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Dane DeHann & Michael Pitt Were Finalists To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'; '300: Battle Of Artemisia' Also Under Scrutiny At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2012 9:22 AM
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It’s looking more and more dire for the creatively bankrupt producers behind Warner Bros.’ big-budget American version of “Akira.” Yesterday brought word that the studio was shutting down production offices, and now Deadline reports that this orphans two actors who were competing to play the important role of Tetsuo.

2011: The Year The Big Projects Died & Studios Discovered (A Little) Fiscal Responsibility

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2011 12:39 PM
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The giant financial crisis that began in 2008 is probably the single event that's had the most wide-reaching ramifications since 9/11, but, as ever, it's taken a few years for the film industry to reflect that, bar the occasional handy coincidence, like "Up in the Air." For the most part, 2011 was the year in which cinematic storytellers began to deal with the mess, from surprise hit "Margin Call" and HBO drama "Too Big To Fail" to the barely-able-to-make-rent lead in "Bridesmaids" and New Depression-era setting of "Real Steel." Even "Tower Heist," dealt with financial inequity and films like "Warrior" dealt with character struggling to make due.

Warner Bros. Puts 'Paradise Lost' On Hold Citing Budget & Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 10:55 PM
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So, just how worried are big studios these days about spending lots and lots of money on risky projects? Well, just ask Sony, which is still smarting from the "Men In Black 3" fiasco, and pushed Roland Emmerich's start and release date for "Singularity" back by months in order to get the script in the best shape it can be. And then there was that whole "The Lone Ranger" thing with Disney, which strong-armed the filmmakers to bring down the cost or else not make the movie at all. And now, the same is happening over at Warner Bros. With a big budget, star-studded, mo-cap, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" set to begin filming in weeks, Aussie film crews are receiving a lump of coal in their stocking this year.

Bradley Cooper Says Bad Timing & Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Leaving Led Him To Exit 'The Crow'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 9, 2011 11:21 AM
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When you think about Bradley Cooper (People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2011), one usually imagines the jerks he’s played in movies (“Wedding Crashers,” “The Hangover” movies) and it’s easy to picture him as a tool in real life. But then you see him in interviews, and he’s a really nice guy. It’s kind of annoying.

'Anonymous' Star Sam Reid Joins The Cast Of Alex Proyas' Big-Budget Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 24, 2011 7:02 AM
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This may be one of those rare occasions when a thespian jumps from Shakespeare to Milton, and it’s not all that big of a deal. That’s because the Shakespeare and Milton work in question are two big budget studio films with CGI-loving directors at the helm, and in the former’s case it’s more of an unraveling of the lore surrounding William Shakespeare than an adaptation.

'Prison Break' Star Dominic Purcell To Play Moloch In 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 11:07 AM
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The epic battle between God and the Devil is going to happen right where it deserves to take place: on the big screen while you're sucking back a jumbo cola and eating your way through a bucket of popcorn.

Callan McAuliffe, Young Leo DiCaprio In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' Joins 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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'Rock Of Ages' Star Diego Boneta Looked At To Play 'Adam'Hollywood is about to get Old Testament on this shit. Having presumably exhausted comic books, fairy tales and board games as sources of inspiration for their tentpoles, the big studios are going Biblical in search of the next big thing. Francis Lawrence is working on a futuristic take on "Samson and Delilah," Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner are looking to face off as David & Goliath, there are a pair of films about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee in the works, one of which is from Mel Gibson, and overnight it appeared that Warner Bros is trying to court Steven Spielberg to direct Moses flick "Gods and Kings."

Casey Affleck Will Get His Angel Wings As Gabriel In 'Paradise Lost'; Camilla Belle Lined Up For Eve

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 1:02 AM
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Update: Deadline reports Camilla Belle is the director's favorite to play Eve.

Djimon Hounsou Is Abdiel The Angel Of Death In 'Paradise Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 8:58 AM
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Actors don't come as talented or respected as Djimon Hounsou. The thesp has come a long way from popping up in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video, breaking out in Jim Sheridan's "In America," and lining up a diverse array of projects from blockbusters like "The Island" and "Constantine" to more dramatic fare like "Blood Diamond" and "The Tempest" and in the process, he's snagged himself two Academy Award nominations. While his most recent efforts seem to be in dodgy looking international pics like "White Elephant" and "Special Forces," the actor is ready to take on a pretty intriguing role in what is set to be a pretty ambitious literary adaptation.

Benjamin Walker Heads To 'Paradise Lost' As Michael; Pic Will Feature Battles In Heaven, Hell & Eden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:02 AM
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Say hello to Benjamin Walker because, even though he may not be a household name just yet, he's certainly well on his way. The actor who featured in small roles in films like "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Kinsey" got a major career boost, snagging the lead in Timur Bekmambetov's forthcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," launching him onto the Hollywood radar. He was among the many early candidates for "The Bourne Legacy," and while he won't be flexing his muscle in that franchise, it's not a big deal, because he's just bagged a major tentpole.

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