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Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 6:05 AM
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With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons & John Hannah Join Bradley Cooper In 'The Words'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 3, 2011 1:18 AM
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If there was any doubt before that Bradley Cooper is a fully-fledged movie star, the first few months of 2011 have wiped that away: he took an underdog genre picture "Limitless," sold almost entirely on his name, to an impressive gross of nearly $150 million worldwide, while "The Hangover Part II" overcame its poisonous reviews to make nearly that much in only a week of release in the U.S. alone. And, while we're not convinced of his charms just yet (he comes across as a little smug), Cooper's certainly made some interesting choices with his stardom.

Jessica Chastain Talks Malick & 'Wettest County,' Martin Campbell Won't Return For 'Green Lantern'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 12:53 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn Producing Icelandic Gangster Thriller 'Black's Game,' Summit Pick Up Dwayne Johnson Vehicle 'Snitch,' & More News From The Cannes BacklogMore news seems to break during Cannes than at any other time during the year, as you might have noticed. And, while we've done our darndest to cover everything, a few things have slipped through the cracks. But because we're completists, and because our loved ones abandoned us a long time ago, we're going to try and run everything down quickly below, and in our post from earlier this afternoon. So, with no further ado:

Zoe Saldana & Dennis Quaid Join 'The Words' With Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 12, 2011 2:54 AM
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Word had gone quiet for a few months on "The Words," a Black List script that picked up Bradley Cooper as its star, with Jeremy Irons in negotiations, back in February. With Cooper proving himself a bona-fide movie star with the surprise success of "Limitless," and attaching himself to everything from "The Crow" and "Paradise Lost" to, more excitingly, Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" follow-up "Place Beyond The Pines," we'd wondered if the project was still on the cards for the actor.

We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 4:28 AM
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You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently finished his latest script, one entitled “Django Unchained.” So yes, we’re at it again.

Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch & Chris Pine Eyed To Replace Jake Gyllenhaal In Doug Liman's 'Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 2:06 AM
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Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana & Olivia Wilde Sought For The Female Lead; Late Summer Start PlannedYes, it's those same familiar names all over again. This time they're coming up for a project we figured was stuck in development hell, but we're surprised and delighted to see some movement.

Bryce Dallas Howard To Make Directorial Debut On Self-Penned Script 'The Originals'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2011 2:13 AM
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Zoe Saldana Wanted For Ensemble CastFrom the looks of it, Ron Howard's going to be tied up for the next few years on the massive, multi-part adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," which will span three movies, and two TV series. This will obviously leave a significant deficit of films directed by people with the surname 'Howard.' Fortunately, someone's stepping in, and it's none other than Opie's daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard.

Sam Rockwell Joins Brad Pitt In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 4:31 AM
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Despite Rumors, Reps For Zoe Saldana and Josh Brolin Say The Two Actors Are Not InvolvedNeedless to say, we've been aching for a new film from Andrew Dominik who dropped the masterpiece "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" that was bungled by Warner Bros. and pretty much ignored by audiences (for shame). Well, for his next pic it looks like he's getting the Jesse James gang back together. Brad Pitt is already locked in and now, another actor from 'Assassination' is officially on board.

Brad Pitt Confirmed For Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 31, 2010 1:56 AM
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Filming Begins In Louisiana In MarchOf all the projects announced in 2010 -- "The Dark Knight Rises," the untitled Terence Malick, "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" -- none excited us quite as much as "Cogan's Trade." The long-awaited return of Andrew Dominik -- who made a scorching debut with "Chopper" before returning with one of the best, if not the best, film of the decade in "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" -- is an adaptation of the pulp crime novel by George V. Higgins (the author of "The Friends Of Eddie Coyle,)" about a mob enforcer trying to track down the thieves who ripped off a high stakes card game.

Zoe Saldana Is Going To Walk Through A Wall & Kick Your Ass In First Look At 'Columbiana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2010 5:50 AM
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If the otherwise forgettable "The Losers" proved anything earlier this year, its that Zoe Saldana is primed to be the next female action star and if there was any justice (c'mon Hollywood!) she would've been right up in there in the casting mix for things like "Gravity" and the "Alien" prequel instead of the usual run of names/faces (some of which were fairly preposterous).

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