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David Fincher Exits 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie; Sony Searches For New Director With Eye On Ang Lee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 6:19 PM
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So, is David Fincher's relationship with Sony in trouble, or does Scott Rudin simply want to get moving on "Cleopatra" starring Angelina Jolie? It remains to be seen where the truth lies, but one thing is certain: David Fincher won't be involved with the film.

Brad Pitt & Denzel Washington Might Walk Into Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:57 PM
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It has been seven years since writer Stephen Gaghan got behind the camera and delivered "Syriana," and while he has kicked around a variety of projects since, lined up various producing and writing gigs (including doing a polish on M. Night Shymalan's upcoming "After Earth"), there hasn't been much word on a directorial outing. But now comes news of a project bubbling forth, with two heavyweight names eyeing the lead roles.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger To Direct First Installment Of New Young Adult Trilogy 'Divergent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:08 PM
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Earlier this year, we dipped into the world of young adult fiction and drummed up a list of 15 properties could be the next "The Hunger Games" or "Twilight." And among the titles mentioned, just at the end, was "Divergent." We noted work started on it a couple years ago, but there didn't seem to be much movement, but lo and behold, it's now moving full steam ahead.

New 'Killing Them Softly' Poster Blandly Reminds You That Brad Pitt Stars In The Picture

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 23, 2012 4:35 PM
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Ok, the creative marketing gurus over at The Weinstein Company were not working overtime when they created this new poster for "Killing Them Softly." Then again, maybe they were going for a much-less-is-more approach and making sure -- in case you were unaware -- that good ol' A-lister Brad Pitt stars.

Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon & John Krasinski Gets December 28th Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 4:14 PM
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Just when you thought the Venice and TIFF lineups had solidified what we could expect in theaters through the end of year (and into 2013), and what the Oscar race would look like, here comes Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" to shake things up.

Academy Picks Guys Behind 'The Bucket List' & 'Hairspray' To Produce Oscars, Ensuring Another Dull Awards Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 3:26 PM
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So after producer Lorne Michaels and host Jimmy Fallon were courted and before it all fell apart largely it seems over network rivalries between Oscar broadcaster ABC and NBC, it seems the folks at the Academy has chosen the safe and dull route for next year's ceremonies. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been selected to produce the show. Wait...who?
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Comic Prologue To 'The Dark Knight Rises' Arrives Via Mobile App; Matthew Modine Says Foley's Fate Was A Surprise

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 23, 2012 3:01 PM
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One of the pleasant surprises in Christopher Nolan’s comic book opus “The Dark Knight Rises” was the return to the big screen for actor Matthew Modine, someone who certainly hasn’t been out of the public consciousness, but hasn’t exactly scaled the heights of films like “Short Cuts,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Vision Quest” – all movies that secured him a comfortable spot on the A-list in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

How Do You Plead? New 'Dredd' TV Spot Offers Up More Futuristic Action

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:49 PM
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Well, we'll say this about "Dredd" -- it's not going to tax your brain with plot. Two judges, one villain, one building, lotsa explosions. At the very least, it's a far cry from the '90s Sylvester Stallone flick, right?

Watch: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry & More Spread New 'Butter' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:17 PM
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At one time kicked around as a potential awards contender last fall, when it emerged that the politically charged, quirky indie comedy "Butter" didn't quite have the same juice as something like "Little Miss Sunshine," The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to their 2012 calendar. And now, almost a full year since it debuted on the festival circuit, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has dropped. And you know what? It looks pretty delightful.

New Image From 'Monsters University,' Billy Crystal Reveals Mike Wazowski Wears Retainer In College Set Prequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2012 2:05 PM
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With all the talk about “Finding Nemo 2,” people have quieted down about Pixar’s other upcoming, wholly unnecessary follow-up, “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001’s mischievous and heartwarming “Monsters, Inc.,” which illuminates the collegiate background of monsters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Yes, it is the story we were all dying for. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about some movie we’ve never heard of, Crystal gave some tantalizing details about what to expect from the prequel (due in theaters next summer).

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