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Toby Kebbell Eyes Villainous Role in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake (Exclusive)

18 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having recently wrapped “Fantastic Four,” in which he plays the evil Doctor Doom, Toby Kebbell may have found another bad boy role.

Sources tell Variety Toby Kebbell is in early talks to play Messala in MGM and Paramount’s remake of “Ben-Hur.”

Jack Huston was recently tapped to play Judah Ben-Hur with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct.

The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.

Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Kebbell will play that best friend, who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the 1959 classic.

The pic arrives in theaters Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have »

- Justin Kroll

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

17 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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MGM and Paramount Tap Jack Huston to Play ‘Ben-Hur’

16 September 2014 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures seem to have found the man to take over the reigns of biblical character Judah Ben-Hur in the remake of the 1959 classic.

Sources tell Variety that Jack Huston has been tapped to star in “Ben-Hur” that Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) is directing.

The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.

The pic is set to bow on Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have either bowed or are set to bow in the next couple of years. Paramount had already seen success from this genre with “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky »

- Justin Kroll

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Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth to star in, produce movie about Hank Williams' ghost

16 September 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley Set for Brooklyn Bridge; Leftovers Star Joins Shane Black’s Nice Guys; Paper Towns Finds Female Lead

16 September 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: The excellent Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have been set to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the real-life drama Brooklyn Bridge. The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley has landed a role in writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime drama The Nice Guys. Model/actress Cara Delevingne has been set to play the female lead in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the John Green novel Paper Towns. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. Goldcrest Films announced today that Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of writer/director Douglas McGrath’s (Emma) drama Brooklyn Bridge.  Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe stars as a brilliant but inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father passes away.  Though besieged by “calamity, danger and doubt,” Washington finds »

- Adam Chitwood

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Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Thriller 'Nice Guys' Casts Female Leads

16 September 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Nice Guys have found their girls. Angourie Rice and Margaret Qualley are joining Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the Warner Bros. crime thriller, which is being directed by Shane BlackJoel Silver is producing. The script, which Black co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, tells of a private detective (Gosling) and a jaded racketeer (Crowe) who must team up to find a missing actress in the scuzzy, seedy and smoggy side of 1970s Los Angeles. In a breakthrough role for the young Australian, Rice will play Gosling’s daughter who likes to occasionally tag along with her dad. Qualley portrays a

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‘Leftovers’ Actress Joins Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in ‘Nice Guys’ (Exclusive)

16 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following her strongly reviewed perf as Kevin Garvey’s daughter in HBO’s “The Leftovers,” Margaret Qualley looks to have landed her first major studio role.

The actress is in talks to join Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures’ “The Nice Guys.”

Shane Black is directing the crime drama with Joel Silver producing. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment, Hal Sadoff, and Michael Malone will executive produce.

“Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The pic is scheduled to arrive June 17, 2016.

Besides “The Leftovers,” Qualley has also been seen in the James Franco pic “Palo Alto. »

- Justin Kroll

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Margaret Qualley Finds The Nice Guys

16 September 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

For someone whose entire career has thus far comprised two jobs – a role in James Franco’s Palo Alto and playing Justin Theroux’s daughter on HBO’s The LeftoversMargaret Qualley is quickly grabbing attention. And that includes from Shane Black, who has her in talks to join his 1970s crime thriller The Nice Guys.Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi and has Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe signed on the dotted to star.The story finds Gosling as wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths in Los Angeles with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.Qualley will be »

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Bart & Fleming: On Football Violence, And Rethinking Toronto Vs. Telluride Turf War

14 September 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Fleming: I’ve never seen anything like the craziness that followed the elevator surveillance-camera footage of Ray Rice punching his wife, and an NFL deer-in-the-headlights response that put its tenured commissioner Roger Goodell in danger of being on the business end of a knockout punch himself. It became bloodsport; Espn has shown the elevator punch so often in the past few days, it’s surprising they haven’t assembled their fight commentators to dissect it. The subsequent media scrutiny of other players who’ve done similar or worse things — but who suited up today — leaves you thinking that NFL players have crime stats comparable to the prison team Burt Reynolds quarterbacked in The Longest Yard.

