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Bella Heathcote And Emma Watson In Running For 'Secret Service' Female Lead, Unknown Taron Egerton Set For Lead

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 25, 2013 6:45 PM
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Well, it looks like "The Secret Service," the next Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of a Mark Millar comic book, is almost fully staffed with secret agents. According to a Variety report, newcomer Taron Egerton has landed the lead role of a young street tough who is turned into a super spy, in a story Millar has described as "My Fair Lady" meets James Bond. Meanwhile, the hunt for a female lead is still on, with Bella Heathcote and Emma Watson looking like frontrunners.

Watch: Leslie Mann Asks Emma Watson About Angelina Jolie In New Clip From 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 10:05 AM
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As exciting as Cannes can be, it's sometimes dampened by the fact that the films currently being unveiled on the Mediterranean coast can take months or sometimes even more than a year to make it to U.S. shores. But fortunately, that isn't the case with everything; after the premiere of "Behind The Candelabra" this morning (read our review!), we only have to wait five days for it to screen on HBO, and coming up not too far behind is Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which kicked off Un Certain Regard last week, and hits theaters in about three weeks.

Cannes Review: Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' A Mostly Empty Exercise In Excess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2013 8:59 AM
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The Bling Ring
American cinema seems preoccupied with the emptiness of excess, at least in the first half of 2013. Baz Luhrmann luxuriates in the meaningless wealth of "The Great Gatsby," while Harmony Korine put his own twisted spin on the dark soul of the American dream in "Spring Breakers." And now comes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," another look at the at-any-cost pursuit of celebrity and the worship of brand names, but it doesn't bring anything new to a conversation that seems to have run out of things to say.

Review: Starpower Like Julia Roberts & Ryan Reynolds Can't Save Flaccid 'Fireflies In The Garden'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 12, 2011 12:59 PM
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“Fireflies in the Garden” is the cinematic equivalent of going out to dinner with your friend’s family and then having to watch them all fight like cats and dogs the whole time: it’s got to be worse for the people going through it, but you sure as hell have no interest in watching it. Writer-director Dennis Lee, who I can only imagine drew from a deep well of personal experiences – or if he didn’t, clearly suffers from dysfunction envy – created this vivid tale of an embittered writer returning to his childhood home to confront a troubled past. But he failed to realize that personal catharsis isn’t the same as popular entertainment, especially if the characters barely qualify as real people, which is why the only thing more false in “Fireflies in the Garden” than its flaccid melodrama is its clichéd emotional redemption.

Production On 'The Wolverine' May Be Bumped To Spring 2012 So Hugh Jackman Can Do 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 1:45 AM
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The rocky road to "The Wolverine" continues to bump as yet another delay may push back the film even further.

Emma Watson To Star In Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Beauty And The Beast'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 4:59 AM
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The list of Guillermo Del Toro produced films long ago surpassed the levels of being absurd and comically long but what the hell, he's just added another one but unlike the myriad of other projects in various stages of development this one has a pretty big name already attached.

First Look At Emma Watson In 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 9:27 AM
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Well, a first look at Emma Watson in her first feature film following the "Harry Potter" franchise has arrived and its positively....well, perky.

Paul Rudd & Nina Dobrev Join The Cast Of Stephen Chbosky's 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 17, 2011 12:15 PM
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With the "Twilight" series' end set to leave a massive hole in Summit Entertainment's slate and bottome line, the studio has been scouring the globe for adaptations in an attempt to retain the loyal young adult/teenage market it has garnered. One particular upcoming adaptation though -- which the studio picked up earlier this year -- looks to be bringing in all the right talent to attract that very market. Author Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own novel, "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower," has 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson and 'Percy Jackson' star Logan Lerman in the lead roles with Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") also on board.

Hermoine Meets Jacob: Emma Watson Top Contender To Join Taylor Lautner In 'Incarceron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 4:46 AM
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Taylor Lautner may have found his leading lady, and it's an actress who, like Jacob himself, is no stranger to tentpole fare.

Summit May Pick Up Emma Watson Starrer 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2011 5:59 AM
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Plus Sundance Flicks 'Silent House,' 'Bengali Detective' & 'Circumstance' Find HomesWith Sundance on, it's sales time for studios and distributors, as everyone in town competes to pick up the next would-be indie phenomenon. In what's been a more lively market for acquisitions than in recent years (albeit with few "Happy, Texas"--style big money sales), pictures such as "Like Crazy," "Homework," "Marcie Martha May Marlene" and "The Ledge" have all found homes, along with documentaries "Life in a Day" and "Page One."

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