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    'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins May Wield The Hammer & Helm 'Thor 2'

    So, what the fuck? Granted, Marvel's choices for directors can often be surprising -- Ang Lee? Kenneth Branagh? -- but for the most part they usually see something in the helmers that others don't. While earlier this summer, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk was being tossed around as a candidate, word today has another name -- one we haven't heard in a loooong time -- as the front runner for the job.

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    Trailer Watch: Long-form Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Looks Good, Lacks Edge

    David Fincher's long form trailer for December 21's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is here, and it's a testament to just how good the teaser trailer is (also below). In this case, less is more, with emphasis on how instead of what. The new trailer reveals practically the entire plot (which many of us know well by now, anyway), as well as Rooney Mara's Swedish accent and her lack of Noomi Rapace intensity. Sure, she looks the part, but we're still on the fence. We aren't as impressed as ThePlaylist, but it does look significantly more polished than the Swedish version of the novel. We can't wait to experience this feel bad movie of Christmas 2011.

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    Johnny Depp Has A 'Munsters' Look In First Pic Of The Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

    Update: Empire has a couple of new behind-the-scenes looks at "Dark Shadows." Check them out below.

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    Michael K. Williams Says He Lost The 'Django Unchained' Lead, But There May Be Another Part For Him

    Actor Suggests Tarantino May Write A New Role For Him In The Slavery/Western EpicYou probably know him best as Omar Little from "The Wire" or perhaps as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," and if you've seen his imposing presence on either of those shows, you'll know why many people (including us) pegged him as the perfect lead for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming picture, "Django Unchained." The spaghetti western/slavery revenge pic has been gearing up over the last few months for a planned January shoot in New Orleans. After much speculation that saw Will Smith openly courted for the movie (with the actor's longtime studio home of Sony even going so far as to snap up the foreign territory rights on the project in an effort to entice the thesp), Jamie Foxx eventually landed the part. As we noted in our wishlist casting for the movie, Django begins the film "a confused and muttering slave, clueless and suspicious why [Schultz played by Christoph Waltz] has saved and befriended him" to later become a "cut-throat and eagle-eyed assassin." While Foxx has the "movie-ness" factor we figured would come into play in any casting decisions, Quentin Tarantino was definitely on the same wavelength as everyone else who had Williams on the brain.

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    Elton John Producing 'Rocketman,' A Biopic About Himself

    Why wait until you're dead and let someone else tell the story of your life? For Elton John, he's gonna make sure his life is done right on the big screen by executive producing the "Rocketman" biopic his own damn self through his shingle Rocket Pictures (most recently behind "Gnomeo & Juliet"), with Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish lending a helping hand.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Don Cheadle Joins Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis Thriller "Flight"

    Reuiniting for the first time after Devil In A Blue Dress, Don Cheadle joins Denzel Washington in the sky-set thriller Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Castaway, Back To The Future, Forest Gump) and written by Jon Gatings.

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    Chris Evans Says 'Captain America' Sequel Might Not Arrive Until 2014

    Also Reveals That Steve Rogers Will Likely Just Appear In 'Captain America' & 'Avengers' Films, No Other Marvel Movie CameosMarvel's rather revolutionary roll of the dice on their big screen movie adaptations has found them creating a giant universe of connected films, where superheroes and characters cross-pollinate the films that are part of a singular fabric. In order to make this happen, the comic and movie studio giant has become known for signing up key players with contracts for multiple films -- Samuel L. Jackson famously has nine movies he's obliged to appear in -- allowing for lots of Easter eggs and surprise cameos. But while Jackson is A consistent presence in the Marvel world, and fans buzzed when Robert Downey Jr. made a brief appearance as Tony Stark in “The Incredible Hulk,” don't expect to see Chris Evans logging time in anything but "Captain America" or "The Avengers" movies.

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    'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Working On "Cops Versus Monsters" Sci-Fi 'Freak Shift' For 2013

    Five Things We Learned From The Fast-Rising British HelmerAfter claiming awards at Fantastic Fest, Raindance, and IFF Boston for his debut feature, “Down Terrace,” U.K. director Ben Wheatley premiered his follow-up at this year’s SXFantastic to similar adulation, and rave reviews. (Read ours here.) Called “Kill List,” the film takes cues from the “kitchen sink crime drama” framework of “Down Terrace,” but ups the ante considerably, particularly in its deeply deranged third act. The Warp Films production was duly acquired by genre label IFC Midnight for a North American release in early 2012.

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    Watch Trailer for Docu Short "The Country Club" About Impromptu Homes for Haitians After Earthquake

    This is another official selection of the 2011 Heartlant Film Festival (Oct 14-22). The Country Club, directed by Jace Freeman and produced by The Moving Picture Boys, "follows one 12-year old boy struggling to find hope despite heavy rains, instability, and a future unknown."

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    Steve Martin Has Some Oscar Advice For Eddie Murphy

    Steve Martin, who, of course, has hosted the Oscar Awards program a few times in the past, and who has been one of the better hosts, has written an open letter on his website to Eddie Murphy offering him some sage advice for his upcoming Oscar hosting gig.

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