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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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IN THE WORKS: Stone's Cocaine Corvette, Portman's Next Planet & Polley Goes Atwood

Emma Stone is set to follow up "The Help" and "Crazy Stupid Love" (and the upcoming "The Amazing Spider Man" and "Gangster Squad") with "Little White Corvette," a GK Films project from the writer of "30 Minutes or Less," Michael Diliberti.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 12:37 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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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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Weekly Wrap: Trailers, Interviews, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch, and a 2011 Trailer Mashup

Weekly Wrap: Trailers for "Prometheus" and "Dark Knight Rising," Reviews of Late December Releases, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch and updates on projects in the works.
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  • December 24, 2011 7:49 PM
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First Look: Ari Folman's 'Bashir' Follow-Up 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright, Due in 2013

Ari Folman has given Israeli film blog Cinemascope an update on his "Waltz With Bashir" follow-up, "The Congress," his liberal reworking of the 1971 Stanislaw Lem sci-fi novel, "The Futurological Congress." In the animated film Robin Wright plays herself as an aging actress who has sold Hollywood digital rights to her younger likeness. (Trailer below.) The film mixes present-day live action with an animated future, and take the character forward 20 years. Folman wanted to cast an actress who was willing to play herself in the role; he considered Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others. Folman is doing most of the work on this Israeli/Polish/French coproduction from his Jaffa studio, where he made "Bashir." Writes Folman:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 2:55 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Biopic Lovelace Starts Production in L.A., Adds Cast; Seyfried and Sarsgaard Star

As "Lovelace" started filming in Los Angeles Tuesday, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman announced their full cast on the official biopic, starring Amanda Seyfried as "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace and Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 1:44 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: De Palma’s Passion Heading for March Start in Berlin

Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on "Passion," his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, "Crime d'Amour," which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau's twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens stateside on Friday.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • December 14, 2011 7:11 PM
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Dubai Festival: Herzog Wins Life Achievement Award, Talks Watts as Queen of the Desert

While accepting a Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, Werner Herzog gave an update on his biopic about Gertrude Bell, the turn-of-the-century English writer, traveler and archeologist he calls "the female Lawrence of Arabia."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 14, 2011 4:24 PM
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First Look: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis on Lincoln Set

One of the issues for the Oscar campaigners behind Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is that he and his usual crew have been filming "Lincoln" in Richmond, Virginia. Check out this set photo of Spielberg at the State Capitol with Daniel Day- Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 4:06 PM
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