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Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 12:06 PM
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Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C International exec Christine D'Souza as director of content acquisitions and sales for their film sales and finance advisory division, IP Advisors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 8:59 AM
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Casting News: Streep's Thatcher, Penn's Paskowitz, Ruffalo's Normal Heart

- Meryl Streep is in talks to star as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's Thatcher (the two worked together on Mamma Mia!), and Jim Broadbent may play her husband, reports THR. The story, written by Damien Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Brian Fillis, follows the British prime minister during the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War, which wound up saving her career (and doubled her approval ratings). While this is certainly not the first biographical character for Streep (Julia Child being the latest), the role of Thatcher may carry enough weight to land her a third Oscar. Even if it doesn't, she'll still likely outperform any other working actress out of habit. HitFix says Streep's 14 consecutive Oscar losses are "an embarrassment for both Hollywood and the Academy" - perhaps - but statues aside, does anyone truly question whether or not she's the greatest?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2010 8:04 AM
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Eclipse Makes Budget Back First Day, Seeks July Fourth Weekend Record

Anthony D'Allessandro looks at Eclipse's Fourth of July weekend ahead:
  • By Anthony D'Allessandro
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  • July 1, 2010 7:38 AM
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Make Yourself a Scott Pilgrim Avatar

The link to make your own after the jump:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2010 7:29 AM
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The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres

The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres
Amy Dawes caught the L.A. premiere of The Greatest Ears In Town, based on the life and footage of music luminary, Arif Mardin. She also stuck around for an inspired Q&A:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 30, 2010 8:06 AM
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Fincher Eyes Salander Candidate Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Future of Product Placement

- David Fincher is a fan of South African band Die Antwoord's leading mini-lady Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and Vulture's sources indicate she has the exact look and mannerisms that Fincher wants for Lisbeth Salander in his remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Die Antwoord's representation, William Morris Endeavor, told Vulture that it wasn't clear whether Fincher was sincerely interested in Yo-Landi playing the part or if she is just his prime reference point. Apparently other studios have inquired about her interest in acting. Finally, Lisbeth Salander needs to be played by someone with more than a potential interest in acting, but even so Carey Mulligan may have to toughen up and get creative to fit this specified mold while campaigning for the role. Kristen Stewart ruled herself out from playing the role earlier this week, and several other names have been tossed around.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 30, 2010 7:40 AM
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Shyamalan's Last Airbender Not Trending Well for Profitability

As Twilight: Eclipse shatters box office records, The Last Airbender is not looking like a strong holiday weekend contender. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 30, 2010 7:39 AM
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Where Is IESB's Robert Sanchez?

Tuesday the Twittersphere started fluttering with vague comments about something disturbing that was breaking in the world of online fan sites.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2010 7:35 AM
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Third Twilight Saga Eclipses Midnight Opening Record

The latest iteration of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, busted the series' own record for midnight box office hauls. The vampire teen film opened last night at 4,000 venues, raking in an estimated $30 million, $3.7 million over New Moon, according to Summit.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 30, 2010 6:16 AM
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