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'Olympus Has Fallen' For Melissa Leo; J.K. Simmons Joins 'Jobs'; Adam Brody Does It For 'All The Wrong Reasons' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 11, 2012 2:43 PM
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In today’s casting round-up we have more news regarding the villain in one of the two competing White House-siege films, a whole host names joining the indie Steve Jobs biopic, a New York-set ensemble indie pic, and a coming-of-age dramedy set along the Red River border between Oklahoma and Texas.

Johnny Depp To Help Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Novel 'House of Earth' Get Published Next Year

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 11, 2012 2:22 PM
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No matter the critical barbs that Johnny Depp's increasingly caked-in-make-up performances garner, it's a fair assumption that a uniquely odd passion project lies behind each dollar earned from them. One of his most recent attempts saw him returning to Hunter S. Thompson's acid-tinged worldview with “The Rum Diary,” which tanked at the box office. But fortunately another literary pursuit is within his reach, this time dealing with the only "fully realized" novel from folk singer Woody Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old on July 14th.

Drew Goddard Wrote New 'World War Z' Ending, But Christopher McQuarrie May Step In To Do More Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 1:44 PM
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So just how much of a nightmare is Paramount's "World War Z"? By the looks of it, a zombie apocalypse would be preferable to what they're going through on the Brad Pitt tentpole. With the movie delayed to next summer, seven weeks of reshoots tentatively planned for this fall and the studio honcho admitting that so far, they've only got 45 minutes to 1 hour of a decent movie, a helluva lot of work needs to be done to prevent this from becoming a cautionary tale executives talk about in retirement. It was only last month that "Lost" and "Prometheus" scribe Damon Lindelof was brought in to try and bang out something better than what Paramount had before, but it turns out, he had a bit of help.

Len Wiseman Producing Comic Book Adaptation 'The Darkness'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 11, 2012 1:24 PM
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While his films may be questionable in quality for the most part, there's no denying that their financial success have given “Underworld” helmer Len Wiseman some clout and respect among industry circles, and indeed, his expertise is being eyed to help bring a comic book to the big screen.

New Poster & More Images From 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 1:10 PM
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There's going to be two different kinds of heroism hitting the big screen in the coming weeks. In "The Dark Knight Rises" we'll see a billionaire by day, superhero by night, broken mentally and physically, trying to restore order to Gotham that has been overrun by Bane and his cronies. Meanwhile, in "The Expendables 2," we'll see a bunch of really old guys -- some of whom should be retired -- defy age and science by running around a foreign country and blowing shit up. 60 is the new 30. Or something.

Small Bits Of First Look Footage Unveiled From Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 12:37 PM
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With Comic-Con 2012 just hours away, prepare yourself for an onslaught of promotion from the various studios hocking their wares at the tradeshow. And so naturally, Entertainment Tonight is getting into the fray as well. The tabloid television entertainment television news show stopped by the set of Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," and if you can tolerate sitting through the annoying ET host, you'll see some first-look behind-the-scenes footage mostly involving what leads James Franco and Mila Kunis will look like in the film.

Breck Eisner To Direct That 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie You're Waiting For

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 12:21 PM
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Whoever wants a "Stretch Armstrong" movie, raise your hands! We're waiting....yeah....that's what we thought...nobody. While Universal paid millions to get our of their deal with Hasbro to make movies based on their toys, Relativity thinks that audiences will want to see a big screen take on the famed stretchy figure that mostly ends up in the back of closets, collecting dust, and forgotten about. And while their enthusiasm is admirable, they honestly could not pick a worse and less inspired choice to direct this thing.

Kenneth Lonergan On The Inspirations, Performances, Resonances & Structure Of 'Margaret'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 11, 2012 11:56 AM
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“There are some characters you think of and they’re really vivid to you and they’re easy to write and it doesn’t really matter who or what they are." replies Lonergan. "I don’t know why whatever this is fed itself into the life of a teenage girl. But I had been very interested in teenagers and that combination of sensitivity and dramatisation that they have. And very, very strong reactions to things that adults are more accustomed to, and not necessarily in a good way. They somewhat enjoy the drama which adults also don’t do because we understand it’s all very serious and nothing to enjoy.

Marvel Short 'Item 47' Gets A Blockbuster Sized Poster Plus Details On Marvel Universe Phase One Blu-Ray Boxset Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 11:51 AM
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While there's no sneezing at $1.4 billion worldwide for "The Avengers," Marvel knows that if done right, the flow of money gravy from their superhero movies can continue long after they come and go from theaters. And this little update is good reminder on how that's done.
More: Item 47, Marvel

Terry Gilliam Says 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Is Postponed Again, Has Another Project Which Will Come First

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Let's keep this quick for the sake of unlucky filmmaker Terry Gilliam, who probably winces every time his long-delayed project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is brought up by the ever-curious media. So for the umpteenth time, the status of his on-again, off-again 'Quixote' film? We'll have to keep waiting unfortunately. "It’s off again now. Postponed until next year at least," Gilliam told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.

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