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CASTING WATCH: Ramirez for Star Trek, Hopkins & Mirren for Making of Psycho, Lovelace Goes Blonder

J.J. Abrams is eyeing Edgar Ramirez to play the villain in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel. Benicio del Toro was attached, but that's fallen through. The "Carlos" star now has a chance to make a grand franchise entrance into the mainstream.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2011 2:14 PM
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Lady Gaga, Will Smith Go Costa Rica, Which Opens $41 Million New Airport, Lures Production

Costa Rica is getting a spanking new airport. On a rainy and humid November day, reps from JetBlue, the Costa Rican tourism board and the Four Seasons resort in nearby Peninsula Papagayo gathered for a tropical press conference in a giant air hanger at northwest Costa Rica's Liberia Airport. Local school children performed traditional dances to celebrate the airline’s inaugural flight from New York’s JFK as journalists got the grand tour of Costa Rica's $41 million Daniel Oduber Quiros airport, which is preparing to handle some 600,000 visitors a year, with new routes from Europe and North America. Its sleek air-conditioned terminals with modern stores and cafes serving international cuisine is a far cry from the old-school digs and rice and beans next door.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • December 8, 2011 1:45 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Jenkins Out as Thor 2 Director; Sequelitis Spreads To Lincoln Lawyer, Grown Ups & Another Hangover

We were on board for the sake of curiosity when Petty Jenkins was attached to direct "Thor 2." But it's no longer happening due to "creative differences." Jenkins tells THR she parted with Marvel "on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again." It's hard to imagine the director, who helmed Charlize Theron's "Monster"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 2:10 PM
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Yates and Heyman Talk Harry Potter Finale, New Projects; Gravity, Curious Incident, Testament

After eight "Harry Potter" films, producer David Heyman (who discovered J.K. Rowling's unpublished manuscript in 1997) and director David Yates, the highest-grossing British director of all time after directing the last four, aren't throwing in the towel on the franchise just yet. They came into L.A. for Yates to accept the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA LA at Wednesday's Brittania Awards. Needless to say the Brits want to see some Oscar gold for this blockbuster series based on J.K. Rowling's bestsellers that has grossed $7.6 billion worldwide, a record for any franchise. Until now they have been largely overlooked by Oscar, earning nine nominations over seven movies, all in technical categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 9:43 PM
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Rachel Weisz on Working with Malick

  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 2, 2011 12:50 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Butterfield for Ender's Game, Arterton & Ronan Vampires for Jordan, Soderbergh's Pill & Hanks Slate

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2011 1:35 PM
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Angelina Jolie Talks Blood & Honey on 60 Minutes: Afghanistan Set War Drama is Next, Punching Through Gender Stereotypes & Being Scared in a Good Way

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2011 1:45 PM
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Mendes Casts Whishaw as Bond Gadget-Meister Q in Skyfall

Clearly, director Sam Mendes is seeking to update the Bond franchise and pull in some younger viewers. While Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning as agent 007 and his boss, M, respectively, John Cleese will not come back as Q. That role will go to a younger-generation gadget-master to be played by Ben Whishaw, 31, a terrific actor who shined as Freddy Lyon in the Brit TV series "The Hour," Ariel in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," one of several incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," and Jane Campion's "Bright Star," among other films. He co-starred with Craig in "Layer Cake" as well, and stars opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming "Cloud Atlas."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2011 11:52 AM
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Thankful for Scorsese: What's Next; Ebert's Goodfellas & Badfellas; Fast Company on the 'Greatest Living Director'

Martin Scorsese is not slowing down, burning out---or selling out, either. "Hugo," his first children's tale and first 3-D film, opens this weekend, and is earning stellar reviews. While it may prove too rich for many mainstream moviegoers, it's a testament to his ongoing exuberance as a director.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 1:41 PM
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Interview Watch: Brutal Honesty from Jeremy Renner, Streep & Coen Talk Film in China, Knightley on Dangerous Method & Anna Karenina

Here's some brutal honesty from Jeremy Renner, whose "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" comes out December 21, followed by "The Avengers" in May 2012. Career comes first: "Even now, any woman would take a No. 2 seat to my job.” No thanks, "Transformers": "Thank God I don’t have to do a monologue to a robot. I don’t know how Shia, God bless him, does that.” As for celebrity attention? “I don’t pay attention to that horseshit." And a touch of film wisdom, via his experience building houses:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 22, 2011 1:08 PM
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