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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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Emily Blunt To Wield an Axe in Time Travelling Killers Film Looper

22 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

While out promoting Gulliver’s Travels, actress Emily Blunt dropped some details on the violent time travelling film Looper, also starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Not much is known at this time about Looper other than the plot synopsis from IMDb states that it's "Set in a near future, a group of killers (called Loopers) work for a crime syndicate in the future. Director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) is helming the project from a screenplay that he also wrote and the film appears to have a very well rounded cast including the likes of Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Paul Dano. “It’s sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it’s a dog-eat-dog world, [...] And it’s set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the »

- Keven Skinner

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Emily Blunt to Play an Axe-Wielding Farm Girl in ‘Looper’

22 December 2010 4:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While doing the press rounds for new movie, Gulliver’s Travels, Emily Blunt spoke to MTV about another production she’s been working on, the time-traveling flick, Looper. Directed by Rian Johnson (Brick) it co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Paul Dano.

No stranger to diverse film roles (she’s played everything from a hard-nosed personal assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, to a Queen in The Young Victoria), Blunt‘s next role involves working closely with an axe and getting her hands dirty.

“It’s sort of post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it’s a dog-eat-dog world, [...] And it’s set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the world has gone to s***.”

No further plot details were revealed (although rumour is it revolves around a group of time-travelling killers aptly named ‘loopers’) but she did mention that the majority of her scenes are shared with Inception star, »

- Laura Stackhouse

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Excel & 20th Century Fox release Cruise-Cameron starrer Knight and Day on Blu- Ray & DVD

20 December 2010 6:43 AM, PST | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Excel Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer action comedy, Knight and Day on Blu-Ray and DVD.Knight and Day is an action thriller directed by James Mangold. It also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis and Paul Dano.The film is about June Havens (Diaz)  who gets mixed up with Roy Miller (Cruise), an eccentric secret agent on a life or death mission. In order to stay alive, they must escape the bad guys that are endlessly chasing them around the world. June, unsure of »

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2010 Black List Top 10 Announced; A List of the Best “Unproduced” Screenplays in Hollywood

13 December 2010 9:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The 2010 Black List has been announced.  For those who don’t know, the Black List is a list of the best “unproduced” screenplays in Hollywood.  I put “unproduced” in quotations because some of these screenplays are in various stages of production.  For instance, College Republicans (formerly Young Republicans) has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano circling the project while Safe House has Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds on board.  J.C. Chandor’s script (which he also directed) Margin Call is the furthest along of the Top 10 as it’s already set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the 2010 Black List Top Ten.

Here’s the 2010 Black List Top 10 (as voted by Hollywood executives) [via 24 Frames]:

49 votes: College Republicans by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing.

47 votes: Jackie by Noah Oppenheim. »

- Matt Goldberg

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2010 Black List: Most Liked Scripts in Hollywood

13 December 2010 8:58 AM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Every year, studio executive Franklin Leonard compiles the “Black List,” a collection of the best unproduced screenplays as voted on by 300 execs and high-level assistants.  The 2010 list is the sixth of its kind to bring additional awareness to Hollywood’s hottest scripts.

Topping the list this year is Wes JonesCollege Republicans, a Social Network-esque story (read my script review here) about the underhanded election of Karl Rove to a National College Republican seat, managed by strategy wunderkind Lee Atwater.  Shia Labeouf is attached to play Atwater and Paul Dano as Rove.  Previous Black List leaders include 2008’s The Beaver, which became a long-delayed film directed by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson, and 2009’s The Muppet Man, which remains on the shelf.

Top 10 of 2010 (via the La Times). The Black List is available for download on the official website. Update: the rest added below:

49 votes: “College Republicans” by Wes Jones. »

- Jeff Leins

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2010 The Black List: The Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 8:19 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year's 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven't heard of yet. Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year's top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm »

- Peter Sciretta

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The 2010 Black List Screenplays Unveiled

13 December 2010 7:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Frank Leonard is the most popular man in Hollywood today. This fine December day marks the release of the 6th annual Black List, a ranked collection of the top un-produced screenplays in the town, compiled by Leonard. Last year the top script was The Muppet Man from Christopher Weekes about “the life and times of the late Jim Henson.” Coming in second was Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network script, which is a current frontrunner to sweep the Oscars. The year before was The Beaver, now starring Mel Gibson and set for a release in 2011.

