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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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Endgame Steps in to Finance Soderbergh's 'Bitter Pill,' Starring Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara to the rescue! Steven Soderbergh now has the girl formerly known as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (formerly known as the girl from "The Social Network") set to star in "Side Effects."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 4:32 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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IN THE WORKS: 'Hunger Games'' Liam Hemsworth to Star in 'Timeless'

Relativity Media has signed "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth as the lead in "Timeless," a romantic thriller about a man so consumed by love of his recently deceased wife that he attempts to achieve the scientifically impossible.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 1:18 PM
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Casting Watch: Heist Comedy 'Black Marks' Has Russell, Dillon, Baruchel, Stamp & More

Jonathan Sobol's "The Black Marks" has filled out its cast. Joining Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel are Terence Stamp, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kathryn Winnick and Kenneth Welsh. The Toronto-based production, which starts shooting next month, is being produced by Darius Films' Nicholas Tabarrok and Jeff Sackman; Alliance Films' Noah Segal is exec producing. Check out the synopsis and character details below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 2:28 PM
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Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets Hedlund; Watch Him Sing

Garrett Hedlund ("TRON: Legacy") has joined the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," adding to an already stellar cast of Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. Like Mulligan and Timberlake, Hedlund can sing (he was probably the best part of "Country Strong" - see below). "Inside Llewyn Davis" is about the 1960s Greenwich village folk music scene. Isaac played Mulligan's husband in this year's "Drive," and now plays real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk. Shooting is set to kick off this February in New York City.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Watch Out Bin Laden: Bigelow's Got Edgerton, Chastain, Strong & Ramirez

Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Bin Laden project has landed a mighty fine cast: Joel Edgerton is now confirmed, along with Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez and Mark Strong.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2012 12:26 PM
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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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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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