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Tim Miller Says He Will Never Let Go Of "Meta" Deadpool Movie That Studio & Entire World Has Moved On From

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 4, 2013 9:41 AM
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Ryan Reynolds
Aside from signs that Ryan Reynolds should perhaps steer clear of comic book adaptations for a bit (those signs being “Green Lantern” and this past summer's flop “R.I.P.D.”), the actor has stayed loyal to his long-gestating “Deadpool” vehicle. First portraying a version of the scarred and unstable mercenary in Gavin Hood's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Reynolds has repeatedly attempted to push a hard-R version of the story through 20th Century Fox with director /visual effects specialist Tim Miller. However, after an extended push-back from the studio, the director and actor have spoken up about their clinging hopes for bringing it to fruition.

Atom Egoyan's 'Queen Of The Night' With Ryan Reynolds Now Called 'The Captive'; New Photo & Full Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 3:18 PM
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The Captive Mireille Enos Ryan Reynolds
With "Devil's Knot" out of the way after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Atom Egoyan is working at a Steven Soderbergh-like pace and already has another movie in the can, this one starring Ryan Reynolds. But it has undergone some slight modifications.

Casting: Ian McKellen Is Old Man Sherlock Holmes, Christina Hendricks Expanded In 'Dark Places'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 12:38 PM
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 Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the great white north, we're bracing ourselves for a number of big-time casting notices. So let's run through some of the biggest casting news of the day before we really get buried under an avalanche of other deals. We've got word about who will star in Jim Mickle's follow-up to his English-language horror remake "We Are What We Are," a casting change/expansion for Gillian Flynn adaptation "Dark Places," Ian McKellen playing a crotchety old Sherlock Holmes for his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon and news about where the stars of "Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Under the Dome" and "Rescue Me" are headed next.

10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Review: 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2013 8:57 AM
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One day a studio will fund a $100 million plus tentpole, screen the finished version, and flat-out deem it un-releasable, unwatchable and unmarketable. Until then, we only have reminders that that day is coming, in the form of misguided boondoggles like “R.I.P.D.,” a picture that Universal is releasing in order to create a silver lining around a $130 million cloud. What’s horrifying is that this expensive misfire runs a little less than ninety minutes, which means that there’s likely a 105-110 minute long version that the producers hacked up in order to get the maximum amount of 3D showtimes to not embarrass the studio on opening weekend. Judging by the released product, that version is likely even worse, if such a thing were possible.

Review: DreamWorks Animation's 'Turbo' Featuring The Voices of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 17, 2013 5:47 PM
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With some DreamWorks Animation movies, you can practically see and hear the pitch meeting that they came out of, as fully realized as any of the whiz-bang 3D computer graphics that will eventually coat movie theater screens nationwide. There are a few executives there, some animators, maybe one of the marketing guys (to represent such vaunted interests as toy manufacturers and video game designers). Someone yells out, "What about a panda bear that does kung fu?" and the rest of the room agrees (and the video game guy gets very excited). Or, in the case of this week's "Turbo," there was probably a meeting after it was widely reported that Disney makes something like $4 billion a year from selling stuff related to the Pixar movie "Cars." "What about a snail… That wants to be a racer?" You can picture the rest of the room sheepishly nodding their heads, and then the guys responsible for the actual movie sweating bullets because, good lord, how do you make an animated movie about a snail that wants to be an Indy 500 racer? It turns out: you don't.

Watch: Get Dead With 4 Clips, 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 12, 2013 10:43 AM
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While the world’s attention may be focused on how well “Pacific Rim” will do this weekend, by next week we’ll all be questioning whether or not Ryan Reynolds has the star power to make a splash during the summer season. His last big spectacle, “Green Lantern,” was quite the flop when it hit theaters in 2011. With “R.I.P.D.” marking his return to the summer season next week, the promotional vehicle has kicked into high gear and started churning out a slew of features and clips, which you can view below.

Joel Edgerton Joins Jeff Nichols' Sci-Fi & Ryan Reynolds Does The 'Mississippi Grind' Instead Of Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 9:05 PM
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There are few emerging American filmmakers right now as exciting as Jeff Nichols. The director is coming of a pretty fantastic run of three indie films -- the must-see-if-you-haven't "Shotgun Stories," the excellent "Take Shelter" and the deeply felt "Mud." And now major studios are paying attention. You might remember that Nichols' name was tossed around to direct "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," but now he's got a projecgt lined up at Warner Bros. and he's staring to cast up.

Forever Developing 'Highlander' Reboot Loses Ryan Reynolds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 9:52 PM
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It seems this "Highlander" reboot just can't get moving, can it? Having already gone through a plethora of writers -- Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man"), the Wibberlys, "Twilight" scribe Melissa Rosenberg and most recently Neal Oppenheim -- and directors including Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Ryan Reynolds was the most recent piece of talent keeping this forever developing project alive and now, it's back to square one.

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