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Lionsgate Chairman Says Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' A Potential 'Pink Panther'-Esque Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 12:45 PM
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Johnny Depp
Because we live in a time when there's going to be at least four "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, and "The Transporter" is getting an origin story, it's no surprise that studios want franchises. Basically, the thinking is that audiences would prefer to see a story they already know, rather than something original (which in the eyes of studios, is potentially risky). Which brings us to franchise grandaddy Johnny Depp, who is the swashbuckling billion dollar man behind four "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies (with a fifth on the way), while also the face of the "Alice In Wonderland" series (with "Through The Looking Glass" coming in 2016). So naturally, Lionsgate wants a bit of that pie.

Liam Neeson Joins Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' Zachary Quinto Targets 'Hitman' Sequel 'Agent 47' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 3:20 PM
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Liam Neeson Gangs Of New York
Huh. We've gotten so used to Liam Neeson cashing paychecks and cracking skulls that it's easy to forget he's an Academy Award-nominated actor (for his turn in "Schindler's List"). And while he did dial it down a bit for Paul Haggis' abysmal "Third Person" which premiered at TIFF last fall, for the most part, we just think of Neeson these days as filling time with one generic thriller after another (e.g. the upcoming "Non-Stop" and the soon-to-be-filming "Taken 3"). But it looks he'll have a chance to remind everyone that he has other special skills that don't involve punching people in the groin.

Peter Dinklage Goes R-Rated For New Comedy, Jessica Biel & Zosia Mamet Are 'Shiva And May' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 12, 2013 10:19 AM
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With his turn as a Marvel supervillain in “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” in the can, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage has found a new project. The actor is set to star in an R-rated comedy about a man who tells people he’s a real leprechaun. In the vein of “Bad Santa,” the untitled comedy will be penned by Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman’s less than stellar directorial debut “Bad Words.” Based on the premise, the Dinklage comedy looks to be a better bet.

Casting: Reese Witherspoon Lives 'Happily Ever After,' Kathryn Hahn Heads To 'Tomorrowland' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Reese Witherspoon
After a stint working on indie movies with Jeff Nichols' "Mud" opening earlier this year, Atom Egoyan's "The Devil's Knot" hitting the festival circuit, and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" probably landing sometime next year, the actress is going back to making movies that will pay the bills. She's headed to Disney to make the fairy tale comedy, "Happily Ever After."

Jaime Lannister From 'Game Of Thrones' To Star In Alex Proyas' 'Gods Of Egypt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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Guys, no spoilers, but fucking serious amount of shit went down last weekend on "Game Of Thrones" and while the world is picking up its collective jaw off the floor, Jamie Lannister (aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is making some plans between seasons spent in Westeros.

Alex Proyas To Helm 'Gods Of Egypt' For Summit, Fox & Scott Free Grab E-Book Sensation 'Wool'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 18, 2012 2:50 PM
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Score one for the self-published author. In a bidding war comparable to the recent "50 Shades of Grey" face-off, 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for Hugh Howey's self-published, post-apocalyptic e-book, "Wool." Originally started as a stand-alone story in 2011, fervor over Howey's work led to more installments, the first five of which have been compiled into a omnibus edition. Howey self-published "Wool" through Amazon, and, after positive word-of-mouth, sold over 140,000 copies through e-book in just under six months. Not bad for a guy who worked as a yacht captain for eight years before pursuing a literary career (can't make stuff like that up).

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