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    Will Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton Board Soderbergh's Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

    Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).

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    Garrett Hedlund Now In Talks For Kaneda In Warner Bros. 'Akira' Remake

    It looks like "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra got his way. After it was revealed last month that Garrett Hedlund was the frontrunner for the developing "Akira" remake, Twitch report today he was the director's first choice with Variety adding that formal talks are now underway.

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    Five Star Day Premieres on Facebook and Theaters Day-and-Date

    As indie filmmakers continue to try new ways to get their films out--with or without conventional distribution-- Five Star Day, an astrology-themed feature that overemphasizes the significance of place and time, premiered Wednesday November 2 day-and-date in movie theaters and Facebook. Gravitas Ventures and Breaking Glass Pictures claim that it's the first film to open simultaneously on both silver and laptop screens. At the same time that the film is available on Facebook -- $7 gets you access to the film for 48 hours--it will continue to roll out in theaters across the country.

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    Trailer Watch: Safe House Stars Badass Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

    Check out Universal's Safe House, from Swedish born director Daniel Espinosa. The plot sounds familiar, but we'll pay to see Denzel Washington in just about anything. Ryan Reynolds appears suitably second fiddle to Washington, and Vera Farmiga plays the tough CIA woman who balances out the requisite underwear-clad hot girlfriend. The film hits theaters February 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sony Picks Up Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami'

    Robert Pattinson lovers, the wait is over. It looks like "Bel Ami" is finally on its way to theaters, so you'll have something else to look forward to from the actor after he breaks your dawn in a few weeks.

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    AFM News: Endgame Launches P & A Venture to Fill Service Deal Gap

    L.A.-based indie producer and financier Endgame Entertainment is launching new marketing venture Endgame Releasing, which is backed by a $150-million revolving fund for P & A (prints and ads) financing for films distributed through an established studio or independent. Endgame Releasing will partner with equity investors, producers and studios to provide distribution funds for wide-release films. Endgame Releasing will provide P&A of $20–plus million for four to six films a year opening on a minimum of 1800 screens. That means Endgame would put up from $400 to $500 million over the next four years.

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  • The Playlist
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    Point-Counter-Point Review: 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' A Funny 3D Blast Or A Lazy Gimmick?

    The unlikely third chapter in a highly unlikely franchise, "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," sees our favorite multi-culti stoner duo of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) taking on the merry yuletide spirit as only they could. And in a weird way, it makes perfect sense to pair the boys with Christmas, since for all their bad-ass, pan-Asian Cheech and Chong vibe, the 'Harold & Kumar' movies (2004's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and 2008's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay") have largely been sweet fables about the power of friendship and not the outrageous shock-fests they masquerade as. The third film is even sweeter, with a message about the importance of family and very few gags that anyone with a middle school education would consider taboo.

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    Watch: 'Safe House' Gets A Crackling, Tony Scott-Esque Trailer

    For any for foreign filmmaker crossing over to Hollywood for the first time, it can be a difficult experience. The Hollywood system can be daunting to navigate, especially for filmmakers not used to the oversight and cooks-in-the-kitchen approach taken by many studios. Some struggle to retain the voice and energy of the work they delivered across the pond, while others quietly slide into the position of turning out executive-approved, star-driven fare. But for Daniel Espinosa, it looks like his first foray is arriving with some considerable style and verve.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Trailer For "Safe House" Starring Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds Surfaces & It's Bristling!

    Aaaaand... here ya go! Still image from film...first official poster... now first official trailer a day later.

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    Watch the "Skyfall" (James Bond 23) Press Conference in Full

    As already announced earlier this morning, at a press conference in London with cast and crew, the title for James Bond 23 is Skyfall, and Naomie Harris isn't playing Ms Moneypenny after all; or is she? Digital Spy recorded the entire press conference, and has uploaded it to the web; it's embedded below (about 27 minutes long).

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