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    Are Andrew Dominik & Casey Affleck Teaming For An Adaptation Of George V. Higgins 'Cogan's Trade'?

    Last month, Casey Affleck threw a spanner in the works revealing he was set to reteam early next year with his "Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" director Andrew Dominik on an adaptation of a unspecified Boston-set crime novel.

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    James MacArthur: The Disney Connection

    When James MacArthur passed away last week at the age of 72, the obituaries I read emphasized his role as “Danno” on the long-running TV hit Hawaii Five-O, and understandably so…but at the same time they glossed over his career-building years at the Walt Disney studio. I was too young to see teenaged MacArthur in the live TV drama The Young Stranger and the feature film it spawned was over my head as a young moviegoer, but I vividly remember being introduced to the actor when Disney released The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnaped, and Swiss Family Robinson. I wrote about all those films, and their significance, in my boo...

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    "It's Going To Be A Bloodbath:" Who Will Survive The Summer Of 2011, And What Will Be Left Of Them?

    The knock-on effects of the 2007 writers' strike have been felt heavily in the last few years. Last summer saw the obviously rushed likes of "Wolverine," "Terminator Salvation," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra;" all of which were patently harmed by the disruption...

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    NYT: Daily Variety Editor Says He's Been Fired

    The editor of Daily Variety says he's been fired. Leo Wolinsky tells the New York Times that he was dismissed Monday, less than a year after joining the venerable movie trade publication. He didn't provide details. The New York Times reports. Wolinsky joined Variety last December after more than 30 ...

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    Danny Boyle Talks 127 Hours: Intense Reality, Franco, Crowds, Rahman

    In this video interview, Danny Boyle talks about his decisions on 127 Hours, including: how intense should the climactic scene with hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco) be for audiences? He has to hack through his arm's muscle and bone to extricate himself from an unmovable Utah boulder pinning him in a remote canyon, where no one knows his location. Obviously, as there have been repeated instances of audience members fainting during the scene, it is too realistic for some people. And Boyle worries about this: to him it is not a fun marketing ploy. It could in fact keep moviegoers away. But truth is, the movie pushes us to root for the stranded ...

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    Jonah Hill Calls 'Sausage Party' "A Very Hard And Aggressive R" Rated 3D Animated Film

    Wait, what's "Sausage Party" you ask? Let's rewind a bit to last summer.

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    Heavy Drug Use, Escort Abuse And Now 'The Expendables 2' & 'Major League IV' For Charlie Sheen

    Your screenplay isn't selling. You aren't scoring acting auditions anymore and your singing voice is being booed at the local bar and grill. Is there any way you can finally score a working job in Hollywood? Well, have you tried attacking an escort lately? You haven't? Well, clearly some of us are m...

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    In Production: New Bond Secrets, Damon's Zoo Co-Star, Singh Directs One of Three Snow Whites

    - Writer Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector was made into a film back in 1999 starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. Now Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. has enlisted him to reinvent James Bond. Project X will be published in May and plot details are hush-hush, but Deaver did reveal to USA Today that the story "is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He's 29 or 30 years old, and he's an Afghan war vet." Deaver is picking up the story from where Fleming's fourteen novels left off, not from the cinematic adaptations, he says: "I want to stay true to the original James Bond, who many people...

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    'The Dark Knight Rises' Rumor: Charlize Theron, Vera Farmiga & Kacie Thomas In The Mix For Roles

    So, before everyone starts weighing in, just bear in mind this rumor comes from Comic Book Movie who take non-vetted contributions from any yahoo on the Internet whether it be total bullshit or not. That said, they have been on the right track a few times and some of these casting rumors for Christo...

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    First Look Photos: Emma Stone, Viola Davis & The Cast of 'The Help'

    Yesterday you got a not-so-great looking first peek (bad photo scan) of a blonde Emma Stone in "The Help." Today, DreamWorks has released a batch of new photos and an official synopsis as well.

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