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Mark Ruffalo Talks 'The Avengers' & The Possibility Of Doing A Standalone 'Hulk' Film

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 16, 2012 11:25 AM
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Mark Ruffalo probably isn’t the actor most fans expected to see play Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk). But then again, were Ed Norton, Eric Bana and Bill Bixby really the predictable choices at the time? Once Ruffalo accepted the part and came aboard the cast of the star-studded “Avengers,” he had to hold up the usual fanboy onslaught, much of it the same kinds of relatively baseless criticisms his own cast mates Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. faced when they were first cast as superheroes. It’s an impossible set of expectations to live up to.

Lili Taylor & 'The Wire' Star Domenick Lombardozzi Join 'Blood Ties'; 'Bullhead' & 'Rust & Bone' Star Matthias Schoenaerts Confirmed

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 16, 2012 10:41 AM
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Despite a fairly illustrious acting and directorial career back home, Gallic actor-writer-director Guillaume Canet is probably better known stateside simply as the partner of Marion Cotillard, even after the international success of his taut-thriller "Tell No One." That is all likely to change very soon, however, with Canet set to tackle his English-language debut, "Blood Ties."

Wentworth Miller's Script 'The Disappointments Room' Finds A Home With Voltage Pictures & Killer Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 10:18 AM
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If you had told us back in 2005 that the star of "Prison Break" was going to become one of the promising screenwriting talents in Hollywood, we would have said you were crazy. But that's just happened to Wentworth Miller. Under the pen name Ted Foulke (which he seems to have now abandoned), the actor wrote "Stoker" which quickly landed on the Black List, and then assembled a jaw dropping brace of talent with Park Chan-wook directing, and Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Alden Ehrenreich, Jacki Weaver and more starring. It's one of the most anticipated movies of the year. And now, he's got something else brewing.

Max Winkler, Steve Carell & Jake Johnson Team For Mob Comedy

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 16, 2012 9:38 AM
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Back when Steve Carell was plying his trade on "The Office" on a weekly basis, we could expect to see him in maybe one or two films each summer, depending on what he could fit around his busy NBC schedule. But when his time on that show ran its course last April, Carell found himself with a lot more time on his hands to develop new projects and we'll soon be seeing more and more of those coming to fruition. The actor has "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Hope Springs" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" all on the horizon, and that's not including the vast number of projects Carell is attached to as a star or as a producer through his company, Carousel Productions.

Watch: Trailer & Clip For BAFTA Winning Short Film 'Pitch Black Heist' Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 9:18 AM
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It seems you can't escape Michael Fassbender these days, not that we're complaining. After having a breakthrough year in 2011 thanks to a staggering quartet of films -- "Jane Eyre," "X-Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame" -- 2012 may be slightly slower in theatrical releases, but he'll still be knocking around the arthouse and the multiplex. He already featured in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" where he got his ass handed to him by Gina Carano and of course, this summer there's that little sci-fi "Prometheus" you have heard of. Well, you can add one more flick to the list.

Jesse Eisenberg To Reteam With Aaron Sorkin For 'The Newsroom,' Kinda; First Footage From Heist-Actioner 'Now You See Me'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 16, 2012 9:05 AM
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Look, we'll be the first to admit that the headline here is all types of deceptive (hence the "kinda") but here we go: yes, Jesse Eisenberg is set to re-team with his 'Social Network' scribe Aaron Sorkin on his new HBO series "The Newsroom" but it's not exactly what you're thinking. The actor will appear in what's being described as a "small voiceover role" although, as mundane as that may sound, the part will noted to be "easily recognized as a key 'newsmaker.'"

Watch: Steven Spielberg Joins Andy Samberg & Bill Hader On 'SNL' For 'Laser Cats 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2012 2:07 PM
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Steven Spielberg has always preferred to balance the serious and the light-hearted, often alternating between heavier fare and popcorn entertainment from picture to picture (look no further than 2011's "War Horse" and "The Adventures Of Tintin"). And with the director currently in post on his dream project/Oscar bait "Lincoln," he's taken a quick breather from the sober historical flick to join Andy Samberg and Bill Hader for the "Saturday Night Live" digital short "Laser Cats 7." And the results are somewhat amusing, even if this laser cats thing is already kinda played.

Daniel Craig's James Bond "Not So Brokenhearted" In 'Skyfall,' Actor Says Sam Mendes Is A Huge 007 Fan

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2012 1:24 PM
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Last time we saw James Bond in 2008's "Quantum of Solace," the very direct sequel to "Casino Royale," the character was hardened and deeply emotionally wounded; attempting to seek revenge for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). If Bond was a little emo previously, this time he's had time to heal and isn't so hurt anymore.

Is Bill Murray Softening On 'Ghostbusters 3'? Or Is He Just Being Polite?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2012 12:27 PM
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We probably don't need to give you the history of "Ghostbusters 3" and Bill Murray's possible involvement, but a quick recap is this: the original gang, director Ivan Reitman and writer/stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, have been trying to make a third installment of the "Ghostbusters" series for a few years now.

Ridley Scott Says Theatrical Version Of 'Prometheus' Will Be His Director's Cut, Will Run About 2 Hours

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2012 10:54 AM
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So what do we know about "Prometheus" so far? Well, only as much as Ridley Scott and the cast are willing or able to tell us at this point. We do know that it's about the search for the origin of mankind and our creators -- and things go very, very wrong -- but just what the scope will be, and how that story will play out is tantalizingly still a mystery. So until the movie hits theaters, we'll have to take what we can get. And while Scott hasn't been shy about sharing his frustrations with the MPAA he does say that when "Prometheus" hits theaters, it will be his director's cut.

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