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Scarlett Johansson Leading The Race For Female Lead In Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 2, 2010 2:57 AM
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Amy Adams Still In The Mix Along With Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Rachel McAdamsFive years after his generally-panned dramedy "Elizabethtown" starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, director Cameron Crowe is currently gearing up for his next directorial effort with an adaptation of Benjamin Mee's autobiographical novel "We Bought A Zoo," which currently has Matt Damon in the lead role. Thomas Haden Church was recently added to the cast as Mee's brother with newcomer Colin Ford scoring the role of Mee's son while Amy Adams was noted to be weighing up the female lead role.

Rumor: 'Ghostbusters III' Getting A May 2011 Start Date?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2010 2:45 AM
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Update: We missed this last month, but the very funny site FilmDrunk reported that the script was not being rewritten, that Stupnisky and Eisenberg's script has been met with approval all around, and that the only holdout right now is (surprise) Bill Murray. Should he decide to bite the bullet, production will happen next year with a December 2012 release planned. But yeah, like we said, May 2011 seems tentative at this point.

James Nesbitt & Adam Brown Join 'The Hobbit'; Ian McKellen Says He's Still Without A Contract

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2010 2:42 AM
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More good news from The Shire. With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" having a firm greenlight and also settling the union woes that once threatened to move the production from New Zealand, two more names have been added to the growing cast for the film.

Martin Scorsese Unveils Restored 'La Dolce Vita' In Rome

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2010 2:25 AM
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Is there anything Martin Scorsese can't do? Filmmaker, producer, documentarian, encylopediac cinephile and more recent film preservationist, the Italian American director's passion for cinema knows no bounds and audiences are always on the winning receiving end.

Review: 'Due Date' Should Have Been Terminated Early

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 2, 2010 2:09 AM
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At some point between its initial release last summer and today, Todd Phillips' "The Hangover" has gone from being an alright, somewhat amateurish guys-night-out comic fantasy to, like, the funniest movie ever (it also, staggeringly, became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time). The fact that we can't place a single noteworthy scene or memorable line, a little more than a year later, says something, especially because other things about the film still linger unhappily such as its somewhat slack pacing and icky misogynistic overtones.

Sony Pictures Picks Up George Clooney's Political Thriller 'Ides Of March'; Hits Theaters Dec. 2011

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 2, 2010 1:57 AM
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Sony Pictures have acquired North American distribution rights to George Clooney's upcoming political thriller "Ides Of March" with plans for a limited, Oscar-threatening December 2011 release before going wide in January 2012.

Tarsem Hired To Direct Relativity's Brothers Grimm-Like 'Snow White' Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2010 1:46 AM
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At Least Two Snow White Projects In The Works From Various Studios Racing To Be FirstYou've got to love herd-think from the studios. The race to bring a live-action version of "Snow White" to the screen is on with three different studios clamoring to get their version to audiences first. The first salvo in the "Snow White" battle has been fired by Universal who staked claim to Dec 21, 2012 for their Rupert Sanders version -- called "Snow White & The Huntsman" -- that could star Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp if the rumors turn out to be true. So eager were they to plant their early claim, Universal has chosen the same release date of part one of "The Hobbit," which means they're either supremely confident or severely nuts.

Shakespeare Goes Sci-Fi in "Henry5," With Michael Caine, Ray Winstone and Gerard Depardieu

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2010 1:43 AM
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Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends... Shakespeare and science fiction aren't necessarily the most obvious mix, but as proven by the 50s classic "Forbidden Planet" (and to a lesser extent, Godard's post-apocalyptic "King Lear," which refers to the play more than it adapts it), it can work, and it sounds like someone else is making an attempt at giving a fantastical twist to a classic play.

'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball To Direct Untitled Dark Comedy For Paramount

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2010 1:23 AM
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Sexy Vampires, Unconvincing Southern Accents Unlikely To Feature Despite winning an Oscar for his first feature "American Beauty" a decade ago, writer-turned-director Alan Ball has been mostly absent from the big screen, with the exception of his directorial debut "Towelhead" -- which was seen by approximately twelve people, none of whom were us. Instead, he's been a huge success as a writer/producer on two HBO series, "Six Feet Under" and "Twilight For People Who've Gone Through Puberty" "True Blood." However, it looks like Ball's set to make an imminent return to the big screen.

Joel Edgerton Joins Jennifer Garner In 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2010 1:10 AM
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Never let it be said that we don't know how to pick 'em. Only a few weeks back, we picked our ten tips for actors to watch in the near future, and one of them was Australian Joel Edgerton, of "Animal Kingdom." We wrote that "Edgerton could find himself eclipsing his country-mate [Sam] Worthington on the A-list." While we're not quite there yet, Edgerton's just put himself well on the way by landing one of the most sought-after male leads in recent memory.

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