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    Steven Spielberg Would Have Animated and Condensed "Harry Potter"

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Okay, maybe not shoulda in this case. As any production history comes to light there is potential for many "what if...?" situations with regards to casting alternatives and disposed of ideas. But especially now that seemingly every step of a film's development is reported on throughout the blogosphere, it's neat to hear about little tidbits of trivia that haven't surfaced before. In anticipation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," today's revelation comes via the L.A. Times' look at how the "Harry Potter" film franchise came together as it did. Of particular interest is what Steven Spielberg wanted to do with t...

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    Channing Tatum Attached To Star In Randall Wallace-Scripted Period Espionage Tale 'Love And Honor'

    Anne Hathaway Offered Role Opposite TatumIncreasingly popular actor Channing Tatum is attached to star in Randall Wallace's gestating project based on his own 2005 historical work of fiction, "Love And Honor," a period espionage tale centering on Russian czarina and alleged admirer of horses Catheri...

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    Stella Schnabel Joins Oren Moverman's Cop-Drama 'Rampart'

    First On-Set Look At Woody Harrelson In CharacterActress Stella Schnabel, daughter of acclaimed director Julian, has joined the cast of Israeli-born director Oren Moverman's upcoming cop-drama "Rampart" which will see him reunite with his "The Messenger" stars Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson -- seen ...

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    Is 'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello In Contention For Zack Snyder's 'Superman'?

    Reports began to surface over the weekend that "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello revealed to fans at a convention that he's in talks for the titular role in Zack Snyder's upcoming Christopher Nolan-shepherded "Superman" film.

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    REVIEW | Blossoming "Furniture": Lena Dunham Entertaining Self-Portrait

    On a purely creative level, a movie generally should be absorbed without foreknowledge of its back story, but Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" is defined by it. Dunham's lightly entertaining self-portrait, in which the director plays a version of herself wandering around New York City in post-graduate...

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    'The Beaver' Gets February 11, 2011 U.K. Release Date

    The Perfect Valentine's Day Option For Your Abusive Racist Boyfriend Almost as soon as Mel Gibson had tapes leaked of conversations with the mother of his child, in which threats to burn her house down were the least offensive of the many statements directed at her, one question emerged in the movi...

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    "Apocalypse" and "Donor" World Premieres Shine at High-Spirited 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Though the Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced that it will be moving its dates to June next year due to the crowded slate of European doc fests in the fall, the fest's last November installment still had a lot going for it. Just wrapping up yesterday, the fest boasted a series of world premieres and a healthy dose of mentoring and pitching. The festival, which has rapidly grown from being primarily an industry networking event with a film festival has grown into an incredibly important event for projects-in-development to get funding and resources, a localized point for industry networking and mentoring, and a chance for industry professional...

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    Box-Office: R-Rated 'Due Date' Can't Outwit The Animated 'Megamind'

    It had all the ingredients of a big winner. "Due Date" was widely known as Todd Phillips' R-rated follow-up to the massively successful R-rated "The Hangover," and he had that film's biggest breakout comedian Zach Galifianakis onboard, plus one of the world's biggest stars Robert Downey Jr. But perhaps seasonal timing is everything. "The Hangover" was a surprised hit in the early summer of 2009, and perhaps R-rated comedy that's occasionally nasty doesn't work quite as well in the fall. It's also possibly one of those instances when audiences actually listened to critics for once. "Due Date" was met with mixed reviews and currently holds a r...

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    Script Watch: Jessica Alba Disses Writers, Haggis Romantic Ensemble, Nemirovsky's "Suite Francaise"

    - Some actors think that a script is irrelevant. According to Elle cover-girl Jessica Alba: “Good actors never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” Which "good actors" could she be referring to? Her co-stars in Fantastic Four? The Killer Inside Me? Paul Walker in Into The Blue? She does offer a hint of self-awareness when she adds: "I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done. I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were.” She co-stars with Ben Stiller in this Christmas' Little Fockers and intends to reinvent herself as the ...

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    Weekend Box Office: Animated "Megamind" Outsmarts R-rated Comedy "Due Date"

    Marking a possible record-setting weekend at the box office, animated comedy Megamind lead a robust pack including raunchy comedy Due Date and yet another Tyler Perry hit, For Colored Girls, reports Anthony D'Alessandro. Among indie openers, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours soared in its limited debut.

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