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'The Hobbit': Elijah Wood Talks Frodo; Saoirse Ronan Not Offered A Part; Orlando Bloom Not Locked

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 7:36 AM
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So, some small bits of news surrounding "The Hobbit" have cropped up in the past day or so. Nothing particularly revelatory but just small updates on the progress on the film and in particular, how casting is shaping up.

Updated: First Look At Renesmee In 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 7:08 AM
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Update: Oops, turns out that still is not from 'Breaking Dawn.' As you were.

Dutch Actor Yorick van Wageningen Joins David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 6:44 AM
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Believe it or not, even though "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is already set for December release date, David Fincher is going to be racing to the finish line. The length shoot started this fall and as Stellan Skarsgård recently revealed production will continue in L.A. and Sweden right through until April or May. With a lengthy shooting schedule it's no surprise that casting of smaller parts continues and a new name has been added along with a couple of others that have slipped through the cracks.

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Calls Cameron Crowe's Doc A "Love Letter" That's "Painful" & "Hard To Watch"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 5:35 AM
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It's been five years since Cameron Crowe bellyflopped with "Elizabethtown" but we still have a lot faith in the helmer and with two pictures from the director arriving this year, it's a good time to be a Crowe fan. Of course, there's "We Bought A Zoo," the dramedy that is currently in production starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus MacFadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit and J.B. Smoove. But also on the docket is a long in the works documentary on Pearl Jam who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

Madonna's 'W.E.' To Screen Privately At Berlin Film Festival, Aiming For Cannes Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 5:07 AM
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OK, so Madonna's first attempt behind the camera "Filth and Wisdom" was a bit of misfire, but damn if Ms. Ciccone isn't raising the stakes for her for sophomore effort "W.E."

James Newton Howard Scoring 'Green Lantern'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 21, 2011 5:04 AM
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While it's been rumored in quieter circles for some time now, it's since been confirmed that eight-time Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard (everything from "Liar Liar," to "The Dark Knight") will be scoring Martin Campbell's upcoming sci-fi superhero flick, "Green Lantern."

In Theaters: 'No Strings Attached,' 'The Company Men,' 'The Way Back' and more

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 21, 2011 4:24 AM
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Has everyone recovered from their Golden Globes hangover? Ricky Gervais is now in witness protection and Hollywood is all in extra therapy after having jokes made at their expense by that mean, mean man. Let's just distract ourselves with the entertainment provided by the finger pointing blame game being played by "The Green Hornet" team. It's the number one movie in America, but someone must answer for its suckage! We've at least successfully scared Michel Gondry off doing any more studio action comedies, so there's your silver lining. Chin up, movie fans, it's a new weekend with a fresh new crop of cinematic offerings to get excited about. Aw fuck it, everyone's at Sundance, watching the movies we'll see in six months, so what we have is a sex-com, "No Strings Attached' (spoiler alert, there are strings attached), a pink slip drama, "The Company Men" (topical!) and a bunch of older festival stuff in limited release that are seeing the light of projection booths on our shores.

Watch: 'Scream 4' Trailer Asks "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?" All Over Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 4:09 AM
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New decade, new rules, same boring story.
More: Films, Scream 4

Screen Gems Remaking 'About Last Night...", 'Easy A' Director Will Gluck Producing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 21, 2011 4:04 AM
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There's a serious divide in that a movie title means more to a Hollywood executive than the general public. "Remaking" something like "Lethal Weapon" sort of makes sense, since those movies were so popular that you could slap "Lethal Weapon" on anything, and people will make certain associations that essentially minimizes the negative impact a bad marketing campaign can do. Does "About Last Night..." have the same power?

Sundance '11: Matthew Lessner Talks About His Edgy, Ambitious Debut Feature 'The Woods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 3:58 AM
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Sundance is now officially underway, and with Hollywood decamping to the hills of Park City, many up-and-coming filmmakers will be unspooling their films hoping to get they break they came looking for. And one of those folks is director Matthew Lessner, who will be premiering his debut feature, "The Woods." For the indie minded folk out there, you might have Lessner’s work if you managed to catch a look at his 2005 short film “Darling Darling” with Michael Cera, or one of the handful of music videos he’s directed for such bands as The Raveonettes, Dirty Projectors and Le Loup. However, for his debut feature, Lessner had something very specific in mind, an absurdist commentary on contemporary culture filtered through a group of young people who take to the woods, bringing their technology and comforts of home with them. And it took an eye-opening job placement to get the idea for the film rolling.

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