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    'True Blood' Star Deborah Ann Woll, Hailee Steinfeld & Dave Franco Eye Period Comedy 'Rosaline'

    By Ryan Sartor. Deborah Ann Woll, Hailee Steinfeld and Dave Franco have received offers to star in the Fox 2000 period comedy “Rosaline,” Variety reports. The title refers to the woman Romeo was fixated on at the beginning of “Romeo and Juliet” before falling in love with the one who died beside him. The film will be told from Rosaline’s point-of-view and set in 16th century Verona using modern language, a scenario that will no doubt drive Baz Luhrmann purists up a wall—and annoy a few Shakespeare fans as well. 14-year-old Steinfeld would be playing Juliet, with 26-year-old Franco taking on the role of Romeo and Woll as Rosaline. Creepy age difference aside, the film is a great opportunity for all three actors to show they can carry a movie—though some would argue Steinfeld already proved that with “True Grit.” The project is waiting to receive a greenlight from the studio, so no deals have been made and everything regarding the production is tentative. And as you might remember, the filmmakers tried to get Keira Knightley and Lily Collins during the summer to no avail and we'd reckon a thumbs up to start filming will be determined by getting a cast in place first.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Melissa McCarthy Crowned Queen of Comedy; EW Comedy Issue Features Funny Women

    EW crowns Melissa McCarthy the new Queen of Comedy on the cover of their Comedy Issue. The Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly and SNL star--not the typical Hollywood leading lady--"gives you faith in the industry," says her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Of her success, and dismissing notions that she'd rather be a clothes hanger type of star, she says: "I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life. I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is.”

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    IN THE WORKS: Independence Day Sequels Want To Take Your Money, Even if They Don't Pay for Smith

    Fox will make not one but two Independence Day sequels, fifteen years (and counting) after the original Will Smith pic raked in $800 million across the globe. It's not a new idea -- the studio had wanted to green light a sequel for some time, but both Smith and director Roland Emmerich demanded huge paychecks. So Fox focused on developing scripts and declared that the franchise could proceed with or without them.

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    Rick Mercer's YouTube Rant Against Gay Teen Bullying

    "It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it's going to get better. We have to make it better now. So If you're gay and you're in public life, I’m sorry, you don't have to run around with a Pride flag and bore the hell out of everyone, but you can't be invisible. Not anymore."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    WEEKEND PREVIEW: Like Crazy, Anonymous, Puss in Boots, In Time, The Rum Diary and More

    WEEKEND PREVIEW: Like Crazy, Anonymous, Puss in Boots, In Time, The Rum Diary and More

    Quite an eclectic mix of films are on offer this weekend, from the charming young love saga Like Crazy, which has been building buzz for stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones ever since director Drake Doremus premiered the intimate romance at Sundance (it's indieWIRE's Pick of the Week), to Roland Emmerich's anti-Shakespeare digital costume drama Anonymous, starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, to Dreamworks's Puss in Boots -- the new franchise spawned by Shrek-- and Johnny Depp's disappointing return to Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary. Topliners Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried fail to carry In Time, which boasts a strong sci-fi premise that its writer-director, Andrew Niccol, can't adequately serve. Indie releases Janie Jones (think Somewhere meets Crazy Heart) and The Double (think The Recruit, but with Topher Grace and Richard Gere instead of Colin Farrell and Al Pacino) are both coming up rotten on the Tomatometer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hunger Games Character Posters Land, Build Anticipation for Franchise's March 2012 Debut

    Check out the new character posters for the upcoming Hunger Games franchise kick-off (the first installment hits theaters March 2012. Full Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) poster below. Here's more details.

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  • The Playlist
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    Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rue, Cato, Haymitch, Effie & Cinna Get Character Posters For 'Hunger Games'

    After those dullsville District posters, fans of "The Hunger Games" finally get a treat today as a plethora outlets have unveiled individual posters for the characters in the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Zoe Saldana Eager To Come Back to Star Trek In Sequel; Shooting In Mid January

    Zoe Saldana talked to Access Hollywood about the upcoming Star Trek sequel Monday night at the Glamour Reel Moments premiere in LA.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    John Orloff Talks Anonymous, Shakespeare, Emmerich, Ifans, Redgrave, Stratford vs. Oxford

    One of the surprises of the season is Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, which opens Friday amid ongoing controversy over its premise: that William Shakespeare did not write his plays and poems, and the Earl of Oxford did. Screenwriter John Orloff has been obsessed with this mystery since his college days; the screenplay served as his ticket of admission to Hollywood. First, Shakespeare in Love put Anonymous on the back burner, to be resurrected decades later by German digital master Emmerich, best known for such action adventures as Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Emmerich helped, for better or for worse, to turn Orloff's identity crisis into a rip-roaring Elizabethan succession drama, with Queen Elizabeth --played by the always riveting Vanessa Redgrave--at the center of dangerous head-lopping court intrigue. Emmerich was able to deploy his considerable digital filmmaking chops to shoot this elaborate period piece in Germany with an ensemble of character actors-- led by Redgrave and Rhys Ifans, in an uncharacteristically glamorous role--for just $30 million (think George Lucas or Zack Snyder). Emmerich even filmed one scene with three actors at different times and locations and merged them seamlessly. (We reveal the scene below, with trailer.) The movie could nab some tech nominations. Here's Orloff's Q & A for Sneak Previews.

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    "Assholes Don't Actually Change": Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Discuss The Ugliness Of 'Young Adult'

    Director, Writer & Comedian Patton Oswalt Discuss Black Dramedy At Secret Pop-Up Screening In ChicagoParamount's 2010 Oscar strategy worked in spades: avoid the early fall circuit, keep things hidden until the last minute (December release) and keep them anticipating. This approach garnered "True Grit" ten Oscar nominations and a massive $250 million worldwide gross, and seven nominations and $129 million worldwide cume for "The Fighter." Not too shabby at all. For Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," Paramount seems to be employing a slightly similar tactic.

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