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Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Adds Three; Jena Malone Is A 'Go Getter'; Creed From 'The Office' Joins 'Liz & Dick' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 12:20 PM
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With "Young Adult" barely out of our minds, lensing is excitingly already underway on Jason Reitman's next directorial effort, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age story "Labor Day." The project has now added a trio of talent with Alexie Gilmore ("World's Greatest Dad"), Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy") all joining in unnamed supporting roles. The story centers on an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who is taken in by a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teen son (Gattlin Griffith) over a Labor Day weekend with Clark Gregg, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Brighid Fleming and James Van Der Beek also co-starring. [Variety]

Josh Trank's 'Venom' Movie May Tie Into 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Universe

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Long before the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” pressed the reset button on the lucrative Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire-era of films about our favorite web slinger, there was talk of a standalone film starring Spidey’s arch nemesis Venom. Having been portrayed by “That ‘70s Show” veteran Topher Grace in the poorly-received (but still financially successful) third entry in the Raimi-helmed series, Venom was a product of the blend of a black symbiote suit that turned Spidey to the dark side along with Peter Parker's rival Eddie Brock.

Soundtrack For 'Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap' Features Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 11:20 AM
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Music fans, rest assured. Tom Cruise, a bunch of garish costumes and set design, and the hair metal tunes from "Rock Of Ages" won't be your only option this weekend at the movies. For those looking for a more satisfying musical outing, head to your local arthouse for "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap," a documentary that explores the birth of hip hop and how it has turned into a global phenomenon.

Cate Blanchett Dons Scrubs In New Set Photos From Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 11, 2012 10:40 AM
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Terrence Malick, a director who not long ago was famed for the vast lengths of time between his film releases, now has no less than three (or is it four?) projects at various stages of development. In fact, we’re constantly having to remind ourselves which film is which when a new piece of information arises. Well some new pictures have turned up from a Malick set and they feature Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman so by a process of elimination we’ve worked out that we must be talking about “Knight of Cups.” Oh, wait, they’re all starring in his untitled movie as well, aren’t they? See how this can get confusing!

Zhang Ziyi Courted For Ed Zwick's 'The Great Wall,' Filming Pushed To Spring 2013

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 10:24 AM
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As a youth, Ed Zwick must have really enjoyed history class as films with a period setting and/or stories set to the backdrop of war or conflict are a recurring theme in his work. Despite a gear change with "Love And Other Drugs" in 2010, Zwick looks to be returning to his bread and butter with "The Great Wall," a China-set historical epic.

Gary Oldman & Amber Heard Exit Albert Hughes' 'Motor City'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 9:43 AM
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Albert Hughes just can't catch a break with casting for his latest effort, "Motor City." After a lengthy search for a male lead that saw names like Chris Evans, Dominic Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Renner all linked before Gerard Butler jumped on board, the project has now hit another wall, losing its villain and female lead.

Set Photos Unveil A Mustached Joaquin Phoenix In Spike Jonze's Untitled Romance

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 9:23 AM
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The return of Spike Jonze is an exciting prospect on its own but with Joaquin Phoenix as his lead and three leading ladies along side him in Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde, we're delightfully anticpating his upcoming, untitled project. Apparently centering a man who falls in love with a Siri-like computer voice presumably on an iPhone device, we now have a couple of set photos of a mustached Phoenix running around a subway station before lazing around on a Manhattan beach.

The 'Prometheus' Viral Campaign Continues With More Clues & A New Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 9:02 AM
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Well, "Prometheus" is a success (at least financially), openingly strongly this weekend with the best R-rated numbers since "Paranormal Activity 3" last fall. But if you've now seen the movie and think that's all there is, guess again. The viral campaign for the movie continues with a new video, a book and a mysterious date to keep the chatter going.

'Old Dog' Director Pema Tseden Talks Tibet, Miraculous Surprises On Set & His Next Film

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 10, 2012 11:07 AM
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Pema Tseden is a name you're going to be much more familiar with in the coming years. With his strong sense of visual composition and a dedication to presenting the real Tibet, it's only a matter of time before Cannes starts lapping his films up.

Watch: LCD Soundsystem Plays "Dance Yrself Clean" In Clip From Doc 'Shut Up And Play The Hits'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 10, 2012 10:57 AM
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Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the LCD Soundsystem concert documentary/swan song, “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” has been enjoying a warm reception since its premiere at Sundance (read our own A-grade review). And now Oscilloscope, the house that the late, great Adam Yauch built, has released a new clip online, via Pitchfork.

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