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James Gray & Joaquin Phoenix Reteam For 'Low Life'; Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Renner To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2011 1:41 AM
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Teaming up on three films -- "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Two Lovers" -- there hasn't been any director/actor pairing in recent American cinema as rewarding as that between James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix. However, circa the actor's stunt during the press rounds for "Two Lovers" where he grew a Will Oldham-esque beard and declared he was starting a rap career, many wondered if that relationship was over. And despite what reports may have surfaced, Gray wasn't worried, saying as early as February 2009 that he was confident he would work with Phoenix again. Then in September of last year, it was revealed that he was in on the joke from the beginning. So the joke is over, Joaquin Phoenix needs to get back to work and the duo are pairing up for their fourth film. And they've got some fantastic talent to help them out.

Paul Thomas Anderson To Shoot 'The Master' In June With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 6:55 AM
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Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Lena Endre & Laura Dern Contenders For Supporting RolesExcuse us a second, our brains just exploded. Not only does Paul Thomas Anderson's brewing untitled quasi-Scientology flick, formerly known as "The Master," now have a distributor in The Weinstein Company, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are set to star, according to Deadline, with a June start now scheduled.

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 9:39 AM
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With newbie arthouse loving and totally loaded financier Megan Ellison giving fresh legs to Paul Thomas Anderson's long gestating Scientology flick back in February, and after Universal balked and dropped the $35 million drama, it looks like it's now sputtering back to life, hoping to get a cast assembled for the film.

Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender & More Sought For 'Akira'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:48 AM
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  • 39 Comments
Garrett Hedlund, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake & Joaquin Phoenix Also In The MixThe long-gestating "Akira" remake seems to have been knocking around for awhile now and to Warner Bros' credit, they are trying to get it as right as possible before moving this thing forward. With most fans outright skeptical of how the studio is going to change the wild, decidedly not mainstream manga into a broadly appealing, PG-13 two-film franchise, last month the studio brought in the big guns which -- for better or worse -- point in the direction they're headed. Steve Kloves, who has penned seven of the eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies, was tasked with polishing the script for the gestating project and WB appear to be very happy with his work.

Joaquin Phoenix The Frontrunner To Play Henry Sturgess In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 3:46 AM
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The Gig Is His... If He Wants It ApparentlyWith Benjamin Walker now cast as Abraham Lincoln in the Timur Bekmambetov directed and Tim Burton produced "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" the next big part to be filled is that of the president's mentor and teacher in the story. And it's certainly a juicy role. The film is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith which is based on the faux diaries of the president given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturgess. Sturgess saved Lincoln’s life when he battles a vampire as a teenager, and the two become fast friends. Sturgess teaches Lincoln about the history of vampirism, trains him in combat, and sends the president to hunt and kill evil vampires. And now a pretty interesting name is being linked to teach the former president how to kick vampire ass.

James Franco Says He'll Direct 'As I Lay Dying' This Summer; Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Dano & More Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 9:18 AM
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It looks like one of the many, many big projects James Franco has dipped his toes in the water for is coming closer to fruition. Speaking with MTV on the slopes of the Sundance Film Festival, James Franco went ahead and dropped some truth bombs about one major picture he says he will direct this summer.

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