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Fincher Eyes Salander Candidate Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Future of Product Placement

- David Fincher is a fan of South African band Die Antwoord's leading mini-lady Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and Vulture's sources indicate she has the exact look and mannerisms that Fincher wants for Lisbeth Salander in his remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Die Antwoord's representation, William Morris Endeavor, told Vulture that it wasn't clear whether Fincher was sincerely interested in Yo-Landi playing the part or if she is just his prime reference point. Apparently other studios have inquired about her interest in acting. Finally, Lisbeth Salander needs to be played by someone with more than a potential interest in acting, but even so Carey Mulligan may have to toughen up and get creative to fit this specified mold while campaigning for the role. Kristen Stewart ruled herself out from playing the role earlier this week, and several other names have been tossed around.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 30, 2010 7:40 AM
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Vanity Fair Cover Girl Jolie Talks Home vs. Career, Bier Teases Haevnen, Kick-Ass Power Petites

- Angelina Jolie graces the cover of August's Vanity Fair, amping up for the release of Salt on July 23rd. The mag posted a taste of the interview today. It's not the first time she's said it, but Jolie was clear about acting not being the most important thing to her, and she does not anticipate doing it much longer, even though it helped her to learn about herself while growing up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2010 3:10 AM
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Law & Order Spin-Off, Czech Tax Breaks, Hulu Seeks Subscribers, Akira Goes PG-13

The Czech Republic recently unveiled a brand new tax break. If you're developing content with a budget over $700,000 and are willing to team up with a Czech producer, get thee to Czechoslovakia. Deadline reports that the new 20% break is aimed at foreign filmmakers. Having shot such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Wanted, Casino Royale, and The Chronicles of Narnia in the Czech Republic, Hollywood has long taken the Eastern European nation seriously as a shooting location. Now there will be even greater reason to cross the pond and taste the original Budweiser (not the American hallmark now owned by Belgians). Speaking of which, could Europe be trying to undermine American Business? Could be if New Jersey (see Law and Order, above) or California are any indication of how the nation treats the entertainment industry.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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Brewer's Footloose Remake Finds Cast

Writer-director Craig Brewer has landed his leads for his remake of Footloose, which is set for April 2011 Paramount release. Newcomer Kenny Wormald will play Ren (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original), Julianne Hough (Dancing With The Stars) will play Ariel (the Lori Singer role), Dennis Quaid is Reverend Moore (John Lithgow) and Miles Teller is Willard (Chris Penn). Back to help with the remake are producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), who will produce with Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2010 5:27 AM
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Crowe Equalizes, Cage and Kidman Trespass, Tempest First Look

- Russell Crowe is set to play Robert McCall in The Equalizer, the mysterious vigilante agent made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV show, reports the LAT. Crowe is also attached to Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, in which his character's wife is wrongly accused of murder. Clearly, Crowe is drawn to characters that have something to fight for, with a few rough edges. The Equalizer currently lacks both a shooting script and a studio, so Crowe has time to brood over this character.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2010 2:35 AM
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Raimi Goes to Oz, Jesus Henry Christ, Feds Approve Box Office Trading, Somewhere Trailer

- The acting power house duo of Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, the under-appreciated The Damned United) and Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is joining Dennis Lee's Jesus Henry Christ, reports Variety. The comedy is based on Lee's 2003 Oscar-winning student film of the same name, but as The Playlist points out, its plot resembles Sundance hit The Kids are All Right, which boasts its own power house trio (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo): children search for biological truth. With Lee's lack of hits (his first feature Fireflies in the Garden hasn't been released, and Rotten Tomatoes 25% isn't a good sign), and The Kids are All Right's high profile, this feature needs Sheen and Collette to reinvent the wheel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2010 3:53 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Summer Reprieve as Karate Kid Kicks A-Team's Ass (updated)

The summer box office won a reprieve this weekend as two 80s remakes went against each other. Warm-hearted family franchise The Karate Kid kicked actioner The A-Team's ass, thanks to the potent combo of genuine martial arts master Jackie Chan and Hollywood scion Jaden Smith, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 13, 2010 4:13 AM
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Original Karate Kid Macchio Aces Funny or Die's Wax On, F*ck Off

Funny or Die's Wax On, F*ck Off takes full advantage of Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, now 48, on the eve of the remake's opening, with cooperation from Molly Ringwald, Kevin Connolly and Michael Lerner:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2010 7:22 AM
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Takes $32 Million, Furry Vengeance Flops

The Nightmare on Elm Street remake grabbed a hefty $32.2 million at the weekend box office. How to Train Your Dragon and Date Night still have legs, while The Back-Up Plan took a second-week dive and Brendan Fraser flopped in Furry Vengeance. Anthony D'Alessandro crunches the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 2, 2010 3:55 AM
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Harrison Ford to Star in Cowboys & Aliens, Tweets Favreau

The new indie mantra is all about DIY marketing via social network groups, Facebook pages, tweets. Killer Films producer Christine Vachon's (@kvpi) 1404 followers know where she is on any given production because she tells them. "Locking the budget on MILDRED PIERCE," she tweeted on Monday. (We also know that she prefers chemo therapy to a root canal.) Certain people get how to play the game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2010 8:10 AM
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