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    Liam Hemsworth, James Badge Dale & D.J. Cotrona All Vie For 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

    Wait a minute? Didn't we have a shortlist on this already? Sort of. A couple weeks back it was reported that Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul and Milo Ventimiglia were all going to be reading for the part of Bruce Willis' offspring in "A Good Day To Die Hard." Well, none of those guys survived except for the "Breaking Bad" star and he's got three people fighting him for the job, that he might not get anyway due to scheduling commitments for the AMC show.

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    Why Berneys Left FilmDistrict; What’s Next?

    As New York indie distributor Bob Berney leaves FilmDistrict, which is consolidating operations in Los Angeles, he and marketing chief Jeanne Berney will be able to do what they should have done all along. Go into business for themselves. Why manage egos, seek credit and deal with others’ production choices and cozy relationships when you should be your own boss? Let the Berneys run with their own taste and judgement.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio & Sean Penn Have Their Eye On Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant'

    It looks like the wheels are turning on the next film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Late this summer it was announced the helmer behind “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and "Biutiful" was setting up his next picture, "The Revenant." Well, it now has backing and two major Hollywood stars are now looking to star.

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    'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?' Apparently On Jennifer Lopez's Block

    If you were a child of the '80s, you likely spent some time with "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" the first in a series of best-selling, educational and actually pretty entertaining video games that mixed history and geography in the guise of a spyhunt. The basic premise was that you had to catch the dastardly Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. henchmen by answering a bunch of clues about the locations in the world where they could be hiding. The video game was eventually turned into the awesome '90s kids educational game show, and of course Hollywood came knocking. Disney tried to do something with the property in the '90s with Sandra Bullock but it never went anywhere, but now someone different is gonna ruin another childhood staple.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Thing To Keep In Mind When You See “Tower Heist” This Weekend…

    No doubt many of you are going to see Tower Heist this weekend; but as you watch it, there's something I think that you should keep in mind. No, not that the film totally defies logic and the rules of gravity (You'll know what I mean when you see it); But the fact that the project was originally conceived as a black film.

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    Peter Dinklage Talks Acting & Producing Alexandre Rockwell's Indie Comedy 'Pete Smalls Is Dead'

    Peter Dinklage – he of the recent Emmy win for the HBO series “Game of Thrones” -- has been in his fair share of indie films (“The Station Agent,” “Living in Oblivion,” “Human Nature,” “Saint John of Las Vegas”). So when his friend Alexandre Rockwell ("In the Soup," "Four Rooms") approached him to star in his new film, the noir-ish dramedy “Pete Smalls Is Dead” -- which hits VOD today, November 4th -- the actor offered to take on an additional role as a producer.

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    Tarsem's Snow White Movie Now Officially Titled 'Mirror Mirror'

    With a release date about five months away, it's about time Tarsem's Snow White movie got a title. First known in early stages as "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," then simply being that untitled movie that was irritating the hell out of Universal, Relativity have announced today that the film will now be called: "Mirror Mirror."

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    Warner Bros. Want To Pair Up Michael Fassbender & Rupert Wyatt For Alexander Litvinenko Flick

    Let's rewind to 2006: Among the headlines that year was the mysterious poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-Russian spy who, from his deathbed, accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of being behind the plot to kill him. Unsurprisingly, the story makes for some great movie fare, and in early 2010 it was revealed Mike Newell was in talks to bring the story to the big screen. The project was called "The Terminal Spy" (though that name seems to have dropped off for now) and was set up over at Warner Bros, with a script by David Scarpa ("The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Last Castle"). Newell at the time said he was trying to get a "dynamite piece of casting" for the developing project but he moved on, and we haven't heard much since.

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    The Amazing Race: Which Films Might Make It Through The Arcane Rules Of The Foreign Language Branch?

    Arguably the most frequently controversial of the Oscar categories, Best Foreign Language Film is a minefield at almost every stage, full of complex rules and loopholes that make sense to almost no one. First a film has to be nominated by its local committee, where personal grudges and political statements can stop deserving films from being nominated. A film has to be principally in another language, but these days, it doesn't have to be the main language of a particular nation. Unless you're American, in which case you're ineligible. Unless you're Puerto Rican, when you are (committees don't have to be tied to a particular nation, but territories can qualify as well -- hence nods in the past for Hong Kong and Palestine, among others). The movie has to play in a U.S. theater for a week, and furthermore, there has to be a certain degree of participation from the home nation; director Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace") has now had two films disqualified. Oh, and co-productions, like, say, "The Motorcycle Diaries," can sneak through the net. Still with us? Didn't think so.

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    In Theaters: 'Tower Heist' Will Try to Steal Box Office Dollars from 'Harold & Kumar'

    We are in the heady post Halloween time, my friends. Apparently this is when all those awards contenders get in line to start their rollout, but I don’t see a one in the mix this weekend! Instead we get “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.” Um, it is NOT time for Christmas movies. Nope nope nope. Thanksgiving movie? MAYBE. Geez. Also, Eddie Murphy makin’ a comeback in "Tower Heist"! Ratner'd!

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