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'Whale Rider' Helmer Niki Caro To Write And Direct Film About Opera Legend Maria Callas

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 27, 2011 3:50 AM
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New Zealand helmer Niki Caro is set to tackle writing and directorial duties for "Callas," a film about the life of legendary opera star Maria Callas based on Alfonso Signorini's book "Too Proud, Too Fragile"

Watch: New Trailer For David MacKenzie's 'Perfect Sense' Starring Ewan McGregor & Eva Green

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 15, 2011 3:03 AM
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Can Ewan McGregor string together strong back-to-back performances after Mike Mills' "Beginners"? Can he match the heartfelt chemistry he shared with Melanie Laurent in Mills' film with another much-loved Gallic thespian in Eva Green? And will David MacKenzie's fusion of a love story and a disaster pic work at all? All questions we're currently asking of "Perfect Sense," the latest effort from the Scottish helmer who broke out with another McGregor-starrer "Young Adam" back in 2003.

Jonny Lee Miller Joins Ensemble Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows,' Filming Gets Underway This Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been talking about teaming up for an adaptation of 1960s vampire soap "Dark Shadows" for years now, but for a while, it was unclear if the always-busy megastar would find room in his schedule for the film. But if "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" taught us anything in the last few years, it's that if the pair are attached to a VFX-heavy, production design-reliant project that plays right into their comfort zones, it'll happen sooner or later. And indeed, "Dark Shadows" begins production in the U.K. this week.

Jay Baruchel Joins David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' Maggie Grace Will Be 'Taken' Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 12:39 PM
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Casting News Explosion Includes Rob Riggle As Villain In '21 Jump Street,' Tim Roth In 'Arbitrage' & Much MoreJay Baruchel is joining the cast of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." The rangy young actor will play a "financial whiz kid" in the film, who makes a fortuitous gamble over the course of the film's single-day narrative. Baruchel is joining a loaded cast, including Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. Baruchel will next be seen in the Michael Dowse-directed "Goon," which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, before lending his voice to the second film in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series. Update: First tipped by C7nema and confirmed by reps for the film, Kevin Durand ("Lost," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Emily Hampshire ("The Trotsky") and Patricia McKenzie have also joined the film playing Torval, Jane Melman and Kendra respectively.

Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton & More All Up For 'Total Recall' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2011 5:44 AM
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Jessica Biel & Eva Green Also In ContentionDespite it being still near-omnipresent on TV, 20 years since its release, the powers-that-be have deemed that it's time to remake "Total Recall," the sci-fi thriller that proved a hit for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven all that time ago. "The Adjustment Bureau" has proven that pictures based on Philip K. Dick's work can still be viable at the box office (both the original and the remake are based on the sci-fi writer's story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"). And Sony, in their infinite wisdom, have put the new version in the hands of D-movie king Neal Moritz ("The Green Hornet," "The Fast and the Furious,"), "Salt" scribe Kurt Wimmer, and "Underworld" and "Live Free and Die Hard" director Len Wiseman.

Brit Marling Joins Nicholas Jarecki’s ‘Arbitrage’ With Richard Gere & Susan Sarandon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 3:57 AM
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Also Attached To Lesbian Thriller 'Breaking The Girl'Is there any actress right now hotter than Brit Marling? The darling of the Sundance and SXSW film festivals this year, Marling wrote and starred in two very well-received films "Another Earth" (picked up by Fox Searchlight) and "Sound Of My Voice" -- two genre films, with much more going on than their surface loglines suggest. And it looks like Marling is to be riding that wave of success for the next little while at least.

Eva Green & Jordan Scott Talk Putting The Pieces Together In 'Cracks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 3:44 AM
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Jordan Scott Eyeing A 'Ghost Story' For Her Next FilmEXCLUSIVE: You would think that a feature film directed by the daughter of Ridley Scott and the niece of Tony Scott, starring Eva Green no less, would generate a fair amount of buzz. But, for whatever reason the movie gods have dictated, "Cracks" is only now rolling out in theaters via IFC; a long time since it premiered at TIFF way back in 2009. And that's really a shame. The film is being slept on by critics, the very same ones who usually beg and fawn for this kind of movie. Featuring an ensemble of complex female characters led by Green, the film easily conjures comparisons to "Picnic At Hanging Rock," "Heavenly Creatures" and "Lord Of The Flies." It's a crackling dark drama of the kind they just don't make very often.

Eva Green Joins Johnny Depp In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 3:28 AM
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Things are moving fast on Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" with filming to set to start soon. Yesterday, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote were the latest names to be linked to the project, and now, a beauty that be stills the beating hearts of the male faction of The Playlist team has joined the film.

Rapper Drake In Talks To Join Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage'; Al Pacino No Longer Attached

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 22, 2011 3:02 AM
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Update: Reps for the film have told us that Al Pacino is no longer attached to "Arbitrage." No word yet on who will be taking over his role, but stay tuned....

Trailer For 'Perfect Sense': A Chef & An Epidemiologist Fall In Love Until They Can't Feel Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 10:52 AM
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Meet Susan. An epidemiologist who thinks all men are assholes. Now meet Michael, a sweetheart of a chef who sweeps Susan off her feet. Sounds like the beginnings of a romcom right? Not so.

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