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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & More Join 'Jungle Book: Origins' Plus More Casting News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 1:18 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
So, once again Hollywood studios are competing needlessly for properties based on public domain works. First there was the battle over last year's Snow White movies, and now comes a couple of flicks based on "The Jungle Book." Jon Faverau has his production at Disney, a live-action/animated take involving Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and newcomer Neel Sethi. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. are lining up an equally star-studded cast for their rendition directed by Andy Serkis, which will be called "Jungle Book: Origins."

Casting: Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips To Reteam For 'Mack Bolan,' Keanu Reeves Gets Wet In 'Rain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Todd Phillips Bradley Cooper Mack Bolan
Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan.

'A Monster Calls' For Liam Neeson, Evan Rachel Wood Is 'Facing The Wind' With Joe Berlinger & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 11:23 AM
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It looks like those rumors were true. Last month word emerged that Liam Neeson was being courted for a role in J.A. Bayona's "A Monster Calls," and the actor has now taken the gig. He joins Felicity Jones in the adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness that will follow "the unexpected bond that develops between a young boy and a beast that visits him in nightmares.

Felicity Jones Answers ‘A Monster Calls,’ Emily Browning Joins Tom Hardy In 'Legends' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 9:22 AM
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"The Impossible" filmmaker J.A. Bayona is prepping his next project, and it's a doozy, with an adaptation of Patrick Ness' fantasy novel "A Monster Calls," and he's now putting his cast together. And the first one on board is Felicity Jones, with the actress joining the Black List approved story that follows an adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him the truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.

Natalie Portman’s ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Falls Off The Calendar; Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ Gets Dated For Summer 2016

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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2016 Release Dates: Jane's Got A Gun & More
Three major release dates were mentioned in the last 24 hours (minus the “Divergent” finale "Allegiant" being broken into two films of course). One has an unhappy ending (so far anyhow) and two are eyeing the horizon. Let’s start with the bad news: Natalie Portman’s troubled western “Jane Got a Gun” has been un-dated by Relativity Media. Originally scheduled for August 29th of this year, Relativity has pulled the film off the calendar and have not set a new date for it.

'The Impossible' Director Juan Antonio Bayona To Helm Black List Script 'A Monster Calls' Before 'World War Z 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 3:48 PM
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A Monster Calls JA Bayona
The future for "The Impossible" director Juan Antonio Bayona is filled with scary creatures. He's already helmed a couple episodes of Showtime's upcoming "Penny Dreadful," and the biggest project on his plate at the moment is the gig directing the "World War Z" sequel. But the Brad Pitt zombie flick is still developing, so in the interim Bayona will turn his attention to another movie with fearsome monsters.

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