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Steven Spielberg's Next Movie May Be Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara'

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While it's seemingly been an eternity since Steven Spielberg's last directorial effort, 2012's "Lincoln," the filmmaker has yet to lock down his next gig behind the camera. According to the Hollywood Reporter, one potential project has just cropped up in the form of "The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara," a historical religious drama based on a true story and written by his "Lincoln" and "Munich" collaborator Tony Kushner. Currently Spielberg is producing the project but he might direct, with the eventual film being a coproduction between the Weinstein Company and Spielberg's own DreamWorks.

The plot for "The Kidnapping..." concerns "the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order." So... You know. »

- Drew Taylor

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New Photos Reveal Michael Fassbender as 'Macbeth' (Photos)

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Michael Fassbender, in his relatively short career, has played many roles -- he's been a robot in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," an ancient soldier in "300," a cruel plantation owner in "12 Years a Slave," a film critic spy in "Inglourious Basterds," Carl Jung in "Dangerous Method," and an evil super-powered mutant in "X-Men: First Class" (and next month's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"). But he's about to get positively Shakespearean in next year's "Macbeth," playing the title character for Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel. And The Daily Mail has the very first photos.

According to Fassbender, who costars alongside Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, Sean Harris as Macduff and Paddy Considine as Banquo, he's got his character all figured out. "He's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder," Fassbender told The Daily Mail. "It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. 'This »

- Drew Taylor

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Denis O'Hare Reveals Who His 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Character

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There's pretty much nothing but question marks when it comes to the next season of "American Horror Story." We know that it will have the ominous subtitle "Freak Show," that it will be set in the fifties, and that much of the cast of the previous seasons (including Jessica Lange, supposedly in her last go-around) will return. But Vulture was able to get some details out of returning costar Denis O'Hare... Sort of.

He told the site that while last season he was hopelessly in love with Lange, this season their relationship will be altogether different. "I'm going to be working at cross-purposes with her," O'Hare explained. "We'll have lots of scenes with each other, but we'll be battling." The actor, who played the mute butler Spaulding on last year's smash "American Horror Story: Coven," also says that he'll be around in all 10 episodes of the next season, and where »

- Drew Taylor

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Johnny Depp Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the A-List Star

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Believe it or not, Johnny Depp has been lighting up the silver screen for three decades.

Since breaking out on the hit show "21 Jump Street," Depp has become well known for his eccentric roles, most notably as the suave pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. While the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise made him a bankable star, Depp owes much of his career to renowned director Tim Burton for collaborations such as "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) -- just to name two.

But there's still much to know about the international star. From his early ambitions as a musician to his surprising fear, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Johnny Depp.

1. Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 to Betty Sue Palmer, a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

2. He and his family moved frequently during his childhood, living in more than 20 different places before settling in Miramar, »

- Jonny Black

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The First 'Jersey Boys' Trailer Will Have You Tapping Your Toes (Video)

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One of the major X-factors of the summer movie season has been Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Jersey Boys." The true life tale of Frankie Valli and the formation of his influential pop band the Four Seasons. For a while it looked like the movie would open up at Christmas, joining the Broadway musical thunder-dome that currently includes big budget cinematic revamps of "Into the Woods" and "Annie." But then the reality set in: Eastwood is a grumpy old director who never does two takes and ends each shooting day before lunch. "Jersey Boys" suddenly became a summer movie... and the first trailer has just debuted. And it's really, really good.

Instead of relying on movie stars, Eastwood corralled a bunch of young actors who had starred in various stage productions of the show, so John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen is Bob Gaudio, »

- Drew Taylor

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'Transcendence' Review: A Journey Into the Absurd

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"Transcendence," which marks the directorial debut for Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, aims to be a thinking man's sci-fi blockbuster. In it, Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant scientist close to creating the first truly sentient computer. But when his life is cut short by anti-ai extremists, Will's wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) decides that the only way to save him is by uploading his consciousness into the machine. Of course, like any good Frankenstein's monster, the resulting creation has a mind of its own.

It's a lot to process in two hours, and Pfister's movie asks several important, philosophical questions that it doesn't necessarily answer -- about mankind's reliance on technology, what it means to be human, how far you'd go for someone you love, and, most importantly, why doesn't Morgan Freeman like birthday cake? But we'll leave those to smarter minds than ours. Instead, »

- Rick Mele

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New Orleans Tries to Woo Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show'

17 hours ago

While it seems more than likely that Stephen Colbert will remain in New York City when he takes the reins of "The Late Show" from retiring host David Letterman next year, the city of New Orleans is actively campaigning for Colbert and co. to move production to Louisiana instead.

In a letter to CBS head honcho Les Moonves, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu asked the network to consider bringing the show to the city, citing its film-friendly policies and tax credits, as well as its popularity among high-profile Hollywood productions, including newly-crowned Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave." Acknowledging that New York and Los Angeles are the traditional locales for late night programming, the mayor wrote that he "would like to encourage [CBS] to add New Orleans to the mix."

