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Forest Whitaker To Star In Colin Powell Biopic; Colin Firth To Star In MI6 Spy Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 6:03 PM
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With Idi Amin ("The Last King Of Scotland") and Cecil Gaines aka Eugene Allen ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") under his belt, and a role as Martin Luther King Jr. slotted in Paul Greengrass' "Memphis" if/when that ever gets made, Forest Whitaker has carved out a tidy niche playing historical figures. Now he's lining up another role, this time taking on someone who's still very much alive and kicking.

Disney Is Working On A Live-Action Cruella de Vil Movie, Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 4:45 PM
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If you haven't figured out the Disney game plan going forward it's this: brand extension. They tried some more original fare with "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger," but both were badly bungled and even worse (for the studio anyway), hardly started the kind of excitement that spurs the purchase of underoos or video games. So Disney is circling the wagons and staying in the business of what they own and know: "Star Wars," Marvel movies and fairy tales. So, to that end, the forthcoming "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" is getting some company....

Watch: 3-Minute In Memorium Video Honors Everyone Who Died On 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 4:22 PM
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"My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go fuck yourself," Hank told Jack Welker before his final goodbye on "Breaking Bad," and it was just one of several memorable character sendoffs across the course of five seasons. Vince Gilligan and his team of writers sure knew how to come up with creative ways to kill people, and if anything could be said about the meth cooking drama, it's that death was often just as gruesome as it was spectacular.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Takashi Miike’s 'Mogura no Uta' Is Typically Bonkers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 3:59 PM
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After walking into the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year with his utterly awful thriller/police procedural "Shield Of Straw" (our review), it was a reminder that for all of the Japanese auteur's frenetic, groundbreaking films, he has just as many that are forgettable stinkers. The hit to miss ratio for the filmmaker tends to be pretty balanced, and while we'll have to see just where "Mogura no Uta" ends up, there's no denying it hints at the energy and verve of some of his better movies.

Watch: Au Revoir Simone Honors 'After Hours' & The Killers Round Up Bella Heathcote & Max Minghella In New Videos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 3:24 PM
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Even though MTV doesn't play them anymore, music videos are still being made, mainly thanks to the interwebs because a well made video can still make rounds and get in front of as many eyes as anything in heavy rotation in the olden days. With that it mind, we've got a couple that are worth your attention.

Watch: 1-Hour Conan O'Brien Interview With 'Breaking Bad' Cast Plus Full Comic-Con Panel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 2:52 PM
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Yep, it seems folks simply can't stop talking about "Breaking Bad" and the finale that you had to believe was best ever or you're simply not a true fan of the show. While we're sure Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and more will address the end of the show in the days and weeks to come, let's take a quick trip back in time to the run-up of the final eight episodes

Watch: Charlie Sheen Would Legalize Marijuana In Promo For 'Machete Kills' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 2:25 PM
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So, are we still laughing with/at Charlie Sheen aka Carlos Estevez? We suppose some people still find some kind of ironic delight in the party-loving actor playing the President in "Machete Kills," but even this 30-second promo spot is more than enough for us. (Ha ha, jokes about weed and Twitter).

New Images From 'Out Of The Furnace' As Film Heads To AFI Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 1:46 PM
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The 2013 awards season race is so tight that even Harvey Weinstein is breaking a little bit of a sweat. He's already moved his "Grace Of Monaco" out of the way, while last week came the bummer piece of news that Bennett Miller's excellent looking "Foxcatcher" was also being pushed to 2014, with both films choosing to wait to get it right rather than rush to finish to make a release a date. But the latter picture moving has meant a bit of turmoil for AFI Fest, who were going to premiere the film this year, but they've found a worthy replacement.

Willem Dafoe To Play Andy Warhol In 'Saint Laurent,' Plus More Casting For Dakota Fanning, Common & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 1:20 PM
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Willem Dafoe is now joining the diverse ranks of Bill Hader, David Bowie, Guy Pearce, Jared Harris and Crispin Glover in donning the platinum wig to play pop art icon Andy Warhol. The actor has joined French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent," a biopic about the famed fashion designer. Not to be confused with The Weinstein Company movie also in production, this much starrier endeavor features Gaspard Ulliel in the title role, with Olga Kurylenko, Jérémie Renier, Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Amira Casar in support. Cameras are rolling on the film which is already slated for a May 14, 2014 release in France. Can you say Cannes?

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 4 ‘All In’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 30, 2013 12:29 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4
It’s difficult (futile?) to write a “Boardwalk Empire” in the face of the “Breaking Bad” finale, one of the most talked-about, pored-over and beloved shows in recent TV memory. And ironically, “Boardwalk Empire” had its best episode this season so far last night. While a bulk of the show was still chess-piece writing, it felt more charged and alive than usual, especially the unexpected and magnetic face off between Atlantic City's Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and the Big Apple's Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg).

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