Bart: People make a mistake, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Idris Elba’s 10 Sexiest Roles

13 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

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Idris Elba is one of the world’s hottest men. As we head to theaters to see his new movie, No Good Deed, we’re looking back on the sexiest parts he’s ever played.

Before he was chasing serial killers on Luther, Elba was one of the bad guys, first wowing us as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire in 2002. He went on to other major film and TV roles, including 2013′s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Fighting for equality never looked so sexy.

So what other roles are among Elba’s most appealing?

Elba also made bad look good in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and T.I. In the clip below, watch him describe how his swagger helped him blend in on set.

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- Rahsheeda Ali

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Toronto: Smaller Deals Show Tough Market for Indie Film Business

12 September 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.

In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Contender Countdown: 'Imitation Game' gets the early love for best picture

11 September 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — If it's September, not only is it fall film festival time, but it's also time for the return of the Contender Countdown. Yes, your weekly snapshot of the Best Picture race is back and who knew 2014 might actually deliver another real race? By this point last season, the showdown between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" was well under way. There were some films on the horizon that had a chance at joining the fray, but it never really came to pass. The 2015 season is markedly different. Venice, Telluride and Toronto have ended with only two major contenders having been vetted by pundits and audiences alike, "The Imitation Game" and "Birdman." Neither is the frontrunner yet, although the former may jump into the lead fairly quickly. Toronto's major honor, the People's Choice Award, will be announced on Sunday. Over the past six years three winners went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Slumdog Millionaire, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Toronto Festival Market Swells, But Will It Yield Any Hits?

8 September 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two splashy deals have revived a slow market for films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Buyers and sellers were getting concerned that no one would reach for their checkbooks until a pair of Scott Rudin produced pictures sparked bidding wars among distributors willing to shell out big bucks. U.S. rights for Noah Baumbach’s “While We're Young” sold to A24 for $4 million, while global rights to Chris Rock’s “Top Five” will likely be nabbed by Paramount for $12.5 million and a $20 million P&A commitment.

Those major paydays aside, there is a mounting sense among the Hollywood types who made the cross-continent trek to the Canadian city that this year’s festival will go down as a slow boil that never bubbled over.

“The market is a little disappointing,” said Bill Bromley, president of Saban Films. “There’s some commercial product here, but I’ve seen »

- Brent Lang

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Oscar-Winner Michael Douglas & Orlando Bloom Join Noomi Rapace In Michael Apted’s Unlocked

7 September 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.

Silver Reel (Under The Skin, The Railway Man, The Host) will finance and produce alongside Dibonaventura. Bloom is introducing the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »

- Michelle McCue

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Bloom boards CIA thriller Unlocked

7 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bloom has introduced international buyers here to the upcoming Michael Apted thriller starring Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin on November 3 on the story of a CIA interrogator who races to thwart a biological warfare attack on London after she unwittingly gives information to terrorists. Peter O’Brien wrote the screenplay.

Lorenzo Dibonaventura produces Unlocked alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam. Silver Reel will finance and produce alongside Dibonaventura. CAA represents Us rights.

Last week Bloom, led by Ken Kao and Walton, boarded Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, with Warner Bros will distribute in the Us on June 17, 2016.

The slate includes Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, currently in production.

“I am delighted to introduce this fresh, smart European thriller to buyers in Toronto,” said Bloom’s Alex Walton

“With three major »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Beautiful First Poster And Images From Paul Bettany’s Shelter

5 September 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Paul Bettany has always been a stellar supporting actor. That’s not meant to disparage him, he’s just a gifted actor who’s sadly never been offered the chance to truly shine in a leading role. Taking charge of dodgy genre pics Legion and Priest seemed like a waste of his undisputed talent. Now, in what could be a reaction to shoddy gigs, the Brit has slipped behind the camera for his directorial debut, Shelter.

