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Weinstein Company Wins Bidding War for Michael Keaton’s McDonald’s Movie ‘The Founder’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 7:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a competitive situation, the Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire “The Founder,” which is set to star Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, multiple individuals familiar with the bidding war have told TheWrap. John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert Siegel, and FilmNation is producing with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s company The Combine. Also Read: Michael Keaton Pocketing Planned Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes Viral (Video) Described as being in the vein of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood,” the drama is expected to have all the makings of a strong awards contender. »

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Josh Hutcherson to revamp role of Spiderman?

18 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Josh Hutcherson has said he would like to take on the role of Spiderman in the Marvel and Sony reboot.

The Hunger Games actor previously auditioned for the role before Andrew Garfield won it in Marc Webb's time at the helm.

Speaking to Yahoo Movies he said: "Yeah, of course I'd think about doing it: It's 'Spider-Man', that'd be really cool. There's not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?"

Hutcherson had auditioned for the role unsuccessfully but footage has emerged of his meeting with casting agents.

Do we need another Spiderman?

Now Marvel joins Spiderman who should play the webslinger?

If Peter Parker is dropped and filmmakers choose to go down the Miles Morales route, Donald Glover could be in the frame.

But if Parker's tale is rebooted for a third time, names like Hutcherson, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Dylan O'Brien could be seen topping a film poster. »

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James Franco in talks to star in Fox comedy Why Him?

19 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Franco is in talks to star in Fox comedy, Why him?

Variety reports Franco is in negotiations to star in John Hamburg's comedy.

Why Him? follows a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to visit his daughter who is attending Stanford University.

He gets into a competition with his daughter's boyfriend, who is an internet billionaire.

Hamburg co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The 36-year-old recently starred in the controversial comedy The Interview alongside Seth Rogen and has just been cast in Jj Abrams' adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63.

Watch the trailer for Franco's latest project, True Story alongside Jonah Hill, below: »

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Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Montana Drama

27 February 2015 6:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in Kelly Reichardt’s untitled drama, set in Montana.

Stewart will portray a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. After taking the job, Stewart’s character develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class.

Stewart was seen most recently in Julianne Moore’s “Still Alice.” She recently became the first American actress to win a Cesar at France’s most prominent film awards show for her co-starring role in “Cloud of Sils Maria.”

Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the Reichardt project, a series of vignettes in a small town in Montana.

Reichardt most recently directed “Night Moves” with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.

Stewart is repped by Gersh.

The news about Stewart was first reported by Deadline.




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New ‘Alien’ Won’t Undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Resurrection,’ Director Neill Blomkamp Says

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Neill Blomkamp is setting the record straight that his upcoming “Alien” sequel won’t “undo” the events of “Alien 3” or “Alien: Resurrection.”

It appears as though the new movie will take place before the sequels, serving as a bridge between the first two films, “Alien” and “Aliens.”

“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” he told AlloCine. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Alien: Resurrection’; I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”

The untitled 20th Century Fox sci-fi project is separate from “Prometheus 2,” which Fox is still making with Ridley Scott.

Alien” star Sigourney Weaver said she’s always been interested in giving her classic character, Ellen Ripley, a proper ending.

“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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5 must-watch March cinema releases: Chappie, Insurgent, Cinderella

4 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We're only three months into 2015 but already it feels like blockbuster season is here. This month sees the next instalment in The Divergent Series, a new offering from Neill Blomkamp and Disney reinventing an old classic in live-action. Add these to an Oscar winning acting showcase and the latest from Studio Ghibli and March is looking golden.

Release diary: What movies are coming out in 2015?

Digital Spy rounds up the five films you have to see this March...

1. Chappie

Release date: March 6

Why you should see it: All the talk surrounding Neill Blomkamp at the moment is surrounding his proposed Alien sequel, perhaps overshadowing the fact he actually has a new film coming out. Following on from District 9 and Elysium, the filmmaker's third feature Chappie centres on a police robot who's rebooted and develops a consciousness. Look out for a mulleted Hugh Jackman, Die Antwoord playing themselves and startlingly »

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Michelle Rodriguez speaks out about racial recasting of superheroes

11 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michelle Rodriguez has criticised the practice of casting superheroes typically perceived as white with performers of different ethnicities.

The Fast & Furious actress called the move "stupid", TMZ reports.

"It's so stupid," she said. "Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own. What's up with that?"

The comment comes after rumours circulated that Rodriguez was being considered for the role of Jessica Cruz in the Green Lantern movie reboot, currently scheduled for release by Warner Bros in 2020.

Ryan Reynolds on Green Lantern failure: 'I didn't read the script first'

Rodriguez later clarified her comments in a video posted on her official Facebook page, saying that her words may have been taken out of context.

"Hey, guys, I want to clarify about my comment yesterday," she said. "I stuck my foot in my mouth once again and I said that people should stop trying to steal white people's superheroes. »

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Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm

14 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… »

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