross didn't seem to affect his next job, the high-profile "Eat Pray Love," which somehow endeared itself to $200 million worth of undemanding Julia Roberts fans, despite being nearly as intolerable as its predecessor. So it goes for Murphy, a "mastermind" between two facile television entertainments ("Nip/Tuck," "Glee") that further remind us of a distinct chasm separating the big and small screens.

'Ceremony' Soundtrack Features Ringo Starr, Van Dyke Parks, Pete Townsend & Hits April 12

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 28, 2011 10:31 AM
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Album Features Score By Fruit Bats Founder, Plus a Paul Simon Cover By Vampire Weekend FrontmanIndie film cinephiles haven't seen it yet, but likely on their radar is Max Winkler‘s feature debut “Ceremony.” Starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman, the dramedy tells the story of Sam (Angarano), a brazen young man who stalks his penpal and ex-girlfriend Zoe (Thurman) all the way to her wedding in the Hamptons to try and win her back.

Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish & Teresa Palmer Reading For Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Uni Picks Up Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 9:37 AM
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Update: Deadline also tosses in Abbie Cornish as a possible contender as well.

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