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Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love
Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have been thrown in the mix. Some we like, some we don't. We've added some of our own picks for who could pull off these roles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2011 5:39 AM
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News Wrap: Clooney Opens Venice, NYT Cuts Comments, Howard/Grazer Talk 25 Years in Hollywood

George Clooney’s The Ides of March will open Venice Film Festival on August 31st. The political drama will be Clooney’s third at the festival, following The Men Who Stare at Goats in 2009 and Oscar-contender Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005. The Ides of March stars Clooney as a governor with presidential hopes and Paul Giamatti as his rival’s campaign manager.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 21, 2011 3:52 AM
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Exclusive Clip: Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, David Carr vs. Media, Reviews

Page One: Inside The New York Times has been generating an extraordinary amount of press---because it's a documentary about the Grey Lady, the most respected newspaper in the world, at a time of great change. And while one of its media department subjects David Carr wisely dodged filmmaker Andrew Rossi's offer to center the film on him, the NYT columnist and expert social mediaite nonetheless is risking James Franco levels of overexposure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 12:09 PM
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Academy Governor Phil Alden Robinson to Produce 2011 Governors Awards

Repeating his decision last year to get started early on the Governors Awards and Oscarcast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has turned to Academy Governor and writer-director Phil Robinson (Field of Dreams, The Sum of All Fears) to produce the 3rd Annual Governors Awards this November 12. The producer team Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions will back up Robinson. The Academy now gives out its coveted Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award among other honorary awards that night at the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood and Highland. This year the honorees will be picked at an Academy board meeting in late August.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 10:06 AM
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Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s

Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s
Dennis Muren is the godfather of visual effects artists. Hired by George Lucas in 1976 to work on Star Wars and help launch Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), he went on to make the key breakthroughs that led to where VFX are today. Muren has won nine Oscars, including Visual Effects awards for Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Innerspace, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi, E.T., and The Empire Strikes Back. He masterminded everything from the miniature dogfighters in Star Wars to the first fully CG larger-than-life Hulk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 8:40 AM
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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Follow-Up, The Bop Decameron, Adds Cast, Starts July 11 in Rome

Midnight in Paris is shaping up as not only Woody Allen's widest release ever (1038 screens, more than Anything Else), but the filmmaker's biggest hit ever; it's on track to outscore Hannah and Her Sisters's $40 million domestic gross. Midnight in Paris dropped only 10% last weekend, for a total $21,799,214.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 7:59 AM
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Open Road Acquires Stephenie Meyer's The Host, Second Major Acquisition

In a big acquisition for a fledgling indie distributor, U.S distribution rights to Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer's horror bestseller The Host have gone to Open Road, which is owned by exhibitors AMC and Regal, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 7:49 AM
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Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Winners: Dirty Girl, Buck

Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Winners: Dirty Girl, Buck
The Provincetown International Film Festival, which describes its Cape Cod hometown as “America’s oldest art colony,” closed Sunday night, awarding its top prizes to four new films.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2011 7:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Skin I Live In Teaser is Crazy, Sexy, Scary

Sony Pictures Classics will release Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In this November. In the meantime check out the new teaser trailer, as well as our interview with star Antonio Banderas (who Anne Thompson calls "riveting as a Frankenstein-like psychopathic skin surgeon bent on revenge"), pictures, and review round-up from Cannes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 6:00 AM
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The Muppets New Trailer, Seven Things Joel Stein Learned on Set, Muppets Last by "Not Being Cynical"

The Muppets New Trailer, Seven Things Joel Stein Learned on Set, Muppets Last by "Not Being Cynical"
Time humorist Joel Stein recently reported on his visit to the set of Disney's The Muppets, which arrives just days before Turkey time on November 23 (check out the new trailer below). James Bobin directs from a script (by Jason Segel and his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller) based on Jim Henson's beloved characters. Segel also stars alongside Amy Adams and cohorts Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones and more. Here are some highlights from Stein's visit:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 5:32 AM
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