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Now They’re Just Hiring Anybody: Alyssa Milano Joins 'New Year's Eve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 3:45 AM
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Update: E! reports that Julie Andrews has now also joined the film, classing up the proceedings considerably. Also, Marc Malkin looks frighteningly like Steve Zahn.

Are Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer Making Out In Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 3:30 AM
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An interesting story recently caught our eyes and one that contradicts everything we've heard about and read from Clint Eastwood's 'J.Edgar,' his biopic of FBI Bureau chief J. Edgar Hoover.

Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz & John C. Reilly Now Filming Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • February 3, 2011 3:19 AM
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Shooting began earlier this week on Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” a film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play "Gods Of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza. Stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz have traveled to Paris to the shoot the film about two sets of parents that come together to hash it out after their children get into a playground fight. True to the title, the meeting eventually turns out bad for all as the parents begin to attack and turn on each other. Winslet and Waltz play husband and wife Nancy and Alan, while Foster and Reilly as Penelope and Michael. The film is being produced by Said Ben Said through SBS Productions with ICM repping sales in the U.S.

Brit List Toppers 'Sex Education' & 'Cheerleaders' Get Directors In Misha Manson-Smith & Tom Harper

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 3:14 AM
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The Brit List, an annual celebration of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK, may have followed in the footsteps of the Black List, but it doesn't necessarily mean the same guarantee of success. Compared to films like "The Social Network" and "Juno," which placed highly on the US list in past years, and went on to both critical and commercial success, UK equivalents like "The Men Who Stared At Goats" and "Nowhere Boy" turned out rather disappointingly, while the 2009 topper, "Good Luck Anthony Belcher," is still awaiting a green light.

Review: 'Cold Weather' A Winning Micro-Indie Mystery

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 3, 2011 3:02 AM
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Mystery is a tricky genre to work in. Although there's an indisputable amount of excitement involved as the protagonist and audience alike piece together the puzzle, once all is solved every associated feeling fizzles, leaving little impact and less to chew on post-viewing. Some directors have worked tirelessly to avoid this sentiment, with examples such as "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and "Cache" playing by some rules but ultimately turning into a different beast at the end of the day. Others, like "Brick," used talky-noir conventions and dropped them in a high school atmosphere. The result was a humorous and refreshing experience, maybe a little silly at times but enjoyable and focused nonetheless. Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather," a masterful combination of micro-indie sensibilities and missing-person mysteries, finds its success by constructing a legitimately tense plot and employing a loose aesthetic that allows atmosphere and charm to sometimes take precedent.

Julia Roberts In Talks For Tarsem's 3D 'Brothers Grimm: Snow White'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 3:00 AM
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Can't keep track of the trifecta of Snow White movies in development? We don't blame you. Just as Kristen Stewart has entered negotiations for "Snow White And The Huntsman" for Universal this evening, and Michael Arndt came aboard to write "Snow And The Seven" for Disney yesterday, Relativity Media have countered with news of one of the biggest stars in the world now in talks for their film.

Kenneth Branagh In Talks, Anthony Hopkins Circling Adaptation Of Henning Mankell's 'Italian Shoes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 2:49 AM
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After toiling away on the big budget comic movie "Thor," it looks like director Kenneth Branagh and actor Anthony Hopkins -- who seem to have got on smashingly -- are looking to scale things back a bit for their next project together.

Mike Newell In Talks To Direct New Version Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 2:41 AM
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Script From 'One Day' Writer David NichollsMike Newell is a frustrating guy. The kind of genre-hopping director we normally take to our hearts at The Playlist, but with more unpredictable results than helmers like Michael Winterbottom and Steven Soderbergh, it seems that for every good Newell film, there's a terrible counterpart. He was behind the classic mob drama "Donnie Brasco," but also the deathly dull Marquez adaptation "Love in the Time of Cholera," he helmed both seminal rom-com "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and the awful "Mona Lisa Smile," and even his tentpole history is checkered: he directed both one of the better "Harry Potter" entries and, most recently, the truly terrible "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

'The Hurt Locker' Scribe Mark Boal To Produce, Possibly Write Julian Assange Picture

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 2:19 AM
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Paul Greengrass Circling Other Julian Assange Pic In Development Based On His Forthcoming MemoirUpdate: Deadline reveals that Paul Greengrass "might [be]come attached" to a film that is being developed based on a forthcoming memoir from the Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
More: Mark Boal

David Fincher Wants Rooney Mara Topless On 'Dragon Tattoo' Poster & 9 Other Revelations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 1:53 AM
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Even if some of the awards heat has fallen off "The Social Network," with "The King's Speech" taking over the front-runner spot, David Fincher's got to be feeling pretty good about himself of late. After a few years that saw him make the brilliant "Zodiac," which was mostly ignored by audiences, and finally finish "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," released to lukewarm reviews even from his biggest fans, 2010 saw Fincher put out a film that resonated with both critics and audiences for the first time since "Seven." What's more, he's the new favorite at Sony, who has given him a hefty budget to kick off what they hope will be a huge franchise for them, with the adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

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