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Christian Bale As Action-Star Moses, and Other New Stills from Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Why yes, that is Christian Bale you see in that photo, riding his valiant steed into battle as...Moses, the biblical figure who led the Israelites out of slavery of Egypt and through the desert for 40 years.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 2, 2014 10:54 AM
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In the Works: 'Top of the Lake' Director Garth Davis In Talks to Helm 'Shantaram,' Starring Joel Edgerton

Aussie director Garth Davis impressively held his own alongside auteur Jane Campion in five-part mini-series "Top of the Lake," which scored them both 2013 Emmy nominations for directing. Now Davis is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct his first feature, "Shantaram," with Joel Edgerton attached to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 1:06 PM
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Casting Watch: Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro Join Ridley Scott's Moses Epic 'Exodus' UPDATED (Poll)

UPDATE: Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad," along with Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro, have joined the cast of Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus." The film already has Christian Bale on board, playing Moses, and Joel Edgerton as Egyptian ruler Ramses.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 28, 2013 11:47 AM
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols' Superpower Thriller 'Midnight Special,' with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton

Kirsten Dunst has won the female lead in Jeff Nichols’ latest, “Midnight Special,” being produced by Warner Bros. Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, who was directed by Nichols in both “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” are also set to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 2:51 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Bradley Cooper is the Third Actor to Leave 'Jane Got a Gun' UPDATED

The production of indie western "Jane Got a Gun" continues to be plagued by trouble, as Bradley Cooper -- set to replace Jude Law, who previously replaced Michael Fassbender -- is now the third actor to abandon the film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2013 8:44 AM
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Cannes Picks Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' to Open Fest May 15, After its Stateside Release UPDATED

Cannes opening night is always Fest Delegate General Thierry Frémaux's biggest headache. How to find the right combination of "big" movie with artistic pretensions directed by a proven auteur delivering some glamorous stars for the red carpet? All too often, the actual quality of the film is irrelevant. Thus the opening night of the 66th Festival du Cannes is "The Great Gatsby," Warner Bros.' 3-D spectacular from Baz Luhrmann. The Australian filmmaker memorably opened the fest with Fox's "Moulin Rouge" in 2001, with one of the best parties I have ever been to in my life. I remember Rupert Murdoch dancing with Nicole Kidman, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 12, 2013 1:53 AM
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TIFF Deal Alert: David Michôd's 'Animal Kingdom' Follow-up 'The Rover' is Selling Like Hotcakes with Pattinson & Pearce

David Michôd's "The Rover" is a hot ticket, not surprising given his knockout feature debut was 2009's "Animal Kingdom," and that he'll be directing Guy Pearce (also in "Animal Kingdom") and Robert Pattinson in the follow-up this winter...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 1:31 PM
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'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michod Names Next Project

When David Michod arrived with "Animal Kingdom" (which went on to many a Best of 2010 list), the world took note. The Australian director has finally named his next project, "The Rover," which is based on an idea with one of his "Animal Kingdom" stars, Joel Edgerton...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2012 1:53 PM
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Sundance News: Entertainment One Acquires Psychological Thriller 'Wish You Were Here'

Entertainment One has purchased North American rights to the Australian Sundance opener "Wish You Were Here." Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, the mystery thriller stars Joel Edgerton ("Warrior" and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"). The movie will most likely be released in Fall of 2012. "Wish You Were Here" depicts what happens to three friends after one goes missing on a trip to Cambodia. It was criticized for weak plotting, but praised for its performances and production value.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2012 10:33 PM
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