"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and 'The Late Show' or its successor would be a great fit, »

- Katie Roberts

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Zack Snyder Explains How Batman Ended Up in the 'Man of Steel' Sequel

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While it's still too early for many details about the plot of "Batman vs. Superman" -- the super-secret "Man of Steel" follow-up slated for release in 2016 -- to be revealed, director Zack Snyder is opening up about his inspiration for the film, including how he decided to insert Batman into the Superman reboot's universe.

In an interview with Forbes, Snyder admitted that the idea to revisit Bruce Wayne had been with him early on in the sequel-planning process, but explained that the character's presence in the film wasn't a shoehorned excuse for a reboot so much as a natural foe for the Man of Steel.

I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that... after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, »

- Katie Roberts

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This 'Space Jam' Live Reading Is Almost as Ridiculous as the Movie (Video)

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How now-adult children of the '90s feel about "Space Jam" -- the 1996 live action/animation hybrid starring all your favorite Looney Tunes characters and basketball stars including Michael Jordan -- probably depends on just how much they loved the movie as a kid. But even an impartial observer would most likely agree that the movie's premise (aliens kidnap the Looney Tunes, and Jordan and other NBA stars must help them win a basketball game to earn their freedom) is just plain ridiculous.

With that spirit in mind, a group of comedians and current NBA players gathered to stage a live reading of the "Space Jam" script last month, and the results, unsurprisingly, were wonderful. What was surprising, however, was just how seriously some of the cast members took their duties, with a handful performing almost pitch-perfect imitations of their characters' voices.

The cast included Seth Green, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, »

- Katie Roberts

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The 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2 Trailer Is Next Level Crazy (Video)

17 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

"This place is bullsh--," exclaims one p.o.'d Piper Chapman in this brand-new trailer for Season 2 of "Orange Is the New Black." Not much else is needed to set it up, honestly, except maybe a rundown of some of what we're going to see this season. So, here we go.

Season 2 will feature new inmates (one of whom looks like a new/old rival for Red), a Piper who's way past her breaking point, an electrocuted Natasha Lyonne, and plenty of Crazy Eyes. Gotta love Crazy Eyes.

"Orange Is the New Black" Season 2 (all of it) hits Netflix June 6. So plan on not seeing the sun for a couple of days. »

- Tim Hayne

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Would You Watch a 'House of Cards'-Inspired Reality Show?

17 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

The nefarious Frank Underwood might seem like a too-real-for-comfort portrayal of a corrupt politician, but one former "House of Cards" staffer is looking to shine a light on the real deal.

Mother Jones reports that Sharon "Rocky" Roggio, the assistant property master on season two of "House of Cards," is trying to put together a reality show that focuses on young, up-and-coming political players in Washington, D.C., and specifically those who work on Capitol Hill. The site obtained a copy of the casting call, dated April 14, that's seeking subjects for a "docu-style reality show highlighting the best and brightest on the hill."

"This is a unique opportunity to get your voice, name, agenda, passions, and policies heard by a massive audience," the noticed added.

The news was first reported by the Washington Examiner, which wrote that the series was in development and had already gone through at least one round of casting so far. »

- Katie Roberts

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Oscars 2015: Full Academy Awards Season Schedule

17 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the date for the 87th Oscars: February 22, 2015. Now, the Academy has revealed its full slate of awards events for the 2014-2015 season.

Several events on the calendar -- including the Oscars ceremony -- are scheduled take place earlier than those in the 2013-2014 season, thanks to this year's Winter Olympics pushing the 86th Oscars telecast into March, a few weeks later than its usual position. Next year's Academy Awards ceremony will be back in February, and the Governors Awards (a separate ceremony for honorary awards that was started in 2009) have also been moved up.

The full list of events is as follows:

November 8 - The Governors Awards

December 3 - Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

December 29 - Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pst

January 8, 2015 - Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pst

January 15, 2015 - Oscar nominations announced

February 2, 2015 - »

- Katie Roberts

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The Original Ending to 'Mean Girls' Sounds Awful

17 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

"Mean Girls," every millennial's favorite high school comedy, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month (we'll pause for a moment to let that fact make you feel super old). In honor of that fetch milestone, actor Daniel Franzese (who played Damien) revealed some juicy behind-the-scenes details about the film -- including its original (and awful-sounding) ending.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan.com, Franzese discussed the movie's legacy and fans' loving (and rabid reactions to) the film a decade later. While speculating about where Damien might have ended up after high school, Franzese let it slip that there were several key scenes that were cut or altered, including a closing scene that we're glad never saw the light of day.

"There was actually a complete alternate ending to the movie," Franzese told Cosmo. "In the original script that I read, Kevin G. gets busted by Miss Norbury for selling ecstasy -- »

- Katie Roberts

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Our 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Unscripted Includes Singing, Awkward Moments, and Courteney Cox References (Video)

17 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

What happens when Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy, and Electro get together to answer your questions? Magic, that's what.

"Amazing Spider-Man 2" stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx recently sat down for a brand-new installment of Moviefone's Unscripted, and the resulting 8 minutes include Jamie singing Electro's theme song, Andrew going crazy for Mark Ruffalo, Emma delivering an answer she immediately regrets, and some gentle reminiscing about "overwhelming" Oprah encounters.