The top one this year, College Republicans, has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano attached. As for the rest of the list, I’ll be seeing Margin Call (pictured above) at Sundance 2011 and Safe House goes into production next year. We also reported on Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English language debut with Carey Mulligan attached, »

- Jordan Raup

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"Black List" 2010: The Top Ten Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 5:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Franklin Leonard was up to his ears in bad screenplays in 2005, while working as a development executive at Leo DiCaprio's Appian Way. What started as a call for help to fellow Hollywood execs asking for decent script suggestions has turned into one of the year's most anticipated announcements -- touting the work of undiscovered or underappreciated writers -- the Black List. Most people wouldn't want to be caught dead on a black list, given the negative connotation of the term. However, Hollywood screenwriters aren't most people and many would kill to be on it: a list of the ten best unproduced scripts currently making the rounds.

The Black List has even become an oracle for the Oscars -- see Nancy Oliver's nomination for 'Lars and the Real Girl,' or Diablo Cody's Academy Award win for 'Juno.' Take a look »

- Alison Nastasi

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"Black List" 2010: The Top Ten Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 5:20 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Franklin Leonard was up to his ears in bad screenplays in 2005, while working as a development executive at Leo DiCaprio's Appian Way. What started as a call for help to fellow Hollywood execs asking for decent script suggestions has turned into one of the year's most anticipated announcements -- touting the work of undiscovered or underappreciated writers -- the Black List. Most people wouldn't want to be caught dead on a black list, given the negative connotation of the term. However, Hollywood screenwriters aren't most people and many would kill to be on it: a list of the ten best unproduced scripts currently making the rounds.

The Black List has even become an oracle for the Oscars -- see Nancy Oliver's nomination for 'Lars and the Real Girl,' or Diablo Cody's Academy Award win for 'Juno.' Take a look »

- Alison Nastasi

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[DVD Review] Knight and Day

13 December 2010 1:43 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Tom Cruise became an action star in his own right in the 90s. He wasn’t the typical strong, burly gun-toting heavy that earned the reputations for Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger; instead, Cruise played an action hero closer to a character whose real talent was putting the pieces together and then surviving the high-octane chase filled with explosions, trains, motorcycles, and helicopters that would inevitably follow. He’s proven himself a versatile actor across the genres, but Knight and Day sees him returning to his Mission: Impossible glory days and the nostalgia proves to be bittersweet.

The life of June Havens (Cameron Diaz) takes a long series of unexpected twists the day she becomes the focus of secret agent Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) on a mission he learns he wasn’t supposed to survive. But he did and now has in his possession the key to renewable »

- Lex Walker

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Review: Knight and Day

12 December 2010 9:11 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Knight and Day, directed by James Mangold and starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano and Marc Blucas. Written by Pure Movies writer Joe Fraser. Tom Cruise is probably best described as the Marmite of Hollywood: loved and hated in equal measure. Twenty-eight years in the business and thirty-seven films down the line, this actor has worked with legendary directors, raked in billions of dollars through classics (yes classics) such as Top Gun, and amassed a loyal fan base in the process. Unlike Dorothy Boyd however, there are also those who Cruise never did ‘have at hello.’ For movie goers never sold by the frankly blinding smile of America’s all-action hero, a string of predictable performances over recent years, have been all too much to bear. After a lukewarm reception to the recent announcement that a fourth Mission »

- Alex Godbold

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Ten Dead Projects We'd Like To See Resurrected

10 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With John Hillcoat's 'The Promised Land' Back From The Dead, We Look At Other Films Currently In The Studio Graves Last year, pre-production was halted immediately on “The Wettest Country”--aka John Hillcoat's "The Promised Land" starring Amy Adams, Shia Labeouf, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano, possibly Scarlett Johansson, Michael Shannon, etc.--potentially killing a film we were all very excited to see. But, stunningly, the film has found a new lease on life with the involvement of Tom Hardy (Hillcoat and Labeouf are the only other principal talent that's back so far), warming our hearts considering since we were ready to cast… »

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Competition: Win Knight & Day on DVD!

