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    Rising Actor Riz Ahmed Joins Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'

    Update: Thanks to some astute reader tips, we've learned that the project is "Trishna," a modern day re-telling of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." The setting of the film has been relocated to India and will follow the tragic relationship between Jay and Trishna, the former the son of a property developer, the latter the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. You can read the full synopsis here but we warn you, it's very spoiler heavy. No word yet on when it will go in front of cameras but according to production designer David Bryan, it will shoot in Jaipur, India.

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    Trailer Watch: Yelling to the Sky Written and Directed by Victoria Mahoney

    This film is going to Berlin and South by Southwest.

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    Watch: 'Rango' Superbowl Spot, Plus Hear Los Lobos' Theme For The Movie

    'Kung Fu Panda 2' Spot Lands TooAfter a truly golden few years for animation, 2011 is looking a little fallow. There's the usual mix of uninspiring also-rans, with the likes of "Gnomeo and Juliet," "Mars Needs Moms" and "Rio" all hitting in the next few months, but even the big dogs seem to have decided not to really bother this time around, with Pixar, Dreamworks and Warner Bros all turning out sequels to less-than-beloved originals in the form of "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss In Boots" and "Happy Feet 2." We're moderately hopeful about Aardman's latest, "Arthur Christmas," and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," but for the most part, the embarrassment of riches that animation fans have been treated to in the last few years seems to have dried up.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Mini Darth Vader; The Real Super Bowl of Movie Trailers, Ads

    I happen to know that the Packers and the Steelers are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but only because I asked someone who cares; football is not my concern. The movie trailers and mini-movies meant to sell us things, though, they promise to be more entertaining.

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    Awesome: Nick Cave Confirms He'll Score John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

    Says Andrew Dominik Only Liked Half Of An Early Score He Wrote For 'Jesse James'It was very likely going to be case anyway but Australian musician Nick Cave has now confirmed that he'll take on scoring duties for John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation Matt Bondurant's "The Wettest County In The World," which he also wrote the script for.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Yuck

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    Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy To Reteam On Untitled Action-Adventure From 'Lost' Writer Carlton Cuse

    Pitch Can't Possibly Be As Stupid As Robot Boxing, Can It?If the box office in the last few years has made anything clear, it's that contemporary audiences like nothing more than the combination of CGI robots and punching. The first two "Transformers" movies grossed $1.5 billion between them, with the third likely to join them as a huge hit this summer. But that's not enough for DreamWorks, who teamed "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman on "Real Steel," a future-set tale of robot boxing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate

    Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate

    Devil's Double was one of the stranger films I saw at Sundance. It stars Dominic Cooper (An Education) in the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraq soldier who happens to be a dead ringer for the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. Cooper plays both roles in a breakout performance. The soldier gets pulled into the palace and is forced under threat to his family to become the scion's double. He fixes his teeth and hair and makes public appearances. But he also falls for the wrong girl (Ludivine Sagnier). The movie is compelling, sexy, action-packed and stylishly shot by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). But it is also overwrought and often silly. I laughed out loud at certain points. And I was not alone.

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    Ben Affleck Teams Up With Producer George Clooney For Tehran Hostage Pic, 'Argo'

    After months of weighting options in the afterglow of the well-received crime thriller, "The Town," it looks like Ben Affleck has finally landed his next directorial project. THR is reporting that the actor/director is in early negotiations to helm “Argo,” an adaptation of a WIRED magazine article detailing the true-life events of the Tehran hostage crisis in the early 1980s. This political thriller will be produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the team behind the magnificent “Good Night and Good Luck” and the less impressive “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” The title of the article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” indicates that the movie will contain elements of humor and satire as well. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay and the script landed on the Blacklist last year. David Klawans (“Nacho Libre”) will also produce.

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    Jason Segel Joining '80s-Era Comedy, 'Undercover Cop' For DreamWorks

    Steve Zaillian's Film Rites company is on a major roll (as is the Academy Award-winning writer himself). The production banner has "The Cold Light of Day," starring "Superman"-to-be Henry Cavill, and "Red Riding Hood" coming out later this year (the former with Summit, the latter with Warner Bros.), they inked a first-look, two-year producing deal with DreamWorks last spring and most recently they're working on the English-language adaptation of the Spanish sci-fi time-travel pic, "Time Crimes," at the studio as well.

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