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Casting: Ewan McGregor Set For 'American Pastoral,' Kevin Coster Is A 'Criminal' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2014 9:39 AM
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American Pastoral Ewan McGregor
After spending some time in the blockbuster arena with the 2010 Angelina Jolie-starring espionage flick “Salt,” and this summer’s YA adaptation “The Giver,” Australian director Phillip Noyce will finally be helming a film with no action set pieces again. Per Coming Soon, Noyce will tackle the long-gestating adaptation of Phillip Roth’s critically acclaimed novel “American Pastoral” and he’s cast Ewan McGregor as the lead.

Rachel McAdams & Lupita Nyong‘o Wanted For 'Southpaw,' Tilda Swinton Will Play A Cat In 'The Infinity Engine' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 3:26 PM
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The long developing boxing movie "Southpaw" is finally gaining momentum, landing Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role, and now it's time to find his leading ladies. Rachel McAdams and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o are being sought/wishlisted for the movie the rise of a lefty welterweight all the way to a championship title as he battles various tragedies in his personal life, and wins back the love of his daughter.

Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons Join 'Black Mass,' Sam Worthington And Anna Kendrick Eat 'Cake' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 3:52 PM
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Afternoon Delight
Anytime Johnny Depp is making a movie that doesn't require feathers or gaudy makeup we're interested, and thus "Black Mass" has our full attention. And the cast for Scott Cooper's film just keeps getting better and better.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Antoine Fuqua's 'Southpaw' Gets Going, Jude Law Set For Melissa McCarthy's 'Susan Cooper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 5:16 PM
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Jake Gyllenhaal
Okay, the McConnaisance is now complete with the Matthew McConaughey taking the Best Actor award at the Oscars over the weekend. So how about the Gyllen-sance instead? The actor has quietly been putting a together a string of solid work with interesting directors including "Source Code" for Duncan Jones; "End Of Watch" with David Ayer; two films with Denis Villeneuve, "Prisoners" and "Enemy"; and he's currently in production on "Everest" with Baltasar Kormakur and recently wrapped "Nightcrawler" with Tony Gilroy. What's next?

Jake Gyllenhaal Gets In The Ring For Boxing Drama ‘Southpaw’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 11:23 AM
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Jake Gyllenhaal
The boxing drama "Southpaw" has taken a few body shots during the development process. At one time set up at Sony and MGM, it had rapper Eminem attached to star, but things didn't come together and it was thrown on the backburner. But sensing that there is a good movie here, The Weinstein Company snapped it up earlier this year and it seems things are moving right along, with another actor now ready to strap on the gloves.

The Weinstein Company Put Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Flick 'Southpaw' Back In The Ring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 5:34 PM
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One of the many zillion projects Antoine Fuqua has been linked to in the past while is "Southpaw," a boxing flick once mooted as a vehicle for Eminem (he's since moved on to focus on his music). Last spring, the movie got put on the backburner by Sony and MGM, and then it pretty much fell off the radar. But now it's back to life at a new home.

Antoine Fuqua To Direct Heist Flick 'Chicagoland,' Eminem Boxing Pic 'Southpaw' Goes On The Backburner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 4:25 PM
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We're not sure how or why a thoroughly average director like Antoine Fuqua can keep stacking up projects, but dude keeps stacking up the movies on his schedule, and good thing too since another one has fallen to the wayside for a moment.

MGM & Sony Get In The Ring For Eminem & Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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The past year has seen the boxing movie get a little bit of a resurgence. Of course, there was David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which jumped late into the Oscar race last year and went on to nab statutes for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and for the past two weeks, Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick "Real Steel" has stayed stead on top of the box office. Now, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy MGM are looking to get going on a project that does not have a hobbit or James Bond in it, picking up the rights to "Southpaw," which will have Sony distributing the film.

DreamWorks Decides Not To Get In The Ring With Antoine Fuqua & Eminem For Boxing Pic 'Southpaw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 7:00 AM
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Pugilist or pugilist-related movies are kind of having a moment right now. "The Fighter" fought its way to a strong box office haul and awards season recognition, and advance word on the MMA drama "Warrior" with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton is very good. Down the line, MMA fighter Gina Carano toplines Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" that will definitely cater to an audience that doesn't get served very often, which makes it all the more odd that DreamWorks has decided "Southpaw" isn't for them.

Antoine Fuqua Drops Out Of Tupac Shakur Biopic, To Direct 'Southpaw' Starring Eminem Instead?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2011 12:57 PM
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A double whammy of major moves for director Antoine Fuqua, which sees one highly anticipated project put on hold, and another high profile movie move forward. 24 Frames reports that Fuqua has dropped out of the long-gestating "Tupac" biopic and is eyeing "Southpaw," a boxing drama starring Eminem instead.

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