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In The Works: Adams' 'Object of Beauty'; Hoffman for Corbjijn and Carré's 'Most Wanted'; Depp Goes Memphis

Steve Martin's novel, "Object of Beauty" is being adapted into film form as a producing and starring vehicle for Amy Adams. Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will also produce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 9:39 AM
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Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Ex-Lovers for Focus/Working Title Thriller; Plus What's Next for Each

As we announced last week, Focus Features and Working Title have paired Eric Bana ("Hanna," "Munich") and Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") for an untitled thriller. If you've missed Bana and Hall, rest assured they both have a few projects lined up or on their way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 1:48 PM
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David Seidler Adapting Pushkin's 'Queen of Spades,' Film will Feature Tchaikovsky's Opera

David Seidler, who wrote the Oscar-winning script for "The King's Speech," is adapting Alexander Pushkin's Russian short story, "Queen of Spades." The project, which has directer Pavel Lungin ("Tsar") attached, will be shopped at Berlin's European Film Market by the Russian Cinema Fund...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Sundance Wrap-Up, Oscar Predictions, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Weekend Preview: Horror Rules with "The Woman in Black, "Kill List" and "Innkeepers"; Madonna's "W.E." Lands Hollywood Hits Super Bowl XLVI; Ad Updates
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  • February 3, 2012 4:28 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Viola Davis Lines Up New Projects, 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Ender's Game'

Best Actress front runner Viola Davis ("The Help") has been open about the lack of strong roles for African American women. It was eye-opening when I interviewed her and played clips from her career at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the Performer of the Year Award. Davis had commanded great roles on the stage, but had to carve memorable performances out of a series of supporting roles in TV and movies. Which she did. Now Davis has lined up two new meaty supporting roles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2012 7:12 PM
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Chastain and Edgerton in Love for Myriad's Double Feature, His and Hers 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

A fine pair, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will star in a double-feature project - "The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby: His" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers" - for Myriad Pictures. It's a love story told from two different perspectives...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 4:27 PM
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In The Works: John Hawkes for 'Jackie Brown' Prequel, Spike Jonze's Computer Love

Indie favorite John Hawkes is set to star in writer-director Dan Schechter's "Switch," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 2002 crime novel, set to shoot this Spring. This is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Will Crowe and Neeson Face Off in Aronofsky's 'Noah's Ark'

Christian Bale is a no-go for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark," but Russell Crowe may be taking the helm as Noah. Word is, Aronofsky is eyeing both Crowe and Liam Neeson for the biblical retelling with Crowe as the good guy and Neeson the bad...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 12:35 PM
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In The Works: Farmiga and Eckhart to Play Dennis Wilson & Christine McVie in 'The Drummer'

Aaron Eckhart and Vera Farmiga will star in "The Drummer," about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 1:44 PM
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In The Works: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Set for Susanne Bier's 'Serena' Adaptation

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, co-stars in the upcoming David O. Russell film, "The Silver Linings Playbook" (November 12), will reteam for "Serena." Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 1:39 PM
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