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Nick Cassavetes to Direct Kristen Stewart in Cali

Nick Cassavetes to Direct Kristen Stewart in Cali

The Michael Diliberti penned script follows a young San Fernando couple who sell a fake snuff film to make some quick cash. Years later, the woman who supposedly “died” on film must return to her hometown to save her younger sister from trouble. Complications thus ensue.

Producer Zev Foreman had this to say about Nick Cassavetes boarding the project. “Nick’s the perfect director for this gritty, L.A.-based story and will smartly balance the dynamic action with a true love story. Nick’s record of working with top talent continues here in his collaboration with Kristen Stewart.”

The film is set for a late summer start date. Cali comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Kristen Stewart.

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Tom Cruise Set for We Mortals Are

Tom Cruise Set for We Mortals Are

Variety is reporting that director Doug Liman has gotten actor Tom Cruise for the lead role in We Mortals Are, formerly know as “All You Need Is Kill”.

Based on the graphic novel, the original story is in the vein of Groundhog Day, with a twist: A soldier in a war against aliens finds himself reliving his last day over and over after being killed. Through the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.

While a deal with the studio isn’t officially signed, Cruise has been weighing this role for some time after continued talks with director Doug Liman.

Sources say Warner Bros.’ Jeffrey Robinov always wanted a big star, though the script called for a younger actor like Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The studio has already had the script rewritten to make the character fit Tom Cruise’s age.

Dante Harper penned the script with Joby Harold doing the rewrite. Sources said Tom Cruise liked the script so much that Liman traveled to Pittsburgh, where the actor was shooting Paramount and Skydance’s One Shot, to meet with the actor about the role.

Though sources close to the studio were a little worried that Cruise may be passive about doing back-to-back sci-fi pics, sources close to Cruise added that his biggest reason for taking the role is Liman’s persistence in their talks that both films would be completely different.

Insiders go on to add that Horizons will be his next film he shoots, which will go sometime in March. There are some scheduling issues that need to be worked out but given that Horizons is so far along in the casting process and We Mortals Are still fairly early in the development and pre-production stage, both sides should find a way to work those issues out.

We Mortals Are comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Tom Cruise. The film is directed by Doug Liman.

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Anna Kendrick is in talks for Pitch Perfect

Anna Kendrick is in talks for Pitch Perfect

Anna Kendrick is in talks to star in Pitch Perfect, a romantic comedy set in the world of collegiate a cappella groups.

Rebel Wilson is already cast in the project, which revolves around a goth-like and rebellious student (Anna Kendrick), unhappy to be at a school at which her father is a professor, who discovers her voice and becomes the secret weapon for the school’s female a cappella group.

The film will be directed by Jason Moore and is based on a book written by GQ magazine’s Mickey Rapkin. The romantic comedy is shooting this fall in New Orleans.

Pitch Perfect comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Rebel Wilson. The film is directed by Jason Moore.

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Surprise double take in Men in Black III

Men in Black 3 Movie

Another Oscar-nominated actor will play Tommy Lee Jones’s younger self in the sequel.

After nearly a decade away from movie screens, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are suiting up again to become “Men in Black.” After the first two films made over $1 billion worldwide, it was just a matter of time before they put on their shades and fought aliens again. But if the photo to the left is looks a little off to you, don’t worry. It’s not a facelift that’s making Jones look decades younger; it’s another actor.

Photographers caught Will Smith and new costar Josh Brolin filming scenes for “Men in Black III” this week in the Bronx. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in the third movie Smith’s character, Agent J, goes back in time to 1969 and encounters the younger version of Jones’s Agent K, played by Brolin. From the looks of the pictures, it seems that Brolin has stepped into Jones’s patent leather shoes just fine.

In many ways, Josh Brolin was a natural choice to step in as the earlier incarnation of Tommy Lee Jones. There is a marked resemblance between the two, especially with their matching black suits and slicked-back hair. They both have roots in Texas: Jones was born there, and Brolin’s mother was a native. Both own ranches where they live when they’re not working. They have also worked on the same film twice before — “In the Valley of Elah” and the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men” — but they never appeared in the same scene. And since they’re playing the same role in two different times, it stands to reason they won’t in “Men in Black III,” either.

However, Brolin is significantly older now than Jones actually was in 1969. Brolin is currently 43 years old, and Jones was 23 at that time. But since Brolin still looks young for his age — and Jones has always looked old for his — it basically evens out.

“Men in Black III” has been the subject of some controversy because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, cameras started rolling on the film without a finished script. In order to qualify for New York tax credits that were set to expire, the movie began shooting last November. The plan was for filming to go on hiatus from December through February, but that break was extended through March to finish the screenplay. But as the photographs show, the cast and crew are now back at work.

With a cast that also includes Emma Thompson and Jemaine Clement, “Men in Black III” is scheduled to open on May 25, 2012.

