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Rebel Wilson Sells Comedy Pitch To Universal That She'll Write & Star In

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 10, 2012 10:22 AM
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Coming off a great performance in “Pitch Perfect,” which is performing solidly in theaters at the moment, Rebel Wilson’s career looks in pretty great shape. She’s got a lead role in Miguel Arteta’s brewing indie comedy “Unicorn Store,” "Glee" star Chris Colfer’s “Struck By Lightning,” and Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” on her upcoming slate, and her self-penned comedy pilot “Super Fun Night” is also in development over at ABC.

NYFF: Brian DePalma & Noah Baumbach Discuss Friendship, Fraternity & Filmmaking In A Career-Spanning Conversation

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 10, 2012 10:02 AM
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At first glance, the idea of pairing filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Brian De Palma together for an onstage conversation doesn’t seem to make any sense at all. After all, what would the filmmaker behind intimate character pieces like “The Squid & The Whale” and “Greenberg” have to say to the master stylist responsible for “Scarface” and “Carrie,” whose career has been built on swooning, impossible camera moves and nail-biting suspense? This idea only appears unconventional until you see Baumbach (accompanied by girlfriend/actress Greta Gerwig) at two showings of DePalma’s latest, “Passion,” which is now screening at the New York Film Festival. As it turns out, the filmmakers are friends and mutual admirers, and organizers have been trying to coordinate an onstage pairing for years.

Famed Freak The Lizardman Now Also Part Of Terrence Malick's Next Film Because Why Not?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 9:18 AM
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By the time Terrence Malick finishes with "Knight Of Cups" and his currently filming, untitled love-triangle movie, pretty much every actor, musician and sideshow attraction will have logged time in front of his cameras. The director seems to love hanging out with famous people almost as much as he loves cutting them out of his movies, and now the oddest set photo you'll see all year reveals another bizarro addition to his cast.

Ryan Reynolds Circles 'The Voices' From 'Persepolis' Director Marjane Satrapi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:58 AM
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After the summer of 2011 in which Ryan Reynolds featured in two disappointments -- the superhero flick "Green Lantern" and the body swap comedy "The Change-Up" -- one wondered if the actor's shot at the big time was in trouble. But earlier this year he helped make "Safe House" a big hit (and it now has a followup in the works), next summer he's got "R.I.P.D." (which is also primed for a sequel if it's a hit), and now it seems the actor wants to prove he's got the chops to go with his looks. He's already lining up a role in Atom Egoyan's "Queen Of The Night," and he seems to have earned the attention of another arthouse director as well.

Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III' Leads Rome Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:06 AM
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So....that's it? With early rumors pointing to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Gabriele Muccino's Gerard Butler-starring comedy "Playing For Keeps," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," and Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller has unveiled this year's slate for his inaugural Rome Film Festival, and those expecting big stars and big-name movies will be disappointed.

Uma Thurman Joins Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 7:03 AM
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You might think that Lars Von Trier's idea to shoot an erotic drama featuring hardcore sex might scare Hollywood types away. You would be wrong. With Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and (oddly) Christian Slater among those taking part, another unexpected name has joined the cast.

To The Left, To The Left: Beyonce Exits Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 9:46 PM
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Well, it's back to the starting blocks—again—for Warner Bros. forever developing "A Star Is Born" as Beyonce has left the building.

Ralph Fiennes Books Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' While Angela Lansbury Checks Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 8:43 PM
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Some people were a little bummed when they learned that Johnny Depp actually wasn't going to be in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Some folks were relieved. But we think everyone will agree that this next bit of casting is pretty damn awesome.

Figures: 'Taken 2' Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen Says Fox Wants A 'Taken 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 9, 2012 6:39 PM
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Well, that was fast. Last week, while speaking to the press, actor turned action star Liam Neeson (essentially) said thanks but no thanks to the possibility of a "Taken 3" film. Then "Taken 2" was released on Friday and came up with a impressive $50 million in its opening weekend (double the opening figure of the original), proving that audiences still love aging dads that will find you, kill you and then fuck you up if you mess with their wives and daughters.

Nicolas Cage & Hayden Christensen Team Up For 'Outcast'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 4:38 PM
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Oh, Nicolas Cage. Just when it seemed he was putting paycheck gigs behind him by lining up movies with William Friedkin and David Gordon Green, along comes "Outcast" to remind is, that if a project crosses his desk and promises a fully stocked catering table, he'll probably do it.

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