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    Johnny Whitworth Confirms He'll Play Blackout In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance'

    Well, here's a movie we haven't been talking about much, but leave it one of the stars to get news on the film moving again. Last we heard, the Nic Cage-led sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was shooting in Eastern Europe with "Crank" writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor strapping on roller skates and swinging from trees or doing whatever they do in shooting the film. Remarkably, the villain has been kept under wraps until now -- which probably speaks to geek curiosity around project (ie. none) -- but actor Johnny Whitworth finally spilled the beans.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW: Jodie Foster Intros The Beaver, Starring "Beloved" Mel Gibson, to Upbeat Response; See Clips

    Jodie Foster took Austin's Paramount stage for the Wednesday night premiere of The Beaver, a dark, moving family drama centered on Mel Gibson, who is well-cast as a tortured man in crisis. (See indieWIRE's review; here's Hollywood Wiretap's round-up).

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  • Spout
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    Happy St. Patrick's Day to "In Bruges" Director Martin McDonagh

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

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  • Hope for Film
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    It's Up To Filmmakers To Make The World A Better Place

    Every once in a great while, someone comes along and shows us we have not really been recognizing the reality of the world we are living in. People tend to speak of this as "disruptive thought", subtly implying that this clarity may not be a good thing -- at least for some. Certainly Freud, Marx, & Einstein have been leaders in this field, but equally disruptive has been the community at large, as we recognize that our group think might well be a bit wrong headed. Now it is being recognized that the traits that make good filmmakers, traits that haven't previously been championed in other fields, may just make the world a much better place.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Distribution Success Story: I Will Follow - Written and Directed by Ava DuVernay

    I started seeing information about I Will Follow a little over a week ago on twitter. People were sending me tweets about the opening and then they forwarded a very positive review from Roger Ebert. I was curious. Here was a movie written and directed by an African American woman, Ava DuVernay and about an African American woman. Now it's not always surprising to me that a film by and about women doesn't get the attention it deserves, in fact it's pretty common. So I thought here is a another little gem that will go unrecognized especially because it wasn't on any upcoming release lists and wasn't screening.

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  • The Playlist
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    Seth Grahame-Smith & David Katzenberg Eyeing Co-Directing 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

    With David O. Russell and Mike White both having temporarily filled and subsequently vacated the director's chair for the gestating adaptation of "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" the hunt is still on and more names continue to surface. Last month, Craig Gillespie -- who helmed "Lars And the Real Girl" and the upcoming "Fright Night" -- was in talks for the gig and now a directing/producing duo are throwing their hats in the ring.

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    Shia LaBeouf Grows 'Horns'

    Variety reports that Shia LaBeouf is attached to take the lead role in the film adaptation of Joe Hill's best-selling novel "Horns." Keith Bunin has been hired to adapt the novel that centers on Ig Perrish, a young man who awakens from a black-out hangover only to find that he has horns sprouting from his head. As these mysterious horns continue to grow, Ig sets out to discover who murdered his girlfriend and how her death possibly caused these horns to pop out. Sound twisted? Well, it turns out Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son. Huh.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Romain Gavras Directed Ad For Adidas With New Track By Justice

    Romain Gavras -- son of celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras -- has followed in his father's footsteps and has quickly made an impressive stamp. Last year, he helmed the controversial video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free" and made his directorial debut with his equally disturbing "Our Day Will Come." He's returned, this time with something a lot more mainstream, but still displaying his signature style.

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Brooks To Play Paul Rudd's Dad In Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

    Well, casting is beginning to shape up for Judd Apatow's next directorial gig and it's taking some directions we never would have guessed. Earlier today, it was reported that Megan Fox was in talks for a role in the film, and now a comedy veteran is negotiating for a spot in the movie.

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    Kevin Smith's 'Six Million Dollar Man' Script Set To Become A Comic Book

    Trend alert? Guess we'll have to see, but filmmakers are now turning to comics to get their ambitious scripts made into something, even if ever-wary studios and financiers won't flip the switch on them. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark" and Duncan Jones' "Mute" are both going the graphic route and now, Kevin Smith is dusting off an old script and getting it inked.

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