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Shawn Levy Confirms He'll Direct 'Real Steel 2,' But Will Have To Wait For Busy Hugh Jackman

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 25, 2011 3:39 AM
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Casting Will Decide Whether The Director Shoots 'Fantastic Voyage' Or 'Frankenstein' Next SpringExclusive: Director Shawn Levy is still two weeks away from the release of his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” but development work has already begun on a sequel. It’s a show of faith from DreamWorks and producer Steven Spielberg.

'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

New Photo: Jennifer Garner Carves A Car Out Of 'Butter'; Long-Form Synopsis Released

  • By The Playlist
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  • August 27, 2011 1:39 AM
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One of the biggest question marks at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival slate is The Weinstein Company comedy, "Butter." It's a curious picture for several reasons. It's not entirely clear if it's a drama, dramedy or comedy, but the TIFF website firmly says comedy (with elements of "identity" and "politics"), so fine then, maybe it incorporates all those elements. The TIFF site isn't helping either, as one of the loglines say the principal cast is the family at the center of the picture that's played by Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, plus the African American girl Yara Shahidi, who ends up as a nemesis to Garner's character. Meanwhile, TIFF says the cast is lead by Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman, but all photos released so far are of Garner.

Production On 'The Wolverine' May Be Bumped To Spring 2012 So Hugh Jackman Can Do 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The rocky road to "The Wolverine" continues to bump as yet another delay may push back the film even further.

Michael Gracey To Direct Hugh Jackman Musical 'The Greatest Showman On Earth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 8:51 AM
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We just got some whiplash turning around to look in the archives, but it looks like a long-ago mooted Hugh Jackman musical -- that we figured was left buried in the sands of time -- is still very much alive.

Hugh Jackman Reveals The Villain For 'The Wolverine' (And It's Exactly Who You Thought It Would Be)

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 22, 2011 1:17 AM
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Obviously, if you don't want to know this info, skip this article and move on:spoilers are ahead.

Russell Crowe Confirmed For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'; Film Now Set For December 7, 2012 Release

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 22, 2011 1:04 AM
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Paul Bettany Out, Helena Bonham Carter Also Joins The CastUpdated: Looks like Crowe is now confirmed for this role. The film is now dated for a Dec. 7, 2012, release. Update 2: Helena Bonham Carter has also joined the cast.

Hugh Jackman Says 'The Wolverine' Will Shoot In October, 2012 Release In The Cards?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 9:19 AM
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For a moment there, it looked like the highly anticipated "The Wolverine" was in a spot of trouble. The devastating earthquakes in Japan scratched plans for location shooting and then abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky added further woes to the film that seemed to be moving full steam ahead with fan approved adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s extremely dark, bloody and intense 1982 limited series with a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie. But earlier this month, new life was kicked back in. James Mangold ("3:10 To Yuma," "Knight & Day") stepped into the hot seat and it looks like the film will get rolling this fall.

Hugh Jackman In Talks For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 16, 2011 2:04 AM
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After beating the odds and winning the Oscar for Achievement in Directing last year, Tom Hooper has set his sights on quite a gigantic project. Hooper has never shied away from complicated, big-budget projects including HBO's "John Adams" miniseries and last year's Oscar triumph "The King's Speech," so the fact that he's moving forward with a film adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal is no surprise. We were surprised, however at just how fast the project is steaming ahead with Variety reporting today that Hugh Jackman is in talks for what we presume to be the lead role of Jean Valjean.

James Mangold To Direct 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 16, 2011 1:30 AM
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After a period where it looked as if Fox would take a mulligan on "The Wolverine" and bump the film to 2013 or beyond, it now looks like they've found their director. James Mangold, who has dabbled in various genres from musical biopic ("Walk The Line"), to western ("3:10 To Yuma") and horror ("Identity"), is prepared to take on his first comic book adaptation, and the announcement suggests he's the mutual pick from Fox and Hugh Jackman's camp. Mangold appears to be the top choice among an uninspired trio of potential helmers that included Antoine Fuqua and Gavin O'Connor, otherwise known as Guys You Employ When They Are Represented By The Same Agency As Someone You Want To Work With.

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