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    Casting Watch: Christian Bale Circling the Summit of 'Everest,' Jason Clarke Sees 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star in "Everest," with Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland's Oscar entry "The Deep") attached to direct. The Working Title/Universal project centers on the tragic true story of a 1996 expedition during which two groups attempted to reach the mountain's summit.

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    Christian Bale & 'Contraband' Director Baltasar Kormakur Planning 'Everest' Movie To Rival Doug Liman/Tom Hardy Project

    Mountains: the new volcanoes. Fifteen years ago, erupting hills of lava formed the basis of dueling studio tentpoles, in the form of "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak," and now a similar showdown is brewing over their more dormant, solid cousins, with the announcement of a second film focusing on the tall...

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    Director Kormakur Literally Jumped Into Iceland's 'Deep' with Oscar Entry, Plans Viking Adventure

    Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry "The Deep" (spring 2013) is based on the true story of the sole survivor of a downed fishing boat. Baltasar Kormakur is a member of a growing band of truly international filmmakers who make films at home as well as Hollywood. Producer-star Mark Wahlberg starred in "...

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    Focus World Takes US Rights to Kormákur's 'The Deep,' Iceland's Foreign Language Oscar Submission

    Focus World has taken US rights to "The Deep," Iceland's submission to the Foreign Oscar race, and plans a release within the first half of 2013.

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    Focus World Takes a Run at the Best Foreign-Language Oscar With Pick-Up of Icelandic Survival Drama 'The Deep'

    Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to the survival drama “The Deep,” which is Iceland’s official submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar. A division of Focus Features, Focus World will release the film on digital platforms in the first half of 2013.

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    Contraband—movie review

    If ever there were a typical January movie, it’s Contraband, a film so dreary (and downright distasteful) that no studio would think of releasing it in December, when all eyes are focused on quality. I never saw the 2008 Icelandic film on which it’s based, but I presume it must have...

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    Mark Wahlberg Talks "First Choice" Casting & Giovanni Ribisi Reveals What Docs Helped Him Prep For 'Contraband'

    Whenever Mark Wahlberg is a producer on a film he's starring in, he sits down with the director and the casting director (usually Sheila Jaffe) and comes up with a wish list of who he'd like to be in the cast -- "Contraband" is the first time he got "our first choice for most ...

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    Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

    Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doe...

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    Mark Wahlberg Says They're Looking For A New Director To Helm 'The Fighter' Sequel

    Remember that alleged rift between Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell? Despite their three films together -- "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees," and "The Fighter" -- and Wahlberg being one of the director's main cheerleaders (unlike, say, George Clooney), there may ...

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    Mark Wahlberg To Reteam With Director Baltasar Kormakur For David O. Russell Penned '2 Guns'

    Is Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur going to be Mark Wahlberg's new David O. Russell? We'll have to wait and see but it seems the two got along really well on the set of the forthcoming "Contraband" as Variety reports that Kormakur will sign on to direct Wahlberg in the action/comedy "2 Guns."

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