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Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney, Jean Reno & More To Star In Adaptation Of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 10:43 AM
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The are few works that have been more revered and adapted than "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov. The Russian master's play, written over 100 years ago, still forms the basis for countless new stage iterations -- both professional and amateur -- inspired a ballet and an opera, but oddly enough, has never had a splashy big-screen version. Until now.

Who Should Direct 'Catching Fire'? 5 Directors We Think Could Do The Job

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 9:59 AM
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So, writer-director Gary Ross, having helped make "The Hunger Games" into a gigantic hit, has decided to move on to new pastures. As we reported last week, Ross will be focusing on a new project, and after a few days, Lionsgate officially confirmed he will not be helming "Catching Fire," with both the studio and the director issuing formal statements.

Watch: Loki & Tony Stark Fight...With Words...In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 9:31 AM
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Well, the long wait is nearly over as tonight at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the red carpet will be rolled out for director Joss Whedon and his cast -- Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) -- for the glitzy premiere of "The Avengers." And not long after, critics will be getting their taste of the picture as well.

New Looks At Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter & More In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 9:16 AM
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How could a movie based around a cult TV show that no one really remembers all that fondly be turned into a summer blockbuster hit? Well, for one you pair up Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and then you (finally) release a trailer that is not only pretty rock solid, but seems to finds the top talents comfortably in their wheelhouse. Is it still a bit too quirky and strange? You might think so, but even the competition knows better, and it was earlier this week Paramount decided to get out of the way, moving "The Dictator" back five days from May 11th, having it open the following Wednesday on May 16th, effectively ending what would've been one of the summer's biggest showdowns at the box office. So with all that preamble out of the way, let's get to the movie, shall we?

Elle Fanning & Olly Alexander To Topline Musical 'God Help The Girl' From Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 8:42 AM
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As occasionally popular as it can be ("Chicago" and "Hairspray" being some of the more recent hits), the musical hasn't changed much since its earliest film incarnations. "Moulin Rouge" aside (a film that experimented more with style than with form), films like "Mamma Mia" and the upcoming "Rock of Ages" could essentially have been 1930s musical comedies (apart from their pop soundtracks), and this year's Oscar hopeful "Les Miserables" is a 25-year-old stage show based on a 150-year-old novel.

Shoot the Glass: 'Training Day' Helmer Antoine Fuqua Offered "Die Hard In The White House" Movie 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 11, 2012 8:24 AM
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Proof that every derivative idea that floats through Hollywood requires at least two versions, Nu Image/Millennium is pushing forward with their own "'Die Hard' in the White House" film now that Sony/Columbia purchased James Vanderbilt's spec script "White House Down," at the end of last month, for a whopping $3 million.

Mark Wahlberg Could Rejuvenate John Grisham Movies With 'The Partner'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 11, 2012 8:05 AM
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Fact: after the 1990s seemingly burned through his entire catalogue, the last big screen adaptation of a John Grisham novel was not 2003's "Runaway Jury" but 2004's "Christmas With the Kranks." Now Grisham's 1997 novel "The Partner" could be the next to make it to the big screen, with Mark Wahlberg circling the project to potentially star in and produce for New Regency.

Watch: Stunning First French-Language Trailer For Jacques Audiard's 'Rust & Bone' Starring Marion Cotillard

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 6:47 AM
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In a competitive year that sees new films from Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg, Andrew Dominik, John Hillcoat and many others, there's one film that we've been quietly anticipating just as much, if not more: "Rust & Bone," the latest from Jacques Audiard, the man behind firecracker French crime pictures "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "A Prophet."

Toldyou: Gary Ross Is Not Directing 'The Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 10, 2012 10:29 PM
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Well, we told you. All the hedging from PR reps and Lionsgate could not delay the inevitable. Gary Ross is leaving the “Hunger Games” franchise like we said he would. No, it’s not he’s leaving “after all” and no, it wasn’t premature. Well, it was if you were some of the media on the outside that was eating the sandwich that was being sold, but like we said, this was always the intention.

The Mix: Rooney Mara Unveils New Look For 'Bitter Pill'; Katniss Everdeen Gets Turned Into A Barbie & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 6:16 PM
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Steven Soderbergh's "The Bitter Pill" is now rolling in front of cameras and it looks like the girl with the dragon tattoo is now the girl with a new haircut (or wig). Rooney Mara has been snapped walking around the New York City set with some new brunette-ish locks, and combined with a frumpy trench coat, it's a far cry from her previous Hot Topic look.

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