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Screenwriter John Logan Talks Writing 'Coriolanus' With Swagger & Dreaming Up The World Of 'Hugo'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It’s no small thing to collaborate with Gore Verbinski, Martin Scorsese or Ralph Fiennes. But to work with all three in the same year, on separate projects, is a truly remarkable accomplishment. And that’s exactly what screenwriter John Logan did in 2011, crafting screenplays for “Rango,” “Hugo,” and “Coriolanus” as a sort of hat trick for a career that’s already been full of spectacular efforts, including “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Sweeney Todd” among many others.

Watch: Rebecca Hall & Bruce Willis Have A Sunset Strip Singalong In First Clip From Stephen Frears' 'Lay The Favorite'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Many rock stars want to be actors, despite having no real capacity for it, while conversely, many actors would like to be singers, again, without necessarily having the ability to carry a tune. Among them is Bruce Willis, who inexplicably had a successful album, "The Return of Bruno," in the 1980s. Fortunately, we've been spared his vocal stylings for a while on screen, but our time of rest is over; if you've ever wanted to hear John McClane take on The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe," 1) You're in luck, and 2) What's wrong with you?

Joel Edgerton Sells Dramedy Script 'One Night Stand' To New Regency

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 11:17 AM
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There are a couple ways to start calling your own shots in Hollywood. One is to start your own producing shingle, and any big name actor you can think of (Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg) has an outlet where they can develop projects. Well, for Joel Edgerton, he's already got Blue Tongue Films, the Aussie collective of filmmakers, where he can cook up material and collaborate, but in order to open some more doors in Hollywood, he's taking a different approach.

Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' & "Intelligent Action Films"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 10:56 AM
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Aside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, and it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

Matthew Lillard's Comeback Continues, Joins Clint Eastwood & Amy Adams In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 10:37 AM
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While we, or at least this writer, had a number of problems with "The Descendants," the actors were not one of them. From leads George Clooney and Shailene Woodley to brief supporting roles from the likes of Judy Greer, Robert Forster and Rob Huebel, everyone pretty much brought their A-game, and no performance in the film was more surprising than that of Matthew Lilllard. The actor, who broke out in "Scream" before going on to play Shaggy in the two "Scooby Doo" movies, had been absent from the big screen for nearly five years, but gave a terrific little performance in a key role, one very different from the kind of part he'd played in the past.

Do Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Have Competition? Mark Wahlberg Says Whitey Bulger Wants To Meet With Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 10:24 AM
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So, who is the right filmmaker to bring the story of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger to the big screen? One of the biggest news stories of the last year, the FBI made headlines worldwide when they finally nabbed Bulger—on their top ten Most Wanted list for the past few decades—who had been hiding out in California for years. The head of the notorious Boston outfit the Winter Hill gang, Bulger ruled with an iron fist, stacking up 21 bodies in addition to numerous other charges including racketeering. The great irony here of course, is that Bulger was at one time an informant for the FBI and his agent/handler John J. Connolly had initially tipped him off that the feds were closing in. So yeah, the screenplay for this writes itself and last fall, Boston boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon announced there were planning a movie with "Boardwalk Empire" writer Terence Winter penning the script. But it seems another Boston native may want to stomp on their turf.

'Red Tails' Cast Talks The FX Heavy Shoot; Film Earned The Approval Of George H.W. Bush

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 18, 2012 10:05 AM
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"Red Tails" is not your average studio release. Distributed by Fox, it was wholly produced and financed by Lucasfilms, the first property under that label in years that wasn't "Star Wars"-related. But instead of a Rebel Alliance fighting an intergalactic war against The Dark Side, it deals with an unsung part of history, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter pilots and their ascendance in the ranks. We recently caught up with the cast and producer as they spoke to press in New York City.

'No Country For Old Men' Author Cormac McCarthy Sells First Spec Script 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 9:44 AM
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Is Cormac McCarthy the greatest living American writer? We're sure cases could be made for many other authors, but show us one who's written something as undeniably great as "Blood Meridian," and we'll start to listen. Thanks to the Oscar-winning success of 2007's "No Country For Old Men," based on his novel, McCarthy has become quite the hot prospect in the film world in the last few years, with the Coen Brothers' film being swiftly followed by "The Road" and "The Sunset Limited," the latter an HBO take on his play, while several other adaptations have been percolating.

Will 'The Expendables 2' Be PG-13 Thanks To The Demands Of Chuck Norris?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 9:20 AM
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Rounding up a stable of old school action stars, "The Expendables" was touted as a macho return to old school action moviemaking, and came stamped with an R-rating, delivering all the explosions and cussing (though strangely, none of the gratuitous nudity) of classic shoot 'em ups. And so, for the "The Expendables 2," Sylvester Stallone raised the stakes. He rounded up even more faces (including Jean-Claude Van Damme) some young talent (Liam Hemsworth) and snagged Simon West, director of "Con Air" fame, to shoot the thing. But will the demands of Chuck Norris actually find the testosterone-filled movie holding itself back?

Writer Graham Yost Says 'Major Matt Mason' With Tom Hanks Will Be A Space Survival Tale Set On The Moon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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Last night brought excellent news for television fans, with the return of the Elmore Leonard-inspired series "Justified." Now in its third season, the show, which stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, has gone from strength to strength, so much so that we named it our fourth favorite series of the last TV season. Graham Yost is the man behind it, but he's also a veteran screenwriter, with credits like "Speed" and "Broken Arrow" to his name, and he's working on making a return to the big screen for a fairly major project.

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