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Former 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Taylor Sheridan Sells Spec Script 'Comancheria'; Peter Berg Eyeing As Directorial Vehicle

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 20, 2012 9:37 AM
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What's in the water over at FX's biker-drama "Sons Of Anarchy"? First, star Charlie Hunnam sells a spec script based on Vlad The Impaler -- which, last we heard, was being rewritten by James Gray for Anthony Mandler to direct -- and now former co-star Taylor Sheridan (who played anatagonist Deputy Chief David Hale) has sold his own spec script, a Texan-set actioner "Comancheria."

James Corden In Talks To Play Reality Show Opera Star Paul Potts In 'Devil Wears Prada' Director David Frankel's 'One Chance'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 20, 2012 9:21 AM
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British actor James Corden is the toast of Broadway at the moment. The 33-year-old, got his start in Mike Leigh's "All Or Nothing" and in the stage and film versions of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys," and became a household name in the U.K. after co-writing and starring in the hit sitcom "Gavin and Stacey." He's had ups and downs since then: starring vehicle "Lesbian Vampire Killers" was savaged, and supporting turns in Hollywood pictures like "Gulliver's Travels" and "The Three Musketeers" never quite helped him cross over to the U.S.

Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' Will Reportedly Premiere At The Cannes Director's Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 8:37 AM
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Yesterday brought a bounty of good news to anyone headed to the Cannes Film Festival next month. An impressive slate of films were unveiled in what is shaping up to be a helluva strong lineup and it looks like there will be some enticing titles unspooling off the Croisette as well.

Toni Collette Joins Jennifer Aniston in 'Miss You Already' & Pierce Brosnan In 'The Long Way Down'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 20, 2012 8:18 AM
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Toni Collette is deservedly on a roll, adding two more roles to his busy schedule after already booking a gig earlier this week opposite Steve Carell in "The Way, Way Back," the directorial debut for "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Joining Jennifer Aniston, Collete is looking to co-star in Paul Andrew Williams' melodrama "Miss You Already" and will also feature in Pascal Chaumeil's dark comedy "The Long Way Down."

Mark Wahlberg Plans To Help Make You Look Beautiful in 'Avon Man'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 20, 2012 7:58 AM
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Mark Wahlberg is loading up his schedule with almost every movie currently in development in Hollywood, sometimes even calling up studios to ask if he can make another movie of his choosing. Wahlberg will be seen next in the comedy "Ted," followed by the drama "Broken City" opposite Russell Crowe and is already shooting the dark comedy curiosity "Pain and Gain" for director Michael Bay opposite Dwayne Johnson. After that, Wahlberg will shoot "2 Guns" with Denzel Washington. As if that isn't enough, Wahlberg will also play Navy SEALs with Taylor Kitsch and Ben Forster for director Peter Berg's adaptation of "Lone Survivor" and has added two more projects to his schedule this month: the football comedy "3 Mississippi" opposite Will Ferrell and an adaptation of John Grisham's thriller "The Partner." For good measure, Wahlberg is also adding "The Avon Man."

It Looks Like Francis Lawrence Is Going To Direct 'Catching Fire'; Tomas Alfredson, Joe Cornish, Duncan Jones & Cary Fukunaga Were Also Shortlisted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:31 PM
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...and then there was one. The hunt for the director to take the helm of "Catching Fire" looks to be nearing an end. Just a couple days after we reported that Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller were in the hunt for the job, it now looks like Lionsgate has decided on their man.

Watch: Aubrey Plaza Questions Mark Duplass' Calibrations In Clip From 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 6:53 PM
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One of the handful of films to come out of Sundance this year with glowing buzz has been "Safety Not Guaranteed" starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The film from director Colin Trevorrow is based on a true story/internet meme, and follows a trio of journalists who investigate a personal ad placed by a man seeking a partner in a time-travel experiment. Though they hope to capture a light, fluff piece, what results is something a bit more unlikely than everyone expected.

'Mortal Instruments' Producers Constantin Film Pick Up Rights To Cassandra Clare & Holly Black's 'The Iron Trial'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 6:25 PM
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Move over Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, you've got some competition in the Young Adult film game. With "Twilight" set to deliver its last installment later this year, and "The Hunger Games" set to capture that market in the future, a new contender is on the block: Her name is Cassandra Clare and she's behind "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones." The first book in her series is gearing up to start filming later this year and will hit theaters next summer, and if it's a hit, we'll surely see more adventures of Clary and the Shadowhunters. But it looks like her backers are eager to bring some of her other stories to the big screen as well.

Watch: Juvenile Refuge Sounds Like Jail In Clip From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 5:57 PM
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This morning came the unveiling of the lineup at the Cannes Film Festival and among the surprises is the news that Wes Anderson's festival opener "Moonrise Kingdom" is also going to be playing In Competition as well -- the first time that's happened since Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness" in 2008. Will it have the juice to make it all the way to a Palme d'Or? The competition is fierce and we doubt it will happen, but at the very least, the film looks to have Anderson firing on all cylinders.

"It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 5:29 PM
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There are few franchises in recent memory that were announced with as much excitement only to collapse as spectacularly as the proposed video game movie "Halo." Trumpeted with great fanfare in 2005, the expensive project was seen as the next big blockbuster, with the promise of a built-in, worldwide fanbase, and despite the cost, two major studios teamed up to make it happen. But as these things go, the ink was barely dry on the deal before things went south, development stalled, contracts tried to be renegotiated and eventually, the whole thing sputtered out in a rather ugly mess.

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