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Angelina Jolie responds to war victims’ criticism

Angelina Jolie defends Bosnian directorial debut

Angelina Jolie says her debut film as a director wasn’t meant to stir controversy.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has hit back at criticism of her directorial debut, saying most people back her portrayal of a love story between a Serbian man and Bosnian woman on the eve of the 1992-95 Balkans conflict.

Speaking in Paris ahead of next week’s premiere of a very different film — romantic action comedy “The Tourist” in which she stars with Johnny Depp — Jolie said her intention had never been to stoke controversy with her movie set in wartime Bosnia.

Bosnian victims of sexual violence during the 1990s have written to the United Nations , for which the Oscar-winning actress is a goodwill ambassador, saying she didn’t deserve the position and did not know enough about the ethnic conflict.

“There’s one person who has a gripe,” Jolie said.

“The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive,” she said, adding that 95 percent of the film’s cast had lived through the war.

Jolie has described her movie, which is still untitled, as a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian Muslim woman on the eve of the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people died.

The production team has cut back on filming plans in Bosnia, however, moving some scenes from Sarajevo to be shot in Budapest, after a Bosnian minister canceled the filming permit in October, citing incomplete paperwork.

The move came after the minister met with female victims of the Bosnian war who said they objected to details of the plot.

Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay, said she had initially set out to just write to express her frustrations over how long the international community took to intervene in conflicts.

“It kept leaning toward Yugoslavia at the time, I wanted to learn more about it and the people, the more I read and learnt I was drawn to that part of the world,” she said.

“I met artists from that part of the world and found they were extraordinary for what they’d gone through, so I wanted to give them a platform.”

The ” Tomb Raider ” star has asked women war victims in a letter to hold judgment until they have seen the film in which she said “there are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters.”

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Malin Akerman to replace Lindsay Lohan in Inferno

Malin Akerman to replace Lindsay Lohan in Inferno

It didn’t take long for Lindsay Lohan’s replacement for the Linda Lovelace biopic, Inferno, to be announced. “We are casting Malin Akerman for the role of Linda Lovelace,” director Matthew Wilder tells E! News. “We are currently in negotiations and working out the legalities of bringing her on board.”

On Saturday, Wilder announced his decision to move away from Lohan in the lead part. Ultimately, the director said the issue came down to “the impossibility” of insuring the troubled actress “and some other issues.”

With Akerman in the part, Wilder believes the stalled project will get back on track with plans to shoot in the first quarter of 2011.

Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab over the past year and is currently living at a sober living facility in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

“We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support,” Wilder said.

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Craig horror film delayed

Craig horror film delayed

Daniel Craig’s new horror film has been held back because he’s too busy to appear in planned reshoots. The James Bond star appears in Jim Sheridan’s spooky thriller ‘Dream House’, which was expected to be released next February. However, the film’s bosses want additional footage for the movie, but they have yet to find time in Craig’s busy schedule to plan the extra shots.

Craig is currently shooting in Sweden for filming of the US remake of the hugely succesful ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ – and won’t be in the US until the end of the year. It’s not yet known when the film will get a release date. ‘Dream House’ tells the story of a publisher who finds that the house he has moved in to has some spooky guests.

Craig horror film delayed

Dream House tells the story of a successful publisher (Daniel Craig) who quits a job in New York City to relocate his wife (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her two children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived.

When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from a neighbor (Naomi Watts) who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will’s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.

Dream House

Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Claire Geare, Elias Koteas, Rachel G. Fox, Jane Alexander, Bernadette Quigley, Sarah Gadon
Screenplay by: David Loucka
Production Design by: Carol Spier
Cinematography by: Caleb Deschanel
Film Editing by: Glen Scantlebury, Barbara Tulliver
Costume Design by: Delphine White
Set Decoration by: Peter P. Nicolakakos
Art Direction by: Elinor Rose Galbraith
Music by: John Debney
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 30, 2011

Related Link: Dream House Full Production Notes

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Top Gun sequel coming after 24 years

Top Gun sequel coming after 24 years

The original director has signed on for ‘Top Gun 2’, but will Tom Cruise return as iconic fly-boy Maverick?

Are you feeling the need for more speed? Amid rumours earlier this month that Paramount made offers to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott and actor Tom Cruise to revive ‘Top Gun’ over 20 years after the original, Tony Scott has confirmed he’s on board. But what of Maverick?

Speaking to entertainment website Hitfix while promoting his new thriller ‘Unstoppable’, starring Denzel Washington, Scott hinted the second ‘Top Gun’ movie would concentrate on the modern day Air Force, saying, “This world fascinated me, because it’s so different from what it was originally.

“But I don’t want to do a remake. I don’t want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie.” He added, “I’m not waiting for a script. I’m going to do my homework.”

