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Kevin Costner Confirmed For Jack Ryan Reboot, Eyeing Spinoff 'Without Remorse' With Studio Also Seeking Tom Hardy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 11:10 PM
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Well, well, look who's primed for a big screen comeback? With the mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" bringing in massive ratings and critical acclaim, and a role in the upcoming "Man Of Steel," it seems studios are ready to be back in business with the man who was once a no-brainer box office draw. As reported a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Costner was kicking the tires on a role in Kenneth Branagh's untitled Jack Ryan reboot. Well not only has he signed on, taking the role of William Harper, who recruits and trains Chris Pine's Jack Ryan, if all goes according to the plan, it won't be the last we see of the character.

Warner Bros. Passes On Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower' & 'The Imitation Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 7:36 PM
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It's back to square one for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's ambitious adaptation of "The Dark Tower." Even with Russell Crowe eyeing to take over the lead, and a reduced budget, it seems it wasn't enough for Warner Bros. to pull the trigger on the project, leaving the future of it ever getting made -- at least in this incarnation -- in doubt.

Todd Phillips Replaces Martin Scorsese As Director Of 'The Gambler'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2012 6:59 PM
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It appears director Todd Phillips is about to get serious for the first time after he's done with his upcoming comedy trilogy. In a surprise announcement, and what will be the first dramatic feature-length effort of his career, THR is reporting that Phillips is taking over "The Gambler" from Martin Scorsese and will make it his first post-"The Hangover Part III" project.

"I Lost My Ship": Watch Another New Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 6:15 PM
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After screenings in Santa Monica, Chicago and New York City, now it's San Francisco's turn to experience Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." And with it comes yet another clip from the film.

Watch: Haunting, Moving Trailer For 'The Impossible' With Ewan McGregor & Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 6:03 PM
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We've seen a few Spanish language spots for Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible" but none have landed with quite the impact (forgive the pun) for the latest domestic spot, one that makes a serious case that we could be looking at an Oscar contender here. Certainly, Summit hopes so.

Watch: James Franco Directs Samsung Galaxy Note Ad Starring James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:47 PM
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Well, you gotta give the folks over at advertising firm Cheil USA a hand, because if you're going to come up with a campaign around the Samsung Galaxy Note touting its multitasking capabalities, there are few celebrities more equipped to deliver that message than James Franco. Hell, in the past week or so alone we've seen a pretty shitty trailer for the indie flick "The Letter" (quantity isn't always quality), and learned that he's casting up his feature film adapatation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and producing some kind of art project about fame riffing on himself and Lindsay Lohan.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says You'll Only See Smaug's Eye In The First 'The Hobbit' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:20 PM
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...and then there were three. With everything official for "The Hobbit" to be turned into a trilogy, it looks like we're going to be talking about Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth for a lot longer than we expected. And we can also start picking apart when various members of the massive cast will appear across the span of the three pictures. And for those of you who are fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, you won't be seeing much of his Smaug until at least "The Hobbit: There And Back Again" (or whatever the second entry winds up being called).

First Official Image Of Forest Whitaker As 'The Butler' In Lee Daniels' Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 4:45 PM
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Well, after spending the better part of the spring and summer assembling its massive ensemble cast, Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is now rolling and perhaps in preparation for sales at TIFF next month, the first official image from the film has dropped. And it's a silhouette.

Ridley Scott Halts Production On 'The Counselor' In Wake Of Tony Scott's Death

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:57 PM
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Today, Hollywood continues to reel from the tragic news that director Tony Scott took his own life over the weekend. While he shared collaborations with many of Hollywood's brightest talents and biggest stars, none were as close, creative or deeply meaningful as those with this brother Ridley Scott. The pair put their names behind Scott Free, a production shingle responsible for dozens of TV shows and films, allowing the brothers to develop and manage projects they were both passionate about. Tony's absence is undoubtedly a great loss, and understandably, Ridley is taking some time to grieve.

New Images From 'Jack Reacher,' 'Anna Karenina' And 'Violet & Daisy' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:16 PM
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Over the weekend, this writer finished reading "Persuader," one of Lee Child's dozen plus books centering on ex-military man turned drifter/problem solver Jack Reacher, and it only underscores how divisive the casting of Tom Cruise is in "Jack Reacher," based on "One Shot." In the books, Reacher is a six foot something, larger than life bruiser whose sheer physical size can be intimdating to those who cross his path -- not exactly the kind of image you get from the 5'7" Cruise. But with a new image now landing, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is ready to address the doubters. 

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