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Eva Green in negotiations to star in "300" prequel

19 December 2011 8:05 AM, PST

It's been a long process trying to bring the "300" sequel, "300: Battle of Artemisia," to the big screen, but now there's some renewed life in the project. The first casting decision involves the titular character Artemisia, and apparently director Noam Murro has finally found the woman he wants for the role.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Eva Green has entered into negotiations for the part. Rumor has it that Artemisia is the central character of the story, even though it has been casting some male leads. Artemisia is the goddess who manipulates main character Xerxes (allegedly still being played by Rodrigo Santoro) into battle against the Spartans.

The other actor rumored to be involved in the film is Joel Edgerton, who is in talks to play Themistocles. He isn't locked down yet, though, so Green might be the first official actor in the movie if she ends up taking the role. »

- Terri Schwartz

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"We Bought a Zoo," reviewed

18 December 2011 11:46 PM, PST

What happened to Cameron Crowe? This is the guy that made two of the greatest movies of my lifetime -- "Almost Famous" and "Say Anything..." -- and wrote maybe the greatest high school movie of anyone's lifetime, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Now he returns to fiction filmmaking six years after the underwhelming "Elizabethtown" with another disappointment. "We Bought a Zoo" features all of the worst parts of Crowe's work -- overwritten dialogue, mopey characters, empty sentimentality -- and very few of the best.

Crowe seems to have lost his way in his work, a trait he shares with the protagonist of "We Bought a Zoo," Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon). They're both struggling storytellers, too: Benjamin works as a reporter, but ever since the recent death of his wife he hasn't felt the same passion for of journalism. All he wants to do now is spend time with his kids, »

- Matt Singer

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