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Brian Geraghty, Logan Huffman & Madeleine Martin Join Indie Drama 'Refuge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 5:11 AM
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While "The Hurt Locker" seemed to be a career boost for everyone involved, it's been disappointing that Brian Geraghty has been overlooked (how come his name hasn't been popping up for tentpole shortlist casting?). Just as solid as his co-stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, Geraghty hasn't quite had the same post-'Locker' push as his castmates. No matter, we're keeping an eye on the actor and what he does next, and now he's lined up an indie drama to star in.

Review: 'I Am Number Four' Is A Sci-Fi 'Twilight' With a Sense of Humor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 17, 2011 4:41 AM
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Based on a novel co-authored by shamed memoirist James Frey, "I Am Number Four" is a sci-fi take on the same sort of material that has made 'Twilight' an international sensation. Instead of sparkly vampires, though, it's a handsome, hounded alien played by Alex Pettyfer that takes center stage. And while it succeeds in some respects, particularly in the fact that it has a sense of humor and some jaunty action set pieces, it all too often falls into the same draggy aimlessness that largely defines the 'Twilight' franchise.

Henry Cavill Got The 'Superman' Gig Because No One Laughed When He Put On The Iconic Suit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 4:26 AM
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Like any casting run-up for any comic/franchise/tentpole film, a number of actors were rumored and wishlisted, but the names that were in the final running for Zack Snyder's "Superman" included Matthew Goode, Matthew Bomer, Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello and Colin O’Donaghue. However, what eventually landed Henry Cavill the gig was something as simple as those in the audition room not giggling when he came out dressed in the iconic suit.

Scoot McNairy Lands Major Role in 'Cogan's Trade'; Eyed For 'Prometheus' & 'Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 4:22 AM
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Casey Affleck Looks To Be Out Of The Picture, But Young Unknown Is On The Verge; Ben Mendelsoh Also Joins CastUpdate: And speaking of inexpensive, on-the-rise talent, Variety reports that "Animal Kingdom" thesp Ben Mendelsohn (who played the nervy Pope in the acclaimed Aussie flick) has also joined "Cogan's Trade." He and McNairy will play junkies who hold up the high stakes poker game, with Pitt tasked to find them.

Halle Berry Returns & Carla Gugino Joins 'New Year's Eve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 4:07 AM
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Our favorite movie of all time -- one that we've even puzzled ourselves with our repeat reportage of -- is Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve." Or it will be when it eventually comes out.

'Arthur' Poster Is Actually Scarier Than The New 'Scream 4' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 3:53 AM
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New posters have arrived for a remake and a sequel, both of which, frankly, look dreadful and neither one-sheet has their intended effect.

Alice Eve To Play Younger Version Of Emma Thompson In 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 3:46 AM
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Is "Men In Black 3" a "Wild Wild West"-sized disaster waiting to happen? Guess we'll soon see, but given that filming has been pushed back after a scheduled mid-production break in order to get the script right, signs aren't great for the sequel that Sony hopes will make some mad bank. Regardless of any issues the film is facing, a release date is set and this thing is moving forward, ready or not, and another face has been added to the cast.

Review: 'Bouncing Cats' Details Breakdancing In Uganda, Suffers From Inexperience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 17, 2011 3:42 AM
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Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.) is a program led by dancer Abramz, aiming to create a better, more positive life for what is known to be the "worst place on earth to be a child." Director Nabil Elderkin met Abramz and was completely enamored by his dedication to the future of Uganda's youth, equally impressed with the size of his relatively new, nearly entirely self-created b-boy program. The filmmaker decided to return to East African country with a documentary crew, rounding up plenty of star power (Mos Def and Will.I.Am are interviewed, Common lays the narrating track) and also famous breakdancer Crazy Legs (founder of Rock Steady Crew whom the New York Times cited as "foremost breakdancing group in the world today") to teach a few work shop classes and tour the program. Elderkin matches the Ugandan teacher's optimism through his digital lens, going through the area's history and its current poverty while always returning to dedicated children or current b-boys discussing how hip-hop has changed their lives for the better.

Richard Kelly To Keep Things (Relatively) Simple For His Next Film 'Corpus Christi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 3:29 AM
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Well, Richard Kelly at least gets an A for effort. Despite them both being critical and box office turds, "The Box" and "Southland Tales" were nothing if not ambitious and we say, if you're gonna fail, might was as well fail big. That being said, Kelly is wisely stepping away from the supernatural and metaphysical for his next effort, one that will hopefully live up to the promise he displayed in "Donnie Darko."

Adrianne Palicki Cast As 'Wonder Woman' For New NBC Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 3:27 AM
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Yes, we know this is television news but considering how long a "Wonder Woman" feature has been rumored and knocked around, and given the heat now building up around the new television series -- if it does well -- you can bet a movie won't be too far behind.

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