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Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Beatles Manager Brian Epstein In Tom Hanks-Produced Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2012 2:20 PM
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There might be unlikelier potential megastars around than Benedict Cumberbatch, but we're not sure we can think of any. The 36-year-old British actor had been slogging away in film and TV roles for a decade, mostly in a series of stuffed-shirt roles. He impressed those who took notice (particularly with stage roles, and with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking for the BBC), but wasn't really considered a leading man. But in 2010, the actor was cast as the titular hero in "Sherlock," a new reinvention of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective hero, and the show was a surprise monster hit.

FilmNation Picks Up Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Breaking Glass Buys Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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After 2011’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne is looking for a little extra help in getting his follow-up feature “Nebraska” to the screen. The road trip flick starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte is seeking a supplement to its financing by shopping its international distribution rights. Paramount is distributing the film domestically, but FilmNation has reportedly already struck a number of key deals on behalf of Payne to get the film in front of more international audiences.

Exclusive: Listen To The Soundtrack For 'A Late Quartet' Featuring The Score By Angelo Badalamenti

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 31, 2012 12:37 PM
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For this writer, one of the underappreciated gems at this year's TIFF was undoubtedly Yaron Zilberman's feature debut "A Late Quartet." The finely tuned drama focuses on a world reknowned string quartet (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir) about to enter their 25th season together. When their cellist (Walken) is struck with an illness that forces him to resign from the group, the delicate dynamic between the other members is thrown out of sync. As the remaining trio search for a potential replacement, trusts are betrayed, relationships damaged and marriages broken.

Watch: More Minions In First Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 12:24 PM
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After somewhat oddly announcing "Despicable Me 2" by having the minions "sing" The Beach Boys earlier this year, Universal has returned with the first official trailer for the sequel to their hit 2010 movie. And they are keeping those yellow creatures -- arguably, the key to the success of the whole thing -- right up front and center.

Annapurna Pictures Is Poised To Relaunch The 'Terminator' Franchise, But Can They Rescue A Damaged Brand?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 31, 2012 12:05 PM
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Annapurna Pictures is having an interesting year. While they’ve backed some of the most exciting films of 2012 from some of our best auteurs (with tremendous casts to boot) -- Paul Thomas Anderson’s "The Master," Andrew Dominik’s "Killing Them Softly," John Hillcoat’s "Lawless" and coming up, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” -- as suggested in a somewhat alarmist piece by the Wrap recently, Annapurna Pictures could use a hit.

New Zealand Really Likes 'The Hobbit': Peter Jackson Cameos In Air New Zealand Safety Vid & Gollum Gets Airport Sculpture

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 11:43 AM
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Holy Middle Earth! It's safe to say that New Zealand and Peter Jackson are in the midst of love affair, with the director bringing shine and interest to the country thanks to shooting his "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy in the country, utilizing their pristine natural settings. And while there was a brief moment when it looked like that relationship was going to be frayed, with a labor dispute finding Jackson threatening to take "The Hobbit" movies elsewhere, all ended well. And with the first of the trilogy set to hit theaters in just over a month, Jackson and New Zealand have solidified their friendship.

John Cusack To Star In Stephen King's 'Cell' & Financial World Drama 'Due Process'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 11:20 AM
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We recently put John Cusack on our list of actors who should fire their agent, but in his case, his career stall has been hampered simply by an inability to pick good projects. Maybe he got our memo or had a wake up call, because the actor is headed into two films that are certainly the most promising projects he's had in a while.

Gerard Butler Is A Soccer-Playing 'Dynamo'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2012 10:45 AM
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After the total no-show that was “Chasing Mavericks” last week, Gerard Butler hasn’t wasted any time lining up another gig. The “300” star will lead the adaptation of Andy Dougan’s “Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev.”

Watch: New Clip From 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Plus Music Video For Green Day's “The Forgotten”

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 31, 2012 10:18 AM
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Who’s looking forward to the final entry in the “Twilight” franchise? Well, if the last film’s global box office of $700 million is anything to go by, then a hell of a lot of people are. Well, there’s not long to wait now with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” set for release in almost every major territory between November 14th-16th, although you’ve got to feel sorry for those poor Japanese Twi-hards who have to wait until December 28th!

With George Lucas Only Consulting, Can Disney Restore The Integrity Of The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise? Does It Even Matter?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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“We’re going to concentrate on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said yesterday in a Disney conference call to discuss the immediate acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. “What we’re buying, along with the overall company, is a pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies. The [new] trilogy.”

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