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Weekend Box Office: Audiences Move In With 'The Roommate'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 6, 2011 5:38 AM
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You have to admire the cynically commercial business strategies of cheapo distributor Screen Gems. Maybe the worst major studio subsidiary on the block, their approach has been to consistently crank out broadly-appealing four-quadrant movies working with middling directors and fairly unremarkable material. So it goes for “The Roommate,” which is the company’s second-straight Super Bowl weekend hit at $15 million, a designation granted mostly due to how cheap the film was to produce.

'Inception' & 'The Social Network' Take Home WGA Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2011 2:32 AM
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Of all the guild awards this year, the WGA had the most intriguing list of nominees largely due to the number of high profile films -- “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” among them -- that were disqualified for not being formally submitted and/or created under the aegis of the organization. Regardless, the guild handed out its awards last night and winners are still representative of some of the year's best work.

David O. Russell Teams With Connie Britton For FX Drama; Niels Arden Oplev Helms CBS Pilot

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • February 6, 2011 1:47 AM
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Hot off his Oscar nominated film "The Fighter," David O. Russell -- who, as usual, has a number of projects he's working on -- has added one more and set his sights on the small screen. Deadline reports that the director has teamed up with "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton to create a female-driven drama for FX.

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy May Reteam For Werewolves-In-Gangland-L.A. Pic 'Sharp Teeth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2011 6:48 AM
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Does Danny Boyle have the taste for monsters again? The director re-imagined the zombie genre with his inventive "28 Days Later..." and his ambitious stage version of "Frankenstein" (with a score by Underworld and leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation) already in previews in the U.K. but his next movie project may find him mixing it up with the supernatural once again.

Will Ursa Be Appearing In Zack Snyder's 'Superman'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2011 6:07 AM
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Speculation surrounding Zack Snyder's "Superman" shifted direction earlier this week when it was revealed that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike were all vying for a lead female role in the film that was not Lois Lane (though yes, despite some confusion, that character will still be in the film). Guesses were made at what the role might be -- Lana Lang or Cat Grant perhaps -- however, the part might be one that we've seen before.

Cobie Smulders In Negotiations To Play Maria Hill in 'The Avengers'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 5, 2011 4:13 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Confirmed To Be Coming Back As LokiThat was quick. Just two days ago we were discussing the new frontrunners for the role that turns out to be SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, the sidekick for Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury character in Marvel's "The Avengers" film (for a second there we were thinking they'd turn this character into the Wasp). Names included Mary Elizabeth Winstead (”Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”), “V” star Morena Baccarin (who also starred in 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon‘s “Firefly” and the film “Serenity”), Jessica Lucas (”Cloverfield”) and Cobie Smulders.

Freida Pinto Joins Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2011 3:27 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Winterbottom's developing modern-day retelling of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” continues to move forward and following yesterday's news that Riz Ahmed ("The Road To Guantanamo," "Four Lions") had come aboard, another actor is now confirmed to be starring.

James Franco In Talks To Lead Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2011 12:45 AM
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Man of the moment James Franco is reportedly in early talks to take the lead role in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," a quasi-prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," after Robert Downey Jr. bailed on the role and Johnny Depp passed after early discussions.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Take Me Home Tonight' Is The R-Rated '80s Movie You Always Wanted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 10:50 AM
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Generally, when a film sits around as long as "Take Me Home Tonight" (formerly known as "Kids In America") has (filming wrapped way back in 2007), the perception is that it's a road apple. But as Topher Grace related in December, it was actually the film's wanton approach to drugs that caused the hold up.

Camilla Belle Joins Adaptation Of Elmore Leonard's 'Freaky Deaky'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 10:19 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Movement is beginning again on the long-in-development adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Freaky Deaky" with a new actress boarding the project.

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