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Rising Actor Riz Ahmed Joins Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 4, 2011 2:40 AM
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Update: Thanks to some astute reader tips, we've learned that the project is "Trishna," a modern day re-telling of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The setting of the film has been relocated to India and will follow the tragic relationship between Jay and Trishna, the former the son of a property developer, the latter the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. You can read the full synopsis here but we warn you, it's very spoiler heavy. No word yet on when it will go in front of cameras but according to production designer David Bryan, it will shoot in Jaipur, India.

Watch: 'Rango' Superbowl Spot, Plus Hear Los Lobos' Theme For The Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2011 2:17 AM
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'Kung Fu Panda 2' Spot Lands TooAfter a truly golden few years for animation, 2011 is looking a little fallow. There's the usual mix of uninspiring also-rans, with the likes of "Gnomeo and Juliet," "Mars Needs Moms" and "Rio" all hitting in the next few months, but even the big dogs seem to have decided not to really bother this time around, with Pixar, Dreamworks and Warner Bros all turning out sequels to less-than-beloved originals in the form of "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss In Boots" and "Happy Feet 2." We're moderately hopeful about Aardman's latest, "Arthur Christmas," and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," but for the most part, the embarrassment of riches that animation fans have been treated to in the last few years seems to have dried up.

Awesome: Nick Cave Confirms He'll Score John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 4, 2011 1:58 AM
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Says Andrew Dominik Only Liked Half Of An Early Score He Wrote For 'Jesse James'It was very likely going to be case anyway but Australian musician Nick Cave has now confirmed that he'll take on scoring duties for John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation Matt Bondurant's "The Wettest County In The World," which he also wrote the script for.

Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy To Reteam On Untitled Action-Adventure From 'Lost' Writer Carlton Cuse

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2011 1:00 AM
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Pitch Can't Possibly Be As Stupid As Robot Boxing, Can It?If the box office in the last few years has made anything clear, it's that contemporary audiences like nothing more than the combination of CGI robots and punching. The first two "Transformers" movies grossed $1.5 billion between them, with the third likely to join them as a huge hit this summer. But that's not enough for DreamWorks, who teamed "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman on "Real Steel," a future-set tale of robot boxing.

Ben Affleck Teams Up With Producer George Clooney For Tehran Hostage Pic, 'Argo'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • February 4, 2011 12:23 AM
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After months of weighting options in the afterglow of the well-received crime thriller, "The Town," it looks like Ben Affleck has finally landed his next directorial project. THR is reporting that the actor/director is in early negotiations to helm “Argo,” an adaptation of a WIRED magazine article detailing the true-life events of the Tehran hostage crisis in the early 1980s. This political thriller will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the team behind the magnificent “Good Night and Good Luck” and the less impressive “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” The title of the article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” indicates that the movie will contain elements of humor and satire as well. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay and the script landed on the Blacklist last year. David Klawans (“Nacho Libre”) will also produce.
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Jason Segel Joining '80s-Era Comedy, 'Undercover Cop' For DreamWorks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 11:54 AM
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Steve Zaillian's Film Rites company is on a major roll (as is the Academy Award-winning writer himself). The production banner has "The Cold Light of Day," starring "Superman"-to-be Henry Cavill, and "Red Riding Hood" coming out later this year (the former with Summit, the latter with Warner Bros.), they inked a first-look, two-year producing deal with DreamWorks last spring and most recently they're working on the English-language adaptation of the Spanish sci-fi time-travel pic, "Time Crimes," at the studio as well.

Jonny Greenwood's Soundtrack To 'Norwegian Wood' Gets U.S. Release On March 8th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 11:25 AM
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Radiohead and Jonny Greenwood fans rejoice, the guitar slinger's latest film composition won't cost you a dinner and a movie for two people, so save that money you were going to spend on an import. Nonesuch Records have announced that Greenwood's score for Anh Hung Tran‘s “Norwegian Wood” will get a stateside release; it was released in Japan last year.

Watch: Trying To Kiss A Teenage Assassin Is Dangerous In New U.K. Trailer For 'Hanna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 11:04 AM
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We have to admit, the first trailer for Joe Wright's "Hanna" didn't do much for us, not really delivering on the 'Bourne'-esque vibe we were expecting, but the new UK trailer plays much better and points to something perhaps slightly different than the Matt Damon franchise.

Brad Garrett Rounds Out Cast For David Chase's 'Twylight Zones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 10:01 AM
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Not Actually Called 'Twylight Zones' AnymoreThe final pieces have been put into place for the upcoming coming-of-age rock 'n roll tale from "The Sopranos" creator David Chase that was formerly known as "The Twylight Zones" (it is currently untitled).

Rob Zombie To Direct 'Lords Of Salem' This Spring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 9:28 AM
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Depending on who you ask Rob Zombie is either overrated or a much-needed voice in the horror genre. His first two features, "The House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" have their fans, while most will agree that his "Halloween" films left much to be desired. However, the director is back with a project that has been brewing for a while now.

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