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CASTING WATCH: Brit Go-To-Guy Benedict Cumberbatch Rides into Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch can ride that "War Horse" all the way into production on J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel. The actor ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Atonement," voices in the upcoming "The Hobbit") has boarded the Paramount franchise, and rumor has it it's to play to play the villain...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 10:56 AM
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Village Voice Lays Off Film Critic Jim Hoberman

As inured as we are to the ongoing crisis in newspaper publishing that leads to the seemingly inevitable layoffs of our best veteran film critics, I am upset that Village Voice Media, which has been shedding employees steadily for the past few years, has finally let go of Jim Hoberman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 6:52 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' May Add Seyfried & Swift; Trending Mainstream?

While we have high hopes for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Earlier, we noted that the films eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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Gigliotti Leaves Weinstein Co., Sellers Takes Over Combined TWC Production and Acquisitions

As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti ("I Don't Know How She Does It") moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 2:17 PM
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Fox Searchlight Pushes Back 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Fox Searchlight keeps pushing back "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which like "Slumdog Millionaire," stars Dev Patel and is set in India. But that's where the comparisons end. Directed by John Madden ("The Debt"), the romantic ensemble about older Brits who settle in India to stretch out their meager retirement funds will now open in select theaters in the US on May 4, 2012. Based on the Novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the movie stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 7:08 PM
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New 'Skyfall' Website 007.com Hints at Details of Fiennes Role

Check out 007.com, official website of the upcoming James Bond film, “Skyfall,” with its slick countdown: as of Monday there are just 297 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes left until the November 9 premiere.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 2, 2012 2:31 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Playful Images from Pixar's Brave and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

Disney is doling out tantalizing new tidbits (images, trailers, and posters) with practiced restraint to build anticipation for both Pixar's "Brave" (June 22, 2012) and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"(October 5, 2012). 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 2:36 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Genre-Bending 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation Shows Future Seoul

It looks like David Mitchell's ambitious, narrative-jumping, multi-era novel "Cloud Atlas" has sparked some equally experimental concept art for its film adaptation.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 4:43 AM
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Taylor Lautner Didn't Just Come Out, Despite Fake People Cover Saying Otherwise

On Monday, the January 7 cover of People Magazine was "leaked" online, promising an exclusive coming out confession by "Twilight" heartthrob Taylor Lautner. There was one small problem with the story, though—it was fake.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 27, 2011 3:57 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Depardieu May Be Up to Play Scandal Monger Dominique Strauss-Khan for Ferrara

Gerard Depardieu, the stolid French star, is reportedly eager to take on the character of mysterious international economist Dominique Strauss-Khan, who found himself mired in a sex scandal with New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 27, 2011 2:27 PM
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