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Daniel Espinosa To Direct Former Ridley Scott Project 'Child 44'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 6:39 PM
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Earlier this year, we took a look at a handful of directors who are attached to a zillion projects, and one of those folks was Ridley Scott. One of the movies on his slate was "Child 44," and among the plethora of options he currently has, we figured the chances of him actually getting behind the camera on this (which he signed on for way back in 2007) at about 8/1 and for those you betting at home, you can now take it off his list. Another name is stepping in, and it's an exciting one.

Rumor: Is The 'Before Sunrise'/ 'Before Sunset' Follow-Up Currently Shooting In Greece?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 6:13 PM
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In the past little while, buzz has been building strong about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reteaming with Richard Linklater to shoot a follow-up to their beloved duo of films, "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." In June, Hawke let it drop that lensing was going to take place this summer, but when we spoke to Delpy earlier this month, she said it won't be until "sometime in the next year, year and a half," because they're still writing it. But, something is happening, which is prompting a lot of speculation at the moment.

Ron Howard Directing A Jay-Z Concert Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 5:08 PM
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"I'ma up at Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I'll be hood forever," Jay-Z raps on "Empire State Of Mind" and certainly the man who grew up in the Marcy Houses is rolling in a new area code, with some considerably more upper crust friends. And while this pairing still seems sort of odd, Shawn Carter is able to grab this kind of talent these days.

Watch: Raise A Glass For The First Clip From 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson & Ezra Miller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 4:49 PM
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For anyone who has been an outcast, an exile or stuck on the outside, particularly through those always awkward and tumultuous high school years, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" might be the movie for you. And for everyone else, it's the leading trio of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson that provides hope that this will be an above-average romp through a familiar coming-of-age tale.

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Shea Whigham Latest To Walk On The Set Of Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 3:41 PM
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Here's how we imagine Shea Whigham managed to snag a role that may or may not end up being in the final cut of Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" when it gets released in....oh, let's say 2015. Dude probably woke up, and ambled his badass self down to a local coffee joint to grab his morning cup when he saw some cameras rolling and a few trucks and personnel standing by. Curious, he grabbed his coffee and muffin to go (he was hungry) to see if he knew anybody on the production and just to check out what was going on. Then, emerging from an ethereal mist, Malick materialized, whispered in his ear and ten minutes later, Whigham found himself trading lines with Christian Bale.

Shia LaBeouf Says He Dropped Acid While Making 'Charlie Countryman' Because He's Method Or Something

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 3:09 PM
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Some people drop acid just to trip balls, or if you're Roger Sterling, to keep up with your progressive, younger wife. But for Shia LaBeouf it's all about art, man, and the actor went the extra mile for his upcoming movie "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman."

New Images From 'The Impossible' & 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 2:13 PM
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A couple of new images each from two movies about couples under strain -- one facing a deadly tsunami that tears their family apart, the other squaring off against the Volturi who want to tear their family apart.

New, Shorter Cut Of 'On The Road' Will Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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Decades in the making, the Francis Ford Coppola produced, Walter Salles directed "On The Road" finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to a mixed response. The adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal novel of a generation was never the easiest thing to bring to the screen, and our review by James Rocchi from the Croisette called it "lustrous but long winded." And indeed, running nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes, this writer was definitely checking his watch during the film. Now as it heads to TIFF, it looks like Salles has hit the editing bay one more time for a new, slimmer cut.

Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 1:14 PM
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The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton, another with Loki and Hawkeye and a gag reel, now comes an alternate opening to the movie itself. And it's a bit of a downer.

Watch: Vacation Is Murder In Trailer For 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 12:49 PM
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One of the more distinct voices in genre filmmaking emerging out of the U.K. is Ben Wheatley. The director first made ripples with "Down Terrace," but caused a major sensation last year with his stomach-churning "Kill List." So what did he do for an encore? He headed to Cannes this past spring to unveil "Sightseers," another nasty piece of work, albeit one with a comic edge to help it go down a bit more smoothly.

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