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Angelina Jolie Confirms That She Wants David Fincher To Helm 'Cleopatra'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 5:46 AM
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Also Producing, But Not Yet Directing, Churchill/Roosevelt Film With Anthony Hopkins Angelina Jolie's a funny one. She's a good actress and a giant movie star, but at least for this writer, she's barely made any good movies. Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart," which features the actress' best performance, is great (and underrated), and "Girl, Interrupted," "Changeling" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" all have their defenders, but personally we can't find much to like in any of them. But, if the actress gets her way, there's one project on her dance card which certainly has our attention.

Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk Will Be A Throwback To Bill Bixby's Portrayal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 7:47 AM
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And More We Learned From The Filmmakers Of 'Thor'"Thor" is swinging its mighty hammer into cinemas this weekend, and it may be a surprise to many moviegoers, proving to be a lighter, jauntier superhero film that the material might suggest. The cast and filmmakers did the press rounds, and as usual, bits and pieces about what might be in store for the future Marvel universe were hinted at, but also just as intriguingly, the process on making "Thor" was brought to the fore as well. Playlist writer Leah Zak spoke with Marvel guru Kevin Feige in an interview as well as participating in group conversations with the rest of the "Thor" team and here's what we learned.

Review: 'Thor' Is Overstuffed, But Still A (Mostly) Pleasant, Consistently Entertaining Surprise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 5:07 AM
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Note: Our U.K. writer saw the film early and this review was first published on April 26, 2011

Anthony Hopkins Says He's Been Courted By Angelina Jolie For 'Churchill And Roosevelt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 4:03 AM
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With Angelina Jolie making her first stride into directing with her feature film debut, the currently untitled Bosnian war romance, it looks like the actress is ready to take a much bigger role behind the camera. During the press rounds for this weekend's "Thor," Odin himself revealed that Jolie has another project brewing and is already going out to actors with the material.

Great Odin's Raven! Early Reviews Suggest 'Thor' Is Actually Kind Of Decent

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2011 1:02 AM
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The summer of superheroes is about to kick off, and it's only a matter of days until the world gets its first look at "Thor," Marvel's latest piece of an insanely ambitious five-film plan building towards next summer's team-up movie, "The Avengers." And for some time, it looked like the film had an uphill battle ahead of it -- last year's "Iron Man 2" was, at best, a disappointment, and early looks at "Thor" had veered from the underwhelming to the silly. But ahead of its release in some parts of the world next week, and the States on May 6th, the film has now screened, with the world premiere taking place in Sydney last night, and critics there, as well as in London, where the film unspooled last week, and L.A, where a very select group of geek press were shown the picture, have weighed in. So, what's the word?

Kenneth Branagh In Talks, Anthony Hopkins Circling Adaptation Of Henning Mankell's 'Italian Shoes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 2:49 AM
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After toiling away on the big budget comic movie "Thor," it looks like director Kenneth Branagh and actor Anthony Hopkins -- who seem to have got on smashingly -- are looking to scale things back a bit for their next project together.

Review: 'The Rite' Is Demonically Dull

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 3:16 AM
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William Friedkin pretty much ruined it for every other director after making "The Exorcist." Juggling a priest questioning his faith, a little girl possessed by the devil, pea soup, spinning heads, people falling down stairs and generally scaring the living shit out of viewers, ever since, films dabbling in the same thematic territory just haven't stacked up. More recent films like "The Last Exorcism" have tried to solve the problem by amping up the jump scares while the opposite tack taken by Paul Schrader's more cerebral approach for "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" got him booted off the project, so full credit to director Mikael Håfström ("Derailed," "1408") for attempting something a little bit brainy. Just a shame that the wonky casting (Rutger Hauer? Alice Braga? Who allowed Colin O'Donoghue to lead a movie?) was distracting and the by-the-numbers and plodding script nearly put us to sleep.

Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock In 'Psycho'-Centric Biopic?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 22, 2011 2:45 AM
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Anthony Hopkins works a lot, and often his heart isn't in it. But how can you really hate the guy? He's a pro in everything, and his presence is undeniable, his delivery one of the very best in Hollywood. And so there's something fitting about the Oscar-winning legend climbing into some very massive shoes, as the actor isin talks to play Alfred Hitchcock in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

Sacha Gervasi In Talks To Helm Adaptation Of 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 20, 2011 1:55 AM
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The director of the acclaimed rockumentary "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil" Sacha Gervasi is reportedly in talks with Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures to take helm of their long-gestating Alfred Hitchcock biopic, based on the novel "Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of 'Psycho'" by Stephen Rebello.

Ben Foster Joins Rachel Weisz & Anthony Hopkins In Fernando Meirelles' '360'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 8:52 AM
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We were little worried about Ben Foster for a moment. He's going to be starring in the upcoming Jason Statham thing "The Mechanic" and he recently signed on to the pretty average-sounding thriller "Contraband" with Mark Wahlberg -- we were beginning to wonder if the Foster we knew from "The Messenger" and "3:10 to Yuma" was gone. Nope, no need to panic yet.

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