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Michael Fassbender To Climb 'The Mountain Between Us' For 'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 2:54 PM
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The world is an oyster these days for Michael Fassbender, who surely has his pick of projects. Even though the hotly buzzed actor was snubbed for his towering performance in "Shame," that hasn't stopped Hollywood from sending the actor everything they've got. He's lining up a busy year of projects, with Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" to shoot this spring, and he will reteam with Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years A Slave" this summer. And his next effort is yet again another nice, unexpected selection for the actor.

Greg Mottola Has Co-Written A Script With Campbell Scott That May Be His Next Directorial Effort

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 2:28 PM
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If you feel like you haven't heard anything in a while from "Superbad," "Adventureland" and "Paul" director Greg Mottola, you have no need to worry. He's been very busy, working on the forthcoming Aaron Sorkin-scripted HBO show "The Newsroom."

Ed Helms Talks Changing Audience Expectations & The Improvisational Style Of 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • March 14, 2012 2:00 PM
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The future looks bright for Ed Helms. His indie turn in “Cedar Rapids” was well-received, “The Hangover Part II” followed the success of the first film and it looks like 'Part III' is a go. Helms also picked up the slack on “The Office” following the departure of Steve Carell to very positive responses. Now Helms steps out of his comfort zone just a tad to portray the not-terribly-likable Pat in the Duplass Brothers’ new film, “Jeff Who Lives at Home.”

David Dobkin's 'Arthur And Lancelot' Kicks Back To Life With Colin Farrell Now Set To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 1:56 PM
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Warner Bros. continues their week of putting big franchises on their production slate. A couple of days ago they took over "The Dark Tower" from Universal, yesterday they conjured up "Mandrake The Magician," and now, a project thought left for dead is kicking back to life.

Errol Morris Will Point The Interrotron At Donald Rumsfeld In A New Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 1:04 PM
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Controversy has never scared off Errol Morris, and in fact, it has powered some of his best work. From the true crime tale "The Thin Blue Line," powerful portraits of war in "The Fog of War" and "Standard Operating Procedure," and more recently the JFK assassination (in the astounding short "The Umbrella Man"; watch it here) he has faced some tough material head on with tremendous insight. And his next effort promises nothing less.

'24' Movie Won't Shoot In 2012; Apparently Was The Start Of A Trilogy With Antoine Fuqua Circling To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 11:29 AM
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Looks like the clock has run out on "24." (Sorry.) Earlier this year, everything looked good to go on the long-gestating big screen outing for the hit TV show. Kiefer Sutherland hinted that the movie would be a direct continuation of the show, set six months after the series ended, with everything gearing up to shoot next month, once the actor was done with his work on his latest Fox show "Touch." But it looks like scheduling just couldn't be worked out.

'Gimme The Loot' & 'Beware Mr. Baker' Lead 2012 SXSW Award Winners; Battles' "My Machines" Takes Best Music Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 11:17 AM
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...and just like that, the SXSW Film Festival is winding down a close. There are only a few days left at the fest, and folks are beginning to have BBQ regret as they pack their bags to leave Austin. But before they do, the juries have weighed in and handed out the statues for the best of the fest.

SXSW Films 'The Tall Man' & 'Girls Against Boys' Get Picked Up; 'That's What She Said' Finds A Home

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 14, 2012 10:40 AM
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SXSW has been underway for just short of a week now, and distribution deals have been struck for a couple of the films playing Austin. But to get things started, let's rewind to Sundance.

SXSW '12: Mark Mothersbaugh Confirms He's Scoring 'Lego,' Talks Working On Wes Anderson's 'Bottle Rocket' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2012 10:03 AM
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SXSW is usually an incredibly streamlined and well-organized film festival, with everything working with the smoothness of a Swiss watch. But yesterday must have been an "off" day, as a panel centered around beloved film composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh started about ten minutes late and (for some reason) a retrospective video for Mothersbaugh, produced back in 2004, played for another 20 minutes. Meaning that the tight hour that was allotted for the composer was actually more like 30 minutes. And while we wished it were longer, it was worth sticking around for the stories Mothersbaugh shared.

Paul Rudd Looking To Step In For Owen Wilson In Paul Weitz's 'Admission' With Tina Fey

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2012 9:38 AM
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As yet, Tina Fey hasn't quite found the same rock-solid success in the cinema world as she has on television with her Emmy-laden work on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." She wrote and co-starred in a minor teen classic "Mean Girls," and made small waves with "Baby Mama" and "Date Night," but that indelible role that makes her a fully fledged movie star -- her "Elf," her "40 Year Old Virgin" -- is yet to appear, presumably because she's busy nine months of the year running and starring in one of the funniest shows on television.

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