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Brody, Stone, Russell set for Waco saga?

21 April 2010 5:02 AM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Production Weekly Tweets that British director Rupert Wainwright has cast Sharon Stone, Adrian Brody and Kurt Russell in Waco for a film about the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound »

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Kurt Russell Off To Waco

20 April 2010 5:07 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Odd cast combo of the day alert: Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone have all signed on to star in Waco, which will cover one of the most infamous events in Us law enforcement history.Production Weekly has it that Rupert Wainwright – last seen directing The Fog remake – will handle the film, which will track the 1993 incident in Texas with the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms laying siege to the compound holding David Koresh and his personal cult, the Branch Davidians.After reports of child abuse and rape emerged from the isolated compound, federal agents took action, leading to a devastating fire within the structure that left 81 people dead and a wealth of controversies about how the authorities handled the situation.According to The Playlist, investigative journalist Lee Hibberd wrote the script and the filmmakers will tap the experience of documentarian Michael McNulty, who made Waco: The Rules Of Engagement about the topic. »

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Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone Head to Waco

20 April 2010 11:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kurt Russell and Adrien Brody join Waco A film that will focus on a headline-making 1993 event will be turned into a film and three stars have lined up for the project. Production Weekly is reporting that Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone are now attached to Waco, a film which will delve into the Branch Davidian compound disaster outside of Waco, TX in 1993.

Rupert Wainwright is directing the film, based off a script he wrote with investigative journalist James Hibberd. While details weren't given on what characters Russell, Brody and Stone would play, here is a description of the film from Wainwright's personal website.

Waco will be the first narrative feature film to explore the events of the Atf raid on Mt. Carmel, TX, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians. The movie cuts between Atf special agents, FBI Negotiators, »

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Casting Call: Diaz and Del Toro in Ex To Grind; Crudup and Jones in Enchantress Of Numbers; Russell, Brody, and Stone in Waco

20 April 2010 11:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We have three quick pieces of casting news for you today.  First up, Deadline reports that Cameron Diaz and Benecio Del Toro have signed on to co-star in the romantic comedy An Ex to Grind.  Next, Production Weekly tweets that Billy Crudup and Toby Jones will join Zooey Deschanel in Bruce Beresford’s biopic Enchantress of Numbers.  Finally, Pw also tweets that Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone have come on board Rupert Wainwright’s historical drama Waco.

Hit the jump for details on all three projects.

An Ex to Grind is based off Jane Heller’s novel, which would have Del Toro as a former star athlete who transforms into a slovenly couch potato after his career is cut short by an injury.  Supported by his waitress wife (Diaz) both before his rise to fame and after his downfall, the wife has now become a big business success. »

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Video games can never be art

17 April 2010 2:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to enlarge upon it or defend it. That seemed to be a fool's errand, especially given the volume of messages I receive urging me to play this game or that and recant the error of my ways. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that in principle, video games cannot be art. Perhaps it is foolish of me to say "never," because never, as Rick Wakeman informs us, is a long, long time. Let me just say that no video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form.

What stirs me to return to the subject? I was urged by a reader, Mark Johns, to consider a video of a Ted talk given at USC by Kellee Santiago, a designer and producer of video games. I did so. I warmed to Santiago immediately. She is bright, »

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