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    Ryan Gosling Says He Became "Fat And Unemployed" After Getting Fired From 'The Lovely Bones'

    As movieheads know, Ryan Gosling was initially set to star as the father in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones." However, when the actor showed up 60 pounds overweight and not quite looking like his normally hunky self, he and the director butted heads leading to the actor's very public removal from the project with everyone citing "creative differences" as the problem. Both Gosling and Jackson have more or less skirted the incident in subsequent interviews....until now.

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    O RLY? Ernie Hudson Claims Bill Murray Is The 'Ghostbusters 3' Hold Up

    This won't come as any shock. "Ghostbusters" actor Ernie Hudson -- who played Winston Zeddemore, the late enlister with the Ghostbusters in the 1984 original film -- says Bill Murray is the hold up for the still-gestating "Ghostbusters 3" picture. Anybody coulda really told you that. All the four Ghostbusters have script approval -- the real "four" being Murray, director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis -- and they have to all be on the same page for the movie to move forward.

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    'Spider-Man' Gets A Second Villain, Irrfan Khan To Play Van Adder

    Campbell Scott, Annie Parisse & Julianne Nicholson Also Join The Cast"Spider-Man" is gearing up for a 3D relaunch and he's going to have two sets of villains to tangle with.

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    Make This Hollywood: Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis Linked To Political Comedy Eyeing 2012 Release

    Jay Roach Attached To DirectListen Hollywood, we know that for whatever inane reason you can't find sufficient reason to greenlight "Anchorman 2" or "Zoolander 2" (yet), but holy sweet molasses, when Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis come knocking on your door, don't turn them away.

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    So, There's Going To Be 6 'Kung Fu Panda' Movies For Some Reason

    Guaranteeing Continued Employment For Jack BlackSo "Shrek" spawned four movies, three spinoff movies, 10 videogames, a Broadway musical and most importantly, it made DreamWorks Animation a shitload of money. It seems their plan of cramming franchises down your throat until you choke on it is working as speaking with Empire, studio head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed he plans to keep the gravy train rolling on several animated franchise vehicles.

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    Star Watch: Pitt, Penn in Tree of Life Trailer, Winslet on Mendes' Bond, Depp On Jolie and Paradis

    - Stay calm, Terrence Malick fans. The LAT says there's truth to the hype. They provide a sneak peak at the film's trailer (which Fox Searchlight is attaching to Black Swan Friday) and debuted several stills. The trailer suggests a "mystical, rich and satisfying film…a big-canvas movie in the best sense, one with both cosmic significance and intimate drama," writes Steven Zeitchik. The shots in the trailer include "visual poetry --  shots of vast landscapes and religious half-light and spinning planets," and declares a resulting "sense of excitement about what Malick has just shown you and a sense of curiosity about what lies behind it."

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    Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

    Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

    Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy) does it best. The actress is celebrating her first win, from the National Board of Review, for the role of a boozy sad-sack in Leigh's latest, Another Year. More may follow: the Academy voters have rewarded Leigh and his actors many times in the past.

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    Lee Daniels Eyeing 'The Scottsboro Boys' Musical For A Feature Film

    Lee Daniels seems to be taking his time in choosing a followup to last year's leftfield Oscar contender, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." For a while, it looked like all things were go on the civil rights drama "Selma." It had a killer cast lined up that included Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, David Oyelowo, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro and Cedric the Entertainer but it couldn't manage to get the financing together, as the film got further and further pushed back until now, it appears to be off the map altogether. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Daniels signed on this summer to direct "The Butler," a film based on the true story of White House servant Eugene Allen who worked in the most important house in the land for 34 years and eight presidents, most crucially, during the years when segregation was slowly eliminated and civil rights came to the fore (sensing a theme yet?). The project is still in development and now another one has caught Daniels' eye.

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    "The King's Speech" and "I Love You Phillip Morris" - Two Stories Too Good To Be True

    "'Tis strange — but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction." Thanks to Lord Byron for that famous saying that we'll always quote in abridged form when talking about films based on impossibly real stories. The new films "The King's Speech" and "I Love You Phillip Morris" are perfect affirmations of the phrase, though the latter's tale of prison love and astonishing jailbreaks is the more obvious example (see my piece at Moviefone on the film's few differences from the true story). Yet the part of "The King's Speech" that struck me most, greater than Colin Firth's Oscar-buzz-fodder performance, is how strangely ironic its story is within the historical context. The plot sounds like it was invented in a pitch meeting: a prince must overcome a serious speech impediment at a time when radio is both relatively new and at its peak, Europe is being threatened by one of the most powerfully captivating orators ever known and, oh, he happens to be handed the throne of England because the true heir, his brother, has abdicated in the name of love.

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