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New Immortals Character Posters Feature Luke Evans, Freida Pinto

Tarsem Singh's Immortals comes out in 3-D November 11. It stars Henry Cavill, Luke Evans (Zeus, pictured), Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto (Phaedra, pictured), Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff and Joseph Morgan. Singh is also directing Relativity's Untitled Snow White, so when Immortals premieres it could forecast things to come.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2011 9:12 AM
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Mike Newell Casts The Borgia's Holliday Grainger in Great Expectations

Brit director Mike Newell, who has a bit of a mixed track record--high: Four Weddings and a Funeral, low: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in-between: the solid fourth installation to the Harry Potter octalogy--had a tough time finding a name actress to play the role of Estella in Great Expectations in the latest film version of the Charles Dickens classic about an orphan who eventually becomes a gentleman through the generosity of an unknown patron.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2011 8:56 AM
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Emmy Watch: Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Feels Comedy vs. Drama Divide

Two-thirds of Jon Hamm’s work time is spent starring as the irresistibly imperfect Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men. “I do that eight months out of the year,” he told TVLine. “You don’t want to keep banging on the same piano key because after a while that just gets to be boring.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 21, 2011 8:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cronenberg's Official Dangerous Method Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics scooped up U.S. rights to David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method last week and now has released the official trailer, below. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud’s protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart. More detail below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2011 7:58 AM
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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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