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New Images Of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan In 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 9:00 AM
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Yo, you want some Jay-Z with your classic English literature? How about some blazing hip hop beatz in a Jazz Age drama? Inspired mashup or potential disaster? The jury is still out on Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" but there is no doubt that on a visual level, this film will be nothing short of a knockout.

An Evil Cloud? Ray Winstone Looking To Take Villain Role In Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 9:48 PM
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So what exactly is the villain going to be in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"? A talking raincloud? The guy at the lumber yard who jacks up his prices with the storm of all time on the way? A rival ark builder? Your guess is as good as ours, but it seems the director has found his man.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered Role As Plutarch Heavensbee In 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 9:31 PM
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Well, the folks at Lionsgate are nothing if not ambitious. With big names like David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez all on their wishlist to fill the director's chair for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" after Gary Ross exited, they've since settled on Francis Lawrence. But there's still some casting to be done on the sequel and they're taking another big swing and hoping it'll connect.

Penelope Cruz Confirmed For 'The Counselor' & Will Reteam With Pedro Almodovar For 'Standby Lovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 8:11 PM
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If you're only going to shoot a couple of movies in one year, making them with Ridley Scott and Pedro Almodovar is not a bad way to go, and that seems to be the game plan for Penelope Cruz.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Lands Director's Chair For Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 7:40 PM
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Word has been quiet on what Neil Burger will be up to next following his sleeper hit "Limitless." Over the past year or so he's become attached to the video game movie "Uncharted," and a riff on "Bonnie & Clyde" penned by "Up In The Air" scribe Sheldon Turner, and while both those projects seem to be quiet at the moment, he's landed another gig that had the studio chasing some big names.

Disney Sets November 27, 2013 Date For Animated 'Frozen' With Kristen Bell

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2012 6:25 PM
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2012 has been an interesting year for Disney. It has seen some very high highs (the record-smashing "The Avengers," which recently eclipsed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" to become the studio's single most successful film of all time) and very low lows ("John Carter," Andrew Stanton's sci-fi western, poisoned by bad publicity and even worse marketing, will cost the studio least $200 million). In truth, the studio only has a handful of true Disney films left on the horizon - a pair of animated treats (Pixar's "Brave," which we liked but didn't love; and Thanksgiving's videogame-themed "Wreck-It Ralph," a movie that we've been told is just phenomenal, even in super unfinished form) and a weird fantasy drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which opens late this summer and looks like a total snooze (the rest of the movies Disney is releasing will be DreamWorks co-ops.) So it's not such a stretch to imagine execs looking towards 2013, with the period western "Lone Ranger" and, now, a big animated movie that fits just outside (but still snuggled up next to) the Disney princess line.

Watch: Peter Parker Chats Up Curt Connors & Runs From The Police In Clips From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 6:00 PM
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Coming between "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and with "The Avengers" already setting a tremendously high bar for comic book films to reach, Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" is in an unenviable position. Early buzz has been lukewarm, and certainly the excitement behind this reboot can't match anything approaching the anticipation for the aforementioned films. So with a few more weeks to go until it hits theaters, it looks like Sony is just gonna bombard everyone with stuff from the movie in the hopes that something sticks.

Chris Hemsworth To Topline Maritime Adventure 'In The Heart Of The Sea,' DreamWorks Circling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 5:34 PM
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Can Chris Hemsworth graduate from franchise star to leading man in dramatic fare? The question is wide open right now, but whether audiences warm to him without the hammer of Thor or riding shotgun with Kristen Stewart through fairy tales remains to be seen. His first test via the excellent meta-horror flick "The Cabin In The Woods" didn't really work, and he'll get another shot later this year when the "Red Dawn" remake finally hits theaters. But his first real test will be in Ron Howard's racing drama "Rush" and should that go well, this will likely follow.

Rapper/Actor Common To Star In Remake Of Francois Truffaut's 'The Man Who Loved Women'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2012 5:19 PM
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Perhaps we should all agree the term “urban update” should be kept as far away from studio pitches as possible? The descriptor -- besides sounding like a mandatory software patch -- just does not do the film it's touting any favors whatsoever. But, that hasn't stopped the latest remake to be deigned as such from picking up a charismatic leading man in rapper/actor Common, and worthy source material in Francois Truffaut's 1977 film “The Man Who Loved Women.”
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'Taken 2' Director Olivier Megaton Returns To Revenge Genre With 'Land Of The Living'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2012 5:04 PM
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After recently wrapping the Liam Neeson sequel “Taken 2,” it appears the wonderfully-named director Olivier Megaton (“Transporter 3”) has been bitten by the abduction genre bug, and has quickly set up plans for another similar thriller, this time located on the streets of Los Angeles.

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