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    Robert Redford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film Directed By Brian Helgeland

    After years and years of development, Robert Redford finally has the pieces in place to bring the story of Branch Rickey to the big screen. Brian Helgeland will be making his way behind the camera, writing and directing the story of the famous Brooklyn Dodgers executive and his relationship with Jackie Robinson, the first black professional baseball player*.

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    Exclusive: Joe Wright Wants To Direct African Adventure Film 'Stanley'

    Also Says He Wants Saoirse Ronan To Be His 'Little Mermaid'Joe Wright's forthcoming "Hanna" was a massive gear change for the director. A pure genre pic with choreographed fights and a blitzing soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers, it was a far cry from the usual fare by the director of "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice." And while his next film, "Anna Karenina," will find him back in costumed period territory, he's got a couple of other projects in the cooker that will once again find him branching out into new terrain. We recently chatted with the director and he shared a couple of tidbits about some films that may be on the horizon for him.

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    Javier Bardem Goes From Psychologically Attached To Locked In For 'The Dark Tower' As Deschain

    Actor Will Appear In Both The Film & TV Branches Of The Mega-FranchiseWith a new kid now fresh in the world, it looks like Papa Bardem and Mama Cruz are going back out into the world to make some cash for their little tyke. Cruz booked another sojourn with Woody Allen earlier today, planning to star in his forthcoming Rome-set film, while Bardem is sealing the deal on a major franchise that will easily bring in the kind of bucks that should pay for junior's college tuition in 2031.

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    'Rise Of The Apes' Becomes 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes'

    This Summer, You Will Believe A Planet Can RiseThose damn dirty apes at Fox can't stop monkeying around with the next film in the "Planet of the Apes" series. First, they went ahead and offered it to every major director only to be turned down. Then they ordered multiple rewrites despite already having a release date. Finally, they declared June 24th to be the day audiences would see "Cesar," though they had already changed the name to "Rise Of The Apes." Then, of course, they bumped the film to Thanksgiving to allow for more time to finish the special effects. Then, at some point, they must have replaced the special effects guys with wizards, because "Rise Of The Apes" returned to August 5th.

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    Jon Favreau Fighting To Keep Aliens Of 'Cowboys & Aliens' Out Of Marketing Campaign

    Talks About Importance Of Comic-Con, Film's Emphasis On Stars Over EffectsThese days, the marketing campaign for a big tentpole begins the day that the film is announced. Hell, for some projects -- "Super 8," for instance -- the announcement is part of the marketing campaign. It's a long, hard slog, particularly for a film not based on material familiar to the general public, and it's something that a smart filmmaker will bear in mind throughout the entire process. Jon Favreau's come to know this world very well over the last few years with his two "Iron Man" movies, and when we sat in on a panel and caught up with him during interview rounds last weekend at WonderCon, he shared a certain amount of detail about his approach for this summer's hopeful blockbuster "Cowboys & Aliens," one of the few non-sequels and non-superhero movies competing in a marketplace that Favreau's already described as a potential "bloodbath."

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    Hanna

    Saoirse Ronan has built herself quite a diverse career and she's still a couple of years shy of 20. She's done comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer in Amy Heckerling's never released in the theatres terrific I Could Never Be Your Woman (on Netflix); drama in Atonement for which was nominated for an Oscar, more drama in The Lovely Bones, and now she stars as a girl literally fighting for her life in Hanna.

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    Watch: New 'Hesher' Trailer Powered By Metallica's 'Battery'

    While our man at SXSW didn't love "Hesher" through and through, for the rest of us, the prospect of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt play a burnout is just too enticing to pass up, and with this latest trailer for the film baiting us with Metallica's classic "Battery" fueling the mayhem in the pic we just can't wait to check it out for ourselves.

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    Vincent Gallo To Take On Two Roles, Speak Italian & English In 'The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser'

    We'll say this: Vincent Gallo surely doesn't like to shy away from a challenge. In his last film, Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing," Gallo played Mohammed, a Taliban-like figure on the run from the American army -- who doesn't speak a single word for the entire runtime of the film. Well, for his next project, you won't be able to shut him the fuck up.

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    Film4 & Focus Developing 'Suffragettes' With 'Shame' Writer Abi Morgan & Director Sarah Gavron

    One of the reasons we get frustrated with political apathy -- the "I'm not going to bother voting, because it won't affect anything" mentality -- is because of the lengths that people went to in the past to ensure that they, and their descendants, would have the rights to have a say. Along with the civil rights movement, one of the most famous such campaigns were the Suffragettes, in early 20th century Britain. Initially used as a derogatory term (by the ever-sympathetic Daily Mail), their members -- women campaigning for the right of their gender to vote, which was finally fully granted in 1928 -- reclaimed the term, and have become inspirations to generations of activists in the years since.

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