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Scarlett Johansson Joins Judd Apatow-Produced John Carney Film 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 10:40 AM
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Mark Ruffalo & Jim Carrey Rumored As Possible LeadsWriter/Producer/Director Judd Apatow has a lot on his plate at any given moment and we'll forgive you if you forgot that way back in the summer of 2009 he revealed that among the many projects he was juggling, was a collaboration with a director who was making major waves with his indie musical at the time. "...we have a movie with John Carney, the guy who made 'Once' writing and directing, so hopefully, as soon as I'm done and have a little break, I can help people with their scripts and help to kick things around."

Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 6:05 AM
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With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

Promotional Poster For 'The Avengers' Offers First Look At Superhero All-Stars Together

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:24 AM
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The Licensing International Expo, where movie studios court promotional partners to produce toys, Happy Meals and other unnecessary accessories to wring every cent out of potential franchises, is currently underway in Las Vegas, and a selection of early posters for big properties are starting to leak out. Most aren't really newsworthy (if you've ever wondered what a promotional one-sheet for "Men in Black 3" would look like, it involves the letters M, I and B, followed by the number 3, on a black background), but there's one exception.

Tim Robbins Joins Mark Ruffalo In Sex Addiction Comedy 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 6:59 AM
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Considering that the majority of his best-known roles are in the somewhat-serious likes of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Mystic River," it's easy to forget that Tim Robbins is a prodigious comic talent. At the start of his career, he appeared mostly in comedies, both good ones ("The Sure Thing," "Bull Durham") and bad ones ("Howard The Duck," "Eric The Viking"). Even today, as an Oscar-winner, Robbins occasionally finds time to crop up in brief roles in gutbusters like "Anchorman" and this summer's "Green Lantern."

Martin Scorsese To Edit Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Hopes Of Creating A Releasable Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 9:22 AM
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Where do we start with Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," his followup to the critically acclaimed "You Can Count On Me." Well, here goes. The film has been sitting in limbo for the past few years -- it wrapped way back in 2005 -- for a variety of reasons. Foremost, a legal battle erupted between Fox Searchlight and the film's producer Dan Gilbert, with suits and countersuits filed, as Lonergan simply could not find the picture in the editing bay. Lonergan apparently requested further time in the editing room, while multiple editors apparently also took control of the film at various points both with and without Lonergan's ok. Even late producer Sydney Pollack become infuriated with Lonergan's "unprofessional and irrational behavior," and we pretty much had figured the movie would end up as an historical curiosity rather than an actual finished film. At one point, it was rumored that 300 pages of script were shot, so no wonder he had trouble wrangling this thing into a manageable size.

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.

Mark Ruffalo Talks The Music & Method Of Making 'Sympathy For Delicious'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2011 3:51 AM
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Reveals The Flaming Lips & At The Drive-In Inspired The Sound Of The Band In The FilmMark Ruffalo is the kind of unbeatable character actor that there are too few of in Hollywood these days, free of pretentions and able to totally immerse himself in any character he takes on. His choices on camera have been as varied as they have been excellent appearing in films like "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "Shutter Island," "You Can Count On Me" and of course, last year's acclaimed "The Kids Are All Right."

Mark Ruffalo Hoping To Take Lead In Producer Scott Rudin's Erotic Drama 'Red Light Winter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2011 9:31 AM
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Says He Was Never Tipped For 'Cogan's Trade,' Reveals Brian Helgeland's 'Sidney Grimes' Fell Apart & Talks His Role As The Hulk In 'The Avengers'EXCLUSIVE: Actor Mark Ruffalo is a busy man and jack of all trades. While the Academy-Award nominee meant to retire from acting in hopes of starting a directorial career with his latest, the indie pic, "Sympathy For Delicious" starring Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis, (no really), his cooler head prevailed and thankfully for audiences, The Kids Are All Right," was an excellent experience that made him decide he couldn't leave his vocation.

Mark Ruffalo Talks His Next Directorial Effort 'My Monster' & How He Temporarily Quit Acting

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2011 2:32 AM
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"But what I really want to do is direct," is a common sentiment among actors and producers, but it's few who have the stones (or the opportunity) to follow through and go behind the camera. However, for Mark Ruffalo it was a natural next step borne out of a project he had been shepherding for years. "Sympathy For Delicious" made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and will make it's way to theaters this weekend but it took a decade to get here. Ruffalo first got the script -- about a paralyzed DJ who discovers he has the power of faith healing -- from actor/writer Christopher Thornton ten years ago and in the ensuing time, worked with the writer in refining it into the film that finally got made. However, balancing an acting career while trying to get a directorial debut off the ground is no easy feat and, speaking to Ruffalo recently, he told us that he briefly gave up his day job to put his sole focus on directing.

Mark Ruffalo To Play Jazz Pianist Joe Albany In 'Low Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2011 6:37 AM
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A lot of people did a double take when longtime indie stalwart Mark Ruffalo signed on to play The Hulk in "The Avengers" last year. Had the thespian turned his back on his indie roots? Was this a new, more mainstream geared Ruffalo that was emerging? Nah, didn't think so. Once Ruffalo is done going green this summer, he'll slide back into a smaller pic and one that once again finds the actor dipping his toes in new water.

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