9 December 2010 12:34 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hollywood News has teamed up with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to bring you the chance to win one of three copies of the superb action -comedy Knight And Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

Tom Cruise as Roy Miller and Cameron Diaz as June Havens are joined by Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), Viola Davis (Doubt), Jordi Mollà (Blow), and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) in the action-comedy directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line).

Hold on for a fun, action-packed thrill-ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. When a small-town girl meets a mysterious stranger, she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. But she soon discovers he’s a fugitive super-spy, who thrusts her into a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase that spans the globe. As the bullets and sparks fly, June must decide if her “Knight” in shining armor is a »

- Paul Heath

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‘Cowboys & Aliens’ International Movie Poster

9 December 2010 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Universal Pictures has released a new international movie poster for director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens. Hit the jump to see it now. New international Cowboys & Aliens Poster: [2] Older Domestic Poster: [3] One Pager: Synopsis: Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that »

- Peter Sciretta

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International Cowboys & Aliens Poster

8 December 2010 2:50 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Universal Pictures has released a new international poster for Jon Favreau’s upcoming sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens.

Synopsis: 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly »

- Allan Ford

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John Hillcoat pushes Tom Hardy into 'The Wettest Country in the World'

8 December 2010 2:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The revival of John Hillcoat’s The Wettest Country in the World continues as news surfaces that Tom Hardy will join Shia Labeouf to play two of three brothers in the director’s follow-up to The Road. Based on the Matt Bondurant novel of the same name, the adaptation, penned by The Proposition writer Nick Cave, fell apart after The Road underperformed and caused Hillcoat’s financial backer on both projects, Millenium Films, to downsize. But now Hillcoat and Cave, along with producers described only as “the producers of Jarhead and Girl, Interrupted” – perhaps meaning Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher – are back on track with development and aim to start lensing as early as this upcoming spring. Gist: When news of the adaptation broke last year, Cave’s screenplay was titled “The Promised Land.” The Wettest Country in the World centers on the story of three brothers - Forrest, Howard »

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Tom Hardy And Shia Labeouf To Play Bootleggers In 'The Wettest County In The World'

8 December 2010 12:42 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

"Boardwalk Empire" may have just ended its first season, but Hollywood isn't ready to give up on Prohibition yet. The Los Angeles Times has the news that Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf are teaming up to star in the dramatic thriller "The Wettest County in the World," which is coming at us from "The Road" director John Hillcoat. The title may sound a bit, um, XXX, but Hardy and Labeouf will be playing Prohibition-era bootleggers and brothers... that is if the Times' sources are correct.

The screenplay for "County" is written by Nick Cave, who's best known for writing "The Proposition." The story will be based on the Matt Bondurant novel of the same name, which is fiction but inspired by Bondurant's family's real-life bootlegging adventures.

The three main characters are Jack, the youngest and most optimistic of the brothers; Forrest, who is reserved and suspicious, and Howard, who is »

- Terri Schwartz

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New UK one-sheet for ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

8 December 2010 8:16 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Following the debut of the Us one-sheet poster last month, Empire have today unveiled the new, darker, UK one-sheet poster for Cowboys & Aliens, which is based on the graphic novel by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, and stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach and Harrison Ford, in a film that:

…finds a mysterious, amnesiac stranger (Craig) stumbling into a tightly controlled Arizona desert town known as Absolution. It’s not the friendliest place for outsiders and the situation is made worse by the cruel grip of Colonel Woodrow Dollarhyde.

But then something happens to give the town bigger problems than the newcomer’s arrival or Dollarhyde’s despotic rule: aliens screeching down from the sky in flying saucers to abduct and kill humans. Soon the residents and a group of other cowboys are teaming up with the resident »

- Phil

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