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Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Enters Oscar Race, Sets Christmas Day Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 2:06 PM
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Earlier this year, we got a bit silly and dropped our feature, Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Picture Contenders and while there are some informed guesses on there, we never would've thought—even now—that Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be in the mix. Casting has been moving along here and there, but in general, news around the former Lee Daniels project has been mostly quiet. But today the drama made its presence known as an Oscar contender and one of the big fall films to keep an eye on.

Casting: Upon Realizing He Was Voicing 'Paddington' Colin Firth Drops Out & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 4:03 PM
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Paddington
It always seemed a bit like an odd fit when Colin Firth signed up to voice the beloved bear "Paddington," and it seems he finally realized too, dropping out of the project, which already has a November 28th release date and has released a couple of trailers. But at least as far as PR goes, everyone is totes cool with it.

Guy Pearce Joins Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus' 'Equals,' Plus More Casting News

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 3:17 PM
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Breathe In, Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce isn't a movie star, and he's totally fine with that. The Australian actor has been a familiar face on screen for getting on twenty years, and has occasionally brushed against potential A-list-dom, but after getting burnt with things like "The Time Machine," has pretty much settled into doing whatever the hell he wants, whether it's solid character actor roles like this week's "The Rover," or fun B-movie fare like "Lockout."

Rose Byrne To Star In A Space Comedy From 'Neighbors' Producers & Naomi Watts Joins 'Insurgent'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2014 1:10 PM
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Neighbors
While our review of the frat comedy “Neighbors” is quite glowing and the R-Rated laffer was a major hit this spring, not all of us agree that the comedy is all that (this writer anyhow). However, one thing that no human on the planet can argue about the movie, full stop: Rose Byrne is excellent in it, probably the best part of the movie and a total scene stealer evidently born for comedy. And sure, we’ve seen her in comedy before, most memorably in “Bridesmaids,” and “Get Him To The Greek,” but in “Neighbors” Byrne has a mix of charm and go-for-brokeness that is vastly appealing.

Will Smith Drops 'Brilliance,' Rhys Ifans Is Johnny Depp's Dad In 'Alice 2' & More

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 30, 2014 4:44 PM
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Brilliance Will Smith
Will Smith has bowed out of the Legendary Pictures' David Koepp-penned adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel "Brilliance." Set to be helmed by Julius Onah, the film centers on a group of people with remarkable powers (mutants? miracles?) and an endowed federal agent who must stop a rogue "brilliant" from starting a civil war.

Chloë Moretz Rides 'The 5th Wave,' 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins MLK Drama 'Selma' & More

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • April 15, 2014 4:11 PM
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Helen Mirren is circling “Trumbo,” a biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is already attached to star as Trumbo, one of the greatest screenwriters of the 20th century, whose career abruptly ended when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during their investigation into Hollywood’s communist ties.

'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Joins 'Triple Nine'; Joe Manganiello Heads To 'Tumbledown' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 31, 2014 5:37 PM
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Norman Reedus,Walking Dead
John Hillcoat always nabs great casts. “Lawless” had Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, I’m Not Famous Anymore, and many others. And now Deadline reports that “Walking Dead” dirtbag Norman Reedus has joined the cast of his latest, the contemporary cop thriller “Triple Nine.” This spectacular cast already includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot. Damyo. Nick Cave will likely write the score again.

Ava DuVernay To Direct Former Lee Daniels' Martin Luther King Movie 'Selma,' David Oyelowo Still Attached In Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 4:30 PM
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With Lee Daniels tackling a large swath of American history and racial politics in one fell swoop with this upcoming "The Butler"-or-insert-new-title-here, perhaps he already scratched his Civil Rights itch. In fact, back in 2010, he had already said he wasn't keen on doing two movies about the same subject back-to-back. If you remember, he was once slated to direct the Martin Luther King drama "Selma," and it was oh so promising. Had it come together the historical drama would've looked something like this: David Oyelowo playing Martin Luther King, Hugh Jackman signed up as Sheriff Jim Clark, Liam Neeson portraying Lyndon Johnson; Robert De Niro attached to star as racist governor George Wallace; Cedric The Entertainer was set to play minister and activist Ralph Abernathy while Lenny Kravitz was also on board as activist Andrew Young. Well, financing didn't arrive and it all fell apart but the project is now mounting again with a new face leading the way.

David Oyelowo Says Lee Daniels' Aborted 'Selma' Is Still Happening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 12, 2012 10:59 AM
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With roles in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "The Help" last year, David Oyelowo has maintained a high level of visibility, and that's bound to continue into 2012 as he re-surfaces in next weekend's "Red Tails," "The Paperboy" and "Lincoln," with the Tom Cruise vehicle "One Shot," already slated for 2013. But his star would have rocketed to a distinctly different level had shooting not been scuttled on "Selma," Lee Daniels' ("Precious") planned film about the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march. Oyelowo was set to star as Martin Luther King Jr. in a cast that would have included Robert DeNiro, Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson.

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