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Susanna White To Direct Adaptation Of Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 9:59 AM
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While Andrew Niccol has worked closely with Stephenie Meyer on the script and was in line to direct, he's now busy with his sci-fi thriller "Now," and the task of directing an adapting of the "Twilight" author's non-Bella-and-Edward-and-Jacob-related book "The Host" has fallen to another.

We Just Crapped Our Pants: Ryan Gosling & Nicolas Winding Refn Team For 'Logan's Run'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 8:58 AM
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Ahhh! This is what Ryan Gosling was alluding to. Let's face it, we didn't give a shit about the "Logan's Run" remake throughout its long development history that saw a number of directors -- notably Bryan Singer and more recently Carl Erik Rinsch (who is moving on to do "47 Ronin") -- circle the director's chair. But congratu-fucking-lations Warner Bros., you made us sit up and take notice.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Gets A Best Friend In Anthony Mackie; Dominic Cooper Stakes Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 8:34 AM
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Update: Variety reports that Dominic Cooper has also signed on to the film, in the key role of Henry Sturgess that was previously linked to Joaquin Phoenix.

Bradley Cooper Joins 'The Words'; Jeremy Irons In Talks; Directorial Debut By 'Tron: Legacy' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 8:17 AM
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Though his profile was raised considerably thanks to a starring turn in "The Hangover," Bradley Cooper isn't quite proven outside of that comedy vehicle. Yet. Oh sure, he had "The A-Team" last summer, but that was sold more on the franchise than the actors and its terribleness was due mostly to the atrocious material than anything else. Coming up, he's got the thriller "Limitless" that will be the first real test of his leading man status and he will be testing the waters with none other than Robert De Niro in that pic. But clearly, Cooper isn't eager to get pigeonholed into frat boy comedy and his next project is another shift of direction for the actor.

SXSW Film Fest Adds 'Attack The Block,' Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short, 'Insidious' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2011 8:00 AM
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'Hobo With A Shotgun' & More Added In Midnight & Shorts ProgramSXSW is just over a month away and the organizers down in Austin have revealed the rest of their already staggeringly large lineup. The Midnighters should provide genre fans with some big thrillers, and perhaps the most exciting film of the bunch, making its world premiere, is Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block." Featuring mostly only U.K.-known actors, the alien invasion pic will pit a group of teenagers against extra-terrestrials and it will feature a soundtrack by dance-poppers Basement Jaxx. Nice. Meanwhile, "Saw" creator James Wan will try and scare you silly with "Insidious" (which came out of TIFF with decent notices) while Rugter Hauer will power the outrageous "Hobo with a Shotgun."

'Red Sonja' Back On With Simon West Directing; Amber Heard Tipped As Favorite For The Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 7:27 AM
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There's Also Going To Be A 'Conan 2'One project that fell apart, breaking geek hearts in the process, was Robert Rodriguez's "Red Sonja." With Rose McGowan in the lead, the project made it through concept art phases but never went beyond, and eventually both Rodriguez and McGowan moved on to other things. But the project is still alive and kicking, and in a recent conversation with Empire, producer Avi Lerner dropped some news on who will be directing the film and who he'd like to step into the red-haired role.

Morgan Freeman & Annette Bening Join Rob Reiner's 'The Third Act'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 6:53 AM
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Rob Reiner is a bit of a conundrum. He's made three bona fide classics -- "This Is Spinal Tap," "The Princess Bride" and "When Harry Met Sally...," delivered some better than average blockbusters like "Misery" and "A Few Good Men," and most recently, had one of his biggest hits ever with "The Bucket List." Yet, on the other side of the spectrum when Reiner misses, he whiffs big. Last year's "Flipped" got tepid reviews and came and went from theaters without anyone noticing and do you remember "Alex & Emma"? Yeah, us neither. But when Reiner delivers, he delivers big, so he'll never be wanting for financing.

Where's Greta Gerwig? Trailer For 'Arthur' With Russell Brand Lands With A Thud

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 6:27 AM
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Ooof. Listen, we like Russell Brand, and he can be quick with a quip and wit, but we just sat here watching the trailer for "Arthur" -- yes, a remake of the Dudley Moore comedy "classic" -- and we kept waiting for something funny to happen. It never did.

Review: 'Cedar Rapids' Provides A Trickle Of Laughs Instead Of A Torrent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 5:58 AM
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On paper, "Cedar Rapids" sounds like a no brainer. The Frank Capra-esque premise is familiar: a small town man is sent off to the big city where he struggles to adjust to the fast pace and shifty morals of metropolitan life. And when you line up a stacked roster of talent that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry and Stephen Root, the movie should pretty much just write itself. Figuratively speaking, that is. But unfortunately, Miguel Arteta seems to have literally taken what was probably a great treatment and hoped that his actors and actresses could do the rest with unfortunately middling results.

Review: 'The Eagle' Marred By Humorless Melodrama & A Silly Bromance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 5:27 AM
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Helluva Chase Though...While mildly engaging initially, but soon marred by cliches, all-to-familiar and humorless swords and sandals tropes, a barrage of mixed accents (including puzzling Brooklyn ones), and the unintentional bromance comedy of two warring leads turned bffs by the end of the picture, Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle" fails to deliver anything we haven't seen from the Roman soldiers/bros. on-the-run genre.

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