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    Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

    Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

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    Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

    In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as ...

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    Weinstein Co. Launches Indie Label, Poaches Magnolia's Tom Quinn

    Marking a major loss for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, The Weinstein Company is launching a new label focusing on innovative distribution strategies to be run by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who will be co-presidents. The unnamed New York-based TWC label will "bring new f...

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    Will Willem Dafoe Take A Role In Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'?

    Lars Von Trier is racking up the phone bills these days. Over the weekend it was revealed that the troublemaking filmmaker offered Stellan Skarsgard a role in his upcoming arthouse porno thingy "The Nymphomaniac." Sorry ladies, should he take the role, Stellan won't be banging anybody in the film, o...

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    Chris Tucker Loads Up With 2 New Studio Projects

    Recall my post from mid-August on Chris Tucker's frustrations with the industry, given the lack of *interesting* roles being offered to him which he used to explain his absence from theater screens since 2007...

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    5 Reasons I'm Okay with a "Beetlejuice" Sequel

    Coming out of left field today is the new possibility of a "Beetlejuice" sequel/reboot. You can read all about where this idea sprang from over at Deadline, which reports of a new development deal at Warner Bros for producers/writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. The latter...

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    Guys Who Wrote 'Ed Wood' & 'People Vs. Larry Flynt' To Pen 'Monopoly' For Ridley Scott

    So even though Universal has pretty much dropped every Hasbro game they had in development except for "Battleship" -- perhaps realizing that spending $200 million on a board game movie wasn't the best idea -- the game maker is still pushing ahead trying to show their movies can be successful and respectable. Believe it or not, Ridley Scott is still attached to direct "Monopoly," and while we'll go along and pretend that he'll eventually direct this (yeah right, our guess is he'll wind up "executive producing" with some protegé taking the director's chair), Hasbro has made a pretty surprising move which should at least keep the helmer interest...

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    Forget Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker Plots Roles In 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Neighborhood Watch'

    While everyone getting excited about a possible Eddie Murphy comeback now that he has "Tower Heist" and the Oscar hosting gig coming up (jeez, people, have we already forgotten about “Hong Kong Phooey”?) it looks like another Brett Ratner buddy is making some even bolder steps back into the spotligh...

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    Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D

    Detective Dee and Mystery of the Phantom Flame is yet another magical adventure from Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Seven Swords). The $20-million film was funded entirely in China--as opposed to his old friend John Woo's $80 million Red Cliff, which was backed by a pool of ...

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    PMFF Returns in October With Film & Entertainment Awards

    The Pocono Mountains Film Festival has announced the honorees for The 9th Annual PMFF Awards, benefiting The Utopia House for Battered Women. The awards will be held on Saturday, October 22 at East Stroudsburg University.

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