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Dano to Star as Young Brian Wilson in Pohlad's 'Love & Mercy'

"The Tree of Life" producer Bill Pohlad has been planning to direct a second film for some time. Now he's cast Paul Dano ("Ruby Sparks") as the young Brian Wilson in Oren Moverman's script, "Love and Mercy." The film picks key moments in Wilson's life, with and without the Beach Boys, through decades, and Pohlad is seeking an actor to play the older Wilson as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2013 8:04 PM
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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 12:29 PM
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Scandal Pushes Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong Doc, Biopics Back to Front Burner

Hollywood loves a scandal. Stalled interest in disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is rumbling back to life on the heels of recent revelations. Now that the cancer survivor hero has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, his massive doping scheme has bolstered new interest in his story.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 25, 2012 2:52 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Idris Elba Reveals New Sides of South African Leader in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Check out this first look at Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela. From the screenplay by Bill Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Les Miserables"), the biopic reveals sides of the pivotal South African leader most of us do not know. Yes, the film documents his rise from rural villager to political prisoner and country changer, but it also introduces Mandela as a playboy who loves women, fast cars and boxing. Naomie Harris will soon become better known as the latest Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig in "Skyfall." Elba ("The Wire," "Luther," and "Prometheus") is currently reprising his role as Heimdall in "Thor 2." "Mandela" began shooting in May, mostly on the actual location where the events took place, from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 12:42 PM
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In the Works: Scott's 'Blade Runner' Sequel "happening," Affleck Returns to Lehane to 'Live by Night'

Ridley Scott will be reportedly revisiting "Blade Runner," while Ben Affleck is in talks to return to Lehane material.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:15 PM
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In the Works: Jodie Foster Set to Wrangle 'Money Monster'

Jodie Foster has lined up her next directing gig with indie drama "Money Monster," from a script by Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf. The story centers on a TV personality whose Wall Street trading tips get him in trouble when he's held hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 6:02 PM
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Destiny Ekaragha's Directorial Debut 'Gone Too Far' Begins Production in London Late October

Principal photography will begin later this month on Destiny Ekaragha's feature directorial debut "Gone Too Far," a coming-of-age comedy adapted for the screen by Bola Agabje, based on her own Laurence Olivier Award-winning 2007 stage play of the same title.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 2:55 PM
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In the Works: Lynne Ramsay Nabs Backing for Her Take on 'Moby Dick,' Sci-Fi Thriller 'Mobius'

Scott Pictures will be producing Lynne Ramsay's excitingly ambitious project "Mobius," a sci-fi psychological thriller based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The whale of a tale will be set in deep space, where a crew is lead into ever deeper peril by an unhinged captain on a death mission, obsessed with revenge on an elusive alien entity.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2012 12:49 PM
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In the Works: On-Location Principal Shooting for John McDonagh's 'Calvary' Begins in Ireland

Principal photography has begun on John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 Celtic crime comedy "The Guard," with Brendan Gleeson again starring, but swapping his Irish bad lieutenant Gerry Boyle for a good-hearted priest up against a hostile congregation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2012 1:39 PM
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In the Works: Stephen Frears to Direct 'Philomena,' Starring Coogan and Dench

Stephen Frears has signed on to direct the Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope-penned "Philomena," a mother-son drama starring Coogan and Judi Dench. The script is an adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," and follows the true story of Sixsmith's wife's search for the son she gave up for adoption.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 4:23 PM
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