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    Exclusive: Joe Wright "Waiting On" Saoirse Ronan & James McAvoy To Confirm For 'Anna Karenina'

    'Hanna' Director Says Benedict Cumberbatch & Kelly Macdonald Have Joined The CastWhile director Joe Wright has his teenage-assassin flick "Hanna" ready to kick some ass in theaters this weekend, he's already got his eye on his next project, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic "Anna Karenina." There has been plenty of movement in recent weeks on the project. He’s already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley on board, and Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are also vying for roles. In addition, Saoirse Ronan was also rumored and we had been hearing about the possibility of James McAvoy as well. And it looks like they weren't just idle whispers.

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    Grumpy Old Tough Guys: Walter Hill In Talks To Direct Sylvester Stallone In 'Headshot'

    Hard to believe that over the course of their red meat-eatin' action careers, Sylvester Stallone and Walter Hill never crossed paths. Hill has directed the likes of Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and the immortal James Remar, but not once has he been associated with the headstrong star of "Rocky," "Rambo" and "The Expendables." That may change as Hill may be climbing aboard "Headshots," the action picture starring Stallone which was left orphaned after director Wayne Kramer exited over creative differences.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Your Highness Clip: Franco Tells McBride To Shut Up, Talks Tears, Deschanel's "Cookies"

    Check out this Your Highness clip at NME, in which James Franco shows his sensitive side and tells Danny McBride to shut up.

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    Writers Guild's 101 Greatest Screenplays List Starts with Casablanca, Ends with Notorious

    As part of its ongoing mission to push forward the oft-overlooked writer in the moviemaking process, the Writers Guild of America has posted its 101 Greatest Screenplays list. I'm not going to argue with the top ten, which are posted below.

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    William Fichtner To Make Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Slightly More Awesome

    Actor Also In Talks For 'Wrong,' Quentin Dupieux's Follow-Up To 'Rubber'Is there anything William Fichtner can't do? The longtime character actor basically spruces up whatever project he winds up participating in, even if it's playing something as ludicrous as the devil's right hand man in "Drive Angry 3D." Christopher Nolan realized that man brings gravity to any scene he's in, which is why he used him for the few minutes of screen time he had in the opening heist sequence of "The Dark Knight"; he needed someone who could believably stand up to the Joker, if only for a few moments.

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    Jon Favreau Talks 'Cowboys & Aliens,' Says Aliens Are The Only "Pure Evil" Left In Our PC World

    "Cowboys & Aliens" is one of the more intriguing tentpoles to be arriving this summer. In a season filled with sequels and comic book movies, this film lands based on a property that most of Joe Public hasn't read or heard of and it mashes up two genres -- sci-fi and westerns -- that traditionally have been a hard sell at the box office (see "Wild Wild West"). However, in the run up to its release later this summer, you can bet Universal will be pushing the film hard, hoping to sell audiences on its (relatively) unique concept. At the very least, the film won't be lacking in star power as Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and Olivia Wilde head up the cast. And with "Iron Man" helmer Jon Favreau at the fore, expectations are high for it to deliver some substantial popcorn entertainment.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

    LA County Museum of Art Launches Film Independent Series, Backed by NY Times UPDATED

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is partnering with L.A.'s Film Independent on a new film series, sponsored by the New York Times, starting in September. And they are starting the search for a new film curator to run that screening program. Together. "We're helping to hire that person," says Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson. "Why wouldn't we know that community? We're offering our connection to the film community and programmers and our ability to assemble a team to oversee the program at LACMA. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Under new museum director Michael Govan, LACMA's film program has been under duress and was saved from suspension in October 2008 by an outcry from the film community, including director Martin Scorsese, who wrote to Govan:“I find it profoundly disheartening to know that a vital outlet for the exhibition of what was once known as ‘repertory cinema’ has been cut off in L.A. of all places, the center of film production and the land of the movie-making itself."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Must Watch Video: When Harry Met Sally 2

    Funniest thing I've seen all week. I hope they do things this good when Mirren hosts Saturday Night Live this week.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

    "I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.

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    'Attack The Block' Picked Up By Screen Gems For U.S. Distribution

    So much for scaring off potential distributors. SXSW hit and potential genre classic "Attack the Block" has found a home, and it's a fairly nice one. Screen Gems, Sony's smaller genre division, has stepped up to the plate to distribute director Joe Cornish's thrilling debut film, an alien invasion thriller where nasty little creatures from outer space land in the slums of England.

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