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Ben Affleck Says He Wants To Make A Movie About The Eastern Congo But Hollywood Isn't Interested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 11:46 AM
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Buried in a hyperbolic piece of old news -- about the tourism ministers of Argentina and Paraguay being incensed at their countries being portrayed as hotbeds for the drug trade in Kathryn Bigelow's gestating "Triple Frontier" -- is a much more interesting piece of info.
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Watch: Mark Wahlberg Gets Into Fighting Shape In New Trailer For 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 10:45 AM
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While most early reviews have pegged David O. Russell's "The Fighter" as a mainstream crowd pleasing boxing fix, that hasn't stopped the marketing team behind the film to deliver some very clever teasers and trailers for the film. Back in October, an arty clip was debuted for audiences of "Mad Men" and now, with just over a week until the film hits, a new testosterone heavy spot has been unveiled.

Ruben Fleischer In Negotiations To Direct 'Tales From The Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 9:51 AM
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One of Warner Bros. highest priority projects of late is the true life pic "Tales From The Gangster Squad." They've courted a number of candidates for the gig including Ben Affleck and Darren Aronofsky with names like Paul Greengrass, Francis Lawrence, Martin Campbell and Greg Berlanti said to be on the studio’s short-list. Last we heard, "Crazy Heart" helmer Scott Cooper, Brazilian director of “Elite Squad” Jose Padilha and "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer were in contention and now one has risen to the top.

David O. Russell Says 'Uncharted' Script Halfway Done, Reveals Small Details About The Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 9:33 AM
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We have to admit, we initially weren't too thrilled with the news that David O. Russell was signing on to direct an adaptation of the video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." We didn't really see how his sensibilities would flourish in a big budget tentpole, particularly one that would likely be constrained by playing to fan expectations. Guess we were wrong.

Confirmed: Trailer For 'The Tree Of Life' To Play In Front Of 'Black Swan' Opening This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 9:01 AM
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It's hard to believe after such a long wait, but Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" will hit theaters in about six months. Really. And while we probably won't see a "Tree Of Life" Tuesdays marketing campaign modeled after Disney's approach to "Tron: Legacy," we won't have to wait too long to get our first look at the film.

Catherine Hardwicke In Negotiations To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Maze Runner'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 1, 2010 8:02 AM
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She got the "Twilight" franchise off and running and has retold a familiar fairy tale in "Red Riding Hood" hitting theaters next spring and now, Catherine Hardwicke has her eyes set on another major franchise project.

First Reviews For 'True Grit' Reveal The Coens At Their Most Traditional & Sentimental

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 7:05 AM
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"True Grit," the last potential Oscar player in the mix, has finally screened for critics and with the embargo breaking this afternoon, first reviews are beginning to trickle out. And scanning through them, there seems to be a big leeway being given to the directing duo for a film that apparently bears very little of the usual imprint or flourishes and plays strictly as an homage to westerns of yore. While most are pleased with the film, it seems the picture's tone and deliberate old school feel may be a dealbreaker for some Coen brothers fans, and it remains to be seen if it has the right stuff to hoof it into the awards season race.

Emma Thomas Says 'Superman' Is Now In Zack Snyder's Hands As Nolan Will Be Too Busy With 'TDK Rises'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 1, 2010 6:33 AM
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CGI-Enhanced Superman Rumors Surface, The Joker As CGI Debunked For 'Batman 3,' And Ben Affleck Sorta Talks Not Directing 'Man Of Steel'Those kicking back, relaxing and insisting that "Superman: The Man Of Steel" will be in good hands because filmmaker Zack Snyder will be directing the film under the watchful aegis of "The Dark Knight" helmer Christopher Nolan may want to hold the phone slightly.

So Hot Right Now, Pt.2: The Go-To Gals On Everyone's Casting Wish-Lists

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2010 6:08 AM
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Ten days or so ago, we took a look into the murky world of casting wishlists, which are being reported more and more often by reputable outlets, despite the fact that 90% of the names featured will never come close to taking the role in question. We ran down a list of the men who are popping up again and again in these lists, as well as looking at why these wishlist stories are being reported now, while it was unlikely that they would have been made public even a few years ago. If you missed it now's a good time to catch up -- you can find Part One here. We'll wait for you.

Watch: Trailer For Michael Rapaport's (Really) Documentary About A Tribe Called Quest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 5:18 AM
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It's hard to quantify just how important A Tribe Called Quest is to hip-hop music, but the group stood apart from the harder edged gangsta rap of their contemporaries. The group were a singular act among their peers and, more anecdotally, if you need to liven up a party, "Can I Kick It?" is guaranteed to get everyone moving.

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