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Geroge Clooney Bails Out Wall Street

14 April 2011 1:00 AM, PDT

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

George Clooney is the 'The $700 Billion Man.'

Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smoke House production company will produce a film about the Wall Street bailout. According to Variety, the project -- based on Laura Blumenfeld's 2009 Washington Post article about Tarp mastermind Neel Kashkari -- is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Clooney.

Kashkari was a top official under then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and helped develop the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (Tarp) that bailed out the big banks following the economic collapse in 2008. Kashkari eventually left Washington and moved to an isolated cabin in Northern California.

Zach Helm ('Stranger Than Fiction') will write the screenplay. »


- Harley W. Lond

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Early Edition: Rufus Sewell Turns Into a Vampire; 'Dragonflight' Book Takes Wing; More

13 April 2011 1:00 AM, PDT

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' just got its head vampire: Rufus Sewell will play Adam, the leader of the bloodsuckers in Fox's adaptation of the best-selling book. Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper also star in Timur Bekmambetov's 3D movie. In the film, based on Seth Graham-Smith's novel, the nation's 16th president spends much of the Civil War battling vampires rather than the Confederacy. Bekmambetov should be a nice fit for 'Vampire Hunter,' having directed 'Night Watch' and 'Day Watch,' two outrageous fantasy-thrillers. [TheWrap]

Is this 'Avatar' meets 'How to Train Your Dragon'? Copperheart Entertainment and Entertainment One are producing an adaptation of Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonflight,' the first in the 'Dragonriders of Pern' book series, with 'Watchmen' and 'X-Men' writer David Hayter set to pen the script. The story revolves around »


- Harley W. Lond

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Early Edition: Blake Lively Ready for 'Savages'; New Director for 'Wolverine'; More

12 April 2011 2:00 AM, PDT

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Blake Lively might not be taking her planned trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Lively, who won critical acclaim for her role in Ben Affleck's 'The Town,' is now first in line for the female lead in Oliver Stone's 'Savages,' a story about two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins who are forced to work for a Mexican drug cartel after the free-spirited girlfriend they share is kidnapped, according to Variety.

Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch have been in talks to play the two male leads, with Benicio del Toro negotiating to be one of the cartel enforcers. If Lively is in fact offered the part, she may have to give up the role of Glinda the Good Witch of the East, which she was considering, in Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' for Disney. 'Savages,' which »


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