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Stunt Casting Is Expensive: 'Liz & Dick' Producer Says Lindsay Lohan The Most Insured Actress Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 2:47 PM
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By now you've heard that Lindsay Lohan has somewhat miraculously landed an acting gig, an act previously thought impossible due to her general unreliability and ongoing legal and personal problems. But leave it to producer Larry Thompson who has done the impossible, and lined up the actress to play Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie "Liz & Dick." Surely a decision borne out of wanting to get the best person possible for the role, and not some kind of stunt casting done to ensure high ratings for what will otherwise be a probably terrible movie, the chatty Thompson has revealed that landing the talents of Lohan don't come cheap.

'47 Ronin' Bumped To February 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 2:09 PM
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So, was it because of the reshoots that are apparently taking place on "47 Ronin" or to give the film more time to get the 3D looking right? Well, it depends on who you believe but either way, if you wanted to see the Keanu Reeves-led samurai epic, you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer.

Mila Kunis Confirms Role In The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 1:36 PM
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While we're still waiting for the ambitious "Cloud Atlas" to show up -- all we know so far is that has an A-list playing multiple roles and Hugh Grant raping and killing people -- the directing siblings The Wachowskis are already gearing up their next, equally secretive "Jupiter Ascending." Not much is known about the project except that it will return the pair to the realm of the sci-fi franchise, and that Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis were being offered the lead roles. Well, there's now one down and one to go.

Exclusive: The Dirty Truth Behind Bottled Water Explored In Clip From 'Last Call At The Oasis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 1:23 PM
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While topics like pollution and climate change tend to dominate the space dedicated to environmental issues, one pressing concern that isn't talked about nearly as much is the slowly mounting global water crisis. Well, Academy Award-nominated director Jessica Yu ("Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien") hopes to shine a light on the wide range of issues surrounding water in "Last Call at the Oasis."

Watch: International Trailer For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Still Kinda Dumb, But It Does Have Ninjas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 1:01 PM
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While "Battleship" will probably still be the dumbest movie of the summer by a country mile (though with $129 million in the bank already thanks to international ticket sales, it's Universal who's laughing last), "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" could be coming in at close second.

Garret Dillahunt Says First Cut Of 'Killing Them Softly' Was 2.5 Hours, Not Sure If He Made The Final Edit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 12:41 PM
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Director Andrew Dominik is no stranger to long first cuts. As anyone who followed the tortured post-production on the director's contemporary classic "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford" knows, the director battled Warner Bros. over the length and tone of the movie, and numerous editors were brought in to try and cut down a film that reportedly originally ran more than three hours. Regardless, the resulting film was magnificent and Pitt remained one of the director's biggest supporters. They reteamed for "Cogan's Trade," which was recently retitled "Killing Them Softly," and it looks like the director had a lot of material to work with once again.

Jason Statham Talks About Being Part Of A Legacy of Bad-Asses, 'Safe' & The Remake Of 'Heat' With Brian De Palma

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2012 12:02 PM
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Jason Statham has joked that the reason he gets hired is because he's cheap and he does all of his own stunts. But this is devaluing his many strengths as an actor – he's an amazing physical performer and has a fair amount of screen presence with a kind of old school macho charm that isn't seen on the big screen all that often anymore. Statham's new movie, "Safe," is one of his better entries (his best since "The Bank Job" at least) – a lightning fast post-9/11 action movie about a desperate man who befriends a young Chinese girl who is wanted by all sorts of mobsters and crooked politicians (exemplified by Chris Sarandon's sleazy New York City mayor). We got to talk to Statham ever-so-briefly about what it is like being a next-generation bad-ass and why he was so desperate to work with Brian De Palma.

Original Director Of Quebec Hit 'Starbuck' To Write & Direct Remake For DreamWorks

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 25, 2012 11:45 AM
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You know what's awesome? Hollywood remakes of foreign language films! Not only are they entirely necessary, but they are also always better than the original film -- so it’s with great delight that we are able to report on another one of said Hollywood remakes.

Family Film Time: 'Stretch Armstrong' & 'Ringling Brothers' Get Writers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 25, 2012 11:22 AM
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Ever wonder what happened to that “Stretch Armstrong” movie that was tossed from Universal in their great purge of 2011? Well, Relativity picked it up, dropped the long attached Taylor Lautner and set it up with an April 11, 2014 release date. And now it's time to get a script.

SFIFF: Richard Linklater Talks Making 'Bernie,' Bringing True Stories To Life & The Films He Has Brewing In The Background

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • April 25, 2012 10:57 AM
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Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” is hitting New York and Los Angeles theaters later this week and we caught up with him at the San Francisco International Film Festival to talk about the film.

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