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Scarlett Johansson's Directorial Debut 'Summer Crossing' To Shoot Next Year, 'Hugo' Duo Reteam For 'The White Circus'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 16, 2013 4:35 PM
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t's almost a decade since Scarlett Johansson became a major star thanks to Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation," and the actress continues to confound expectations; her diverse pick of roles of late has included a Cameron Crowe rom-com, superhero epic "The Avengers," playing Janet Leigh in "Hitchcock" and, coming up, playing a cannibalistic alien in Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin." And now she's taking another curve; she' s going to direct.

Scarlett Johansson Joins Jon Favreau's 'Chef' As Michelle Williams & Marion Cotillard Circle Rival Bradley Cooper Pic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 11:25 AM
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The culinary arts and filmmaking don't seem to go together that often. You get the occasional great picture set in the restaurant world -- "Big Night" and "Ratatouille" spring to mind -- but more often than not, you end up with films more like "No Reservations" when you try to put cooks on screen. But now, chefs are suddenly the new, uh, Snow White, with two big names gearing up rival foodie-related pictures, to the extent that legal issues may be brewing over their titles.

Discuss: Can Marvel Keep Lowballing Their Actors? 'The Avengers 2' Negotiations Get Heated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 6:36 PM
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The Avengers
As Marvel enters Phase Two of their cinematic universe, their business universe is also getting a bit of a shake up. No one could have really predicted that Phase One would end with the billion dollar earning "The Avengers," and that really changed the game. Wisely, Robert Downey Jr. had negotiated a deal for a cut of the profits which saw him pocket a cool $50 million. Not bad, right? Well, now imagine you're one of the actors that only got $200,000 for the movie. As you might guess, that is causing some serious friction as Marvel tries to lock everyone in for "The Avengers 2."

Scarlett Johansson To Lead Luc Besson's Next Action Flick 'Lucy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2013 9:18 AM
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Remember when Luc Besson said he was retiring? That was pretty funny (and short-lived). Dude has never been busier and is a mogul now, first and foremost, at the head of the very successful production house EuropaCorp. And the Besson brand, for better or worse, now stands in for mid-budget action fare like "Taken," "Columbiana" and "Lockout" that even if they don't do well in theaters, don't cost much to make, and tend to have a long shelf life. And while as a director he's currently working on "Malavita" with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, it looks like he's ready to return to his familiar milieu of women kicking ass.

The Addiction Dropped: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut Becomes 'Don Jon'; Plus Four New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 8, 2013 7:27 PM
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Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson,
The SXSW Film Festival is about to be raging with tex-mex, sticky bbq fingers, hangovers and films in a quick minute. And on the eve of the first night, actor/writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a message for us. His upcoming directorial debut, a type of porn-addiction dramedy, formerly known as "Don Jon's Addiction," will simply be now known as "Don Jon."

Sundance Review: 'Don Jon's Addiction' Is A Charming & Impressive Directorial Debut From Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2013 10:00 AM
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Jon Martello is the quintessential modern-day lothario. He and his friends objectify women, rate them on a scale of one to ten and cruise clubs for chicks that they can bed and discard. Jon, in particular, is exceptionally good at wooing the ladies with his muscles, slick-backed hair and cocky charms. His life, as he tells us in voiceover, is all about his friends, the gym, his ride (a Camaro muscle car), his family, church (no, really), girls and pornography. Lots and lots of pornography. Jon is an inveterate and compulsive porn addict, so much so that it prevents him from having a substantial relationship with any female. Jon Martello, in case you missed it, is a total guido from New Jersey, complete with "Jersey Shore "accent.

David O. Russell Talks Returning To ‘Old St. Louis’ With Vince Vaughn & Almost Making ‘Uncharted’ & ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 14, 2012 12:05 PM
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In the last seven years, if you tracked every project filmmaker David O. Russell was linked to, you’d likely find over a dozen films that he was seemingly intended to direct. Even in the two years since “The Fighter,” Russell’s been ostensibly attached to myriad projects -- “Mission” with Brad Pitt,” “American Sniper” with Bradley Cooper and a biopic of former Rhode Island Mayor Buddy Cianci, just to name a few.

First Look At Scarlett Johansson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'Don Jon's Addiction' And Adam Scott In 'A.C.O.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 4:11 PM
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Yep, even more images coming from the Sundance Film Festival lineup, so strap in and prepare those eyeballs...

More Images Of Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Hopkins & More In 'Hitchcock,' Writer Now Penning Johnny Carson Biopic

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 16, 2012 10:39 AM
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Nostalgia is riding high these days in Hollywood, not just in the blockbuster-tentpole world, but also in the awards race -- the last two Best Picture awards winners were feel-good period pieces that struck gold with Academy voters. Now, with “Hitchcock” getting some Oscar buzz -- more new images from the Sacha Gervasi-helmed film are below -- the team behind the biopic has decided to tackle the life of another pop culture figure, Johnny Carson.

Watch: Anthony Hopkins Tells Scarlett Johansson How He'll Shoot The Shower Scene In Clip From 'Hitchcock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2012 3:43 PM
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A movie about the movies, an actor's showcase and a look at one of the most iconic horror films of all time, "Hitchcock" is both about the making of "Psycho" and Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with his wife Alma Reville. But as you'll see in this clip, it wasn't always easy.

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