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Watch: Trailer For Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 19, 2011 11:12 AM
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One of the key question marks in this year's Oscar season, one conspicuously absent from our most anticipated post-fall film festival picks feature published this morning, is Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," his decades-spanning drama about the controversial head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

Naomi Watts Looks Dowdy In First Look Photo From Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 6:45 AM
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Plus New Photos Of Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele & Sofia Vergara In 'New Year's Eve'We suppose she wasn't meant to be glamorous or pretty in this picture. WB has released a first look photo of Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actress looks positively dowdy and frumpy. That's by design. She's playing Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Not the sexiest role in the film, though in one version of Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, if we recall correctly, there is one brief sequence where she and Hoover attempt to go out on a date, which doesn't really work out. Following Hoover's death in 1972, Gandy spent weeks destroying his personal file, thought to be where the most incriminating material he used to manipulate and control the most powerful figures in Washington was kept, though we're pretty sure Eastwood's drama won't extend that far into his history.

Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz Thriller 'Dream House' Loses Appeal On R-Rating

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 7, 2011 5:02 AM
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In what is likely another ridiculous decision by the Motion Picture Association of America, the new thriller "Dream House" will still receive an R-rating upon its release. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the movie, which stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz has lost the appeal for a lesser rating put forth by Morgan Creek, who produced and financed the project. Never ones to be verbose or clear in their decisions, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board (an arm of the MPAA) simply stated that the rating was based on "some violence" that is featured in the film. Well, that clears it up.

Jesse Eisenberg & Naomi Watts Circle Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 8:37 AM
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It's been a bit of a casting revolving door for Noah Baumbach's next effort "While We're Young." Last year, Ben Stiller, Gerta Gerwig and James Franco were all set to team on the film. Then, shortly after that was announced, Gerwig left and Cate Blanchett joined, only for both the actress and Franco to ultimately drop out this spring. Well, Stiller has stuck by his "Greenberg" director thus far and now two more very promising faces are said to be circling the project.

Liev Schreiber Is A 'Bleeder' With Naomi Watts & Christina Hendricks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 2:45 AM
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Cannes kicks off today and while everyone will be keeping their eyes on the screening schedule at the Palais, the marketplace will be buzzing with new projects as wheeling and dealing is underway to get these movies moving.

Former Wife Swapping Yankee Mike Kekich Looks To Block 'The Trade' With Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 3:40 AM
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Rebecca Hall, Rachel Weisz & Naomi Watts Wishlist Candidates For Female Lead RolesRanked #35 on the Black List in 2009, Dave Mandel's script for the true story tale "The Trade" has been in the works for a while and was first announced as a starring vehicle for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon last winter. The story is based on real-life players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who in 1973 revealed that they had been swapping wives and fell for each other's partners. Peterson and Kekich's ex-wife are still together today, while the other couple has since split up with Kekich later remarrying. Affleck would play the role of Peterson with Matt Damon playing Kekich. Last fall, the project heated up again as the brothers Affleck, Ben and Casey, would be rewriting the script, however, it seems the film could be in for a bumpy ride.

Naomi Watts May Play 'Queen Of The Desert' For Werner Herzog

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 3:54 AM
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After letting Nicolas Cage essentially play himself in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and delving into 3D with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Werner Herzog looks set to tackle a massive period tale.

First Look At Jim Sheridan's 'Dream House' Starring Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 5:33 AM
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Originally set to come out next month, Jim Sheridan's "Dream House" ran into some scheduling issues when the film's star, Daniel Craig, found his calendar filled up quickly with “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” making scheduling reshoots a tricky proposition. Well, they managed to squeeze some time in last month and with a fresh fall date now planned, Universal has plenty of time to build up to the release of the film.

Naomi Watts Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 4:02 AM
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One by one, the cast for Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" continues to fill out.

Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel & More Testing For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:10 AM
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Kate Mara & Charlotte Riley In The Mix; Eva Green & Naomi Watts Have Not Been CastWhile a number of names have been in the mix since last fall for what are apparently two major female roles in Christopher Nolan's forthcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," with production set to begin in just under five months, it looks like the director is still not done seeing what his options are.

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