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    Disney Would Prefer 'The Rum Diary' Didn't Exist, Bans ABC Networks From Talking About It

    'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Apparently Aiming To Start Production In Summer 2012It's easy to forget what a roll of the dice Marvel took in casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man." At the time, the actor was still best known for his checkered and controversial past, and the studio was concerned about attaching Robert Downey Jr. to one of their centerpiece franchises as any bad behaviour would put not only the box office into jeopardy, but sequels, licensing opportunities and more. And while Johnny Depp certainly isn't a bad boy, it's that kind of thinking that still dominates the executives overseeing lucrative, four-quadrant franchises, and they will do anything to protect the wholesome, family image that has allowed them to print money.

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    New Iron Lady Picture

    As they keep rolling them out, I will keep posting them. This comes via the Daily Mail in the UK.

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    'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce Hired To Pen Third 'Sherlock Holmes' Movie

    Drew Pearce has been having one helluva year. This man best known for his work on the U.K. superhero series "No Heroics" as well as penning the currently shelved Marvel flick "Runaways," was tapped this spring to co-write "Iron Man 3" with Shane Black. Paramount also snagged Pearce to adapt the DC Comic “The Mighty” as well. And the big jobs just keep on coming.

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    Trailer Watch: In the Land of Blood and Honey Written and Directed by Angelina Jolie

    An impressive trailer from first time writer and director Angelina Jolie.

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    Gary Oldman & Helena Bonham Carter Offered Roles In 'Akira' Remake

    Whether you like it or not, Warner Bros' "Akira" remake is now greenlit and moving ahead. With “Unknown” and “Orphan” director Jaume Collet-Serra set to direct and "Tron: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund ahead of the pack to take on one of the lead roles, it seems the filmmakers are actively looking to cast up the film and are looking to get some big name talent on board. Though this shouldn't be a surprise (more on that in a moment).

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    TIFFCON at the Tokyo Film Festival

    Pusan International Film Festival and its content market has wrapped and TIFFCOM 2011, the content market affiliated with the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, has begun today.

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    Review: Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' Still Manages To Destroy Something -- Its Own Authenticity

    Combining the life-meets-art origin stories of “Ray” with the history-as-high melodrama of “Braveheart,” “Anonymous” marks a departure from director Roland Emmerich’s previous work as a purveyor of blockbuster destruction, but he still manages to destroy any credible sense of history with his speculative portrait of the man who might have been responsible for the works of William Shakespeare. Emmerich, casting his vote for the “Oxfordian” view of the playwright’s actual identity, turns what could have been an intelligent and provocative examination of fact and fiction into an overwrought and cretinous historical thriller that’s too busy disappearing into flashbacks and other frivolous digressions to bother discovering any actual truth.

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    Indie Film Will Eat Itself: Are lower budgets sabotaging crew-base?

    Indie Film Will Eat Itself: Are lower budgets sabotaging crew-base?

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    Ghanaian Drama "Sinking Sands" On DVD November 14th and Poster

    From writer/director Leila Djansi, whose other project Ties That Bind just released an official trailer which we just posted, comes another Ghanaian drama Sinking Sands. We profiled the film back in April when it was screening at Cannes. Sands was the winner of several awards at this year's African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) including best actress and screenplay.

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    Hans Zimmer Decides To Sit Out The Oscar Race This Year

    With eight Academy award nominations leading to one win for "The Lion King," composer Hans Zimmer certainly doesn't have anything to prove. Prolific and inventive, he's one of the best in the business, and even with nearly three decades of work tuning up movies, his works remain continually fresh and creative. This year alone has the fifty-four year-old composer taking some fascinating strides, teaming with the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela for both "Rango" and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Of course, we don't have to tell you that the man behind the excellent scores for (the Oscar nominated) "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" is preparing "The Dark Knight Rises," and he's already given a peek behind the curtain, saying that influences as disparate as Verdi and Alison Goldfrapp are playing a role in the composition. But this year, he won't be making his way to the Kodak Theater.

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