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Anne Hathaway: A Shockingly Adequate Rapper

Don't worry, she still retains adorability and even a dose of her Oscar-hosting cheekiness. In response to being hounded by the paparazzi after the announcement of her prowling role in The Dark Knight Rises, the Love and Other Drugs and One Day star rapped about her relationship with the camera-toting set on Conan last night (video clip below).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 17, 2011 6:30 AM
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George Clooney's The Descendants To Close NYFF, Main Line-Up of 27 Films

George Clooney's The Descendants To Close NYFF, Main Line-Up of 27 Films
The 49th New York Film Festival closer on October 16 will be Alexander Payne's family drama starring George Clooney, The Descendants (Fox Searchlight), which will already have played Venice Telluride and Toronto by the time it makes its way to New York. The festival had gone after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features) for the opening night slot, but was unable to liberate Gary Oldman from his duties on The Dark Knight Rises, and never chased after the film for other slots due to its September 16 opening in the U.K (stateside opening is November 18). Payne will also participate in a one-on-one On Cinema conversation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2011 4:50 AM
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Rosamund Pike Cast in Star-Making Role in One Shot, Opposite Tom Cruise

Chris McQuarrie has picked the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in high-octane crime actioner One Shot. "English Rose" Rosamund Pike beat out actresses Hayley Atwell (Captain America) and Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) for the role after brainy writer-actress Brit Marling turned down the gig. It will be up to Pike to turn this into a star-making role. Poor Davalos: she not only loses this gig, but Pike is replacing her in the Titans sequel!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 17, 2011 4:10 AM
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First Look: Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, Starring Blunt, DeWitt, Duplass, Debuts at TIFF

First Look: Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, Starring Blunt, DeWitt, Duplass, Debuts at TIFF
Lynn Shelton's "twisted" new film Your Sister's Sister is set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The film set on an island off Seattle was originally supposed to star Rachel Weisz as Emily Blunt's troubled sister, but when the start date was pushed back, Weisz had to start filming Terrence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, which is also premiering in Toronto. So Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel's Getting Married) stepped in. Frequent Shelton collaborator Mark Duplass (Humpday) co-stars in this romantic triangle. “Basically in this little piece, everyone has got a secret,” Blunt tells EW. “Everyone trying to keep their secret. It’s a comedy in many ways, a comedy of errors, but also very poignant. It’s an exploration of sisters' bond and how complicated that is. No one can break your heart like your sibling can.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2011 1:18 AM
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Jolie & Pitt Take Turns, Which Will Happen First? Gray Man, Slave, Cleopatra, Maleficent, Salt 2

Can Hollywood stop waiting for Brad Pitt? The actor has had two projects announced so far this week. Luckily he'll only be acting in one of them. Scheduling would be tricky either way, since in-demand Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie don't work simultaneously. Jolie has Salt 2, Maleficent and Cleopatra in the pipelines, while Pitt is currently filming Marc Forster's World War Z. Pitt is now in talks to star in The Gray Man, based on Adam Cozad's script (on 2010 Black List), which is an adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel. James Gray (the man behind Joaquin Phoenix starrers We Own the Night and Two Lovers) will direct for New Regency (which was behind Pitt's Fight Club and Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Pitt would play a burned assassin on the run.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2011 8:29 AM
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Three Jeff Buckley Films? Only One has Reeve Carney & Exclusive Rights to Music & Archives

Reeve Carney (actor-singer-songwriter and star of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn off the Dark; pictured) will play Jeff Buckley in an untitled film. The film, based on Ryan Joffe's story The Rocker, will be directed by Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), and has the exclusive rights to Buckley's music and personal archives, thanks to support from the late musician's mother, Mary Guibert (also serving as exec producer.) Carney will play Buckley as the film navigates through his thirty years, leading up to his accidental drowning in Tennesse's Wolf River. The film will shoot in New York and Memphis starting this November. Carney also has a self-titled band (Carney) which has opened for U2. Scott says Carney has; "the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence & sensitivity to play Jeff.” More information on this project is below. Here is a selection of Buckley's music.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2011 5:43 AM
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TIFF Adds Closer Page Eight and Hysteria, Killer Elite, Rebellion, Mr. Brainwash, Franco & Van Sant

TIFF Adds Closer Page Eight and Hysteria, Killer Elite, Rebellion, Mr. Brainwash, Franco & Van Sant
Toronto will close its packed schedule with writer-director David Hare's Page Eight (pictured, trailer below). Rachel Weisz (she's a busy girl), Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes (a busy boy) star in the British spy thriller, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival this June. (Here are reviews from This is London, The Guardian and Variety.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2011 4:28 AM
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Racing Doc Senna Takes Banksy Indie Route: Opens Strong, Tries to Reel in Women

Racing Doc Senna Takes Banksy Indie Route: Opens Strong, Tries to Reel in Women
The real question after this weekend's best doc opening of the year ($36,749 per screen average) for the Formula 1 racing doc Senna is why Working Title didn't put the movie out through Universal's specialty subsidiary Focus Features, which releases many of their smaller-scale films, including the upcoming Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Focus may be regretting the move--Senna is already the third-highest performing doc in the U.K., behind Fahrenheit 9/11 and March of the Penguins. Universal, which owns some territories, put up the domestic P & A.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2011 2:25 AM
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Directors Hating on Other Directors: Cronenberg vs. Shyamalan, Burton and Green vs. Smith

Thank you, Flavorwire, for reminding us of the dark side of creative genius. In "The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History," Flavorwire reveals the competitive, nasty side of many beloved filmmakers. Bigmouth Kevin Smith is a dart magnet: but he gives as good as he gets.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 15, 2011 8:25 AM
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Dangerous Method's S&M, Jolie's Blood & Honey, Soderbergh Killing Oscar Winners & More from EW

We culled the best soundbites from EW's Fall Movie Preview for your pleasure below, from Brad Pitt's struggle to get Moneyball made and Steven Soderbergh killing off Oscar-winners in Contagion to what Mickey Rourke has in common with the animals in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 15, 2011 8:10 AM
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