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'Thor 3' Hammers Down Writers, Matthew Goode Meets For 'Batman Vs. Superman' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 9:40 AM
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Thor: The Dark World
While Marvel is starting to branch out their cinematic universe with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" this summer, and "Ant-Man" in 2015, that doesn't mean they're abandoning the staples. Earlier this week, the ball got rolling on "Captain America 3" with directors Anthony and Joe Russo tapped to return, and that's not all the news Marvel had.

Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed To Replace Tom Hardy In 'Everest,' James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston & More In Mix To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 9:20 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Two filmmakers are currently trying to get to the top of an "Everest" film first: Doug Liman and Baltasar Kormakur. But the question is which one will get there first as one has lost a lead, and the other some financing.

Josh Brolin & Ryan Gosling Among Early Names To Play Bruce Wayne In 'Superman Vs. Batman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 5:43 PM
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There is no script, there are no formal offers or meetings taking place, and obviously, it's still the opening stages of development for "Superman Vs. Batman." And yet, casting the role of Bruce Wayne is going to be key for the next film, because it's likely whoever lands the gig will be wearing the cape and cowl for the inevitable "Justice League" and define the next iteration the character. And apparently, some possibilities are already being tossed around.

Fox Searchlight Pick Up Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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"Belle"
Though it went mostly underseen in the U.S. , Amma Asante's 2004 film "A Way Of Life" was one of the best debut films by a British director in the last decade. A tough, powerful Wales-set drama with a brace of deeply moving performances, it won Asante the BAFTA Carl Foreman award for best debut by a British filmmaker as well as top prizes from the London and Miami Film Festivals, and marked the writer-director as a serious talent to watch.

Sam Riley Joins Michelle Williams In 'Suite Francaise'; Ray Winstone Joins Sean Penn In 'The Gunman'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 15, 2013 1:30 PM
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Actor Sam Riley has been progressing up the ranks after his break-out performance in the 2007 biopic “Control” and his more recent turn in "On The Road." With a starring role alongside Angelina Jolie in “Maleficient” next summer, Riley has jumped aboard the Weinstein Company’s adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s book, “Suite Francaise.” Set in WWII, the project recently acquired leading lady Michelle Williams, on top of a cast that already includes Kristin Scott Thomas as Williams’ mother. The story follows a French woman (Williams) who falls in love with a German officer (played by Matthias Schoenaerts). The cast is a fine assortment of indie darlings and past Oscar contenders who could give it strong legs for awards consideration next year. Production is set to start later this summer for a release next year. [Deadline]

Matthias Schoenaerts Offered Role, Matthew Goode Rumored For 'Far From The Madding Crowd' With Carey Mulligan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 8:00 PM
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Matthias Schoenaerts Offered Role, Matthew Goode Rumored For 'Far From The Madding Crowd' With Carey Mulligan
Now, before you get too hot and bothered and excited -- nothing is confirmed just yet, this is a lot of best case scenario stuff, but if it works out? Damn. As you'll recall, last fall it was reported that "The Hunt" and "Celebration" director Thomas Vinterberg was gearing up an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd," and was eyeing Carey Mulligan to star. Well, her name is still in the mix and two more actors are being tossed around to join her.

'Wings Of Desire' & 'Downfall' Star Bruno Ganz Is The Pope...In Ridley Scott's Pilot 'The Vatican'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 4:33 PM
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Over a storied and celebrated career, actor Bruno Ganz has logged time with a handful of famed filmmakers including Eric Rohmer, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and more, and is perhaps best known for his roles in international hits like "Wings Of Desire" (directed by the latter) and "Downfall." And now, it looks like he's found another role that could gain him all kinds of attention thanks to nothing more than some good timing.

Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 28, 2013 7:20 PM
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One could argue there's nothing subtle about the movies made by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director behind "Oldboy," including the celebrated 'Vengeance Trilogy' and the loopy vampire movie, "Thirst." Violence reigns in his films, cameras pirouette like self-conscious characters in his ensemble, and style is king. But in the past, especially in "Oldboy" and "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," his penchant for the outrageous and over-the-top always included sublime, comically brutal and sometimes even emotionally devastating conclusions that could leave the jaw agape. Style was always in service of a story and characters.

Bad Blood, Family & Philip Glass: 5 Things Learned About Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 27, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 stands to potentially bring three South Korean filmmakers' names into the mainstream American fold; a move notable not just from the three auteur's common land, but for placing their distinctive visions in an entirely new realm. With Kim Ji-Woon already delivering his Arnie action throwback, “The Last Stand,” and Bong Joon-Ho's “Snowpiercer” dropping later this year, the strange middle child is up next, in the twisted, baroque form of Park Chan-Wook's “Stoker.”

Watch: Seductive New Clip From 'Stoker' Plus Listen To Clint Mansell's Complete Score

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2013 10:01 AM
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While "Stoker" earned its fair share of admirers at the Sundance Film Festival last month, our own man on the ground was less impressed -- he called it “overwrought and tonally poisoned.” You'll soon be able judge for yourself as Park Chan-wook’s English-language directorial debut is set to open in limited release this weekend. Some brand new images and a brand new clip have appeared from the film, and now you'll also be able to listen to composer Clint Mansell's entire score.

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