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    Jaume Collet-Serra & Noam Murro Final Contenders To Direct '300: Battle Of Artemisia' (aka 'Xerxes')

    That Other Title Was BetterEarlier this spring, Marc Canton, producer of the upcoming "300" sequel "Xerxes" said that a script had been delivered by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, adding “I feel like it’s gonna happen and we’re close.” Well, they're nearly there and it has a new title.

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    Carey Mulligan Joining Director Gary Ross For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Outback'

    26 year old British actress Carey Mulligan may want to think about getting a second home down under. The "Never Let Me Go" and "An Education" actress is already set to start filming Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" in Australia later this summer and now she's boarded another picture that will take her down to Oz.

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    Thomas Jane Confirms He Was Fired From 'Headshot' For Being Too White

    Suggests His Penis Might Be Bigger Than Sylvester Stallone'sWe'd understand if you haven't been keeping up with all the internecine workings of the forthcoming Walter Hill directed, Sylvester Stallone starring "Headshot" but here's the quick rundown. First, Wayne Kramer was going to direct before he was bounced for Hill and then back in April, Thomas Jane was cast in the co-starring role in the film. However, a couple of months later, Sung Kang was suddenly announced as the new actor who would be playing opposite Stallone, amid rumors that new producer Joel Silver was giving the film a racial makeover. Turns out that was true.

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    Bjork Is Back and as Gloriously Strange as Ever

    Our first official dose of what will be Bjork's more-than-just-an-album "Biophilia" has hit the interweb. According to a press release, "Biophilia" consists of ridiculously ambitious mix of "a studio album, apps, a new website, custom-made musical instruments, live shows and educational workshops." It will be released as an "app album"-- a bundle of 10 iPad apps, with one for each song on the album. Each app will feature "an interactive game based on the song's scientific and musical subject matter, a musical animation of the song, an animated score, lyrics, and an academic essay." If anyone can pull all that off, it's Bjork. But for now our only true sign of what's to come is simply the song "Crystalline" itself, a bizarrely catchy and perfectly Bjorkish ode to god knows what:

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    Guest Post: Martin Donovan "Gestation: A Case Study"

    I set a lot of goals for myself that I can't reach. I feel I have a really good understanding of many of the steps that one must take to transform good work into something better. I long lists on what can be done to help a film from being overlooked. But I am human. I can't do all I want. I come from modest means. I have bills to pay. I have made commitments and honor my responsibilities and relationships. On any movie, there's a great deal that I want to do that will never get done. It doesn't stop me from trying to inspire others to do more though.

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    Contest Giveaway: 'Raging Bull' Photo Signed By Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro

    We've got a great prize to give to one lucky reader today, guaranteed to make your July 4th weekend a bit happier. One reader will receive a signed copy of a beautiful, off camera, 20 x 30 photo of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the boxing ring during the filming of "Raging Bull." Four runners-up will receive a DVD copy of either "Raging Bull" or "Shutter Island."

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    David Strathairn To Play William Seward In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

    Philip Kaufman, Paul Greengrass, Wong Kar Wai, George Clooney, John Sayles, Curtis Hanson, Taylor Hackford, Sydney Pollack, Mike Nichols -- there is a reason why outstanding character actor David Strathairn has drawn top tier filmmakers like moths to a flame, and he's about to add the biggest name yet to his CV.

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    Kaya Scodelario Joins Dakota Fanning & Jeremy Irvine In 'Now Is Good'

    Here's a girl who's going places. After breaking out on popular British series "Skins," Kaya Scodelario already has the leading role in Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic "Wuthering Heights" on the horizon which, if all the attention Katie Jarvis got for "Fish Tank" is anything to go by, will surely bring her further into the spotlight when it finally premieres sometime this fall.

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    Palm Spring International ShortFest Awards

    Shorts are having an impact on new digital media and new types of distribution. Their importance and their filmmakers' importance has long been recognized by the top festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, TIFF) and among the trade, agents keep an eye on the top shorts filmmakers. So too, certain leading shorts film festivals and markets, the leaders of which are Clermont Ferrand in France and Oberhausen in Germany (for more cutting edge shorts), festivals like the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, held during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico and the Palm Spring Shortfest, NeXt in Bucharest and the Cannes Film Festival's Shorts Corner are increasingly important as are their winners who are the talents to watch.

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    Ben Affleck Casts Ben Affleck In 'Argo' Directed By Ben Affleck

    Directing isn't easy. It's a lot of little decisions and delegating jobs to other people who you hope can execute the vision you have in mind down to the last detail. It's communicating with actors and crew and hoping that you can bring everybody together under one unified, specific goal and sometimes, you just have to take on a little more to get the job done right.

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