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Monica Bellucci To Star In 'Persian Cats' Director Bahman Ghobadi's Next Pic 'Rhinos Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 5:12 AM
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Film Will Also Star Famed Iranian Actor Behrouz VossoughiIf you didn't see Bahman Ghobadi's latest effort, "No One Knows About Persian Cats," we definitely urge you to seek it out. It was a wonderful, moving little picture about an indie rock duo who struggle to remain inspired and creative under the strict laws in Tehran. We caught it during its festival run a couple of years ago at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal -- you can check out our review here -- and we're heartened to learn that the director's next effort has landed an international star, and is likely to boost his profile.

Patrick Lussier & Writer Todd Farmer Developing New Projects 'Already Dead' & 'Circle Of Silence'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 24, 2011 4:54 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Canadian horror writer/director Patrick Lussier has come a long way and worked his way up the filmmaking food chain. The 47-year-old started out as an editor, working on Wes Craven's "Scream" and "Wes Craven's New Nightmare," made the jump to features helmer with "Dracula 2000" starring Gerard Butler, and after a few years of banging out B-movie thrillers ("White Noise: The Light," "My Bloody Valentine 3D"), the director has finally made it to the top of the horror/thriller echelon with his most recent pic, "Drive Angry 3D" starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard. Arriving in theaters this weekend, the film is just the beginning of Lussier's full-on Hollywood blossoming. He's attached to the remake of two major franchises: Dimension Films' "Hellraiser" (more on that later) and "Halloween 3D" (though that one sounds like it's stalled).

Fool Me Once, Shame On You, Fool Me Twice....'Clash Of The Titans 2' Will Be Converted To 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 4:23 AM
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Filming Starts In 10 DaysOooh, boy. You would think the filmmakers would have learned the first time around, but alas, they haven't and they are set to repeat history with the sequel to "Clash of the Titans."

Peter Stormare Joins 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' With Jeremy Renner & Gemma Arterton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 4:05 AM
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As "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" gears up to go in front of cameras, more obstacles are being put in the way of the lead characters in their quest to kick some witch ass.

Former Wife Swapping Yankee Mike Kekich Looks To Block 'The Trade' With Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 3:40 AM
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Rebecca Hall, Rachel Weisz & Naomi Watts Wishlist Candidates For Female Lead RolesRanked #35 on the Black List in 2009, Dave Mandel's script for the true story tale "The Trade" has been in the works for a while and was first announced as a starring vehicle for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon last winter. The story is based on real-life players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who in 1973 revealed that they had been swapping wives and fell for each other's partners. Peterson and Kekich's ex-wife are still together today, while the other couple has since split up with Kekich later remarrying. Affleck would play the role of Peterson with Matt Damon playing Kekich. Last fall, the project heated up again as the brothers Affleck, Ben and Casey, would be rewriting the script, however, it seems the film could be in for a bumpy ride.

Stephen Root Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 3:28 AM
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With filming already underway (you can check out some set pics here), a new name has been added to the cast, a longtime character actor who will bolster an already starry film.

Actor/Writer Ben Schwartz Hired To Pen Remake of 'Soapdish' For Paramount & Rob Reiner

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2011 3:13 AM
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It's only half a decade since the Judd Apatow stable reinvigorated the comedy world, plucking actors from TV shows like "Freaks & Geeks," "The Daily Show" and the old staple of "Saturday Night Live" and turning them into bona fide superstars, but already the next wave of comic actors are starting to break through. Names like Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover, Ellie Kemper, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, many of whom, crucially, broke through with short films on the internet, are all starting to make waves on the big screen, and it's only a matter of time before one of them cracks the A-list.

Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'Paul' Visits Earth With New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 2:55 AM
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While those of you in the U.K. are already enjoying the latest from Greg Mottola, the alien road trip comedy "Paul," those of us on this side of Atlantic are patiently waiting for the film, and we continued to be teased with yet another trailer, this time a red-band version that offers up some new footage we haven't seen yet.
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Patrick Wilson & James Marsden To Star In Remake Of Belgian Thriller 'Loft'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2011 2:33 AM
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Belgium: a nation known, in the US at least, more for its waffles than for its cinema. In recent years, the Dardenne Brothers have made some waves (and how!), but for the most part, the country's probably best known in the film world for 1992's "Man Bites Dog," and as being the birthplace of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Not that they're incapable of producing a homegrown hit: the thriller "Loft" became the biggest-grossing Flemish-language film of all time when it was released back in 2008, and now it looks like it's heading for a remake.

'The King's Speech' Helmer Tom Hooper Turned Down 'Iron Man 3,' Now Circling 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2011 2:10 AM
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Fans Of Off-Center Close Ups Of Robert Downey Jr Reportedly DisappointedIn terms of catapulting yourself onto the A-list, there are few better ways of doing it than by directing a huge commercial success that's nominated for more Oscars than any other film this year. Two years ago, 38-year-old British director Tom Hooper was, for the most part, a well-regarded TV director; one mostly forgotten feature credit to his name (the South African drama "Red Dust," with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor), but mostly acclaimed TV dramas like "Longford," "John Adams," "Prime Suspect" and the Helen Mirren vehicle "Elizabeth I," for which he won an Emmy.

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