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R.I.P.: Jane Russell (1921-2011) & Gary Winick (1961-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 4:22 AM
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While we're still in the post-Oscar glow this week, Hollywood lost two talents on Monday: an icon of Hollywood's golden age and an indie filmmaking veteran whose embrace of digital filmmaking allowed projects from a number of talented directors to get off the ground.

James Franco & Harmony Korine Working On Street Gangs Fighting Film Reminiscent Of 'Fight Harm'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 1, 2011 3:47 AM
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As evinced by the recent 83rd annual Academy Awards, and the every-other-day piece of news that breaks, James Franco must sleep about 20 hours a week maximum, as he's constantly announcing or working on some new enterprise. Not content with hosting the Oscars and tweeting at the same time, while starring on "General Hospital" and juggling a myriad of ventures, including films, short films, art projects and books, the "127 Hours" star -- who did not win an Oscar this past Sunday -- is teaming up with arthouse enfant terrible-turned-relatively-mellow, Harmony Korine ("Gummo," "Mister Lonely," "Trash Humpers").

Will Catwoman Appear In 'The Dark Knight Rises'? Anne Hathaway (Sort Of) Says Yes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 3:33 AM
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Granted, this is a little thin and it could ultimately mean pretty much nothing, but considering the plot details for "The Dark Knight Rises" will likely be under lock and key for a while yet, we'll take what we can get.

Mark Wahlberg Contemplating Sequel To 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 3:14 AM
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Mark Wahlberg must be feeling pretty good this week. After shepherding the project for years, his boxing pic "The Fighter" walked away from Sunday night's Oscars with two major awards under its belt with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. At the box office, the film has been a powerhouse as well, quietly marching to over $100 million worldwide and so, no surprise, Wahlberg is beginning to ruminate on a possible sequel.

Malin Akerman Joins Nicolas Cage In Shiny Thriller 'Medallion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:54 AM
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Audiences seem to be cooling on wig-wearing, "I'll-do-anything-just-send-me-a-script" Nicolas Cage. His medieval flick "Season Of The Witch" opened at number three, and over the weekend, "Drive Angry 3D" arrived with an empty tank opening way down the list at number nine. But Cage, for whatever it's worth, is still a name that gets lower-budgeted action fare moving and certainly dinosaur bones and castles don't pay for themselves. Just before the end of the year, Cage signed on to the thriller "Medallion," and things are still moving forward on the project despite his dodgy box office prospects these days.

Pulpy New Poster For Arthouse Killer Tire Movie 'Rubber' Debuts

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 1, 2011 2:41 AM
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Those of you waiting for a theatrical release of Quentin Dupieux’s killer tire flick “Rubber,” will be able to scratch that itch in about a month. For those too impatient, the film is currently playing on Video On Demand. The gonzo film directed by Dupieux also known as Mr. Oizo, the French electro musician who also provides the score, has been making the rounds at festivals from Cannes to Fantastic Fest and picking up mostly positive reviews. We were pretty impressed with the trailer so our fingers are crossed that it is the definitive killer tire movie of our generation. With the film now out on VOD and the theatrical date just around the corner, the distributor Magnet has just released a new poster for the film which you can see below.

Tim Burton & Josh Brolin Teaming For 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame' From 'Sherlock Holmes 2' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:36 AM
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Does Johnny Depp Know About This?So many questions to start this report: Is Johnny Depp not available? Does Josh Brolin want to be the new Johnny Depp? Can someone please keep Tim Burton away from any more classic pieces of fiction following the godawful "Alice In Wonderland"?

Tom Hooper Adds 'Tulip Fever' To List Of Possible Follow-Ups To 'The King's Speech'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2011 2:20 AM
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The Roman statesman Cato The Elder, when asked about his legacy, responded "I would like the world to say 'why didn't they put up a statue to him?' rather than 'why did they put up a statue to him?'" "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper now doesn't have the option, having beaten David Fincher, and the predictions of most Oscar prognosticators, and won the Best Director prize at Sunday's Academy Awards. Now, the young director, on only his third film, has to pick his follow-up without disappointing those invested in him.

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Teams With Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg For 'Predisposed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:13 AM
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Tracy Morgan Also Linked To RoleTalk about striking while the iron is hot. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo -- whose f-bomb was one of the highlights of the otherwise sluggish Oscars last night -- and permanently awkward Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg are apparently set to team for the indie comedy "Predisposed."

Quentin Tarantino To Deliver Final Draft Of Western Script Within The Next Couple Of Months

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2011 1:58 AM
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Project Is Not Surprisingly Set Up At The Weinstein Company; Is It The Director's Long-Mooted Slavery Project?Update: AICN says that the Franco Nero project -- with Keith Carradine and Treat Williams -- is actually something else entirely, but that Christoph Waltz is attached to Tarantino's project.

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