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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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Casting News: Madsen in Red Riding Hood, Irons in Margin Call, YouTubers in Life In A Day

- Catherine Hardwicke has cast Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the mother of Amanda Seyfried, who plays the title role in Red Riding Hood, repots Variety. Julie Christie has already been cast as the grandmother, Gary Oldman the werewolf hunter, and Lukas Haas the big bad werewolf that terrorizes Red's village. New to this re-telling of the fairy tale, David Leslie Johnson's script features an orphaned woodcutter (played by Shiloh Fernandez) and a blacksmith's son (Max Irons) - the former the object of Red's love and the latter her foredestined fiance. Love will certainly complicate the story, and the combination of stars and relative unknowns will give this medieval thriller plenty to chew on.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 7, 2010 3:39 AM
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Ridley Scott Talks Blade Runner, Alien and Its Prequels, and a McMurtry Western

Ridley Scott Talks Blade Runner, Alien and Its Prequels, and a McMurtry Western
Sir Ridley Scott blew off the Cannes opening of Robin Hood and the recent Produced By Conference, blaming recent knee surgery, but the filmmaker turned up in a L.A. for a fan-friendly--safe--chat about his two classics Alien and Blade Runner at the LAT's inaugural Hero Complex Film Festival. TOH contributor David Lewis was there.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2010 7:54 AM
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Cannes No-Shows: Scott, Penn, Godard

Cannes No-Shows: Scott, Penn, Godard
The Festival d'auteurs was willing to bend over backwards to get Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life--to the point of not forcing him to do any press, which is not their usual practice. But he still said no.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2010 11:21 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Robin Hood Takes Second Stateside, Number One Abroad

Iron Man 2 held onto number one as Ridley Scott's costly period epic Robin Hood took second in North America, but scored big overseas, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn

Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn
With Ridley Scott recovering from knee surgery, that left Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Imagine's Brian Grazer to field the press conference for the 63rd Cannes opener, Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 3:10 AM
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Bonjour Cannes: Ramping Up

Finally, I got out of JFK four hours late on a nine-hour non-stop to Nice, along with Oliver Stone (sporting a neat mustache), USA Today's Anthony Breznican, the NYFF's Richard Pena, Richard and Mary Corliss, Village Voice's Jim Hoberman, Moving Pictures Magazine critic Aaron Hillis, indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, Wash. Post critic Ann Hornaday, Boston Globe's Wesley Morris, and Screen's Howard Feinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 9:14 AM
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Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes

Early Robin Hood Reviews Break Before #Cannes
The first reviews of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood were scheduled to break with the film's Wednesday opening at Cannes, but Empire broke first, followed by THR, Variety and indieWIRE. Verdict: decidedly mixed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2010 9:06 AM
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Do We Need Another Robin Hood? It's Time.

While comparisons will abound between Ridley Scott's new take on Robin Hood and all the prior iterations of the great Sherwood Forest legend, Sophia Savage wonders if she'll be able to move on from her girl crush on Kevin Costner in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Even Russell Crowe seems a tad threatened, if you ask me. He told People that Costner's Robin Hood film "looks like a Jon Bon Jovi video."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 4, 2010 4:50 AM
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Hero Complex Film Fest Books Nimoy, Scott, Nolan

Geoff Boucher's The Hero Complex blog at the LATimes is mounting its own Film Festival: tickets go on sale Monday at 10 am.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 1:12 AM
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