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First Look: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks & Emily Mortimer In 'My Idiot Brother'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 10, 2011 2:47 AM
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9 New Photos From The Paul Rudd Comedy Premiering At SundanceWith the film set to premiere later this month at Sundance, Jesse Peretz's star-driven comedy "My Idiot Brother" has launched an official website featuring the first look at the band of actresses playing the sisters of Paul Rudd's protagonist including Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer as well as Rashida Jones who plays Deschanel's character's lesbian lover.

Rumor: Is Naomie Harris Being Courted For The Female Lead In Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2011 2:32 AM
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You wouldn't know it from this week's milquetoast Vince Vaughn/Kevin James comedy "The Dilemma," but director Ron Howard, of all people, is about to embark on one of the most ambitious projects Hollywood has ever seen: an adaptation of Stephen King's mammoth seven-book fantasy opus "The Dark Tower," which will stretch across three big-screen features, broken up by two TV series which will all feature the same cast. The scope of the adaptation alone is an impressive enough feat, if it's seen through, but when taking into account the bonkers, meta-fictional nature of the source material, it's hard not to impressed by Howard's cojones, even if we're unconvinced that he's got the skills to pull it off.

Baz Luhrmann Considering Shooting 'The Great Gatsby' In 3D

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2011 2:14 AM
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To some degree, it's no longer really a story when a big-name director decides to shoot a high-profile picture in 3D -- for the moment, at least, the format's becoming something of a standard for tentpoles, actioners and kids flicks, and it's arguably more significant when someone like Christopher Nolan kicks against the trend. Otherwise, everyone from Martin Scorsese to the guy who directed "Legion" are putting out films in three dimensions, and generally speaking, it's worth no more than a brief mention in a round up of other news. Generally.

R.I.P. Peter Yates (1929-2011)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 1:52 AM
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Some sad news to start your week as four-time Oscar nominated director Peter Yates has died at the age of 82, following a long illness.

Trent Reznor Talks Scoring David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2011 7:33 AM
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Reznor Says He & Atticus Ross Have Already Written 2 Hours of Music; Are Striving To Create Their "Own Sonic World"As recently discussed, Trent Reznor confirmed to New York Times music critic Jon Pareles in a public Q&A that he would be scoring, yes along with Atticus Ross, David Fincher's upcoming film, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara; it's already due in theaters December 21 later this year.

Weekend Box Office: 'True Grit,' 'Fockers' Defeat Nicolas Cage's Sleepytime Witch Adventure

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2011 6:26 AM
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The deathmatch of 2010’s holiday season has spilled into the New Year, with “True Grit” and “Little Fockers” matching wits for the top spot at the box office. As projected, the Coen Brothers' western finally surpassed the lowest-common-denominator sequel, but it remains close, and it’s hard to forecast a winner on either side.

Farrelly Brothers Deny Casting Reports On 'The Three Stooges'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2011 3:35 AM
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Not so fast. Earlier in the week, The Wrap reported that "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg, "Jackass" co-founder Johnny Knoxville and an Australian comedian named Shane Jacobson were on the shortlist to lead Bobby and Peter Farrelly's long-gestating feature-length version of "The Three Stooges" film now that erstwhile principal leads Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro had moved on.

Steven Soderbergh Confirms April 22nd 'Haywire' Release Date, Calls 'Contagion' A "Horror" Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 8, 2011 7:53 AM
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Director Says He's Absolutely Sincere About Retirement, Wants To Do 'Liberace' & 'Man From U.N.C.L.E' FirstLet's keep part of this brief. We reported that Steven Soderbergh's upcoming spy action-thriller, "Haywire," starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, was hitting theaters April 22, 2011 late last year. In case you had any doubts, and or to be Nikki Finke about it, the director himself confirmed that date in a podcast with NFL Total Access host Rich Eisen (yes, the filmmaker is also a major pigskin addict).

New Katie Aselton ('The Freebie') Will Be A Thriller, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Still Being Edited

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 8, 2011 6:52 AM
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We chatted with actor/director Katie Aselton (wife of filmmaker Mark Duplass) recently; the filmmaker doing the rounds of promotion for the DVD release of "The Freebie," her directorial debut also starring Dax Shepard. The disc arrives on January 11th, so pre-order and add to queues appropriately: this one's a solid, nerve-wracking relationship piece, one that would fit appropriately in a double-feature with "Blue Valentine" -- that is, should any cold-hearted theater curator ever have the gall to do such a thing.

Catherine Keener Joins Philip Seymour Hoffman In 'A Late Quartet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2011 6:22 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: More casting has fallen into place for Yaron Zilberman‘s indie-drama “A Late Quartet.” Following Thursday's announcement that Philip Seymour Hoffman had joined the film, reps for Catherine Keener have confirmed that the actress has joined 'Quartet''s cast as well.

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