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Brad Pitt To Produce Andrew Dominik's Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde,' Naomi Watts Not Likely To Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 9:03 AM
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Having a friend in Brad Pitt certainly isn't a bad thing. The actor has used his superstar clout to get difficult, hard to finance movies made -- often choosing to produce them himself via his Plan B shingle -- and among his many filmmaker and actor pals, he's forged a strong relationship with Aussie helmer Andrew Dominik. The pair first teamed up on the existential western "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" where the actor used his sway with the studio to keep the lengthy title for the film, and stuck by the director's side during the fraught editing sessions. And just a couple of weeks ago, they hit the Cannes Film Festival with the searing and brilliant "Killing Them Softly," another ambitious effort produced by and starring Pitt. And it looks like the bromance will continue.

Cannes: Andrew Dominik Says He's Aiming To Make "Emotional Nightmare Fairy-Tale" Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2012 12:05 PM
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After a few years in the wilderness after the masterpiece "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" underperformed at the box office, Andrew Dominik's third film -- initially titled "Cogan's Trade" after the George V. Higgins book on which it's based, and later retitled "Killing Them Softly" -- came together quite quickly. The first hints emerged in September 2010, and within a few months it had a star and producer in Brad Pitt, a distributor courtesy of The Weinstein Company, and rolled in front of cameras in early 2011.

Watch Out, Ridley: Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell Film Starring Naomi Watts Hoping To Shoot In The Fall

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 20, 2012 10:45 AM
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Ridley Scott, eat your heart out. Or, maybe a shoe is more appropriate here? Werner Herzog is set to beat out Scott with his own biopic of famed British explorer Gertrude Bell set to begin production this fall.

Watch: Excellent Spanish Trailer For Tsunami-Inflicted Disaster Film 'The Impossible' Starring Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 20, 2012 2:44 PM
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One of the best horror-esque ghost story films of the previous decade was Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Orphanage," likely because it was much more than your average, spooks-in-the-attic horror, and was a rich and emotionally textured drama just as much as it was a classic ghost tale. It instantly made Bayona, a protege of Guillermo del Toro, one to watch.

Naomi Watts Replaces Jessica Chastain As Princess Diana In Oliver Hirschbiegel's Biopic 'Caught In Flight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 7:16 AM
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It's almost impressive at this point that we've gotten this far down the line (nearly fifteen years after her death) without some kind of film focusing on the life of Princess Diana, the ill-fated tabloid sweetheart who married Prince Charles, the heir to the English throne, only for the marriage to swiftly disintegrate. They divorced in 1995, and Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris two years later (the events of which are depicted in Stephen Frears' "The Queen," in which Diana only appears via archive footage.)

Watch: Eerie, Striking Spanish-Language Teaser For 'The Orphanage' Director J.A. Bayona's Tsunami Drama 'The Impossible'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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It's nearly five years since we heard a peep from Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish helmer who made such a splash with his Guillermo del Toro-produced debut "The Orphanage," one of the most commandingly made and effective horror films of the last couple decades.

Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer Talk The Complexities Of The Impenetrable 'J. Edgar' Hoover

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 9, 2011 4:58 PM
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Naomi Watts & Robin Wright Are 'The Grandmothers' In Anne Fontaine's Doris Lessing Adaptation

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 3:11 AM
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'Animal Kingdom' Star James Frecheville & Xavier Samuel From 'Twilight: Eclipse' Also On Board After a long career as an actress and director, French helmer Anne Fontaine had something of an international breakout with her last film, "Coco Before Chanel." The film, a biopic of the legendary fashion designer starring Audrey Tautou, proved to be critically acclaimed, garnering six Cesar nominations, four BAFTA nods and a place on the shortlist for Best Costume Design at the Oscars, and is one of the most successful French pictures of recent years, taking an impressive $43 million worldwide. As such, Fontaine is a hot property, and news has emerged that she's set to make her English-language debut with a pretty impressive cast.

Naomi Watts Is Pregnant & Unemployed & Matt Dillon Is A Paraplegic In 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 7:15 AM
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We think we'd rather be watching "Sherlock Jr." instead.

Director Jim Sheridan Didn't Like 'Dream House' Either, Tried To Take Name Off Film

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • October 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Could Direct 'Sheriff Street Stories' About Childhood In Ireland NextIt's always disappointing when strong directors come out with a film that is absolutely terrible. Jim Sheridan's "Dream House," with an 8% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only $14.5 million dollars in box office so far, initially had a boatload of promise with charismatic stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, but what we saw was terrifyingly bad (and not because trailers promised a horror story à la Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"). And just as everyone was beginning to wonder what had happened, besides the extensive reshoots, the LA Times reported late last week that Sheridan wanted his name taken off the final film.

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