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Brendan Fraser & Kristin Scott Thomas Join Neil LaBute's 'Seconds Of Pleasure'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:09 AM
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Colin Firth & Ed Harris Offered RolesWhat the hell happened to Neil LaBute? Once considered a bold new emerging cinematic voice after delivering two caustic, blistering and hilarious films "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" the director unwisely started taking on projects not based on his own writing. This led to the films like "Nurse Betty" and "Posession" and though he rebounded with the underrated "The Shape Of Things," matters got considerably worse with a trifecta of awful including "The Wicker Man" (man gets attacked by bees), "Lakeview Terrace" (man gets attacked by Samuel L. Jackson) and "Death At A Funeral" (man gets attacked by a midget). Which brings us to Brendan Fraser, who has made a career out of second-rate blockbusters, nauseating family films with the odd drama that no one ever watches thrown in for good measure.

Contest Giveaway: 'Somewhere' Prize Packs Including Signed Poster & 'Lost In Translation' BluRay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:07 AM
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Update: Contest is closed. Winners will be contacted via email.

Charlize Theron Official For 'Snow White & The Huntsman'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:00 AM
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Oh boy, it's probably not going to be a great morning for Charlize Theron's PR rep. Last night, news broke that Theron had left Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" in favor of taking a look at a the lead role, freshly rewritten with her in mind, in Ridley Scott's developing "Alien" prequel. But it appears that's not all that's cooking for the suddenly-very-in-demand actress.

'The King's Speech' Picks Up Surprise Nomination For American Society Of Cinematographers Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 2:49 AM
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With the Golden Globes coming up this weekend, and the Oscar nominations only a couple of weeks away, we're entering the final stages of the seemingly-endless 2010 awards race, and yesterday saw some of the last of the major craft and guild nominations of the season. We covered the DGA noms yesterday, which saw David O Russell beat out the Coen Brothers for the fifth slot, and late last night the American Society of Cinematographers named their picks for the five greatest achievements in the field, and there's another surprise in store there.

C. Thomas Howell, Of All People, Joins 'Spider-Man' Reboot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 2:32 AM
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Is Marc Webb taking a leaf from the Christopher Nolan casting playbook? Since "Batman Begins," Nolan's made something of a habit of casting 1980s icons who've mostly been absent from the big-screen in recent years, names like Rutger Hauer, Eric Roberts, Tom Berenger and even David Bowie, in his big-screen works -- a curious, although mostly successful trait. Now, one more name's been announced for the "Spider-Man" reboot, and like many of Nolan's favorites, it's an actor who hasn't been seen in anything with such a high-profile for a few decades.

Michelle Pfeiffer To Play Chris Pine's Mother In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 2:16 AM
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The DreamWorks drama "Welcome To People" goes before cameras imminently, and it should prove to be interesting, marking a move into more serious fare for a whole group of actors who, until now, have been more recognized for their involvement in tentpoles and comedies. Following a young businessman who returns home after the death of his father, the film marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and newcomer Jody Lambert; Kurtzman and Orci being best known so far for writing the likes of "Transformers" and "Star Trek."

Ron Livingston Joins 'Ten Year' and 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 1:57 AM
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Max Minghella Also In 'Ten Year' Ensemble Why isn't Ron Livingston a bigger name? Having delivered a slew of scene-stealing performances since "Swingers" (our personal favorite: Charlie Kaufman's obscene agent in "Adaptation"), the actor has been a near-constant presence on screens big and small, but somehow never made the step-up to Paul Rudd-style leading roles, despite being the lynchpin of the cult comedy "Office Space." Hell, even Nikki Finke seems to like him, and she hates everything.

Tina Fey Eyes 'Admission' With Paul Weitz Set To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 12:12 AM
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Last spring, Tina Fey showed that her "30 Rock" popularity can translate into some box office power (at least when paired with Steve Carell; let's not talk about "Baby Mama") when "Date Night" became a box office hit and it looks she's ready to try another film, although one with a bit more dramatic meat on the bones.

'One Day' With Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess Lands Big Summer Release Date Of July 8th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 12:01 AM
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Wow. We knew that early word on this was good, but we didn't know it was this good. Focus Features has set the Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess led rom-com "One Day" with a scheduled July 8th release date, placing it right in the middle of the summer blockbuster season. The move will put the film, opening in a platform release, up against the Kevin James family vehicle "The Zookeeper" and more intriguingly, opposite the next and presumably terrible Katherine Heigl film, "One For The Money." We know what we're buying our tickets for that weekend.

Judd Apatow To Direct New Pee-Wee Herman Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 11:45 AM
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The answer is probably "No," but it's an intriguing prospect and you just never know what might happen. Last summer, it was revealed that Judd Apatow would be producing a brand new Pee Wee Herman movie but it appears as Apatow may consider the director's chair as well.

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