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Comic-Con: Whedon Confirms Avengers, Inception Passes $ 100 Million, Warner Bros. Does Dan Dare

Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is directing The Avengers. The beloved sci-fi writer-director revealed this nugget of info--which everyone already knew--at a Comic-Con EW interview with colleague J. J. Abrams. The two men joked about their nerd tendencies before Whedon said, "That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can I just make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers." He also claimed, "It's just a gig."
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 23, 2010 3:17 AM
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Eva Green as Maria Callas, Speculating on New Bond, Movies as Dreamscape

Welcome back to French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) who is now in negotiations to play Greek opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic from the Italian DeAngelis group and British producing partner Future Films, reports THR. Green also has Perfect Sense, a love story with Ewan McGregor, in post-production, and a remake of Neil Jordan's 1986 Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke in development. Rourke plays the ex-con driver for Green's high-class escort in this thriller, adapted by director Larry Clark and David Reeves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2010 4:18 AM
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Inception's Cotillard vs. Page, Wahlberg's The Fighter, Schreiber Faces Sexual Tension with Jolie

During Nicole Kidman talk with Marion Cotillard in the August Interview, Inception star Cotillard admits that “It’s a paradox to be an actress." Why a "paradox?" Well, it's in "living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in this life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still try to respect the environment.” She was recently on a Greenpeace trip to the Congo, where she connected with the locals who live within the corruption of the timber industry - their "their hopes and despair and struggles" - and reveals she's been wanting to do a documentary about their forest. While she used to feel like an outsider ("a hippy") for being concerned with the environment, she's convinced the awareness is now spreading.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 20, 2010 5:00 AM
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Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive

Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive
One sign of a movie worth seeing more than once is that you also want to read more than one review. Rarely have I been more compelled to read what my respected colleagues have to say about a new film. Now that those reviews are pouring in, Inception's Rotten Tomatoes ranking among "top critics" has fallen to 87--which is a very high number, by the way. Most Oscar contenders rank in the 80s.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2010 2:26 AM
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David Lynch Wants Your Money, Hefner Takes Back Playboy, Ruffalo Directs, Inception Without DiCaprio

- Got fifty bucks? David Lynch wants your money to fund the final installment of LYNCHthree, a documentary trilogy that follows his life and work. LYNCHone was cut from 700 hours of footage shot over two years post-Inland Empire. A behind-the-scenes look at Inland Empire comprised LYNCHtwo. Now, LYNCHthree will be shot by the director of the first two installments, who goes by the pseudonym "blackANDwhite."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 13, 2010 4:11 AM
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New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record

New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record
Expect an Inception backlash. Warner Bros.' marketing pattern is to launch a big movie's buzz with the internet press and trades, then let the established print critics (who tend to be tougher on films) have at it closer to release. And so the inevitable negative review from New York's David Edelstein breaks Inception's 17 for 17 record on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 5:01 AM
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Inception Featurette Clips

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 6:38 AM
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Casting News: DiCaprio in Wolf, Washington in Safe House, Lost's Pellegrino Goes SyFy

- Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming with Ridley Scott (not Scorsese, as once planned) for the screen adaptation of Jordon Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, according to Deadline. The screenplay by Sopranos (and Boardwalk Empire) writer Terry Winter follows a head stockbroker (DiCaprio) as he leads his team in coaching clients to purchase stocks that fund their extravagant lives--until they get caught. Scott and DiCaprio are both busy: Scott's helming 3-D Alien prequel and DiCaprio is prepping a Hoover biopic, so it's unclear when Wolf will land on their schedules.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 8, 2010 5:40 AM
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Upcoming: Cameron Confirms Titanic in 3D, Bardem in Glee

- In April 2012, 100 years after the great ship sank, Twentieth Century Fox will re-release Titanic in 3D. James Cameron confirmed this Monday after he spoke at Gloria Stuart's 100th Birthday celebration. The actress played the elderly Rose in Cameron's 1997 mega-hit. Cameron called her creativity, artistry and the sparkle in her eyes "a challenge to all of us to live as fully and richly as she has and will continue to do as she heads into her 101st year."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 5:36 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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