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Freddie Mercury Biopic Loses Director Dexter Fletcher Over Creative Differences

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 6:19 PM
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Another one bites the dust... It would seem that ambitious plans at mount a Freddie Mercury are being continually undone by that pesky phrase "creative differences." It was the reason Sacha Baron Cohen, first chosen to take on the lead role, bailed on the project and now, the film's director has exited the movie after just three months on job.

Liam Neeson Rolls With 'Entourage,' Andrew Garfield Joins 'The Woman In Gold' With Helen Mirren & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2014 9:05 AM
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Like some kind of Irish acting shark, Liam Neeson cannot stop working or else he dies. Though he’s already set to shoot “Taken 3” this spring—with no one being taken, strangely enough—The Wrap reports the “Non-Stop” actor has been spotted filming a scene on the set of the long-awaited “Entourage” movie opposite Jeremy Piven.

Watch: Christoph Waltz Tries To Solve 'The Zero Theorem' In New Trailer For Terry Gilliam's Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 2:10 PM
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" 'Zero Theorem' was more a reaction to the connected world," director Terry Gilliam told us at the Marrakech Film Festival in December. "We all exist as part of the connection, we are a neuron in this bigger thing, can we disconnect? Can solitude be more interesting? I don’t know if people know who they are unless they spend time alone...they only know reactions, tweets etc, not actual existences. So that’s what interested me in the script, and we just started working. The film is much different than the film we started with. I like this film!" But will we like it? The first official trailer is here to make the case.

Jason Clarke, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw & Olivia Colman To Star In Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 9:03 AM
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Distinct, odd, disturbing and hilarious are all words that can be used to describe the last two films from Greek helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. With 2009's Oscar nominated "Dogtooth" and 2011's "Alps," the helmer put his mark on the world of international cinema in a big way, all while managing to land on the kind of radars that directors of decidedly out-there cinema rarely attract. And now he's going all in on his most intriguing prospect yet, a star-studded, English language debut.

Ben Whishaw Latest Name Tossed Around For The Freddie Mercury Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 10:03 AM
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Finding the right person to play legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a biopic about this life is no easy task, but many people figured that the once-attached Sacha Baron Cohen was an inspired choice. Not only could he look like Mercury, Cohen easily possessed the skills to take on the singer's bigger-than-life personality. But the members of Queen thought differently, clashing with Cohen, with drummer Roger Taylor later admitting, "We didn’t want it to be a joke." But who will step in? That's still being determined.

Ben Whishaw Eyed To Play 'Moby Dick' Author Herman Melville In Ron Howard's 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 2:10 PM
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For a moment there, it looked like Ben Whishaw was going to do some tentpole hopping. After appearing last fall as the new Q in "Skyfall," the actor was being eyed for Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" -- until the filmmaker put it on hold indefinitely. Well, it was a minor blip for Whishaw who filmed Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" which is coming to the Venice Film Festival, and is now being eyed for a part in Ron Howard's next movie.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Robopocalypse' Not Quite Dead, Starting New Work On Script With More Personal Story

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 11, 2013 12:29 PM
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This last week has been somewhat of a mixed bag for Steven Spielberg. Sure there’s been a whole host of Oscar nominations, but there’s also been the collapse of his highly anticipated adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel, “Robopocalypse.” The film, penned by “Cabin in the Woods” writer Drew Goddard, had already been allotted an April 25, 2014 release date, and had a tremendous lead cast being lined up including Anne Hathaway, Chris Hemsworth and Ben Whishaw. The official line from Spielberg’s spokesman was that the film was “too important and the script not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what’s possible.”

Steven Spielberg Indefinitely Postpones 'Robopocalypse' With Chris Hemsworth & Anne Hathaway

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 7:37 PM
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After a rough half-decade or so ("Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "The Adventures of Tintin," "War Horse," failing to get "Harvey" made), Steven Spielberg is back to enjoying the kind of success he's used to; "Lincoln" is closing on $150 million domestically alone, and is likely to be the most nominated films when the Oscar nods are announced first thing tomorrow.

'Skyfall' Or Skyfail: What Worked & What Didn't In James Bond's Latest

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 12, 2012 12:17 PM
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Over the weekend, it sounds like more than a few of you checked out "Skyfall" -- $80 million+ worth of you, in fact. And around the rest of the world, it's even more, the film having taken over $500 million internationally since it started rolling out two weeks ago. And for the most part, it's been acclaimed as one of the best (if not the very best) entries in the long-running spy franchise to date.

Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2012 6:32 PM
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With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you certainly have to give the trio of directors some respect for their approach, which tag teams an all-star cast, gives them multiple roles and spreads the story across nearly a half dozen time periods. But for all their boldness in narrative approach, the adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" is also a mess, with an attempt to mix its various genres under a universal thematic banner that never quite coheres.

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