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Elizabeth Banks Will Direct 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'A Most Violent Year' Casting & More News

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2014 4:41 PM
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Pitch Perfect
One of the big sleeper hits of 2010, the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect,” grossed $115 million worldwide off a small $17 million dollar budget, so the Hollywood law of averages dictates a sequel must be made (even though the movie was a perfectly enjoyable, self-contained story that really needed no second chapter).

Dwayne Johnson Joins 'Seal Team 666,' Sienna Miller Does The 'Mississippi Grind,' Aaron Eckhart Will 'Fade Out' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:43 PM
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The American Film Market is now underway, which means lots of casting and updates to projects that are looking to get sold over the next week. And so, let's just dive into some of the movies that will be hawked on the sales floor....

Joel Edgerton Joins Jeff Nichols' Sci-Fi & Ryan Reynolds Does The 'Mississippi Grind' Instead Of Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 9:05 PM
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There are few emerging American filmmakers right now as exciting as Jeff Nichols. The director is coming of a pretty fantastic run of three indie films -- the must-see-if-you-haven't "Shotgun Stories," the excellent "Take Shelter" and the deeply felt "Mud." And now major studios are paying attention. You might remember that Nichols' name was tossed around to direct "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," but now he's got a projecgt lined up at Warner Bros. and he's staring to cast up.

Ben Mendelsohn Joining Boden/Fleck's 'Mississippi Grind' With Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 4:25 PM
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We always like it when actors we like join projects by directors we like, so this kind of news makes us happy. Over the summer, it was revealed that Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the filmmaking pair behind "Half Nelson" and "Sugar," had lined up their next project. "Mississippi Grind" will find them working with Jake Gyllenhaal, and now another actor who has been more than a familiar face over the past little while has joined as well.

Jake Gyllenhaal Does The 'Mississippi Grind' For 'Half Nelson' Directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 16, 2012 8:56 AM
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After bursting onto the scene with "Half Nelson," which featured a career-making turn by Ryan Gosling, filmmaking duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden haven't exactly lived up to those heights, with the criminally underrated "Sugar" flying below the radar, and the lightweight "Kind Of A Funny Story" not quite landing with the force some were expecting. The filmmakers, however, have a new, exciting project in the works.

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