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In The Works: Williams to Play Ol' Dirty Bastard, Imagine Going to '1984,' Russell's 'Bullshit'

HBO favorite Michael K. Williams (Omar Little on "The Wire," Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire") has signed on to star as the late Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones) in "Dirty White Boy." The true story charts the rise of the VH1 intern who became Ol' Dirty Bastard's manager...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 4:12 PM
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Marcia Gay Harden Gets A Job with Cranston, Kendrick, Teller, Braun & Brie

Marcia Gay Harden has joined a stellar lineup for CBS Films' "Get A Job." The Dylan Kidd comedy written by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel centers on four recent college grads who realize that reality doesn't match up with their lofty expectations of the adult working world.
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  • March 22, 2012 12:43 PM
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In The Works: Scorsese and DiCaprio Take 5, Penn Eyes Iñárritu's 'Red Flag,' Canet's Impressive Cast & O'Connor's 'Neverland'

Martin Scorsese and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, will team for the fifth time with "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Sean Penn eyes Alejandro González Iñárritu's true crime story; French actor-writer-director Guillaume Canet lines up a star-packed cast for his own crime adaptation; and "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor heads to "Neverland."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 16, 2012 1:44 PM
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Fassbender May Climb A Mountain, Steal More Hearts, in Naranjo's 'Mountain Between Us'

Swoon alert. Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Gerardo Naranjo's "The Mountain Between Us," adpted by J. Mills Goodloe from Charles Martin's novel for 20th Century Fox.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 12:29 PM
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TV News: 'Blood' Loses Ball, Lucy Liu First Female Watson for 'Elementary,' Robb for 'Carrie Diaries'

Lucy Liu will play Watson in CBS' modern take on Sherlock Holmes, "Elementary." The pilot will star Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes, living in New York City...
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  • February 28, 2012 1:42 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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Naomi Watts to Play Princess Diana in Biopic 'Caught in Flight,' Replaces Jessica Chastain

Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel's ("Downfall") "Caught in Flight." This is excellent news for Watts, deserving of more leading dramatic roles like this, but Princess Diana devotees will certainly have their opinions on this casting choice...
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  • February 9, 2012 12:38 PM
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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...
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  • February 7, 2012 1:48 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...
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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"...
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  • February 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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