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Move Over 'The Avengers,' Clark Gregg Joins Jason Reitman’s 'Labor Day'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 9, 2012 10:57 AM
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Long relegated to post-credit sequences and scene-stealing bit parts as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies, it was nice to see actor Clark Gregg gain a little more screen time in this past weekend’s superhero brouhaha “The Avengers.” Granted, the silver screen was still mostly dedicated to the sweaty, muscle-bound (sometimes green) dudes in spandex, but Gregg had more than his share of moments, and has been consistently good with small parts in films like “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Usual Suspects.” He’s a bit part character actor who deserves a movie all his own – in fact he’s been in a few diverting short films entitled “Marvel One-Shots” centered on Agent Coulson—but for now he’s looking to move into some promising adult fare.

Ryan Murphy & His Leading Ladies Recreate Scenes From 'Repulsion,' 'Carrie,' 'The Birds' & Other Horror Classics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 10:24 AM
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Magazines doing photo spreads recreating scenes from iconic movies is nothing new. Vanity Fair seems to do it a couple times a year, and it was at the tail end of 2011 when the New York Times Magazine got in on the act enlisting a wealth of stars for a big awards season shoot that included, among others, Rooney Mara dressing up as Alex from "A Clockwork Orange." Now, "Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy is joining in, recruiting the leading ladies from his TV projects to participate in a horror-themed shoot for Elle.

Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz & Nina Dobrev Team For 'Kid Cannabis'; Sean Bean Leading 'Devil's Peak' Trilogy & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:42 AM
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"Project X" star Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz and Nina Dobrev are set to star in John Stockwell's "Kid Cannabis," a rags-to-riches drug tale based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article that follows an impoverished, depressed high school dropout who quickly finds himself managing a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation across the Idaho-Canada border.

Huh? Hayley Atwell To Star In '10 Things I Hate About You' Semi-Sequel '10 Things I Hate About Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 9:20 AM
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Writer/director Gil Junger certainly hasn't been lacking in work. He's mostly a TV helmer jumping from show to show, wherever the next gig takes him, but "10 Things I Hate About You" remains his greatest achievement. The 1999 teen comedy starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a retelling of Shakespeare's "Taming Of The Shrew" that was more clever and enjoyable that it had any right to be. Junger tried to recapture the magic with a TV series that starred Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka and Larry Miller and didn't last a single season, but he's going to be take another swing at the material.

Lynn Shelton's Relationship Dramedy 'Laggies' Is Still Alive; Paul Rudd Attached To Star

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:00 AM
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When indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton moved forward with her latest effort "Touchy Feely" which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page among others, we had presumed the worst for "Laggies," the Andrea Seigel-scripted relationship tale Shelton was set to tackle next. Thankfully, it looks like that project has merely been shifted rather than removed from Shelton's calendar and it now has a Hollywood comedy stalwart on board.

Cole Hauser Joins the Growing List Of Villains In 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 9, 2012 8:45 AM
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The clock is ticking on "A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment in the "Die Hard" franchise, with director John Moore adding to his cast as he stares down a February 2013 release date. Last month, German actor Sebastian Koch ("The Lives Of Others") and Russian model/actress Yulia Snigir were cast as the sequel's villains, but, a month later, it seems that Moore isn't done casting baddies, adding a third with Cole Hauser ("2 Fast 2 Furious").

Watch: A Troll & Queen Ravenna Feature In 2 Clips From 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 9, 2012 8:17 AM
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There was a time when Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Relativity Media's "Mirror, Mirror" were tied to the hip, particularly as they lobbied for release dates, with "Mirror, Mirror" winning the earliest release date of them all. That "victory" led "Mirror, Mirror" director Tarsem Singh to tell EW last June that "fortunately or unfortunately, there really, truly is only room for the first one of these." Well, "Mirror, Mirror" has come and gone, leaving middling success and mostly abysmal reviews in its wake (we found it "remarkably forgettable"), while "Snow White and the Huntsman" is being viewed as a potential franchise, with Universal looking to lock up director Rupert Sanders for a potential sequel. Two new preview clips have arrived online for "Snow White and the Huntsman," which has been laying low during the "The Avengers" promotional blitz but have finally decided to step up their efforts considering the success of the two films shared star Chris Hemsworth.

Javier Bardem To Play Neo-Nazi In Modern Romeo & Juliet Tale 'Alacrán Enamorado'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 7:57 AM
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Before heading stateside to join Ridley Scott's star-studded "The Counselor," Javier Bardem is set to add another sinister portrayal to his resume, taking on the supporting role of a neo-Nazi in an adaptation of his brother, Carlos Bardem's novel "Alacrán Enamorado," roughly translated as "Scorpion In Love."

Cameron Diaz Takes Role Eyed By Angelina Jolie In 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 10:21 PM
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No, you're not reading this wrong: Cameron Diaz is joining Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" taking the role previously eyed by Angelina Jolie. And yes, we're just as surprised as you are.

IFC Films & Sundance Selects Pick Up U.S. Rights To Walter Salles' 'On The Road'; Film Will Hit Theaters Late Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 9:33 PM
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While there will be a lot of dealmaking done over glasses of chardonnay at Cannes, a few are going to be done before the festival kicks off, and in what is one of the biggest so far, one of the most high profile movies premiering on the Croisette has now landed U.S. distribution.

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