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Casting Watch: Chastain Is 'Miss Julie' with Liv Ullmann at the Helm, Farrell and Morton to Co-Star

Jessica Chastain is set to star in the title role of "Miss Julie" in Liv Ullmann's film adaptation of August Strindberg's classic play about a young upper-class woman who finds herself attracted to a senior servant. Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton are attached to co-star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2013 12:22 PM
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Cinedigm Takes 'Narco Cultura,' Sundance Documentary on Drug Cartels

Cinedigm has picked up North America distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz' documentary "Narco Cultura," which premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the influence of drug cartels on pop culture on both sides of the Mexican-American border, through the eyes of an L.A. narcocorrido singer and a Juarez crime scene investigator.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2013 11:35 AM
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Casting Watch: Eva Green Will Star in Rodriguez' 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' with JGL & Brolin UPDATED

Eva Green will play the lead role of Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-gestating "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a character described in the graphic novels as "every man's most glorious dreams come true, she's also every man's darkest nightmares."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Disney's Mysterious '1952' Clooney Project Entitled 'Tomorrowland'

Disney's top secret project, known as "1952" while in development, has been given an official title: "Tomorrowland." George Clooney is on board to star. The story was developed by director Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and EW writer Jeff Jensen. Bird and Lindelof wrote the screenplay. Rumors have swirled about the film's subject. Is "1952" the working title for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII"? Or perhaps about the founding of Disney's Imagineering division in 1952?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2013 12:15 PM
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:04 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'For No Good Reason,' Documentary on Gonzo Cartoonist Ralph Steadman with Johnny Depp

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut, "For No Good Reason." The documentary centers on British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his artwork with author Hunter S. Thompson, and features Johnny Depp observing Steadman's working process at his home studio.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 11:44 AM
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'Me Before You,' Jojo Moyes' Bestselling Story of Love and Redemption Goes to MGM for Film Adaptation

MGM has acquired film rights to "Me Before You," Jojo Moyes' novel which has sold over half a million copies and landed on the NYTimes' bestseller list. The book is available in 31 translations. The story centers on Lou, a small town girl amidst dead-end jobs and Will, a high profile success until he gets in an accident and becomes wheelchair-bound
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 3:36 PM
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Gore Verbinski and New Regency Bringing Graphic Novel 'Pyongyang' to Life

New Regency has acquired "Pyongyang," set up at director Gore Verbinski’s Blind Wink transmedia banner which also produced "Rango." The film is about a young animator sent to North Korea who is then accused of espionage.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 2:44 PM
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Music Box Has Plans for 'Le Weekend,' Starring Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to "Le Weekend," directed by Roger Michell ("Hyde Park on Hudson"). The film stars veteran Brit actor Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2013 2:29 PM
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Vanity Fair's Hollywood Edition 'A Celebration of Friendship,' Featuring Bruce Weber's Photos of Affleck, Stone, Cooper and More

Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber, includes 75+ stars, from Tom Hanks and Amy Adams to Quvenzhané Wallis and Eddie Redmayne. The cover stars Ben Affleck, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 1:51 PM
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