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Crack At The Bat: Casey Affleck To Direct Biopic Of Addict Ballplayer Josh Hamilton

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 10:38 AM
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While we’re all eagerly anticipating the next Ben Affleck acting-directing effort in this fall’s “Argo,” there was a time where the idea of Affleck helming a film would have been conceived as a joke. His career kicked off on an upswing with breakout hits like “Good Will Hunting” and “Chasing Amy,” all before going all Hollywood with fare like “Daredevil,” “Pearl Harbor,” and most famously, the Jennifer Lopez co-starring disaster “Gigli." Thankfully, the talented Affleck resurrected his career as an accomplished multi-hyphenate with 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone,” then really announced his return with 2010’s crime thriller “The Town,” and now it looks as if his younger brother is following in his footsteps.

Edward James Olmos Is The Bad Guy In 'Two Guns,' Comedian Tom Papa Goes 'Behind The Candelabra' & Taylor Schilling Decides To 'Stay'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 22, 2012 10:21 AM
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Veteran character actor Edward James Olmos is set to join the cast of Baltasar Kormakur's "Two Guns." The film sees two of the biggest action stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington unite as two lawmen—a DEA agent and a NAVY Seal—who investigate each other as each have been tasked to steal mob money, with James to play Papi Greco, a Mexcian drug lord the two leads run into to. Scribe Blake Masters adapted the story from Steven Grant's graphic novel of the same name with Bill Paxton and Paula Patton also co-starring as a CIA operative and Washington's love interest, respectively. [Variety]

Exclusive: 2 Clips From 'Walk Away Renee' By Jonathan Caouette The Director Of 'Tarnation'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 22, 2012 10:04 AM
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Back in 2003, Jonathan Caouette dug through years of home video and answering machine recordings to assemble his debut feature film, the incredibly intimate documentary “Tarnation.” Focusing on his his childhood and relationship with a schizophrenic mother (suffering from such disorders due to shock therapy), the movie was an intense punch to the gut, a frenetic autobiography that exposed a rather frightening and ugly side of family. After dabbling in other projects (including music festival doc "All Tomorrow's Parties" and the short film "All Flowers In Time" with Chloe Sevigny), Caouette has returned to the well with “Walk Away Renee,” a sequel which follows the director and his mother as they road trip to her new home in an New York-based assisted-living facility. Things are complicated after the duo discovers that most of the Renee’s medication has been lost and the prescriptions cannot be replenished until they reach her new home.

Caleb Landry Jones To Star In John Boorman's Former River Phoenix Project 'Broken Dream'; John Hurt Also On Board

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 22, 2012 9:43 AM
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In terms of rising stars, one actor we'll likely hear much more of over the next couple of years is Texan Caleb Landry Jones. After debuting as "Boy on Bike" in the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men," Jones has gone from strength to strength, appearing in "The Social Network" (don't worry, we missed his appearance too) before scoring the role of Banshee in Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" and moving onto Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral" and Neil Jordan's vampire-tale "Byzantium" -- both of which will likely premiere in North America later this year.

Charlie Sheen Will Be The President Of The United States In 'Machete Kills'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 22, 2012 9:17 AM
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Although “Machete” wasn’t a runaway success at the box-office ($44m worldwide), critically it was met with cautiously optimistic reviews, it didn't cost all that much, and it seems that was enough for Robert Rodriguez to plough ahead with a sequel. You know, because he can. The end credits promised that Machete would return in “Machete Kills” and “Machete Kills Again” (in space?) and we’re slowly moving closer towards the former of those happening.

Rob Marshall & Johnny Depp's 'The Thin Man' Remake Put On Hold By Warner Bros. For Now

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 22, 2012 9:03 AM
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Despite being on the hunt for a female co-star merely weeks ago, Warner Bros. has now pushed aside Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp's remake of "The Thin Man," noting that the project was never officially greenlit and that original plans have been temporarily shelved for now as Marshall is moving forward with his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods" instead and Depp wants to "take some time between films."

Michael Bay Says 'Transformers 4' Won't Be A Reboot, Will Be Cheaper & May Go Into Space

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 21, 2012 7:33 PM
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What's in store for Michael Bay and "Transformers 4"? Well, the filmmaker did try to unsuccessfully escape from the franchise several times -- he tried to make "Pain And Gain," the movie he already wrapped this summer, in between his "Transformers" films, ala Nolan and his "Batman" movies -- but that never panned out.

Max Minghella May Join Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn In Shawn Levy's 'The Internship'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 21, 2012 7:00 PM
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Let's look at this as the good, the bad and the ugly. Max Minghella, the son of the late Anthony Minghella, is in early negotiations to join the 20th Century Fox comedy, "The Internship." The good: it's a film written by Vince Vaughn, and it reunites Vaughn with his "Wedding Crashers" co-star Owen Wilson. The bad: Neither of them have been as good since that now undisputed modern comedy classic film arrived in 2005 (Though Vaughn's "The Break-Up" is very underrated). The relatively ugly (or to be fair, slightly unfortunate): It's directed by Shawn Levy, the rather toothless filmmaker behind MOR hits like “Just Married,” “Cheaper By The Dozen” the 2006 version of “The Pink Panther” whose career unexpectedly took off after his back to back “Night Of The Museum” films became major hits (he then helmed "Date Night" and "Real Steel").

Colin Firth & Cate Blanchett To Star In 'Skinny And Cat,' Barbra Streisand's Return To Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 5:58 PM
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Most of the non-music career news about Barbra Streisand in the past little while has been about her taking a role in the brewing big screen remake of "Gypsy" set to be penned by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes, but it looks like Babs has a little trick up her sleeve, and something that will come first.

Check Out Adrian Tomine's Beautiful Illustration Of 'Moonrise Kingdom' For The New Yorker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 5:16 PM
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If you're of a certain age and temperament, you know exactly who Adrian Tomine is. The cartoonist is probably best known for "Optic Nerve," his series of comics published by Drawn & Quarterly that ran in the late '90s and was compiled into "32 Stories," which every college kid had tucked under their arm at one point. It established a style that would become his calling card -- almost obsessively straight-lined design that usually managed to capture the loneliness or heartbreak of the characters he often sketched. And he's a good fit for his latest gig.

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