Also, "Cougar Town" and "Friends" star Courteney Cox is accused of rigging the questions. (We can confirm that she was in no way involved in the making of this Unscripted.)

"Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into theaters May 2.

Craving more Unscripted? Visit our YouTube page for more episodes. »

- Moviefone Staff

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Watch the Snowy First Trailer for Ryan Reynolds's 'The Captive' (Video)

17 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Earlier today we found out that super hunky movie star Ryan Reynolds is headed to France with "The Captive," a kidnapping thriller directed by the always interesting and occasionally wonderful Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter," and that weird sex movie with Kevin Bacon). Well, following the announcement, we are gifted with a trailer for the movie, which looks tense, tragic and really snowy.

In the trailer, Reynolds plays a doting dad who leaves his little girl in the car while he goes to pick up a pie. When he comes back to the car, she is missing, leading to a frantic search and what appears to be a pretty elaborate conspiracy. Other cast members who appear in the trailer include Mireille Enos (as Reynolds's wife and the mother of the missing girl), Rosario Dawson as an investigator, Kevin Durand as (surprise!) a creepy weirdo, and Scott Speedman and »

- Drew Taylor

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Best Stoner Movies for Your 4/20 Viewing Pleasure

17 April 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

4/20 is almost here, and we've compiled a list of movies to help you sit back, chill out and expand

your mind following the massive late afternoon smoke-out.

Our list doesn't just include movies that involve marijuana. We also permitted films that are best enjoyed while "under the influence," not that we endorse that kind of thing.

We tried to omit sequels and sub-par movies that don't deserve a viewing in any state of mind, but we made some allowance for lousy flicks that have become stoner classics (i.e. "Half Baked").

Happy smoking!

(Disclaimer: Tastes vary, and we may have very well missed your favourites. Let us know what we're missing in the comments!) »

- Jesse Ferreras

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What's Happening With 'Tron 3'?

17 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Remember 2010's "Tron Legacy?" Yeah, we do, too... Sort of. Well, it turns out that a follow-up is still in the works, at least according to its director, Joseph Kosinski. Those who fight for the users, listen up.

Speaking with Assignment X (via Digital Spy), Kosinski said that the project was seriously in development. "We're working on the story right now. Once we get a script we're all really happy with, we'll take it to the powers that be and see if we can go back to the Grid," the director told Assignment X. When pressed for plot specifics, he said, "I think we will pick [up] with where 'Tron Legacy' left off with Quorra in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's the relationship between the two of them that's the next step."

One of the bigger easter »

- Drew Taylor

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Transcendence,' 'Heaven Is for Real,' 'Orphan Black,' & More (Video)

17 April 2014 8:07 AM, PDT

This weekend, Johnny Depp bridges the gap between man and machine in "Transcendence," a small-town father shares his young son's life-changing experience in "Heaven Is for Real," two mother bears watch over their cubs in the documentary "Bears," the BBC America series "Orphan Black" returns for its second season premiere, and "Salem" has its series premiere on Wgn.

Also in theaters this weekend: "A Haunted House 2." Marlon Wayans stars in the horror-parody sequel about a family man plagued by bizarre paranormal events after moving into his dream house. Written and directed by John Turturro, "Fading Gigolo" follows a middle-aged man (Turturro) who becomes a professional gigolo to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray (Woody Allen). In "13 Sins," a salesman down on his luck answers a cryptic phone call that begins a sinister game of risks that financially rewards him for completing the 13 dangerous tasks. "Make Your Move" finds a pair of »

- Jonny Black

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A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Is Finally Happening

17 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

"Mrs. Doubtfire," the smash comedy that saw Robin Williams dressing up like an Scottish housekeeper so that he could spend more time with his estranged kids, might be more than 20 years old, but there are some at Fox who still think that a sequel is something of a priority. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Williams and original director Chris Columbus are looking to reunite for a follow-up, to be penned by "Elf" writer David Berenbaum. Get ready for more drive-by fruitings, everyone!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, development on a sequel began in 2001 (seriously? Not 1995?), with Bonnie Hunt being hired to write a screenplay. Her screenplay, and many others, were ultimately rejected, in a costly development process that yielded no results. When Berenbaum became attached earlier this year, it was with an idea that was finally strong enough for both Columbus and Williams to get behind. While it's far from a sure thing, »

- Drew Taylor

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Cannes 2014 Lineup Revealed: Nicole Kidman, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, and More

17 April 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

This morning the lineup was announced for the annual Cannes Film Festival, the glittery European festival where a premium is placed luxury and decadence and many super important, Oscar-bound films make their starry debut. And this year's festival, which didn't include any big surprises or giant-sized premieres, is still an embarrassment of riches nonetheless.

The opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," features Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. This lavish period biopic, directed by "La Vie En Rose" filmmaker Olivier Dahan, had been previously announced. But it still set the bar pretty high, at least when it came to prestige movies starring big time celebrities. Thankfully, the rest of the slate followed through.

Amongst the movies with big names are "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's based on a true story "Foxcatcher," which features Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum; genius French director (and Cannes favorite) Olivier Assayas's drama "Clouds of Sils Maria, »

- Drew Taylor

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