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Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten & Amy Smart Board '7500' From 'The Grudge' Director Takashi Shimizu

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • November 2, 2011 4:16 AM
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Honestly, we figured “The Grudge” director Takashi Shimzu would have a hard time finding quality work after the 2006 sequel “The Grudge 2,” a film with all the trappings of a straight-to-DVD effort, which didn’t exactly capture the (minor) effectiveness or (major) box office heat of the first film. Though stranger things have happened in Hollywood, and it looks as if Shimizu will return to the major studio-supported horror with a genre-friendly cast.

Naomi Watts & Robin Wright Are 'The Grandmothers' In Anne Fontaine's Doris Lessing Adaptation

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 3:11 AM
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'Animal Kingdom' Star James Frecheville & Xavier Samuel From 'Twilight: Eclipse' Also On Board After a long career as an actress and director, French helmer Anne Fontaine had something of an international breakout with her last film, "Coco Before Chanel." The film, a biopic of the legendary fashion designer starring Audrey Tautou, proved to be critically acclaimed, garnering six Cesar nominations, four BAFTA nods and a place on the shortlist for Best Costume Design at the Oscars, and is one of the most successful French pictures of recent years, taking an impressive $43 million worldwide. As such, Fontaine is a hot property, and news has emerged that she's set to make her English-language debut with a pretty impressive cast.

Joel Edgerton May Yell Loudly As Themosticles In '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:54 AM
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With "Immortals" and "Wrath Of The Titans" on the way, the big screen is not going to be lacking in buffed and greased dudes throwing spears and yelling faux-Shakesperian lines at each other. But "300," the granddaddy of them all that started this homoerotic, speedramping, historical-sandal-wearing trend, has a sequel on the way and may have found it's first leading man.

Mark Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard & Zoe Saldana Eye Guillaume Canet/James Gray Project 'Blood Ties'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 2:20 AM
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James Gray's 'Low Life' With Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner & Marion Cotillard Aims To Start Shooting In January 2012Given the Hollywood-friendly slickness of his directorial efforts to date, it was only a matter of time before French actor Guillaume Canet made a film in the U.S. The star of "The Beach" and "Love Me If You Dare," among many others, stepped behind the camera to much acclaim with 2002's Cesar-nominated "Mon Idole," the 2007 thriller "Tell No One" (which Ben Affleck is planning to remake), and followed it up with 2010's "Little White Lies," all of which showed an international sensibility.

Taylor Lautner To Produce & Star In Gus Van Sant's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:18 AM
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While this might seem totally out of nowhere, there were clues bubbling up that the unlikely duo of Taylor Lautner and Gus Van Sant would be working together. There was a very minor controversy recently when in an interview with Australia's GQ magazine, Lautner related that he had a dinner meeting with Van Sant and "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, prompting the publication to bizarrely ask if either of them hit on him. Obviously, not exactly the brightest thing to say, and the matter made the blog rounds and then went away, but it looks like that dinner date has borne some very real cinematic results.

'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius Work Together Again On Omnibus 'The Players'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:08 AM
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"The Artist" actor Jean Dujardin is to director Michel Hazanavicius what Ryan Gosling is to Nicolas Winding Refn. With the former's silent movie sensation winning over audiences and poised to become a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, it marks their third film together following the two very popular French-language spy spoof 'OSS 177' films, and what do you know, the pair have already collaborated on another project that is gearing up for release next spring in France.

'War Horse' Star Jeremy Irvine Joins 'The Railway Man' Playing A Young Colin Firth

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 2, 2011 1:43 AM
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A lot has been made of the Oscar potential for Steven Spielberg’s still-unseen WWI epic “War Horse,” but the majority of that chatter has been for the Picture, Directing, Screenplay, and technical categories. Hardly anyone has mentioned the young lead of "War Horse," Jeremy Irvine, as a Best Actor contender. But, as Kristopher Tapley and Anne Thompson pointed out on their excellent Oscar Talk podcast, if "War Horse" is a hit with the Academy, the film’s actors could ride a tidal wave of goodwill right onto Nomination Shore. Stranger things have happened: See Ian McKellan’s Best Supporting Actor nomination for “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” His performance in that film was good, but it wasn’t anything Sir Ian didn’t do in “X-Men.” The point is, when a film gets thirteen nominations—and if any film does this year, it could very well be "War Horse"—one of those nods will probably be for acting.

Plot Details Firmed Up For Terrence Malick's Untitled Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 1:04 AM
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That's His Next Film, Not His Next Next Film, His Next Next Next Film Or His Next Next Next Next FilmWhat in the name of grace and nature has gotten into Terrence Malick recently? With the announcement yesterday of two new projects both starring Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett -- "Lawless," also with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, and "Knight of Cups" with Isabel Lucas -- it means that the reclusive auteur looks likely to make more films in the space of this decade than he did in the previous 35 put together. Of course, he unveiled "The Tree of Life" this year, and has the IMAX documentary "Voyage of Time" reportedly still in the works, not to mention his rumored involvement with "Green Lantern 2." Okay, that we just made up.

Steve Carell To Turn 'Heat' Vibed Heist Flick 'Conviction' Into '48 Hours' Style Romp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 11:02 AM
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Getting your script picked up in Hollywood can be both a blessing and a curse. You can see your vision realized as it should be on the big screen or you can see it ripped apart, rewritten, retooled, dumped, re-acquired and re-imagined until it barely resembles the thing you first wrote. For Black List approved Jonathan Herman, he's seeing his work get a makeover.

Amanda Seyfried & Peter Sarsgaard To Star In Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman's 'Lovelace' Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 10:41 AM
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No, this isn't Matthew Wilder‘s “Inferno” that was famously going to have Lindsay Lohan in the lead role, but now is toplined by Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon. Instead, this is the competing project by “Howl” and “The Celluloid Closet” directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman that at one point was courting Kate Hudson and James Franco (who've both moved on), and had Olivia Wilde taking a look during the summer. It has now cast up, and the talent on board is pretty strong.

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