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Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction Death Match

Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction Death Match
POV blogger Tom Roston (@docsoupman), an old colleague from Premiere, loves documentaries--in fact, he blogs about them. And while I enjoy digging into The Interrupters as much as the next cinephile, I love fiction films even better. So Roston challenged me to pit five fiction films, "whether they’ve been produced in Hollywood, New York or Bombay, against their poor, bedraggled step-siblings, non-fiction films, in a death match." Naturally, Roston thinks his docs are going to win hands-down, but that's part of the fun.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Roston
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  • August 23, 2011 4:00 AM
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This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World

This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World
In the last year (May 2010 through May 2011) the top-earning actors (and sometime producers) were Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million), Johnny Depp ($50 million), Adam Sandler ($40 million), Will Smith ($36 Million), Tom Hanks ($35 million), Ben Stiller ($34 Million), Robert Downey Jr. ($31 million), Mark Wahlberg ($28 million), Tim Allen ($22 million), Tom Cruise ($22 million), Jim Carrey ($20 million), Daniel Craig ($20 million), Robert Pattinson ($20 million), Brad Pitt ($20 million) and Matt Damon ($18 million).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2011 7:13 AM
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Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

To bridge the translation gap, changing a movie's title abroad is standard studio practice. In the case of Captain America, the reasons are more diplomatic.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 3:26 AM
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Emma Thompson to Adapt Annie for Will and Willow Smith and Jay-Z?

Will Smith is in talks with Emma Thompson to write a film adaptation of Annie as a starring vehicle for his daughter, Willow Smith. Vulture adds, "No word on whether Thompson will also write herself into a role as the orphanage director who loves booze almost as much as she hates children, but here's hoping." Here's more on the project and Jay-Z's involvement. He told THR: “We’re developing a true superstar in Willow."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 24, 2011 7:00 AM
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Elba's Star Rises with Pacific Rim; Del Toro Wants To Direct Jolie in Maleficent

Idris Elba may not be playing Django in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (he did, however, win our casting poll), but after TV hits The Wire, The Office and Luther and numerous co-star and supporting film roles (including 28 Weeks Later, American Gangster, RocknRolla, Obsessed, The Losers, Taken, Thor) and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Prometheus (alongside Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron), the actor is anything but desperate for work.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 7:14 AM
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Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained
It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 5:33 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: Casting is Key; DiCaprio In, Smith Out? Who Will Play Django?

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: Casting is Key; DiCaprio In, Smith Out? Who Will Play Django?
Quentin Tarantino is known for his unorthodox, out-of-the-box casting choices, from John Travolta, Robert Forster and Pam Grier to Brad Pitt, Kurt Russell, and David Carradine. Now Leonardo DiCaprio (who Tarantino chased for the role of Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds) is in talks to play the villain in spaghetti western Django Unchained. He would play evil Mississippi Candyland plantation owner Calvin Candie, who also runs the Cleopatra Club that features sexually abused female slaves and mandingos forced to fight in death matches.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 8, 2011 4:55 AM
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Sony Wins International Rights to Tarantino's Django Unchained; Is Will Smith Locked In?

Sony has landed international rights to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, for which the writer-director is eyeing Will Smith. The Weinsteins have domestic rights. Smith is affiliated with Sony, which explains why Sony landed the prize despite Universal's success with Inglourious Basterds. With Smith, Django would have huge mainstream appeal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2011 9:12 AM
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Tarantino Wants Will Smith to Star in Django Unchained

If Quentin Tarantino lands Will Smith for his Django Unchained, it will have a huge impact on the movie. I'm not sure how I feel about it, truth to tell. Imagine that the film is The Good the Bad and the Ugly meets Mandingo or Manderlay. It's what Tarantino said he wanted to do: an entertaining spaghetti western--or southern in this case--but it's set in a very ugly place in our history, the racist south in all its abusive plantation glory.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2011 3:27 AM
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Will Smith & Son Jaden Smith Join M. Night Shyamalan for Futuristic Sci-Fi

Father-son pair Will and Jaden Smith will co-star in Columbia Pictures' untitled futuristic sci-fi adventure for M. Night Shyamalan. Overbrook Entertainment (Will and Jada Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz) will produce along with Shyamalan--which is unusual for the headstrong Philadelphia filmmaker, who likes to maintain complete control of his projects. "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project," he says.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 4, 2011 7:35 AM
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