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    'Captain America' Star Hayley Atwell Joins Ray Winstone & Plan B In TV Cop Remake 'The Sweeney'

    'Homeland' Lead Damian Lewis & Steven Mackintosh Also In Cast"Captain America: The First Avenger" was a funny one, wasn't it? The first half was the best superhero of the year, the second, a plotless, uneven mess. But it had many pleasures, and first among them was Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. Given an unusually well-drawn female character for a comic book movie to get her teeth into, the British actress, a relative unknown in the U.S. who took the role after it was turned down by the likes of Keira Knightley and Emily Blunt, knocked it out of the park, proving feisty, kick-ass, and vulnerable, often within the same scene, showing wider audiences what many have known since her debut in BBC drama "The Line of Beauty" -- she's going to be a massive star.

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    Fox Balks At Will Smith's $50 Mill Asking Price For "Independence Day" Sequels; May Do Without Him

    As Vanessa posted a few days ago, Independence Day director Ronald Emmerich plans to revisit that blockbuster, turning it into a franchise with not one, but TWO more films. Emmerich and screenwriting partner Dean Devlin have reportedly already completed scripts for back-to-back sequels, and have turned them over to superstar Will Smith for his approval, because, as one might expect, Smith would play a key role in whether both films actually get made.

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    Cool Posters for Young Adult

    These posters were used for sneak screenings in Austin, Chicago and SF. They give you a sense of how subversive this film is.

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    New In Theaters - Zombies In Africa Project "The Dead"

    Been awhile since we wrote about this flick; just learned that it's actually on a limited theatrical run, gradually expanding to cities around the USA; and just in time for Halloween too.

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    Acclaimed Music Video Director Chris Milk To Helm 'Bitterroot' Produced By Gore Verbinski

    Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures To FinanceIt seems acclaimed music video director Chris Milk has found a new best bud in everyone's favorite young, billionaire movie producer/financier Megan Ellison. Earlier in the month it was announced the pair were teaming on an ambitious film adaptation of the album Rome, a record that teamed Gnarls Barkley/Beck producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi on an album of spaghetti Western homages. But it looks like he's going to get something a bit less high concept for his first crack at a feature film.

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    Watch New Trailer For "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

    New poster a few days ago, now followed by a new trailer - the second one I believe, introduced by director Brad Bird - for the 4th installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, titled Ghost Protocol, which sees the return of Tom Cruise (I haven't seen much of Ving Rhames in marketing materials for the film thus far, though he's listed in the credits), as well as the addition of newcomers Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and others, with Renner's role here being Cruise's heir apparent, as this might be his last go-round with the franchise.

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    Sylvester Stallone Will Get In 'The Tomb' For Summit But Antoine Fuqua Is No Longer Directing

    Originally positioned as a star vehicle for Bruce Willis before Arnold Schwarzenegger took a look at it this spring as one of his possible comeback movies, Summit has now landed another aging action star to take on the lead role in "The Tomb."

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    Anne Hathaway To Produce & Star In Paranoid-Thriller 'Puzzler'

    Hollywood darling Anne Hathaway is certainly doing her best to shed the idea of her as a rom-com queen. With lensing almost complete on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" where she'll take on the action-packed role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the actress is now set to follow that up with a starring role in paranoid-thriller "Puzzler."

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    Nicole Kidman Pairs Up With 'Rabbit Hole' Producing Team For 'The Family Fang'

    And No, It Has Nothing To Do With VampiresLike most A-list talent in Hollywood, Nicole Kidman generally has more than a few movie options cooking at any given time (though we'll never understand why she did "Trespass"). In addition, she's got her own production shingle which is there to develop projects that have special appeal for her. It was Kidman's Blossom Films that developed last year's excellent "Rabbit Hole" in conjunction with Olympus Films, marking the first project out of the gate with the actress as the star (the company was also behind the Leighton Meester thing "Monte Carlo" but we'll politely ignore that).

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    Relativity Starts Production on First Chinese Joint Venture: Comedy 21 and Over

    Relativity Media's landmark alliance with China's Huaxia Film Distribution Company could make all the difference for the company's success going forward. That is if they make the right movies. Low-budget comedy 21 and Over is the first of many projects that Relativity plans to shoot and co-finance in partnership with Sky Land, their new production and distribution entity run by Relativity, SAIF Partners and IDG China Media.

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