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Danny Boyle's Amazing 'Frankenstein' Stage Play Coming To American Movie Theaters This Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 9, 2012 1:42 PM
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In an impressive bit of synergistic strategizing, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fathom Events will be screening a taped version of last spring's "Frankenstein" stage play for two nights in June. What makes this such a slick move is that it's perfectly tapping into a number of Zeitgeist-catching threads - the play co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, whose amazing modern day take on "Sherlock" just started airing on PBS in America (seriously, that first episode alone makes Guy Ritchie's movies look even more like frothy kiddy stuff) and is poised for Next Big Thing Status when he stars as the villain in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel next summer and was directed by Danny Boyle, who will serves as the director of the London Olympics opening ceremonies (not too shabby). The play also stars Johnny Lee Miller, who co-stars in this weekend's delightfully bizarre Tim Burton "Dark Shadows" redo.

Marion Cotillard Insists Miranda Tate Will Be A "Good Guy" Throughout 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 12:38 PM
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Spoilers ahead! Seriously, don't whine about anything if you read past this point. Anyway, if anything has matched the secrecy around "The Dark Knight Rises," it has been the rumors, with everyone on the Internet tossing around their ideas for just what Christopher Nolan will be bringing to the epic conclusion of his Batman movies. One of the most enduring so far is that Marion Cotillard's Miranda Tate, reported to be a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham. Many assumed that rather vague character description was a bit of misdirection, and that she could possibly be playing a villainess. Once Liam Neeson's cameo as Ra's al Ghul was rumored and later confirmed, many assumed Tate was going to be playing Talia al Ghul, looking to seek revenge (possibly with League Of Assassins). Well, according to Cotillard, the fanboys are wrong.

Jean Luc-Godard's 'Goodbye To Language 3D' Currently Shooting, Will Have A Talking Dog Or Something

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 9, 2012 12:17 PM
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While Jean-Luc Godard's most recent effort, 2010's "Film Socialisme," wasn't met with the warmest of receptions, that hasn't put off the legendary French director. That came after a six-year gap, but Godard is reportedly already in production on his latest, titled "Goodbye To Language 3D," and according to the production company Wild Bunch he'll be shooting in 3D. Could this be the arthouse alternative to "Hugo"?

Alejandro Jodorowsky & Paul Schrader Fund New Films 'La Danze De La Realidad' & 'The Canyons' On Crowdsourcing Platforms

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 11:37 AM
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With the JOBS act, finally passed in Congress, boasting an incredible series of changes for crowdfunding projects, the methods for independent filmmakers and artists to finance their projects stand to get easier and more versatile real soon. And as Kickstarter and Indiegogo seem to generate success stories every day, it appears two major filmmakers feel confident enough to bring their new projects to the people.

David Lindsay-Abaire To Write 'The Family Fang' For Nicole Kidman & 'Rabbit Hole' Producers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 9, 2012 11:22 AM
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2010 certainly wasn’t a lackluster year for film, perhaps that’s why “Shortbus” helmer John Cameron Mitchell’s emotionally gripping “Rabbit Hole” was seemingly swept aside. Telling the story of a grieving couple coming to terms after their young son dies in a horrific accident, it was a heartbreaking tale that we liked quite a bit, and so we were pleased to hear last February that Kidman would be teaming up again with “Rabbit Hole” producers for the familial comedy-drama “The Family Fang.” Now it looks as if producers are hoping to add a little more of what made their previous film work so well, in the form of a script by “Rabbit Hole” playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.

Move Over 'The Avengers,' Clark Gregg Joins Jason Reitman’s 'Labor Day'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 9, 2012 10:57 AM
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Long relegated to post-credit sequences and scene-stealing bit parts as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies, it was nice to see actor Clark Gregg gain a little more screen time in this past weekend’s superhero brouhaha “The Avengers.” Granted, the silver screen was still mostly dedicated to the sweaty, muscle-bound (sometimes green) dudes in spandex, but Gregg had more than his share of moments, and has been consistently good with small parts in films like “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Usual Suspects.” He’s a bit part character actor who deserves a movie all his own – in fact he’s been in a few diverting short films entitled “Marvel One-Shots” centered on Agent Coulson—but for now he’s looking to move into some promising adult fare.

Ryan Murphy & His Leading Ladies Recreate Scenes From 'Repulsion,' 'Carrie,' 'The Birds' & Other Horror Classics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 10:24 AM
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Magazines doing photo spreads recreating scenes from iconic movies is nothing new. Vanity Fair seems to do it a couple times a year, and it was at the tail end of 2011 when the New York Times Magazine got in on the act enlisting a wealth of stars for a big awards season shoot that included, among others, Rooney Mara dressing up as Alex from "A Clockwork Orange." Now, "Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy is joining in, recruiting the leading ladies from his TV projects to participate in a horror-themed shoot for Elle.

Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz & Nina Dobrev Team For 'Kid Cannabis'; Sean Bean Leading 'Devil's Peak' Trilogy & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:42 AM
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"Project X" star Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz and Nina Dobrev are set to star in John Stockwell's "Kid Cannabis," a rags-to-riches drug tale based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article that follows an impoverished, depressed high school dropout who quickly finds himself managing a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation across the Idaho-Canada border.

Huh? Hayley Atwell To Star In '10 Things I Hate About You' Semi-Sequel '10 Things I Hate About Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 9:20 AM
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Writer/director Gil Junger certainly hasn't been lacking in work. He's mostly a TV helmer jumping from show to show, wherever the next gig takes him, but "10 Things I Hate About You" remains his greatest achievement. The 1999 teen comedy starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a retelling of Shakespeare's "Taming Of The Shrew" that was more clever and enjoyable that it had any right to be. Junger tried to recapture the magic with a TV series that starred Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka and Larry Miller and didn't last a single season, but he's going to be take another swing at the material.

Lynn Shelton's Relationship Dramedy 'Laggies' Is Still Alive; Paul Rudd Attached To Star

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:00 AM
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When indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton moved forward with her latest effort "Touchy Feely" which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page among others, we had presumed the worst for "Laggies," the Andrea Seigel-scripted relationship tale Shelton was set to tackle next. Thankfully, it looks like that project has merely been shifted rather than removed from Shelton's calendar and it now has a Hollywood comedy stalwart on board.

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