Set to debut next week at Tiff – like every other buzzy movie – the film has Bettany directing wife Jennifer Connelly for a gritty street-set New York tale. Connelly plays Hannah, a homeless woman living on the streets of New York who befriends another homeless chap, Tahir (Anthony Mackie). Their individual stories intertwine when they realize in order to survive in the elements they’ll need each other.

In anticipation of the movie’s premiere, »

- Gem Seddon

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What kind of star will Jack O'Connell become?

4 September 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the space of a week I've finally caught up to David Mackenzie's "Starred Up," which premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival and made its way to theaters and VOD via Tribeca Film last weekend, and Yann Demange's "'71," which premiered at the Berlinale in February and finally resurfaced again in Telluride last week. The common denominator is actor Jack O'Connell, and with his major break-out project "Unbroken" set for release this December, the question becomes clear: what trajectory will this promising new career take? The entertainment industry is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Actors like Sam Worthington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Russell Crowe, Eric Bana and Tom Hardy have found themselves at this crossroads in the past (funny they always seem to be imports), boasting a few strong foreign indies and a huge Hollywood production on the horizon meant to send a career soaring. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Goalpost finds lovers for Holding The Man

4 September 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Anthony Lapaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox are to star alongside upcoming Australian pair Ryan Corr and Craig Stott when Candy director Neil Armfield begins filming Holding The Man in Melbourne next week.

Corr and Stott play Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo in this adaptation of a real-life boy-boy love story, while the other three – and also Camilla Ah Kin – play their parents.

“We would have done 400 auditions in six months for those two roles,” producer Kylie du Fresne told ScreenDaily.

It was a challenge in part because the actors are aged 16 and at school at the beginning of the film and in their 30s with a lot of life experience by the end. Sparks also had to fly between them. The creative team were open to casting four people but it was not their ideal.

Corr had to be released from the cast of Cyrano de Bergerac by the Sydney Theatre Company in order to accept »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Gottfried John, ‘GoldenEye’ Villain, Fassbinder Actor, Dies at 72

3 September 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gottfried John, who portrayed villainous Gen. Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in the James Bond film “GoldenEye,” starring Pierce Brosnan, and was assocciated with German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, has died near Munich, Germany. He was 72.

The actor also appeared in Taylor Hackford’s Meg Ryan-Russell Crowe vehicle “Proof of Life” (1999); the same year he appeared in “Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar,” starring Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu.

He also guested on an episode of Lance Henricksen series “Millennium.”

John was among the stars of Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980) and “The Marriage of Maria Braun” (1979), and he also appeared in the director’s “Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven” (1975), “In a Year with 13 Moons” (1978) “Despair” (1978) and 1981’s “Lili Marleen,” in addition to Fassbinder’s TV work, 1972 miniseries “Eight Hours Are Not a Day,” 1973 miniseries “World on a Wire” and 1977’s “The Stationmaster’s Wife.”

The actor had most recently appeared »

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Gottfried John, ‘GoldenEye’ Villain, Fassbinder Actor, Dies at 72

3 September 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gottfried John, who portrayed villainous Gen. Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in the James Bond film “GoldenEye,” starring Pierce Brosnan, and was assocciated with German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, has died near Munich, Germany. He was 72.

The actor also appeared in Taylor Hackford’s Meg Ryan-Russell Crowe vehicle “Proof of Life” (1999); the same year he appeared in “Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar,” starring Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu.

He also guested on an episode of Lance Henricksen series “Millennium.”

John was among the stars of Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980) and “The Marriage of Maria Braun” (1979), and he also appeared in the director’s “Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven” (1975), “In a Year with 13 Moons” (1978) “Despair” (1978) and 1981’s “Lili Marleen,” in addition to Fassbinder’s TV work, 1972 miniseries “Eight Hours Are Not a Day,” 1973 miniseries “World on a Wire” and 1977’s “The Stationmaster’s Wife.”

The actor had most recently appeared »

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