As to whether Tom Cruise will reprise his Maverick role, Scott wouldn’t be drawn on confirmation, but other sources from around the Web state Cruise’s character plays a small part in the new film, and suggest that the Hollywood star who made his name in the cult classic would be happy to reappear as long as the role wasn’t an obvious way to include him for the sake of it.

Top Gun sequel coming after 24 years

Of course things have changed in the world of aviation recruits since the film’s release in 1986, and the Cold War is long over, but gossip site Digital Spy states that Scott has found that some pilots from the ‘80s still fly test aircraft, indicating there would be legitimate grounds for Cruise’s return. Another rumour suggests Scott would follow the same pilots on their journey in the two decades since the film first launched. Either way, there’s more than enough grounds to bring back ‘Top Gun’ with the first film making over £220m in box office revenue worldwide – a huge amount for the 1980s (roughly £444m in today’s money).

While Cruise is keeping busy at the moment working on ‘Mission Impossible 4’, Scott has confirmed we won’t see ‘Top Gun 2’ for at least a couple more years since it won’t be the next project on his to-do list either, confirming to Hitfix that he has at least one more film to complete first. So could this mean their schedules perfectly co-ordinate?

Would you prefer to see ‘Top Gun 2’ following the older fighter pilots from the original, or a whole new story with a younger cast? Who would make the perfect Maverick for this generation? Shia LaBeouf, anyone?

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Matt Damon won’t be in ‘Bourne’ sequel

Matt Damon won't be in 'Bourne' sequel

The franchise’s next film, “The Bourne Legacy,” will not star Damon or even feature Jason Bourne.

Matt Damon vowed, after director Paul Greengrass left the “Bourne” franchise, that he’d never do another “Bourne” movie unless they let Greengrass return. Tony Gilroy, screenwriter of two of the films and director of “Michael Clayton,” has taken over the franchise, and he’s found a way out of the Damon problem: Get rid of Jason Bourne.

The next film will be called “The Bourne Legacy,” but even though the name’s in the title, the film will have no Jason Bourne. Thus, no Matt Damon. Interestingly enough, the book “The Bourne Legacy” does have Jason Bourne (though it wasn’t actually written by Robert Ludlum, the creator of the book series). Gilroy explained to Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells that he’s just taking the title and running with it.

“The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road]. Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into will be rewarded for paying attention. We’re going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see what we’re going and see what we’re doing it’ll be pretty obvious….but Jason Bourne’s actvities in the first three films is the immediate trigger.”

When Gilroy says he’s only using the title of the book, not the plot, he’s not kidding: “The Bourne Legacy,” which came out in 2004 and is written by Eric Van Lustbader (who took over the franchise from the Ludlum estate for six more books), is all about Jason Bourne. Picking up where “The Bourne Ultimatum” left off, “Legacy” features Bourne back as David Webb (his birth name), teaching classes at Georgetown. He survives an assassination attempt and is — all together now — drawn into a complicated web of intrigue and deceit. Considering the whole book — and the rest of the books written by Van Lustbader — is about Bourne’s adventures, Gilroy’s adaptation will be anything but: He’s essentially inventing a brand-new character and hitching it to the Bourne franchise.

The new direction may jibe well with Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton” sensibility, though basically it sounds like Jason Bourne started some sort of “movement,” which doesn’t seem like Bourne’s style. Curiously, Gilroy leaves the door open for Bourne’s – that is to say, Damon’s – return at some point, presuming the films are so good he just couldn’t help but want to be a part of them. So, we have another entry in the casting couch speculation derby: Who’s playing the new Bourne/not-Bourne? Horizons should be expanded; when they cast the first Bourne film, no one considered Matt Damon an action star either.

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Angelina Jolie Set to Star As Cleopatra?

Angelina Jolie Set to Star As Cleopatra?

Reports have speculated that Angelina Jolie could play Cleopatra in an upcoming Biopic on the famous woman. The movie will reportedly be based on a book titled “Cleopatra: A Life.” The book was recently approved for film adaptation, and will likely feature a number of mega stars, so the Jolie rumor seems to fall right in with previous details about the movie that have leaked.

The rights to the biography have been purchased, and the man who bought them has Angelina Jolie in mind to play the leading lady. A call to the office confirmed these reports, with a representative stated that it is “being developed for and with Jolie.”

Cleopatra, who is a Macedonian and not of Egyptian decent, has been featured in a number of films in years. The first flicks that featured her as a character appeared during the silent film era in 1899. Geroges Melies made a movie titled “Cleopatre,” which was an early horror movie that followed her as she lived her afterlife as a mummy. While the storyline may be very different from the one that is being considered, it does show that the character Cleopatra is one that has been in the cinema for quite some time.

The film “Cleopatra,” which was released in 1963 and starred Elizabeth Taylor’s take on the story was critical acclaim. The movie also starred Richard Burton, who played the male love interest and was also Taylor’s real life husband at the time. This has led to speculation that Brad Pitt could be chosen to play the male role in the movie, although that is completely speculation at this time.

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