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Actress Watch: Dark Knight Rises Tests; Coppola and Portman's Dior Ad; Williams Gives Sage Advice

Christopher Nolan is checking out the ranks of Hollywood's starlets to join Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises. Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs), Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, The A-Team), Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2), Charlotte Riley (fiance of Hardy and his co-star in the UK's Wuthering Heights TV mini-series) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) are all scheduled to test. Scheduling seems to be an issue for Naomi Watts and Eva Green, who were previously mentioned. Two roles need to be filled: a love interest and a villain. Who would you like to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Vote in our poll below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2011 6:38 AM
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Social Network Update: Winklevosses Lose Settlement Appeal

In a follow-up to the behind-the-scenes power drama revealed in The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins (the movie's Armie Hammer) have lost the appeal of their 2008 $140-million Facebook settlement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2011 6:31 AM
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Directors Guild Documentary Nominations Add Last Train Home to Usual Suspects

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for documentary for 2010 are here and below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2011 6:14 AM
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Green Hornet Early Reviews Are Mixed

Green Hornet Early Reviews Are Mixed
The early reviews are in on Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's Green Hornet and they're all over the place.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2011 2:18 AM
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Gondry to Direct Jimmy Kimmel Live to Promo Green Hornet

It might actually be worth watching. Joining an elite group that includes J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino, Green Hornet director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will direct an episode of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Thursday night's episode will feature his star, Seth Rogen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2011 12:24 AM
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Aronofsky vs. White at the New York Film Critics Awards

Aronofsky vs. White at the New York Film Critics Awards
EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum does a swell job of putting what happened Monday night at the New York Film Critics awards in perspective.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 11:54 AM
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James Bond 23 Will Shoot in Late 2011 with November 2012 Release Date

EON producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, finally released from the constraints of MGM's bankruptcy, are free to commit to going forward with James Bond 23, which has been stalled while they waited for MGM to come out of its financial quagmire. New MGM co-chairs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum say the movie will start shooting in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 7:50 AM
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Alamo Drafthouse and Dogfish Head Bond with Off-Centered Film Fest, Love of Film and Beer

Maverick indie exhibitor Alamo Draftouse and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery bond over love for film and beer with the Off-Centered Film Fest, a short film competition running April 15-16 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2011 6:43 AM
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Casting Watch: Theron vs. Rapace For Alien, Hobbit Reunites Cast, Hawkes and Parker for Indie Drama

- Charlize Theron won't be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and new cast member Ed Westwick in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Naomi Watts and Amy Adams are being eyed by Eastwood to fill the role of Helen Gandy (Hoover's personal secretary). Who can blame Theron for turning down a secretary when she's set to play the Evil Queen in Unviersal's Snow White and the Huntsman. Twentieth Century Fox reportedly is rewriting their Alien franchise prequel for Theron, but director Ridley Scott seems to be favoring Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. Theron is the only female movie star beyond Angelina Jolie who can carry an action movie--while less-known Scandinavian import Rapace is a gamble. She and Rapace would certainly bring different things to the character of Elizabeth Shaw.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2011 6:29 AM
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Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out
The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 6:20 AM
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